Town leaders and staff pitch in to help clean community
Members of Town Council and staff took a break from their usual work environments on April 25 to embark on a spring-cleaning expedition to help beautify the downtown core and the areas surrounding the Town Office, the Stony Plain Public Swimming Pool and the Glenn Hall Centennial Arena.
The initiative was part of Operation: Clean Sweep - the theme of the 46th-annual Pitch-In Canada Week (April 21-27, 2013). This is the thirteenth consecutive year that the Town has participated in this important program - the largest environmental improvement campaign in Canada, which operates in communities across the country.
"It is amazing what many hands can do,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain, who issued an official proclamation (-128KB) of the week-long initiative on April 19. "It really makes a big difference. We encourage everyone to invest some time to help clean up their neighbourhoods. Our entire community reaps the benefits and rewards of those who pitch in and do their part."
The group met at Shikaoi Park at 11:30 a.m., where it launched its spring-cleaning ‘attack,’ picking up, and disposing, garbage. A combined 23 bags of trash were collected within half-an-hour. Following the 30-minute-makeover, the groups gathered at the Stony Plain Youth Centre (SPYC) for lunch, which was prepared, served and sponsored by the staff and youth at the SPYC.
About Pitch-in Canada Week
A partnership between governments, the media, industry and the public, Pitch-in Canada Week is an annual initiative that involves more than 3.5 million registered volunteers, who participate in a wide range of clean-up projects and activities each year. Annual campaign results are incorporated in the world-wide Clean-up-the-World statistics. Pitch-in Canada Week is supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (source: pitch-in.ca).
About Pitch-in Canada
Founded in 1967, Pitch-in Canada is a national non-profit organization that was started by volunteers concerned about the proliferation of packaging and its effects on land and marine environments, The organizers recognized that personal action, with assistance from - but not dependent on - governments and other stakeholders was needed to conserve, enhance and protect the environment and to reduce and reuse waste. Today, Pitch-In Canada involves millions of volunteers in various action programs, from initiating recycling and composting programs to cleaning up and beautifying streams, wilderness and urban areas (source: pitch-in.ca).
The Town is committed to environmental responsibility, by protecting its natural resources and promoting responsible consumption patterns that encourage living within our ecological limits. Environmental Responsibility is one of the four core values of the Community Sustainability Plan, the Town’s strategic plan.