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Victoria garden named in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry

Its goal was to provide local residents access to fresh produce during a time of uncertainty
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Chad Hipolito/ Canadian Press)

Tanara Oliveira/Contributor

In a partnership with the James Bay Neighbourhood Association (JBNA), the Huntingdon Manor Hotel and the Pendray Inn and Tea House announced the official opening of the Dr. Bonnie Henry Commemorative Community Garden.

Born out of a swift and proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this garden project began in May 2020 as a temporary initiative.

Its goal was to provide local residents access to fresh produce during a time of uncertainty and difficulties. Today, it stands as a permanent fixture – a powerful symbol of collaboration within the community and a shared commitment to not only offer fresh food, but create a peaceful haven for mental rejuvenation.

“In response to the challenges of COVID-19 and wanting to support our community, we transformed an unused land into a community garden,” said Julia Canton, director of sales and marketing for the two hospitality businesses. “From a temporary 12-plot project, it has grown into a permanent garden with 25 plots, including three that are accessible. Named in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry’s leadership during the pandemic, this garden embodies community collaboration and the therapeutic embrace of nature. As the first private business in Victoria to take such an initiative, we are not only proud of our achievements but hope to set a precedent for other businesses to follow.”

More than just a physical space, this garden embodies a concept and a heartfelt promise. It represents a sincere dedication to redefining the role of the land – recognizing it as a crucial asset for nurturing sustenance. Additionally, it showcases a commitment to emotional well-being by encouraging a deep connection with the natural world and celebrating the unwavering energy of the local community.

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