GNAG’s CAT Squad paints the Glebe red and white for Canada 2017

October 20, 2016 | by glebeadmin
Students from GNAG's C.A.T. Squad plant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe.

Students from GNAG’s C.A.T. Squad plant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe.

Youth from the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) spent Tuesday evening painting the town  red – and white.

A swath of 15 kids from GNAG’s Community Action Team (C.A.T.) Squad planted over 100 red and white Canadian tulips along Bank Street to help celebrate the country’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Students from GNAG's C.A.T. Squad plant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe.

Students from GNAG’s C.A.T. Squad plant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe.

The kids could be seen digging, weeding and planting in various beds throughout the Glebe and while there are no flowers yet, the real surprise will come in springtime when the tulips bloom just in time for Canada 2017 celebrations.

The tulips will add to the Glebe’s natural beauty and rustic charm, while helping us all ring in our nation’s 150th birthday with style.

“I believe that it is of tremendous importance for youth to have opportunities to get involved and contribute in their communities,” says GNAG Youth, Outreach and Leadership Manager Tim Lamothe.

Students from GNAG's C.A.T. Squad plant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe.

Students from GNAG’s C.A.T. Squad plant tulips along Bank Street in the Glebe.

“At GNAG, we do our absolute best to offer as many volunteer opportunities to high school youth as possible because it helps youth feel connected to their neighborhood – which can only be a good thing – and that’s why it was so fantastic that the Glebe BIA asked us to help plant the tulips. When you give teens the chance to help, contribute and get involved, you are potentially fostering a lifelong connection to giving back and to the positive stewardship of the community.”

GNAG’s C.A.T. Squad is designed specifically for high school students who want to be leaders, make a difference in their community and get some of their volunteer credit while doing it. C.A.T. Squad will give participants the chance to build their resume, develop leadership skills, and volunteer hands-on in various capacities.

Visit www.gnag.ca for more information.