HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Every year the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay holds community cleanups. But this year they’ve been trying to get the community more involved and town councilor Lori-Dyson-Edmunds said the feedback had been great.
“We had a couple and there’s a difference around town on how things are looking, we’re getting a lot of positive feedback, so we’re going to do one more,” she said.
The town has scheduled the next one for Sept. 19. While most of the initiatives have had good participation the last cleanup was cancelled due to low participation. Dyson-Edmunds said they’re going to try something different this time to get the word out.
“We have a bit bigger blitz for this one, we’re going to put some challenges out to try to encourage some of the businesses to compete with each other,” she said.
They would also like to get school groups, local offices and maybe even government departments involved, she said, competing for who can collect the most.
Some people have taken it upon themselves to initiate clean up activities, such as local businessperson Darrelle Morris, who held a challenge for people to pick up bags of garbage and she gave out free ice cream.
“Everybody should be playing their part, it’s the way I always think of it,” Dyson-Edmunds said. “You get people who are setting the tone and doing things and taking it upon themselves to pick up a bag here or a bag there. You have people like Darrelle (Morris), they started that initiative down there and it was wonderful. It was great and the end result was cleaner streets.”
Dyson-Edmunds said to watch out for the town’s announcement on the challenges for the next clean up, which will be posted soon.