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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | announcements & events

Children and Oak Habitat: Precious Resources

GOERT staff member Kersti Vaino flashes a Thrifty Foods smile (photo by Carolyn Masson)

Former staff member Kersti Vaino flashes a Thrifty Foods smile (photo by Carolyn Masson)

Kersti is flashing the Thrifty smile because last year, thanks to GOERT supporters who used their Thrifty Foods Smile Card, we were able to purchase every piece of field equipment on our wish list! This year, with your support, we will teach groups of children to value our precious Garry oak and associated ecosystems.

GOERT’s children’s activity centre is a mobile, hands-on learning centre that we will bring to community events. Reaching out to families results in higher attendance at events, more successful school yard restorations, and more volunteers at broom bashes. Teaching children about how a whole ecosystem works gives them a deep appreciation for our natural spaces and motivates them to explore trails in parks. As you know, connecting children with nature has many lasting benefits.
Since May 1, 2010 we have raised more than $1000 towards the children’s activity centre. Thank you to everyone who has been using their Smile Cards. Please keep it up and mention the program to your friends and family! We only have until April 30 to reach $1,500. Will you help us teach local kids to value Garry oak habitat? There are two ways to do it: use your Thrifty Foods Smile Card (see below for information) or make a direct donation to GOERT.
Yes! Teaching children about our native species is important.

To request a Smile Card or to get your donation questions answered, please contact Betsy Rose, Financial Administrator, at 250-383-3447 or finance@goert.ca.


Our goal is to make full use of the program and raise the maximum $1500 by April 30th so that we can buy everything on our wish list. If you haven’t got one already, please contact Betsy at 250-383-3447 or finance@goert.ca for your Smile Card, and every time you shop with it, a 5% donation will go to GOERT, at no cost to you.
Going skiing? Buying Valentine’s gifts?
Did you know you can pay for Mt. Washington ski passes with a Smile Card? In February use the card for Valentine’s chocolates and flowers, and a pre-loaded Smile Card makes a great gift any time.
About the Smile Card Program
GOERT has joined the Thrifty Foods Smile Card program, which provides an easy way for you to help us raise funds between now and April 30, 2011. Here’s how it works: request a card from GOERT, load it with enough cash to cover your shopping expenses, and Thrifty Foods will donate to GOERT every time the card is used, at no cost to you. Our program ends in May, so please help us reach the maximum by then! (Please hang onto your cards after May though, as we will be re-applying and we’ll notify you when the cards are active again).
How does the Smile Card work?
Take your Smile Card to the Customer Service desk at Thrifty’s and load it with enough cash to cover several shopping trips. Your card will be credited 100% and Thrifty Foods will credit GOERT with an additional 5% on your behalf. When your card is empty, load it again. GOERT will receive another 5% donation and you will never be out of pocket. Use your Smile Card at any Thrifty Foods.
How can I get a card?
Contact Betsy Rose at finance@goert.ca or 250-383-3447. We encourage you to ask for cards for yourself and for family members and friends who shop at Thrifty Foods and who want to make real environmental changes. Many people give loaded Smile Cards to family and friends as gifts.
I can no longer use this card. Can it be recycled?
Please return unused cards to any GOERT staff member or mail them to Betsy at the GOERT office. If there is money remaining on the card we will use it for volunteer appreciation. If no money remains on the card it will be used by a new GOERT supporter. None of your personal information is stored on the card.


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