Wesgroup was proud to join the local movement to keep Vancouver spectacular in partner with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, on Aug 11th, 2016. It was a great and sunny day for a group of 25 Wesgroup staff to give back to the community and play a role in the neighbourhood. This mini-event took place at English Bay, from Bidwell Street to Broughton Street, along the park and shoreline. In total, nine large bags of trash were collected in 1.5 hours. The event did not go unnoticed by park goers who stopped to ask who we were and what we were doing.

Wesgroup continues to give back to the communities and believe in sustainable environments such as revitalizing the natural ecosystem and maintaining the livability of wildlife habitats. By cleaning up in and around the shoreline we mitigate the risks of threatened and endangered animals and ensure the health and safety of the beach and park goers.

Our team was surprised to find many random discarded items, from 1000+ cigarette butts to straws, shoes, hat, keys, buried tarot cards and more – an afternoon well spent!

Through this experience, we have found that Vancouverites have got it right – the beaches and park areas around English Bay were quite clean and made our job a breeze. With the Celebration of Lights and the Pride Parade taking place just recently, maybe the cleanliness is a result of the clean up teams’ efforts.

 

We challenge other organizations to participate in giving back to the Metro Vancouver community.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a joint effort led by the Vancouver Aquarium and the WWF, empowering people just like you to take action against shoreline litter, through cleanups and protecting the city’s shoreline.

Keep Vancouver Spectacular is a series of local programs designed to reduce litter in our public spaces, while helping to foster healthy, clean streets, parks, beaches and more. If you’re interested in taking part and giving back to your local area or shoreline, see their websites (Keep Vancouver Spectacular & Great  Shoreline Clean up), for details.