St. Norbert is the gateway to the city from the south and I take pride in helping keep it clean.
I think that my aversion to garbage comes from my childhood memories. My mother was a very community-oriented person and would often walk stray shopping carts back to the mall.
She hated trash on the streets with a fiery passion and would be seen walking around with a garbage bag picking up trash in the evenings.
She would also get my sister and I involved, and ask our friends to pick up trash for 50 cents a bag. Of course, in the 1970s that would buy you some Lik-M-Aid, sour candies and Bazooka Joe gum at the local Mac’s, so my friends were right there beside me in the slush and muck.
Right up until she passed in 2010, I remember her telling me how she was trying to organize a community cleanup with students at Dakota Collegiate in her new neighbourhood.
I have realized that her mission to hunt down trash and wrangle it up was something I do without even thinking. When I lived in Waverley Heights I would do the same thing my mom did, on evening walks with my family we picked up trash such as stray wrappers, coffee cups and any other stray refuse that was carelessly tossed out a car window or simply dropped on a walk.
Thanks to my mom’s training, I now start almost every day, time and weather permitting, by walking up the strip in St. Norbert with a garbage bag to collect stray trash. Marilyn Firth from the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market had often seen me in the neighbourhood picking up garbage, so earlier this year the market donated a metal garbage picker for me to use.
Many people in St. Norbert are committed to keeping our community clean and litter-free. This year’s spring cleanup was hugely successful. Over 30 people participated and we cleaned the streets from Waverley Heights to St. Norbert. Thank you again to all the volunteers who came out!