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General · 10th May 2015
Ray Grigg
Oops, bad editor moment: I forgot to post this on the Boot....RB
Our 18th Annual Beach Clean-up was another marvellous success. Once again, hosts Sierra Quadra and Discovery Passage Aquarium extend thanks to the many Islanders who scoured our beaches for unwanted detritus — mostly plastics — and did a super job of bagging it, bringing it to the designated collections points so it could be loaded on pickup trucks and then transferred to the larger vehicles for disposal.
Styrofoam and tires were abundant again this year, as was miscellaneous material from the shellfish industry. In all, we managed to rid our beaches of seven truckload equivalents of garbage, including the remnants of at least two wrecked boats and a sailboard. Sierra Quadra congratulates all those who contributed to the clean-up, with thanks to Deb Cowper for the Discovery Passage Aquarium educational table and the musical entertainment provided by Kris Wellstein, Hannah Lewandowski and Smokey Dymny. This Earth Day event has become a symbol of our caring for our beautiful island home, and a measure of the accomplishment possible when we work together as a community.
Over the years, this community event has continued to be supported with energy and enthusiasm. For our 18th annual event, we offer special thanks to the many people and many businesses who made this event possible. Beyond the many Islanders who provided pickup trucks, we want to acknowledge the owners of the large trucks who committed their big machines to the task: G. Roy Dahlnas Excavating, Sorensen-MacDonald Enterprises Ltd (two trucks), Landtec Industries (Nick Richardson), On Track Excavating (Chris Phillips) and Doug Peters with a truck for a last minute rescue to remove a large load of styrofoam that was barged from Village Bay to the Heriot Bay wharf. Waste Management supplied a very useful large dumpster. All this equipment was crucial to the project’s success.
We must also thank BC Ferries for providing free passage for all the trucks taking the garbage to the landfill site in Campbell River, to the Strathcona Regional District for free tipping at the dump (in collaboration with the Manager of Solid Waste for the Comox Valley Regional District). And we wish to thank BC Parks for its co-operation and to Susan Brereton at Rebecca Spit for her assistance. Free garbage bags and a gift certificate were provided as a special contribution from Thrifty Foods. The Discovery Islander gave a helpful profile to the event as did The Bird’s Eye, The Gumboot and Robyn Budd’s colourful posters.
Delicious soups came from Kameleon Food and Drink, Gowlland Harbour Resort, Heriot Bay Inn and Tsa-Kwa-Luten. Coffee and urns from Cafe Aroma. And the invaluable Spirit Points from Tru Value Foods (Heriot Bay and Q Cove) provided additional food. Intense Rentals (Jim Thievin) provided the tents that housed food central, while Coastal Community Credit Union provided the musicians’ tent.
Food and refreshments are a highlight of the Beach Clean-up event because they provide an opportunity to meet, visit, relax and indulge. So thanks to the many generous bakers of cakes and cookies, to the makers of sandwiches and wraps, and all those who staffed the food booth.
But our most special thanks to all Quadra Islanders who wrestled styrofoam and tires over driftwood, and who collected and bagged the unwanted beach garbage. Without your many hours of work, the Beach Clean-up would not have been a success. You have all made Quadra Island a healthier and more beautiful place to live.
– Ray Grigg