RE:nourish

re_nourish

Inside every company there is the heart and soul of the people who make its brand so valuable. At Nutrilawn we say “We Nourish Lawns and Lives.” That is why we have created our most meaningful idea. We call it re:nourish.

re:nourish is our program to nurture the communities around us – both near and far – by giving back to them their greenery. Every part of our organization, the employees of our corporate office and our franchisees, are committing themselves through various projects to making the environment more lush and more nourished.

Our Beliefs

  1. We believe that the idea and reality of community is the bedrock of a healthy society
  2. We believe that everyone can contribute in some way to the health of a community somewhere
  3. We believe that when we nourish a community we nurture its future

The way we organize our efforts we call From The Ground Up

  1. We find projects with which we can engage
  2. If we can bring our experience and expertise, as well as our passion, for healthy grass and exquisite irrigation to the project, we will
  3. If we can mobilize our whole franchise system to contribute to a project that helps the community, such as a Food Bank, we will
  4. We contribute individually and as a group

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Congratulations to Kelly Scott and her team on winning the BC Scotties Provincial Tournament on January 21, 2013. Kelly and her teammates, Jeanna Schraeder, Sarah Wazeny and Sasha Carter will be competing in the Canadian National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, Ontario in February 2013.

Kelly Scott, the Team Skip, is part of the Nutrilawn ownership group in Kelowna, B.C. and is an active member of the local community in Renourishing Lives through sports and various community programs.

Team Scott has represented British Colombia and Canada in National and World Championships. Team Scott demonstrates outstanding dedication and commitment to a winning record of accomplishment year after year, which serves as a role model to aspiring young athletes. Nutri-Lawn is proud to support this group of athletes in helping them achieve their sporting dreams and goals.

Team Scott has a history of winning at all levels and has set its sights to represent Canada at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

  • BC Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • World Women’s Gold Medalist (2007)
  • World Women’s Bronze Medalist (2006)
  • 2 time Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions (2006, 2007)
  • World Curling Tour “Team of the Year” (2006, 2007)
  • Canadian Olympic Trials Silver Medalist (2005)
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame Inductees (2008)
  • World Junior Women’s Gold Medalist (1995)

The entire Nutrilawn Family is cheering for Team Scott in their Championship quest. We invite you to follow Team Scott and enjoy the journey with Nutri-Lawn’s curling connection. You can view the team’s schedule and results with the following links:

Nutri-Lawn Proudly Sponsors The First Annual Law & Order Winter Classic

Team Lawn and Team Order

Team Law (RCMP) and Team Order (Lawyers)

Team Order (St. John’s lawyers) narrowly edged Team Law (RCMP officers) 11-10 in the first annual Law and Order Winter Classic, but the kids were the day’s big winners.  The two squads came together in support of Reason for the Rink, a project started by local dad Todd Churchill with the goal of raising money for charities that assist and improve the lives of children, like his son Carter, who live with physical disabilities: Easter Seals NL, Rainbow Riders and Mazol Shriners.

Action!

Action!

Todd constructed an outdoor hockey rink in his backyard to build support and awareness for the charities — each has an in-ice logo — but it isn’t your typical backyard rink.  The rink measures 95′ x 46′ and companies can buy promotional space on its boards for ads or a logo. Head over to Reason for the Rink  for more information about the project and a schedule of upcoming games.

As part of a commitment to nourish the lives of those in the community, Nutri-Lawn was proud to sponsor and be a part of the Law and Order Winter Classic.  Congratulations to the great teams, Reason for the Rink and everyone who had a hand in making the game a success!

Nutri-Lawn Cup

The Nutri-Lawn Cup

 

 

 

RENOURISH 2013 TRIP TO THE DOMINCAN REPUBLIC ORPHANAGE

In February 2013, Nurtilawns CEO is leading a group of 10 Dads & 14 children on a return trip to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, which in English means “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”. Nutrilawn has supported the Orphanage and has built soccer fields, gardens, irrigation systems and local village improvements as part of the Nutrilawn Renourish program.

 

Further trip and donation information can be found at www.renourish2013.com.

Inspiration to “Nourish Lives”

Inspiration to “Nourish Lives”

We all know individuals and families in our communities who have encountered and faced difficult circumstances….and have over come adversity to give inspiration to everyone they encounter. They “nourish” lives.

Cindy Desjardin is from Holland Landing, Ontario a small town north of Toronto. Last year she developed “flesh eating disease” masked by symptoms that she and her doctors thought were originally a bad flu. As detailed in her blog below, she is lucky to be alive. To save her life, her arms had to be amputated below her elbows and her legs below her knees.

While her recovery has come a long way in a short period of time, she faces a hurdle of raising $104,000 for myoelectric arms. She has had a lot of support…and the East Gwillimbury Men’s Hockey League raised $10,000 at its annual golf tournament in June towards Cindy’s new arms.

Nutrilawn donated 50,000 Aeroplan miles which was matched by Futura Loyalty Group towards a live auction for 100,000 Aeroplan miles.

Nutrialwn sponsors a team in the East Gwillimbury Men’s Hockey League where Ted Dzialowski, Executive Chairman of Nutrilawn, was the Commissioner from 1996 to 2008. Ted continues to lace them up for the Nutrilawn team (and 3 other teams in different leagues as well).

We had a fun time at our golf tournament with our Nutrilawn foursome of Ryan Vincent, CEO of Nutrilawn, Jordan Lavin, COO and Dave McVey, Nutrilawn Toronto GM.

It was a great day when I met the Desjardin family with my hockey friends to give the Leagues $10,000 cheque towards buying Cindy’s arms. In the picture below, presenting the cheque to Cindy is Glenn Macdonnel, the current Commissioner of the League and the Director of Special Olympics in Ontario when he’s not playing hockey. To his left is Peter Wiesner, the Leagues Treasurer. To my right is Cindy’s husband, Marc, holding their young son Liam. Behind me is Jeremy Farrow, the Desjardin’s neighbour and player in our League who brought Cindy’s need to our attention and Dave Carter on his left who is on our Executive.

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We wish Cindy every success in her continued recovery and her inspirational journey. You can read more about her story and contribute towards her fund raising on her blog.

Cyndisstory.comNutrilawn is active in helping many causes in the communities from coast to coast through our Re-Nourish initiatives where we “nourish lawns and lives.”

 

Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Day 5

Today saw the completion of the batey Vasca community garden, including the installation of the living fence with 40 mandira (sp?) plants as well as our BBQ extravaganza.

As it was a long tiring day I am going to update with the videos we shot and will write more again tomorrow.

Here is Ryan’s update purchasing the food for the BBQ:


Here is Peter’s update on the batey Vasca community garden:

Here is Jordan explaining where we got our BBQ from:

Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Day 4

Day 4

Today’s task was to lay the sod outside the long term volunteer house, fortunately as it was Saturday and no school for the children we had plenty of eager help.

The sod has improved since the first year when we installed the soccer field however most of it still comes in pieces rather than rolls. It was also very hot today!

Jordan and Peter had a very long day getting supplies for the fence installation, planting of 30 fruit trees and the BBQ tomorrow. The other day I mentioned we pre-ordered 800 hotdog buns. As is so often the case here things don’t always work out as planned. When Peter and Jordan went to collect the order the store knew nothing of our order so they cleared the shelves of all the buns they had…about 500 and tomorrow we’ll need to scout out another place to buy the remaining 300 as the store where they purchased from today doesn’t get another delivery until Tuesday.

Here’s the video from our work today:

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Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Day 3

Today started out with a trip to San Pedro to get supplies for our various projects and a quick visit to Jumbo (think DR Walmart) to pre-order the 800 hot dog buns in preparation for this year’s BBQ extravaganza. Last year we cooked 400 hotdogs for children at batey Don Juan, this year we are going to try to feed everyone at batey Vasca where we are doing the community garden.

 

The owner of the nursery where we ordered the trees yesterday was showing Peter & Terry how to peel the fruit. Of course they expected a juicy, sweet fruit inside however realized once they had peeled it that it needs to be boiled for some time until it is ready to eat. Jordan and Peter went with the delivery guy and some locals help deliver a couple of bon pan (good bread) trees to batey vasca. Apparently bon pan produces enough fruit to feed a family of four every day. We were also told that it is a good substitute for Viagra.

 

We ended up planting all of the 60 fruit trees we had ordered yesterday at the Don Juan community center so we ordered an additional 30 trees today including mandarin, avocado, mango and apparently some very special orange trees that have oranges that are very juicy and easy to peel and as luck may have it only available from this particular nursery…

 

Today we also ordered the posts for the fencing at batey Vasca, including 5 large and 40 of the living posts to be delivered tomorrow and installed Sunday. We also pre-ordered 800 hot dog buns in preparation for this year’s BBQ extravaganza. Last year we cooked 400 hotdogs for all the children at batey Don Juan, this year we are going to feed everyone at batey Vasca where we are doing the community garden.

 

Also in preparation for the BBQ we rounded up the drum BBQs we used last year. Unfortunately time and weather had taken its toll on the drums which made the BBQs unusable. We were going to take the two BBQs into town this afternoon to try and find a welder that might be able to repair them for us fortunately Alex, one of the workers helping us who lives in a nearby batey said the he could take the BBQs and repair them both for us and would have them ready by tomorrow afternoon.

 

Tomorrow will be a big day. The David & Paulo will be finishing the slaughter slab at the orphanage, the rest of us will be shoveling and leveling the soil for the area outside the long term volunteer house as well as one of the children’s houses. We will also be laying the sod for these houses tomorrow. Luckily each year the quality and shape of the sod is improving, here is Jesse showing one of this year’s prized pieces:

Lastly, I am aware of the problems with the audio on the videos, I appologise. Unfortunately between the audio pick up and the wind it is difficult to get clear audio.

Here is David’s update on the slaughter slab:

Here is Paulo’s update on the tree planting at the Don Juan community outreach center:

Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Day 2

Today’s focus primarily revolved around repairing and preparing the lot where we planted the 100 fruit trees last year. For those following last year, we planted 100 fruit trees at the Don Juan community outreach center to be distributed amongst the local bateys.

Unfortunately with these sorts of projects there are challenges that arise; teaching the locals to properly care for the trees, animals and theft are all common problems faced.

When we arrived we were informed a number of trees had either died, were eaten or stolen form the property. However one silver lining was that Idalina, one of the Brazilian Nuns who runs the community center said that the trees were most likely taken by the very poorest families who were too embarrassed to ask for help feeding their children.

On a positive note a number of the trees planted last year have grown well and will be ready for fruit production next year.

Peter Bugden showing one of the locals how to repair an irrigation leak:

Ryan & Jordan with our barb wire dispensing system. (Branches are cut from trees and planted in the ground, they sprout roots and become a ‘living fence’).

Top help rectify some of these problems we installed/upgraded the barb wire fencing around the property, worked with some of the local villagers that tend to the orchard to educate them of how to properly care for the trees and repaired a number of irrigation leaks. The irrigations leaks occur when the workers are clearing the brush with their machetes and nick the irrigation pipes.

Paulo & David remained on the orphanage and helped one of the other volunteers prepare an area including cement slab for slaughtering the farm animals. They also supervised the arrival of the top soil for the area we cleared yesterday outside the long term volunteer house.

Jordan’s update on the Don Juan outreach center:

Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Departure Day

Departure Day

Welcome everyone to the first of this year’s posts for the 2011 renourish mission trip.

Firstly, I would like to introduce the members of our group this year. A core team from Nutri-Lawn along with Terry Ormrod from Toro have made the trip down for the third consecutive year. Joining us this year are a couple of Terry’s colleagues, Paulo Munegatto owner of Pronto Enterprise & David Pfortmueller owner of University Sprinklers in Vancouver. Also joining us for the first time is a new Nutri-Lawn recruit, Sue Kemp from Nutri-Lawn Whitby. Finally, with star forward ‘Safety’ Steve Smith on the injury list we drafted rookie Peter Bugden, from the re:nourish farm team in Halifax.

Again this year we received a number of generous donations from our various partners.

Toro has come to the party again with donations of irrigation supplies including the drip tubing seen in the photo below. This tubing will primarily be used in the community garden project the we are working on in conjunction with the Harbourside Rotary in Halifax. Joining us from Habourside Rotary is Gerry Pierce who was in the DR last March to begin the community garden project…more on that to come.

Included in the donation list is approximately 50 baseball bats that were kindly donated by the Woodstock parks department. Also a big thanks to Lordco Auto Parts in British Columbia who donated over 200 new t-shirts! This year we have seen many people step up and donate items, money and time to our efforts and we thank you all.

Before we left we were met at Toronto airport by a reporter from the the Toronto Sun. You can read the article here:http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2011/01/11/16848896.html

The 2011 re:nourish team includes:

Ryan Vincent

Jordan Lavin

Kalon Fairclough

Jesse Montpellier

Sue Kemp

Peter Bugden

Terry Ormrod

Paulo Munegatto

David Pfortmueller and

Gerry Pierce

 

Prior to check-in, from L to R

Paulo Munegatto, Terry Ormrod, David Pfortmueller, Kalon Fairclough, Jordan Lavin & Ryan Vincent

Dominican re:nourish mission 2011 – Day 1

Day 1 on site

We arrived at the NPH orphanage this morning excited to get started on today’s projects.

Our efforts this year will be split between time working onsite at the orphanage and a number of outreach programs.

After being met by our volunteer liaison those that were on their maiden voyage were given a tour of the facilities. For those of us returning it is always amazing to see the new updates and expansion other volunteer groups have done since our last visit.

New this year is a playground area for the children, the area has been cleared and stamped concrete paths laid. Unfortunately the container with the donated equipment has been stuck in port for two month…such is life is the DR.

We split into two groups, half on top dressing duties on the soccer field. The field is in great shape. The power didn’t come on today so we were unable to test the irrigation.

The other half began clearing the area out the front of the long term volunteer accommodation. Fortunately when we were gathering the rakes and shovels from storage we noticed a fairly new rototiller….luck was on our side, now if we could only find some gas!

Here is a video showing the work on the volunteer house.

Here’s Jesse’s wrap up from the soccer field.

Thanks to everyone for supporting our efforts. If you would to donate please follow this link:http://www.nutrilawn.com/renourish/