Am I ever lucky! I was at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in the Town of Greater Napanee recently, and got the chance to feed some baby squirrels with Leah and Melissa! The Sandy Pines Baby Shower fundraiser is on Sunday, May 13th, from 10am to 4pm. There's an auction, animal feeds and demos, bbq, 4-H Canada is there from Lennox and Addington County with a petting zoo, and lots more! It's a great way to spend Mother's Day, and for a great cause. I hope you make it out! #wildliferescue #wildlife #rural
Posted by Mike Bossio on Monday, May 7, 2018
Mike joined his Youth Council at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Greater Napanee recently to clean up in advance of the centre’s annual “baby shower.”
The Youth Council, which is made up of young people ages 15-19 from across the riding, identified “the environment and climate change” as one of the key priorities that they wanted to focus their work on.
Getting involved in the community is an important piece of the Youth Council’s experience as they learn about the real life environmental efforts undertaken by people and organizations in their very own community.
“Sandy Pines is a beautiful space,” said Ariel Burgess, a member of the Youth Council from Napanee. “The amount of effort and passion everyone has is uplifting and inspiring. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my Saturday than helping get ready for the Baby Shower.”
The group helped clear and restore the paths to the enclosures for the wild animals as well as some general clean-up in other areas after the spring ice storm. The centre has an increased patient load in the wildlife hospital after the harsh spring and appreciated the help from Bossio and the students.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the Youth Council,” said Bossio. “They have so much determination to make a difference in their community, and such a great work ethic. They understand the need to put in the work to ensure a sustainable future for biodiversity and our environment, and I know from their example that the future is in good hands.”
Sandy Pines is getting ready for their annual baby shower fundraising event on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13th.
“The Baby Shower fundraiser is one of our most important events,” said Sue Meech, Director of Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre. “It’s not only a great fundraiser but it’s the only time we open our doors to the public and give them an insight into the work we do for wild animals.”
(L-R) Stella Haskin (Assistant to MP Bossio), Emerson Bonter (Madoc), Kate Brown (Napanee), MP Mike Bossio, Dylan Lollar (Napanee), Zack Walker (Thomasburg), Ariel Burgess (Napanee), Moira Wilson (Madoc)