GATCWN and RIH events in September

September was a beautiful month weather-wise to enjoy outdoor events as part of the BEA’s Graceful Aging Through Connecting with Nature and Rooted in Hope Projects. In case you weren’t able to participate, here is a summary of what you missed!


This was the last of the Plein Air painting sessions. The focus was on learning to paint with oil using fall colors as inspiration.

I would like to let you know how wonderful the Plein Painting in Dorchester Park was.  Dorchester Park is an absolute gem, we are so fortunate to have this beautiful park, recreational space in our midst.  It is so much more than a park, it is a hub for individuals in the area young and old to come exercise, play, relax and learn. The various events that have been going on this park, have brought members of our community together, we have learned so much through Stacey Wilson, the Friends and Stewards of Dorchester Park, and the BEA, about native plants, invasive plants, nature, and most recently this wonderful series of plein air classes for seniors. The artist/ instructor Stephanie Schirm was amazing!  As a senior this was so wonderful to enjoy the park in this way. 

Karen Miller


We had nearly 40 participants students and seniors alike as well as public participants dropping in. The event was well received and many students expressed interest in measuring and leadership training to take the plantings another step further.

We planted a total of 300 trees over the course of three weeks with this being the final planting.

People of all ages came together to help and engage one another, engage with one o take ownership of their community’s greenery.

The final September event was a GATCWN Seniors Workshop held on September 30th in the Knightsbridge Community Centre. A small but eager turn out received useful information about the importance of moving in the outdoors as we age to improve balance and help maintain an independent lifestyle!

Look for the final wrap up report on the GATCWN project in the week’s to come! Thanks to the Government of Canada and to the TRCA SNAP/United Way for financially supporting this project! And thanks to the Government of Ontario for its financial support of the Rooted in Hope Project which continues until March 2024.

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