Ode to Clean Up Volunteers

  • Several volunteers hard at work. From left: Monika, Kenny, Roxy, and Sheldon. Taro Hashimoto

The volunteers of the Annual McCauley Clean Up stand for all that is good, despite any shortcomings and resistance. It shows the character of who we are: the grit and determination, the humility and reservation, the blood, sweat, and tears.

When called to duty and to support a cause, we McCauley community volunteers grind out a winner every time. Each year, we have brothers and sisters who are no longer able to perform as they once could. For them, we dig deeper and prove our commitment. For the children and elderly who need a safe and welcoming place to call home, we follow through. And with each bead of sweat, blister, and ache we feel, there is redemption.

The Annual McCauley Clean Up on June 9 began from before 6 a.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. (that’s 12 hours, folks). Twelve hours of persistence and determination to make it work. Twelve hours of togetherness and putting all selfishness aside. Load after load for the community. Toss after lift, lift after toss…

But we do things like this on a daily basis. We simply put it on display once a year like a championship win trophy. The other 364 days are what allow us to bring it on home for the people.

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer & Coordinator for Volunteers for Heart of the City Festival and Annual McCauley Community Clean Up.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

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