Goway Travel and Tourism Cares continue to work together by sponsoring a team to revitalize community space in Toronto’s St James Town district.
Tourism Cares was in Toronto from Oct. 26-27, 2017, and their stop in the city was the first of its kind on Canada, but also the final Tourism Cares for Our Cities program following programs in Oakland, Detroit, and Providence.
Located in the northeast corner of Toronto’s downtown, St James Town is the most densely populated neighbourhood in North America. Projects in the district included replanting and mulching raised beds around the community centre, building new picnic benches, and cleaning up the area.
Teams also participated in three other projects:
• At Black Creek Community Farm, volunteers planted 50 blueberry and five service berry bushes and harvested 500 pounds of carrots to help raise awareness about food security and accessibility issues.
• At the StopGap Foundation, volunteers helped to paint 14 ramps adorned with StopGap logos, and delivered a ramp to a local business to see their impact first-hand.
- 250 trees were planted to honour fallen veterans of Canada at the Highway of Heroes Tribute. Team members also spent time with Second World War and Korean War veterans at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.
At the end of the day there were over 140 volunteers who travelled from all over North America, and more than $40,000 was donated in volunteer time and grant funding to social enterprises and organizations in Toronto.
The UN World Tourism Organization recognizes city tourism as a critical force in sustainable development and livability.