Mississauga donates spring flowers to health care professionals

 

It might not feel like spring, but some deserving people are still receiving beautiful bundles of flowers.

On April 24, the City of Mississauga announced that it's donating approximately 1,500 pansies, ranunculus and primrose as a gesture of thanks to hospital workers and health care providers at Trillium Health Partners.

Trillium Health Partners operates both Credit Valley Hospital and the Mississauga Hospital.

"We are incredibly grateful to our hospital and health care heroes who are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement. 

"This is a small gesture but one we believe shows Mississauga's support for the dedicated men and women who courageously go to work to keep us healthy and safe.”  

The city partnered with Humberview Maintenance Group Ltd., Royalview Landscaping and Winsom Landscape Contractors to collect and deliver the plants to health care professionals as they exit the hospitals.

The project also ensures that no plant material—which is ordered long before spring begins—is wasted. 

"Plant materials for the city's spring planting program, typically used in planters and gardens across the city, are ordered eight months in advance and could not be cancelled," said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment, in a statement.  

"Our parks and forestry staff are preparing for the onset of spring which includes litter pick up and the mowing of turf but horticulture is not an essential service. Rather than dispose of this plant material, a proposal was developed at the request of Mayor Crombie to donate the plants to hospital workers and health care providers at Trillium."

Trillium has thanked the city for the gesture.  

"The staff at Trillium Health Partners are working long hours under difficult circumstances," said Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners Foundation, in a statement. 

"This is a lovely and moving gesture from the City of Mississauga, one which reminds us that, even in dark times, beauty and renewal persist. On behalf of my colleagues at the hospital, a special thanks to Mayor Crombie and the city."

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