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Saturday, March 5 2016

“These can’t be free!” exclaim Woodside Square Shopping Centre patrons who can’t help but do double takes as they walk past multiple buckets of long stem daisies in every imaginable colour. The organizers of Pick Ontario and I are frequently reassuring passersby they can put their wallets away. Many are individuals my staff and I have gotten to know and appreciate over the past few years. Free and flowers usually don’t go together in the same sentence, but I try to make anything at our community mall possible. The smiles on each recipient’s face seem to magnify as they are instructed to give the extra flower received to someone else, to essentially pass on the kind gesture to a person who’d need it most and spread the random acts of kindness. Pick Ontario gave away 4,000 gerbera daisies, provided by Ontario grown Farmers, at Woodside Square in an effort to brighten peoples’ day, while showcasing the importance of Ontario flowers. In collaboration with Pick Ontario we were able to see everyone experience the happiness felt when they received flowers, as well as the happiness they create when they gave flowers. A touch of brightness, colour and excitement was added to the commute of many mall customers, kids, strangers and store owners. Any chance to surprise the hardworking members of the community and to encourage positivity throughout our neighbourhoods is one worth taking.

Fatima M – Triovest

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