Wednesday, January 9, 2008

2007 Site Coordinator Award of Achievement presentation at the Toronto Zoo

The TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a conservation initiative created and run by the Vancouver Aquarium, and takes place the third week of every September.
Year after year, tens of thousands of Canadians from coast to coast band together to clean up rivers, lakes, streams and ocean shorelines in their communities, and help restore the health and beauty of our shoreline ecosystems.

Site Coordinator Gisela Bach:
Over the past four years, Scarborough resident Gisela Bach has been instrumental in organizing and promoting the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Guildwood Park and its surrounding shorelines.
This year was no exception, and Gisela took on the task of organizing cleanups at two locations. Her cleanups were well attended by numerous groups, which included local residents and over 100 students she invited from local schools.
After the cleanup, and throughout the year, she continues to encourage neighbours and residents to take responsibility for litter.
One litter item in particular has caught Gisela’s attention; abandoned shopping carts. To highlight the predominance of these carts, Gisela maintains her Toronto’s Abused Shopping Carts Blog (
She also maintains a Blog devoted to the Guildwood community (, where Gisela treats everyone with her passionate writing and updates about the community she calls home.

As a champion of our shorelines and of her community, it is an honour for the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to call Gisela a Site Coordinator.

Her son, Martin, writes, “Gisela is simply an inspiration. I can not think of anyone else who has so tirelessly and passionately fought for her environment and the preservation of Toronto’s wildlife”. We couldn’t agree more.
Congratulations Gisela!

Congratulations again to all of our 2007 winners!

And the winners are…School Group: Lianne Jones of Calgary Alberta!Comunity Based: A tie! Sherril Berg of Coquitlam British Columbia & Gisela Bach of Scarborough Ontario!

Each recipient received a gift package with assorted items from our program partners and sponsors, and we’d like to thank TD Friends of the Environment, the Ocean Conservancy, WWF-Canada, the Environment and Plastics Industry Council, and CAZA members for supporting our 2007 award recipients.
Good luck to everyone in 2008!

Susan Debrecini, Gisela H. Bach and Shanna E. Young

2007 Site Coordinator Award of Achievement presentation at the Toronto Zoo
by Susan Debreceni, Volunteer Support Coordinator
TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Vancouver Aquarium - Conservation in Action
and Shanna E. Young
Executive Director

Marketing & Communications
Toronto Zoo
to Gisela H. Bach
Guildwood Site Coordinator
TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

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