With spring well under-way, it’s time for neighbourhood clean-up days. These are some of my favourite activities to participate in each year. They offer a great chance to see friends, meet new people, and to get outside after a winter indoors, all while making sure that Winnipeg South remains looking its best. There are many such days to choose from, taking place over several weekends – so if you can’t attend one, chances are good that you’ll be able to help out at another! These events are generally organized by one of the many neighbourhood associations we’re lucky to have, and their success depends on the generosity of our residents who donate their time and energy to a worthy cause.
This year, Winnipeg South’s first neighbourhood clean-up day was the Richmond West Community Clean-Up. Despite a late season snowfall, volunteers from around the area suited up in their warm and waterproof gear and came out to lend a hand. It happened to take place, fittingly, on Earth Day. Celebrated on April 22nd of each year, Earth Day gives us a chance to both appreciate Canada’s natural beauty, and to reaffirm our commitment to protecting our environment from threats such as climate change. By acknowledging the role we can each play in looking after our neighbourhoods and beyond, we are taking positive action for the future of our children and grandchildren. We all want a clean and healthy environment.
I have always tried to spend time outside enjoying nature, and really value having green space close by even if I only have time to get out for a short walk. We’re incredibly lucky to have a wealth of parks, walking paths, and gathering places at the South end of the city. Areas like Henteleff Park, Fort Whyte Alive and the outdoor Le Marché Saint-Norbert Farmers’ Market all offer great spots to get some fresh air and take advantage of all that spring and summer in Winnipeg have to offer. So hop on your bike, grab your rollerblades, or lace up your running or walking shoes, and head out your front door – and if you see me hiking a trail or buying some veggies, come say ‘hi’!