City staff and officials joined long-time Brantford resident and retired business owner, 89 year old, John Monné, as he announced a donation of $10,000 to the City’s Parks and Recreation department. The sole purpose of the donation – plant trees throughout the community.
Furthermore, Monne announced he is willing 10% of his total estate to the same cause, and challenged his fellow seniors to do the same.
“It is my sincere hope that this initiative spreads throughout Brantford, the County of Brant and southern Ontario. I think people are much more likely to contribute to something that will impact the beautification of their own backyard.”John Monne, Brantford Resident and Retired Business Owner
Monne chose Thursday, December 5th to make the announcement because of the date’s significance to the Dutch St. Nicholas Eve and its tradition of gift-giving.
“I see this as a gift to make the environment better for future generations so today was the perfect time to share this with my community.”John Monne, Brantford Resident and Retired Business Owner
Monne was the owner and operator of Maverick’s Spring Makers for over 40 years, and also a passionate outdoor enthusiast. He is also a pan-american masters swimming championships gold medal winner in the 85-89 age group.
“I can’t thank John enough for his generosity and for the outstanding example he’s setting for others to follow in this season of giving.”Dan McCreary, Acting Mayor, City of Brantford
The city will also honour Monne with a recognition event in April on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The first tree, as a result of his donation, will be planted that day.