In February 2018, in the depths of winter, Aedine Perry was busy planning for his fifth birthday, even though it was still four months away—typical for a four-year-old. What was not so typical was his request. All he wanted to do for his birthday was plant trees. As his mother Melissa Perry wrote, “He is very concerned about the environment and wants to help in any way he can.”
Working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Public Education unit and the North Slave Region office, his family was able to collect saplings. They made goodie bags with an assortment of environmental booklets and colouring books. Ecology North threw in reusable water bottles.
In mid-June, Aedine’s wish was fulfilled. Surrounded by classmates wearing gardening gloves, hats and bug spray, he planted dozens of saplings in Fred Henne Territorial Park.
Not only is young Aedine a fierce conservationist, he is also a good artist. His thank-you is hanging in ENR offices the third floor of the Scotia Centre.
We’ll be watching to see where this young man goes in the future!