The Elk Valley 4-H Club took time to help clean up the community. Kylie Keehn

Sparwood Cleanup Day a success

On Saturday, Apr. 23 almost 70 volunteers from across Sparwood gathered as part of the third annual Sparwood Cleanup Day.

The rain held off on Saturday, Apr. 23  when almost 70 volunteers from across Sparwood gathered as part of the third annual Sparwood Cleanup  Day.   It was a great turnout and wonderful to see so many from the community come out and help pick up litter in Sparwood.

Other Sparwood cleanups  occurred  during the week including  families who could  not  make the Saturday event, Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School, classes from Sparwood Secondary School, and the Joy Global Occupational Health and Safety Committee.  The students cleaned areas around the school and Joy Global  cleaned  two major roads in Sparwood, including Douglas  Fir Road where their offices are situated.

Joy Global employees participated in the Sparwood Cleanup on Apr. 23. Joy Global Employees participated in the Sparwood Cleanup on Apr. 23

Sparwood Mayor Cal McDougall  said the community cleanup campaign would be impossible without the volunteer help. Generous support was also provided by the East Kootenay Community Credit Union, Acklands-Grainger, Overwaitea, Teck, Lilac Terrace, and Pitch-In Canada.

“We want to thank everyone from the community who came out to help,” said McDougall. “It’s great that so many people are willing to give their time for the cause of environmental stewardship and we look forward to continuing  this event in 2017.”