Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

Now in its fifth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees in March


VANCOUVER – City of Vancouver Volunteer Programs and Urban Forestry added six trees to the Volunteer Grove at Centerpointe Park (N.E. Fourth Plain Boulevard at Pacific Way). The Volunteer Grove recognizes civically minded residents and groups who have donated at least 50 hours of volunteer service to the community. Now in its fifth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees in March.

Now in its fifth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees in March. Photo courtesy city of VancouverNow in its fifth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees in March. Photo courtesy city of Vancouver
Now in its fifth year, the Volunteer Grove tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony to celebrate the honorees in March. Photo courtesy city of Vancouver

“Each year we plant trees to symbolize the commitment of our volunteers,” said Hailey Heath, volunteer coordinator for the city of Vancouver. “The Volunteer Grove reminds us of the legacy created by these residents who choose to donate their time to strengthen their community. Planting trees has never been more essential, and we are grateful for these volunteers whose dedication to our community has now inspired the planting of more trees that will be enjoyed for decades and beyond.”

The 2022 honorees and nominators are Randall Franklin, city of Vancouver Office of Neighborhoods; Barney Levie, Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps; Paula Person, Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps; Bob Knauer, Vancouver Police Department; Jean Avery, Urban Forestry and Vancouver USA Walking Club; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. Photo courtesy city of Vancouver
The 2022 honorees and nominators are Randall Franklin, city of Vancouver Office of Neighborhoods; Barney Levie, Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps; Paula Person, Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps; Bob Knauer, Vancouver Police Department; Jean Avery, Urban Forestry and Vancouver USA Walking Club; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. Photo courtesy city of Vancouver

The 2022 honorees and nominators are: 

• Randall Franklin – City of Vancouver Office of Neighborhoods

• Barney Levie – Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps

• Paula Person – Vancouver Fire Department Fire Corps

• Bob Knauer – Vancouver Police Department

• Jean Avery – Urban Forestry

• Vancouver USA Walking Club – Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Nominations for the Volunteer Grove are accepted year-round and submitted on behalf of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant and positive impact in the Vancouver community. 

About Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services builds upon the city’s legacy of parks, natural areas and recreation dating back to the dedication of Esther Short Park in 1853. Each month, the Parks and Recreation Department provides hundreds of recreation opportunities for youth, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities at its two community centers. Parks and Recreation operates 1,600 acres of parkland at 113 sites, including 91 parks, 20 miles of trails and many natural areas for the city of Vancouver. The Parks and Recreation Department cultivates community in the city and beyond through ongoing special events and volunteer programs that celebrate the city’s natural spaces.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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