By Abigail Cukier, News Staff
Members of the Heritage Green Community Trust want to hear from young residents of upper Stoney Creek with ideas of how to make the community a better place.
The trust has launched a scholarship program for residents of upper Stoney Creek who are continuing their post-secondary education in a college or university program. Ten scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to those with the best ideas. It could be anything from an annual celebration or festival to a skateboard park, an environmental awareness plan or a huge neighbourhood garage sale or street party. The trustees plan to use the ideas in the community.
“It’s a win-win. The students get their funding and we get some great ideas that can better this community,” said trust administrator Kim Bailey.
“We are a landfill. It’s here and not going anywhere unfortunately, but we try to be good community partners. We are not just a hole in the ground, we are here to help and make a difference as well.
Applications can be found at www.heritagegreencommunitytrust.com or call Bailey at (905) 548-5877 for further details. Deadline for the 600 to 800-word essay is Friday, April 13.
The Heritage Green Community Trust is also looking for two new trustees, as the terms of the chair and one member are up in May.
The trust awards grants to non-profit organizations serving upper Stoney Creek, which support programs related to health, social services, art, culture, education, conservation and recreation.
Trustees must reside in upper Stoney Creek within three kilometres of the Newalta landfill.
Bailey said trustees find it very rewarding to get the chance to learn about community programs and be able to help out worthy organizations.
Since 1997, the Heritage Green Community Trust has given more than $2.1 million to the area, including to the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, development of the Heritage Green Sports Park, funding to all local schools and annual support for Flag Day and Stoney Creek Santa Claus parades.
Interested residents can submit a resume to Heritage Green Community Trust, c/o Newalta Corporation, 65 Green Mountain Rd. W., Stoney Creek, ON, L8J 1X5, by fax to (905) 549-4515 or e-mail to HGCT@newalta.com.