Annual Meadowvale Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Day 2014

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For a 3rd year running, last Saturday we held our annual Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Day in Meadowvale. Perfect weather, tons of participation and plenty of food made this year a great success!

Here I am with Ward 9 City Councillor Pat Saito and the rest of the Lake Wabukayne Stewardship comittee for a few quick words

Here I am with Ward 9 City Councillor Pat Saito and the rest of the Lake Wabukayne Stewardship comittee for a few quick words

For the second year in a row, the Christian Reformed Church has coordinated a number bands to play at our event. Good music and good times!

A lot of volunteer hours went into the event. We served hamburgers and hot dogs, but the real star of the show was the BBQ roast beef sandwiches. Funding for the food was provided by the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale, a partner of the Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Comittee since the beginning.

While the event started at 11am, volunteers started early in the morning cooking the roast beef for the sandwiches

While the event started at 11am, volunteers started early in the morning cooking the roast beef for the sandwiches

As in years past, a number of different organizations were on hand for the celebration. Mississauga corporate security is always a hit with the kids, they love the squad car.

Mississauga corporate security is always a hit with the kids when they bring their squad

Mississauga corporate security is always a hit with the kids when they bring their squad

As in years past, the Streetsville Horticultural Society held a plant sale at Lake Wabukayne. Unlike the cheap plants you buy at big box stores, plants grown by the ‘Horts’ (as they refer to themselves) are hardy and have a much better chance of surviving.

It was nice to see the Eden Foodbank come out to our event this year. I learned that they have started a ‘Fresh Produce’ program where you can order a box of fresh produce on a weekly basis.

Eden Food Bank was on hand to educate the public about what they do and also promote their fresh produce boxes.

Eden Food Bank was on hand to educate the public about what they do and also promote their fresh produce boxes.

 

There was face painting for the kids and my son was excited to have a spider painted on his face.

My son getting his face painted

My son getting his face painted

 

This year we partnered with the Mississauga Parent-Child Resource Centres who brought a bouncy castle and put on other events to entertain the children. My boys loved the bouncy castle.

Finally, it wouldn’t be a stewardship event without some good old fashioned stewardship! Residents volunteered to plant trees around the lake. Without residents taking an active involvement in the health of the area we wouldn’t have such a great resource for all of us to enjoy in Meadowvale.

I must say that this year’s Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Day was a big success! We had hundreds of residents attend and everyone had a good time. I can’t wait for next year!