When a community comes together anything is possible.
Wednesday was perfect example of that as volunteers, neighbours, renters and community groups came together for a massive clean up to the Groutage Apartment block and neighbouring buildings.
“A lot of people walk down this area and are not impressed,” explained Sheila Adcock, a program co-ordinator with Career Development Services.
Many of the program’s clients live in the area so it was a natural move for Adcock to spearhead a project, with support of building owner Paul Obal, to help brighten up the 100-year old structure and surrounding area.
“This is part of our community and we are proud of where we live,” she added.
With the help of an army of 30 to 40 volunteers, equipment donated from various groups including Sanctuary, Community in Bloom, which supplied flowers, and the Trail Kiwanis Club, which supplied lunch.
Over three dumpster bins of garbage were hauled away while flowers and shrubs were planted around the buildings and the cleanup extended to the pathways and back alleys.
So many people lent a hand including one anonymous donor quietly stopped by and delivered water and muffins for everyone to snack on.
Photos by Guy Bertrand