My name is Lisa Browning, and I am the creator of the One Thousand Trees website and One Thousand Trees: the magazine. I am also an active freelance writer and editor, and the sole proprietor of words along the path, offering writing, editing, and pre-press/publishing services, and Saplings, offering children's book publishing services.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Toronto's York University in 1988, and subsequently worked as an editor for over fifteen years. I have experience in both the public and private sector, with small companies, non-profit organizations, and major corporations. In recent years, I rediscovered my passion for writing, and have had essays and articles published in a variety of online and print magazines.
I created One Thousand Trees and its divisions because I was inspired to make a difference in this world, using the gifts and talents I have been given.
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One Thousand Trees: facilitating wellness through connection, creativity and community service
BACKGROUND: On November 2, 2009, one thousand trees were planted in a field across from Starkey’s Loop, a hiking trail just outside of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The trees were planted by former and current students of the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), in the midst of CELP founder, teacher, and life-long non-smoker Mike Elrick’s battle with lung cancer. Mike lost the battle on November 23, 2009. One Thousand Trees is a response to the legacy he has left to so many .