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Trees for Healing: Clean North's support of the Northway Wellness Centre

The Northway Wellness Centre opens this week in Sault Ste. Marie, offering a calm environment for residential withdrawal management. Clean North has played a significant role in this community-driven project, donating 100 trees to help create a healing outdoor space.

A group of ten individuals, smiling in front of newly planted trees, at the Northway Wellness Centre
Bill Cole (Chair of Clean North) and his team coming together from Clean North to plant trees, creating a healing sanctuary for those accessing care at the Northway Wellness Centre.

Many partners have come together to ensure the Centre meets high standards and benefits our community. Clean North has donated around 100 trees and 250 volunteer hours to manage and plant these trees, optimizing the outdoor space at Northway Wellness Centre.


A Clean North volunteer expressed their motivation, saying, "This facility is for the benefit of our community, so it is rewarding to contribute as a community member to make it the best it can be."


Among the trees planted are around 85 eastern white cedars, ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 meters in height, and 15 northern red oak seedlings. Clean North received these white cedars in the 1990s and early 2000s as surplus from terminated Ministry of Natural Resources research projects. Clean North nurtured and cared for the cedars at the Sault Ste. Marie forest research arboretum for the past 20-30 years.

A group of five volunteers, working together to plant a tree
Volunteers for Clean North planting the trees together.

Clean North's donation was made possible through collaboration with local initiatives and demonstrates the community's support for Sault Area Hospital and its services. We'd like to thank:

  • Clean North

  • SAH/Northway Project team, including Design Environment and SalDan Construction

  • City of Sault Ste. Marie, Green Initiatives Grant Program

  • Service Rentals

  • Cintas Uniform Services

  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Forest Research and Development Section

We also appreciate the many volunteers who contributed their time to make this project happen. Together, we've created a space for healing and support in our community.

 

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