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Oct 29, 2019

STERLING HOMES AND PACESETTER HOMES VOLUNTEERS WITH THE CITY OF CALGARY TO PLANT TREES

Calgary, AB – Qualico’s Volunteer Day initiative encourages employees to give back to their communities in a meaningful and heartfelt way. This is exactly why Sterling Homes and Pacesetter Homes Calgary teamed up to plant 360 trees at Auburn Bay Dog Park this past July.

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Auburn Bay Dog Park is one of the newest dog parks in Calgary, and it has quickly become a popular destination for urban dog-owners. The park sits alongside a busy highway, and in order to reduce noise pollution and create a natural safety barrier, the City of Calgary launched a tree-planting project for the park.

Qualico was keen to help out, and with over 50 volunteers at the helm, the project took a single day to complete. Without the help of such volunteers, a job of this magnitude would have easily taken City of Calgary Parks’ staff several weeks to tackle.

“The experience was fantastic,” said Vickie Cugnet, Marketing Coordinator, Sterling Homes Calgary. “Many of us didn’t know or understand the work involved in planting a tree. Holes need to be a specific depth and width, and the trees need to be handled with care applying just the right amount of pressure to the root system, called ‘tickling’, to ensure the roots take hold and grow properly.”

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A variety of departments were represented too, from office and sales to site employees. All gathered together and worked as a cohesive team.

“We were all paired up in groups of two or three and many of us grouped together with staff we don’t normally get to work directly with, so it was a great way to build teamwork and develop new dynamics amongst the different departments,” said Vickie.

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The Sterling Homes and Pacesetter Homes employees had an incredible experience volunteering with the City of Calgary, and many were grateful to have the opportunity to support the community.

“Trees are vital for a healthy and sustainable environment, and it is important for community members to see builders and developers give back, especially where the environment is concerned,” said Vickie.

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