2020 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada Award

2020 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada Award

NAPPC Award Canada
Shelly Candel is proud to accept the 2020 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada award from Pollinator Partnership.

Thank you so much, Vicki, for your very kind introduction.

Good day everyone!! I wish to congratulate all the other recipients on receiving this bee-utiful award.

I wouldn’t be here today if not for Phyllis Stiles. A dear friend, my mentor, the founder, long-time director, and the brilliance and passion behind Bee City USA.

So, I’d like to share with you the 3 important things I have learned since starting Bee City Canada almost 5 years ago.

Shelly Candel Pollinator Partnership Award

SHARE POSITIVE MESSAGES…and the world-wide movement of “Regenerative Agricuture” is a message we all need to be sharing and promoting. If you are not sure what it is all about,  there is a new film out called  “KISS THE GROUND”,  available on Netflix.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with our indigenous brothers and sisters across the Americas.   There is so much we can learn from their ancestoral wisdom.  I am so honoured and proud that  2 First Nation Communites, T’it’q’et and Xwisten, both in British Columbia,  joined the Bee City Family.  Through them and an Anishinaabe elder, Mary Anne Caibaiosai, I learned the meaning of relationships, whether about our relationship to the land, or the plants, or the flyers, or the crawlers, or the swimmers, or the 4-legged, or even the 2-legged,…All relationships should have qualities of respect, reciprocity and responsibility.

TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE WE NEED TO FOCUS ON EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN…  Children. care and they want to make a positive difference on this planet.   Let’s give them the tools to make this happen.   Every school should have a garden, and every child should feel their hands in mother earth and plant the seeds needed for a healthier landscape for our pollinators.   And every child, should be EXCITED, not afraid when they see a bee!

Thank you so much.

Shelly Candel

Director, Bee City Canada

Bee City Canada Pollinator Summit

On September 25, 2018 Bee City Canada held their first Pollinator Summit at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge, Ontario. This report provides a summary of the event that emphasized participation and collaboration.

Workshop participants included representatives from 19 current and future Ontario Bee Cities, four Bee Campuses including Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, Fleming College, and Western University. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry attended, along with several organizations including Wildlife Preservation Canada, Pollinator Partnership, the Ontario Greenbelt Foundation, and Hydro One.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together Bee City Canada affiliates, volunteers, and supporters, to network, share knowledge, and celebrate successes. The success of the bee city movement is a result of the commitment and action taken by all of these passionate people who continue to support, protect, and raise awareness for pollinators.

The morning began with an introduction from OMAFRA facilitator Helen Scutt, opening remarks by Bee City Canada Director Shelly Candel, and an important opening welcome from Anishinaabe cultural consultant, Kim Wheatley. Kim also provided closing remarks reminding us to ensure inclusivity in every effort, inviting people to the table whose voices are largely unheard.

Included in the morning agenda, several Ontario Bee Cities shared their journeys and successful bee city initiatives including Niagara Falls, the Township of King, and the City of Guelph. As the first bee city in Canada, the City of Toronto highlighted their bee city program and Pollinator Protection Strategy. Prior to the morning break, the Provincial Apiary Specialist with OMAFRA and the Vice President of the Ontario Bee Keepers Association addressed summit attendees (see Appendix A for speaker details).

Breakout Session Topics


  • Habitat
  • Education & Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Celebrating Pollinators
  • Sourcing Materials (plants, seeds)
  • Collaboration & Partnerships
  • What can Bee City Canada do for you?

Two keynote speakers from the University of Guelph immediately followed the morning break to inspire attendees for the afternoon breakout sessions. The breakout sessions were designed with participation and collaboration in mind and attendees participated in discussions and visioning at four of eight sessions of their choosing (Box 1). Sessions were primarily facilitated by Bee City Canada Board of Directors and the summit organizing team. In twenty minute intervals, participants moved between topics and shared thoughts, ideas, successes, challenges, and ways forward for bee city affiliates.

Moving Forward – Next Steps

It is important to maintain the momentum of the Bee City movement across the country. In September 2018 there are 22 bee cities, 21 bee schools, and 11 bee businesses and this number is growing. The Bee City movement is an opportunity to take action in a meaningful way to support and protect pollinators and be part of a larger community of practice that is concerned with creating positive and lasting change in the world.

Key Messages


 Knowledge sharing between and beyond bee cities.

Education is critical to move forward and address misconceptions.

Collaboration & partnerships are vital.

Leverage existing programs and technology for messaging.

Tap into local/regional/national leadership and expertise.

Simple and consistent messages.

Be mindful of inclusivity.

“Save the Bees” Campaign Featured on CTV News Ottawa

During a CTV News Ottawa segment about seasonal allergies, natural medicine expert Sherry Torkos spoke about A. Vogel’s “Save the Bees” campaign and their support for Bee City Canada.

For every A.Vogel Allergy Relief product sold, the company is donating $1 to Bee City Canada initiatives aimed at educating children about the importance of pollinators.

We are very thankful to A. Vogel for their generosity as well as their commitment to educating our children about protecting pollinators.

The segment aired on April 27, 2017.


A. Vogel “Save the Bees” Campaign

A. Vogel “Save the Bees” Campaign

A.Vogel wants to help save the bees!

Bees and other pollinators are the unpaid workforce of A.Vogel, pollinating herbs and ensuring they have high quality products. They never use pesticides or chemical fertilizers, so pollinators are very willing workers!

To help protect pollinators and their habitat, A. Vogel is generously donating $1 from the sale of each unit of their Allergy Relief line of products to Bee City Canada and Urban Seedling, a Montreal-based business specializing in creating organic vegetable gardens in urban areas.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you can get the relief you need and help save pollinators at the same time.

A.Vogel Allergy Relief is a homeopathic medicine for the treatment of sneezing, itchy nose and burning eyes. After using A.Vogel Allergy Relief, 88.5% of patients reported an improvement in their allergy symptoms.

A.Vogel Allergy Relief is:

  • Non-addictive, non drowsy and has no side effects.
  • Sugar, lactose and gluten-free.
  • Safe for pregnant women and children aged 1 and up.
Bee City Canada and Bentall Kennedy’s Partnership Nets Marketing Award

Bee City Canada and Bentall Kennedy’s Partnership Nets Marketing Award

2016 ICSC Maple Leaf Gold Award

We were very happy to hear that our friends at Bentall Kennedy received the 2016 International Council of Shopping Center’s Maple Leaf Gold Award for their work promoting pollinator health. The company’s ‘Bee Friendly’ campaign, which ran during Earth Week, included activities in malls across Toronto to educate visitors about pollinators and promote Toronto as a Bee City. We caught up with Domenic Imbesi, who was instrumental in this campaign, to ask him about Bentall Kennedy’s commitment to helping pollinators and how this is shaping employee attitudes towards a more pollinator-friendly lifestyle.

How has your experience been working with Bee City Canada?

Awesome! I’m really content that Bee City Canada approached us with the opportunity to commence a partnership.

We’ve established a great business relationship. Shelly Candel, Director, is humble and very professional. Gillian Leitch, Program Director, is passionate and very appreciative of our efforts. Together the energy devoted to this cause by this “two-person” team mimics the work and functions of a “Bee Hive” (pardon the pun) . Bee City Canada’s social responsibility values truly align with our corporate values and for this reason I think we were able to foster a successful partnership.

Do you think about things differently now that you know more about pollinators?

Yes! I feel I can be an ambassador and help to raise awareness about this important environmental concern. Prior to meeting with Bee City Canada, I was not educated in this area. Bee City Canada helped me to become more aware of this crisis. I find myself now wanting to learn more about this issue. The topic now comes up often in discussions with my personal friends and at family gatherings.

What impact has the partnership with Bee City Canada had on the company?
To be one of the first companies to support Bee City Canada is an honour. Our “Bee Friendly” public awareness campaign has allowed us to practice one of our core objectives – to better the communities our shopping centre portfolios serve.

Our staff is now intrigued and motivated and are encouraged to be more sustainable in their day to day functions. Truly a viral positive effect!