A Message from Christina Read

In early 2012, the Ontario Trillium Foundation provided the Halton Environmental Network and partners a 3-year grant to establish and grow a Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) Chapter in South Halton South Peel. I was fortunate to be hired as the Chapter Coordinator and spent 3 years developing and expanding our outreach. With the grant ending in 2015, I have moved into a new role with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. It has been an incredible and humbling experience to see so many passionate individuals and communities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and your efforts to further our shared mission of building a greener, healthier, and more sustainable community.

Without your care and passion for creation, this chapter would not have been so successful. Here is a glimpse of the amazing actions that faith communities in this chapter have accomplished over the past 3 years:
Over 80 actions have been accomplished including community gardens, improving water and energy efficiency, better waste management practices, participating in green faith building audits, and more!
More than 115 environmentally themed events have been hosted by faith communities, reaching over 5,000 people.
Greening Sacred Spaces South Halton-Peel chapter has coordinated 35 networking events, including opportunities for interfaith youth engagement reaching over 2,300 people.

Halton Environmental Network will continue to be a point of contact for the chapter. Please contact the new Chapter Convener, Lisa Seiler at lisa@haltonenvironment.ca to share your events and initiatives, or if you are interested in organizing a multi-faith gathering in South Halton Peel. Contact Lucy Cummings, Executive Director for Faith & the Common Good (FCG) at lcummings@faith-commongood.net for any inquiries related to GSS or FCG in general, or to book a green audit.

This is only the beginning of a life long journey. My next big GSS adventure will be in York Region, helping a community green their property and develop as a retreat site. What will your next venture be? Remember to keep us posted and consider joining the larger Greening Sacred Spaces ⁄ Faith & the Common Good Network:

Peace and Blessings as you continue your eco-journey,

Christina Read