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Keep Collingwood Clean

A group of dedicated volunteers gathered in the parking lot behind Tim Horton’s on First Street in Collingwood on Saturday morning to continue the good work of “keeping Collingwood clean.”

Recently the group learned that it had been awarded a grant from the UnSmoke Canada/Great Outdoors Fund. The group was recognized for its devoted work and extensive hours of volunteer time in the community. Group organizers are grateful for the grant, saying the money will help with printing, bags, grabbers and gloves. Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson’s Executive Assistant Jamie Berman was on hand to talk about the grant and boast about the great work of the group. In fact, Jamie is a member!

The group continues to grow and volunteers are welcome to join in. The presence of “Les Butts” helps to deliver the message that throwing away a cigarette butt is never a good idea.

The Keep Collingwood Clean volunteers are always on the lookout for other problem areas. For example, here is a recent post from their facebook page:

“We volunteered to help “Georgian Bay Forever Group” clean up at Sunset Point on Tuesday June 20th. We came across this awful silver foil in the grass. This was a hands and knees job but three of us cleaned most of it up. If it’s in the bay I bet the fish and birds would love it. Another day of saving our planet from trash.”

Original members – left-to-right: Kathleen Wilkinson, (Les Butts in the middle!) Mary Ellen Sheffield, Jacqui Eger, Sandra Payette
Ready to get to work! Keep Collingwood Clean volunteers including Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson’s Executive Assistant Jamie Berman – far right
Jacqui Eger confirms work locations. This is one group of volunteers. More volunteers were working at other locations.
This is hard work, especially in the hot sun, but volunteers continue to work throughout Collingwood to pick up cigarette butts on sidewalks, in parking lots and in our parks.
… and look at how much garbage was picked up on this particular occasion! Jamie Berman said 100 pounds of garbage was collected in two hours.

The Keep Collingwood Clean group of volunteers is always out and about picking up garbage. You can join them or just do your part by picking up any garbage you see as you explore Collingwood’s streets, parking lots, parks and trails.