I was pleased to join more than 50 residents who participated in a neighbourhood clean up during a steady rain on Sunday morning, March 28. At least 20 bags of litter were picked up in under two hours. The initiative was organized by Kurt H., a Churchill Meadows resident who took it upon himself to put together a well-organized litter pick up event – including adherence to provincial health guidelines in the midst of COVID-19 – and invited participation through a neighbourhood social media app that he moderates. The area covered on Sunday included the northerly part of Churchill Meadows from Brtiannia Road to McDowell Drive, Ninth Line to Winston Churchill Blvd.

Together with others, Kurt hopes to do the next section the weekend after Easter. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community in a meaningful way. It improves the look of the neighbourhood and shows that people do care about the place they call home. Thank you to all you joined in and especially to Kurt for organizing this successful event.

I am happy to support these events in specific ways – by providing gloves and garbage bags and arranging for pick up of the filled bags afterward. If this is something you are interested in organizing for your street, park or neighbourhood and want to know how to get started, or if you would like to participate in such an event, please contact my office to express your willingness to help out.

I know there are also individuals who take a garbage bag with them on their walks through our parks and boulevards and pick up litter on their way. Thank you! You’re making a difference in our community.