Toronto and Central Ontario Region (TCOR): October 15, 2011

On Saturday October 15th, 2011, twelve TCOR members volunteered to plant trees at a public planting in Heathercrest Park as a fitting way to commemorate the tainted blood tragedy.  A private ceremony followed with a moving speech by Antonia “Smudge” Swann, partner of the late James Kreppner. The trees planted at the park were a symbol of the strength and resiliency in our community. The occasion allowed for reflection and a sense of inner peace while bringing together long-time members for a chance to reconnect. Thank you to all that came out that day to remember the past while working towards building a stronger community.

Northern Ontario Region (NOR): October 26, 2011

Hemophilia Ontario Northern Ontario Region (NOR) along with AIDS Thunder Bay remembers with the second Commemorative Tree planting within the Northern Region.

This tree was planted October 26th, 2011 in Thunder Bay’s Waverly Park. A commemorative granite plaque was also installed. John Soychak at Landale Gardens Nursery generously donated the tree. The public will be welcome to attend an annual event held here to recognize lives lost in the tainted blood tragedy.

In the Photo:
Lawrence Korhonen, Executive Director AIDS Thunder Bay
Teresa Genereux, Hemophilia Regional Service Coordinator
Bob Manson, Education Coordinator AIDS Thunder Bay

South Western Ontario Region (SWOR) : October 27, 2011

On Thursday October 27, 2011 South Western Ontario Region of Hemophilia Ontario planted its third tree of life in Chatham Ontario  as part of  the memorial forest across the country  and in commemoration of the tainted blood tragedy.

We were honoured by McNaughton Avenue Public School entire staff and students participation in our planting ceremony. Aidan Catton a student at the school was joined by his extended family and Matthew Maynard, SWOR regional service coordinator, to remember, honour and celebrate those impacted in the local and hemophilia community by the tainted blood tragedy.

Karen St. Peter-Catton, Chuck Catton and their son Aidan with Matthew Maynard of Hemophilia Ontario at a tree planting commemorating the Tainted Blood Tragedy. The tree planting was held at McNaughton Avenue Public School, Chatham, Ontario

Karen St. Peter-Catton, looks on as Chuck and their son Aidan are finishing the tree planting, commemorating the Tainted Blood Tragedy.