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ReForest London Turns 5!

On June 12, ReForest London celebrated our 5th birthday by planting over 600 trees with London Life employees and their families, along with other community volunteers at Gibbons Park, the site of our very first project. The charitable, non-profit organization, which started in 2005 as part of the City of London’s sesquicentennial, has planted over 20,000 trees and shrubs in 140 projects in yards, schoolyards, parks, and natural areas with the help of 14,000 volunteers.


“With the help of thousands of community volunteers, partners like the City of London, and corporate sponsors like London Life, ReForest London has had a very successful first five years,” said David Crockett, chair of ReForest London. “We look forward to many more years of planting and caring for trees with our partners, to enrich the forest in the Forest City."


London Life has contributed $60,000 over the past two years to support the work of ReForest London. London Life's support comes through the national corporate citizenship program of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.


“We’re pleased to lend our support once again to ReForest London and their on-going efforts to promote the environmental, economic and aesthetic well-being of our community,” said Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs. “Their work will continue to benefit the citizens of London in the years to come as these trees grow and mature.”


To help celebrate, ReForest London gave away 50 seedlings, and hosted tree-themed crafts and activities. Following the tree planting, London Life hosted a BBQ with local food at its Recreation Centre south of Gibbons Park.


As part of their commitment to building Stronger Communities Together™, London Life, Great-West Life and Canada Life contribute to non-profit, charitable and community organizations across the country to address health and wellness, education, social services, arts and culture and civic initiatives. The program also supports the volunteer involvement of staff and distribution associates in their efforts to meet the needs of the communities in which they live and work.