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Vancouver honors volunteers with tree planting

The Columbian
Published: March 23, 2024, 5:35am

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver Volunteer and Urban Forestry programs added seven trees to the Volunteer Grove at Centerpointe Park. The Volunteer Grove recognizes civically minded residents and groups who donate their time to the city. Now in its seventh year, the March 9 tree planting was accompanied by an award ceremony.

“Each year we plant trees to symbolize the commitment of our volunteers,” said Hailey Heath, the city’s volunteer coordinator. “The Volunteer Grove reminds us of the legacy created by these residents who choose to donate their time to strengthen their community. Planting trees has never been more essential, and we are grateful for these volunteers whose dedication to our community has now inspired the planting of more trees that will be enjoyed for decades and beyond.”

The 2024 honorees are: Evelyn Hallett for participation in 50+ Recreation programs; Kyle Roslund, a Naturespaces partner; Leah Jackson with the Transportation and Mobility Commission; Mike Cavanaugh of the Vancouver Fire Department; parks volunteers Skylar Dopps, Morgan Geddry and Sukyoung Kim; and Varun Rathi and family with Naturespaces. The Vancouver Police Department’s interoffice mail delivery team was also recognized.

Nominations for the Volunteer Grove are accepted year-round and submitted on behalf of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a significant and positive impact in the Vancouver community.