Chris O’Donohue and his spouse Laura Clarke (and the entire Clarke Family), lost their mother and wife on July 27, 2010 to the devastating disease ALS, They have seen first-hand the emotional, physical and financial impact ALS has on a family. As a result, Laura and Chris created the A.L.S.D. â€” the ALS Directive. One of A.L.S.D.’s long term goals is to help raise funds and awareness for people who cope with the daily challenges of decreasing mobility and independence, and assisting them in obtaining basic and essential assistive equipment through the ALS Society of BC’s Equipment Loan Program. This includes mobility equipment, communication devices, and respiratory equipment, as needed. Equipment is offered to all ALS patients in B.C. regardless of their financial situation. The average ALS patient’s equipment needs cost $137,000.00. Additional goals include the establishment of an annual North Shore event in Shirley Clarke’s memory in which they will ask their Real Estate and Landscaping Industry partners to come together to pool their intellectual powers of persuasion to help raise funds and awareness for the ALS Society of BC’s Equipment Loan Program in memory of Shirley Clarke.
In addition to covering start-up costs for A.L.S.D., they plan to donate all of the funds raised at the annual charity event to the ALS Society of B.C.’s Loan Equipment Program. The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and the Clarke Family’s Real Estate business, Team Clarke, hold several annual seasonal events, including the popular ‘pumpkin give-away’ in which they will also will raise money for the A.L.S.D’s efforts. For more information visit ALSdirective.org.
Vancouver Coastal Health – Edible Garden Project: Table Matters:
The Great Canadian Landscaping Company has joined forces with the Edible Garden Project focused on two areas:
We got involved with Loutet Farm and wanted to help. They required a Fence to be built around the entire property to enclose the Urban Farm. Over a period of 5 working days, Great Canadian Staff and countless volunteers constructed a fence that was over 270ft long, included over 90 posts and Cedar Rails to complete the project. The Great Canadian Landscaping Company donated over $5,000 in labour to this project.
The purpose of Loutet Farm is to create and build a Plant to Plate Local Food System.
Loutet Farm, a sustainable social enterprise that facilitates social, environmental, economic and educational benefits for the community is the first step in building a plant to plate local food system on the North Shore.
Founded as a unique partnership between the North Shore Neighborhood House, the City of North Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, Loutet Farm is an exciting project designed for local folks to become involved in and better understand food production and to have greater access to locally grown produce.
Employing underutilized public parkland provided by the City of North Vancouver, Loutet Farm will operate as an economically viable urban farm within a residential area. Funds generated through the sale of the produce will be directed back into the operations of the farm while creating valuable green-collar jobs for north shore residents. In addition, the farm will offer a range of courses centered on sustainable food production for both adults and children and will engage the local community in farm activities.
Loutet Farm will provide a year-round harvest of locally grown produce with a commitment to;
The other project we are involved in is called Table Matters.
Vancouver Coastal Health and the team at Edible Garden Project formed the Table Matters working group in 2008 and is responsibe for educating the communty about the importance of local food production.
Our goal while working with Table Matters is to help them develop the fundamentals and work on methods to promote agricultural education for adults (including vulnerable populations) in our local community.
To do this our working group developed the following overall plan: