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Chamber members support school and park project in Battersea:
TD Securities and the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation donate Canadian Maple trees to Battersea Park and a new library to local school.
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce has played a role in bringing an avenue of Canadian Maple trees to London’s Battersea Park.
The Friends of Battersea Park approached the Canadian High Commission to ask for sponsorship, and the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce stepped in and approached its members. TD Securities with its history of strong support for the environment was keen to participate, as was Victor Dahdaleh, who is President of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, in addition to his many other philanthropic positions. Both made generous donations to the scheme and the result is the ‘Maple Leaf Walk’ in Battersea Park, which was officially opened on 2 April 2008. A plaque was unveiled by local school children at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Thom and Councillor Grimston, as well as representatives of Battersea Park, the Canadian High Commission, Falconbrook Primary School and the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce.
TD Securities and the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation also used the opportunity to make a donation to a local Battersea school, the Falconbrook Primary School. Their joint donation will be used for a much needed redevelopment of the school library.
Geoff Alder, Head of Europe & Asia-Pacific, TD Securities said: “The planting of the Canadian Maple trees is symbolic to us being a Canadian Bank and to tie this in with something so beneficial to so many local children makes it a real triumph.” Victor Dahdaleh said: “Falconbrook School is going from strength to strength in spite of the odds against it and I feel sure that our donation will equip its pupils with the means to achieve even more, both educationally and personally.”
In order to engage local children in the two initiatives, and also help them learn more about Canada, a Canadian wildlife-themed painting competition was held at Falconbrook. Two of the young artists who painted the best pictures were then chosen to unveil the Maple Walk, and 20 runners-up received prizes in the form of book tokens which were presented by Geoff Alder of TD Securities and Victor Dahdaleh. Nigel Bacon, Executive Director of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce added: “It is fantastic to see the Canadian business community contributing to London life in this way, and the Chamber was delighted to play a role in bringing our members together in partnership with the local community.”