Councillor’s annual cleanup set for Pitch-In Week

Tyler Clarke
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Springtime just wouldn’t be springtime without Coun. Charlene Miller’s annual cleanup.


Coun. Charlene Miller (centre) and Queen Mary Community School education assistant Janice Toulejour (right of Miller) stand behind a group of Grade 4 and 5 students on Wednesday during the annual cleanup of Ward 1 last year. 

Coinciding with Pitch-In week, the west flat area city councillor’s annual cleanup will take place from May 5-10, during which anyone interested in pitching in is encouraged to do so.

Every year, volunteers find quite a bit of garbage to pick up from city streets, Miller said.

“It’s quite a bit -- It’s for sure about 20 loads to the landfill and about five loads of appliances, and the loads of appliances are about eight to 10 (items) at a time,” she said.

Staff from Action Transmission donate the use of a truck for the day, which is used to move scrap appliances from people’s yards to McDonald’s Metals.

The annual cleanup will be pretty much the same as it’s always been, Miller said, adding that one notable change is its extension into Saturday for those who work during the week.

From Monday through Friday, Miller will be ushering teams of Queen Mary Community School students through Ward 1, where they will lend their small hands to the effort.

“I want the kids to clean up their community and take some pride in where they live, play and learn,” Miller said.

Other volunteers will meet at Parkland Hall, where Miller’s husband, David, will direct things from 9 am. to 3 p.m. each day.

Every day will include a lunch break at noon, during which volunteers will be provided with food.

“Each day we’ll have a different something,” Miller said. “We’ll probably start off with chili, and complements of the Northern Lights Casino, they’re bringing bannock every day.”

This is the fourth annual west flat area community spring cleanup, Miller said, adding that it’s been an effort close to her heart.

“One of the things I got elected to do was clean up Ward 1 and this is one way of doing that,” she said.

For more information on the west flat area’s annual spring cleanup, Miller can be contacted at 306-764-3690.

The west flat-specific cleanup joins a city-wide pitch-in week cleanup scheduled for to kick off at the Downtown Improvement District office on May 5 with a coffee and snack get-together from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Garbage bags will be provided to all volunteers interested in helping out.

More information on the citywide pitch-in week effort can be found online, at, or through phoning the Downtown Improvement Office at 306-763-1802.

Organizations: Queen Mary Community School, Northern Lights Casino, Downtown Improvement Office

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