Lake Country Councillors Barbara Leamont (right) and Lisa Cameron (middle) were among dozens of community members helping to clean up Pelmewash Parkway Wednesday.

Lake Country Councillors Barbara Leamont (right) and Lisa Cameron (middle) were among dozens of community members helping to clean up Pelmewash Parkway Wednesday.

Corridor gains makeover

A wide cross section of dedicated volunteers in Lake Country rolled up their sleeves

KEVIN PARNELL

Black Press

A wide cross section of dedicated volunteers in Lake Country rolled up their sleeves to beautify one of their highly prized recreation corridors in Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Community 20 -Minute Make Over Wednesday.

Waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart says this is the eighth annual event designed to kick start  Community Clean Up Month and to showcase how easy it is for anyone,  anywhere to get involved.

“It’s extremely encouraging to see the huge community spirit from such a wide variety of Lake Country residents this year,” said Stewart.

“A  group of over 50 volunteers plan to clean up along the former highway now known as Pelmewash Parkway on the shores of Wood Lake plus Oyama Road.”

Volunteers from several groups took part including George Elliot  Senior Secondary Environmental Sciences students, members of the Oceola Fish and Game Club, members of Walk Around Lake Country (WALC),  students from Oyama Traditional School, Lake Country District staff,  Gatzke Orchards, Interior Land Reclamation, the Fresh Outlook  Foundation, Ruff n’ It Doggy Spa, and many more.

“Over the years, literally thousands of people have participated in 20 Minute Make Over and in Community Clean Up Month, from school groups  to service organizations, church groups, families, co-workers, and  friends. It’s always inspiring to see that level of commitment,”  Stewart added.

Mike Kamann, a director with the Oceola Fish and Game Club, says his group is proud to be part of this year’s Make Over along Pelmewash Parkway in Lake Country.

“Our organization has a long standing history of community involvement to protect, enhance and promote the wise use of the environment. The club has a strong conservation ethic, and that’s why we’re very  excited to be rolling up our sleeves and taking part in this clean-up. Our members have worked on a variety of habitat restoration projects to support our local kokanee fishery on Wood Lake.”

If you can’t manage a cleanup on Wednesday as part of the 20-Minute Make Over, you’re reminded the entire month of April is officially Community Clean Up Month.

To arrange your own cleanup and get free litter bags and gloves, and arrange to have the garbage you collect picked up when you’re done, contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s waste reduction  office at 250-469-6250.