Teaming Up to Clean Up the Sooke Region on April 14

Local teams are forming in communities across the Sooke region as residents enter into a friendly competition on Saturday, April 14 that will ensure the area is truly spick and span prior to the Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration the following weekend.

To register or learn more, contact Wendy O’Connor by email  or phone (250) 361-6965

Organizers are inviting teams of one or more people to register to clean up sections of where they live — big or small, beach or park, highway or byway, even private garages and backyards, it’s entirely up to the person or people involved. Teams can get busy anytime on April 14 and continue as long as they like.

Registration is free of charge. Bins for garbage, recycling and metal will be provided in each community and teams will be supplied with gloves and bags. (A few grabbers are also available, however it’s easy to create one by hammering a large finishing nail into a pole.)

When complete, participants are asked to take a fun photo of themselves alongside their haul, then submit it with a final registration form. Prizes in a wide variety of categories will be awarded at the Planet Earth Party set for the Sooke Community Hall on Earth Day itself, Sunday, April 22. The day-long celebration will involve an exhibition, Repair Cafe, vendors, family activities, upcycled fashion show, evening dance, zero-waste food trucks and more. It is presented by our parent organization Transition Sooke and ourselves in association with the Sooke Fall Fair Association and Creatively United for the Planet.

Ideally, clean-up crews will be in action across the region on April 14 — Scia’new First Nation, East Sooke, District of Sooke, T’Sou-ke First Nation, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River, Port Renfrew and the Pacheedaht First Nation included.  Teams are already coming together, and there is no limit to the number of teams that can be involved across the region.

With warm thanks to our Sooke Region Communities Clean-Up sponsors & supporters …  District of Sooke (foundational funding), Capital Regional District, PMD Recycling Solutions and Sooke Disposal Limited.

Sooke Community Grant Report

On March 22, 2017, Zero Waste Sooke presented a grant request to the District of Sooke in the sum of $750 for assistance with the following:

  1. Roadside Clean-Up on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
  2. Repair Cafes at the Sooke Community Hall (May 27, October 21)
  3. Visit by Victoria Compost Education Centre to the Sooke Country Market (July 8)

Each of our events was offered as a public service either free of charge or, in the case of successful fixes at the Repair Cafes, small donation.

Sincere thanks to the District of Sooke for this support, which is essential to a volunteer-run non-profit operating with a small reserve budget and no full-time staff. We trust that our work has helped the District meet its public education and outreach targets related to climate change.

ZWS GRANT REPORT 2017

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