KCCU makes $5000 donation to support All Our Relations Land Trust

Jon Dessau (far left), CEO of the Kingston Community Credit Union, is joined by Mayor Bryan Paterson (far right) to present a cheque to (L to R in the centre) Shawn Melnyk, Kaitlyn Patterson, and Maureen Buchanan of All Our Relations Land Trust. Photo via the City of Kingston.

On Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, Kingston Community Credit Union (KCCU) CEO, Jon Dessau, presented Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and Shawn Krall, Dr. Kaitlyn Patterson and Maureen Buchanan of All Our Relations Land Trust with a $5,000 donation toward the 2024 Kingston Community Climate Action Fund (KCCAF).

The cheque presentation took place at All Our Relations Land Trust’s Indigenous Food Sovereignty Garden at 1467 Highway 15.

According to a release from the City of Kingston, in total, more than $27,000 was raised to fund the installation of nine solar panels at the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Garden which supports a sustainable, holistic and Indigenous-led approach to growing food and medicine for the community. 

The project, located on a 2.86-acre pasture along Highway 15, aims to offer crucial power and water resources to sustain the Indigenous food sovereignty garden, medicine gardens, a pollinator garden, and small forests, KCCU detailed. These endeavours are thoughtfully managed by All Our Relations Land Trust, in partnership with urban Indigenous community members, allies, and affiliated organizations like Little Forests Kingston.

Following the cheque presentation, volunteers, supporters and community representatives had the chance to learn more about the impact of the donation, the City shared.

Shawn Melnyk (All Our Relations Land Trust) and Eric Collins (CDK Energy Solutions) educated attendees on how the off-grid solar system operates and how it “will provide essential renewable energy for the existing irrigation system and allow for a long-term transition to battery-operated electric gardening equipment, supporting the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Garden, medicine gardens, a pollinator garden and little forests.” 

Shawn Melnyk (All Our Relations Land Trust) and Eric Collins (CDK Energy Solutions) speak to attendees about how the solar-powered irrigation system works. Photo via the City of Kingston.

“This project is an inspiring demonstration of tangible climate action in our community,” said Julie Salter-Keane, Manager of Climate Leadership at the City of Kingston.

“The fund was created with the goal of empowering organizations to lead the way with sustainable initiatives, and All Our Relations Land Trust’s environmental stewardship perfectly exemplifies this commitment. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to support their work and we’re looking forward to seeing their impact for years to come.”

The KCCAF is an annual campaign that helps community organizations pursue climate action. Each year, the KCCAF allows a registered charity or non-profit organization fund a climate project, empowering them to become part of city-wide solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the City.

“Kingston Community Credit Union has a long-standing commitment to the health and betterment of our community. Climate Change is our biggest emerging risk, and we are proud to partner with the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund for a fourth year to support these worthy initiatives through this donation,” said Jon Dessau.

KCCU partnered with the City of Kingston in 2020 with a commitment to support the KCCAF and local registered charities and not-for-profits as they work to reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. KCCU has supported the promotion and fundraising of the fund since its inception and agreed to match donations made at their branches up to $5,000 each year, the organization stated.

2 thoughts on “KCCU makes $5000 donation to support All Our Relations Land Trust

  • This is a fantastic news story for our community. Please keep us updated on how this project continues to unfold.

  • This is a generous gift for a landmark project. It should be noted that the land on which this project takes place was gifted by Faith United Church to the indigenous community. Faith United Church holds services each Sunday at 9:30 AM in the little theatre in LaSalle high school. All are welcome.

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