Pointe-Claire breaks floor on memorial orchard in honour of native COVID-19 victims

The town of Pointe-Claire has damaged floor on an orchard that may function a memorial for COVID-19 victims and a backyard that may present meals for folks in want.

Susan Weaver, a resident of the West Island municipality, got here up with the thought for the venture in March.

Throughout a council assembly, she prompt planting timber across the metropolis in honour of group members who died because of the virus.

Weaver advised CBC a few of her neighbours died from COVID-19.

“Lots of them have been aged,” she stated. “They constructed our group.”

She added that many “folks did not have an opportunity throughout COVID to say goodbye,” and stated that making a memorial will assist carry the group collectively.

Following her suggestion, the town determined to create an orchard and a backyard. 

 “The time is true,” stated John Belvedere, the mayor of Pointe-Claire. “It has been a tricky two years on our residents, and never solely our residents, however everyone whose household needed to endure the lack of someone from COVID.”

The orchard will function 80 timber — apple, plum and pear — that shall be planted in September close to the Viburnum entrance to Terra-Cotta Pure Park.

A plaque honouring the victims may even be put in and a vegetable backyard has already been planted.

West Island Mission, a non-profit group, will use the produce from the backyard and the orchard to assist households in want. (Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC)

Metropolis companions with native meals financial institution

West Island Mission is a neighborhood meals financial institution that will get many of its fruit and veggies from gardens in Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Dollard-des-Ormeaux. 

When the mission reached out to Pointe-Claire about doing one thing related, plans for a memorial orchard have been already taking form.

“Our hope is the plums, the apples and the pears which can be being planted will come and simply be complementary to the greens that we’re already offering,” stated Suzanne Scarrow, the chief director of West Island Mission.

“A few of that fruit, we’ll be capable of rework and might it or jar it or freeze it.”

It ought to take a couple of years earlier than the timber begin to bear fruits.

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