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‘Plant a Seed for Ed’ event to honour a family and promote road safety

BRAMPTON, ON (May 15, 2024) On May 11th, a day before Mother’s Day, Neville-Lake Park in Brampton became a beacon of warmth as locals and guests gathered for the annual “Plant a Seed” event. Organized by Jennifer Neville-Lake in partnership withYork Region MADD as well as Many Hands Doing Good, this event not only raises awareness for road safety but also honours the cherished memory of Jennifer’s late husband, Edward Lake; her father, Gary Neville; and her children: Daniel (9 years), Harrison (Harry) (5 years), and Milagros (Milly) (2 years).

This year marks the first time the event was held at Neville-Lake Park, which has been updated with new installations that showcase the interests of the Neville-Lake children. A multi-purpose court and ground art installations representing the passions of Jennifer and Edward’s children. Daniel’s love for basketball is commemorated with a dedicated court, his passion for astronomy with a Planetarium Fitness Trail, Harry’s cherished words “I am” through a Word Affirmation Hopscotch, and Milly’s love for ducks with a Duck Print activity.

Councillor Rowena Santos opened the event, emphasizing the importance of remembrance and resilience. “In the heart of Neville-Lake Park, we gather here to plant seeds of remembrance and resilience, honouring the spirits of those we’ve lost to tragedy, and nurturing the growth of safety, community, and hope for the future.” said Santos, and stressed the paramount importance of road safety, declaring, “Driving impaired is never the option.” Mayor Patrick Brown agreed with these sentiments, underlining the importance of collective action to prevent road tragedies.

The City of Brampton showed strong support for the event, with representatives from Brampton Fire, Peel Regional Police – Road Safety Unit, and Brampton Animal Services in attendance.

Proceeds from the event will support York Region MADD and Many Hands Doing Good, furthering their missions to promote road safety and provide art therapy funding for children affected by trauma.

The event concluded with a touching performance by award-winning Canadian folk artist Abe Drennan, who dedicated his song “Spirits Soared” to the memory of Edward Lake and his children. Proceeds from the song will benefit Many Hands Doing Good.

About Many Hands, Doing Good:

Many Hands Doing Good is a charitable organization dedicated to nurturing and inspiring children affected by trauma through arts therapy funding. Founded by Jennifer and Edward Neville-Lake, the charity aims to empower individuals to create a positive impact in their communities.


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