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Sherri Kelly, Ottawa Baha’i Centre, Ottawa

“Greening Sacred Spaces has inspired our faith community with the knowledge and resources to move forward toward a practical approach in meeting our responsibility of stewardship for our planet.” 

Mark Steiman, Shaarei-Beth El, Oakville

GSS services has been a catalyst helping us adapt operations to reduce our costs as they coach us to embrace more eco-friendly behaviour. It’s all broadening awareness of social responsibility.

Rev. Joanne Hedge, Applewood United Church, Mississauga

Greening Sacred Spaces allowed us to celebrate, learn and move forward to more fully live with respect in Creation.”

Deborat Laforet, St. Paul’s United Church, Oakville

GSS has been amazing to work with and they have connected us with other agencies in the community, which has helped us with our goal of reaching out and being of service to our community.

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  • Heart Land: Youth Ecological Grief Session

    Our youth leaders took a journey around the spiral last month! 🌀

    We were fortunate to have Heart Land lead the January mentorship session of our Green Youth Leadership Program.

    For the past couple of months, Heart Land has generously collaborated with us through our Green Youth Leadership Program, from supporting the program through sponsorship to leading a workshop with the youth. Their session on ecological grief has played an integral role in expanding the scope of teachings available for the youth and in the youth’s development as climate leaders.

    It was a lovely and successful session of healing! Heart Land facilitator Robin guided us through a series of exercises and techniques aimed at enriching our mindfulness. We were able to broaden our understanding of earth care, practice reflection, and deepen connections with the people and life around us. Skills very much needed for the future of the planet and within the environmental sector!

    Visit Heart Land’s website here: https://www.griefintogrowth.com/

  • 🌱Green Youth Leadership Program Launch

    Our Green Youth Leadership Program saw it’s official launch back in November 2022, and since then, we have had great progress in the mentorship and development of the youth projects we are working on! Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to!

    Since it’s inception, we have hosted two successful, virtual mentorship sessions where youth were able to explore themes commonly encountered in the environmental and nonprofit sectors. In November, we kicked off the program by focusing on self-leadership, and then in the following month, we turned our attention to engagement organizing. With this mentorship, the youth have also been hard at work organizing and planning the environmental projects that we will see materialize in the springtime of this year. Some of the projects they are working on are: educational student activities, clean-ups, and youth engagement.

  • Sustainability Star 2022!
    We are very pleased to announce that we were awarded a Sustainability Star Award this year by Sustainable Eastern Ontario for our work in the environmental sector!

    We had a lovely evening on November 21st speaking and celebrating with other local sustainability leaders. A special thank you to our board members Emine Turgut and Philip Yung for accepting the award and supporting GSS at the event.

    Great job team! Here’s to another great year in environmental work!

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Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) Ottawa is an environmental, interfaith, nonprofit organization that provides inspiration and practical tools for faith communities to become more environmentally sustainable in order to reduce their environmental footprint and deepen their spiritual connection to nature.

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Charlie Scromeda

Program Coordinator greeningsacredspacesottawa@gmail.com

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