Good deeds was done by many last week, as over a hundred volunteers came together to clean up the communities of Crowsnest Pass for 19th Ed Gregor Clean up.
The clean up, which took place on Saturday, June 1st, gathered people from all over southern Alberta to clean up areas including the miners path at Flummerfelt Park, Old Frank Road, and the Atlas Road staging area.
The event is held in loving memory of Ed Gregor, a man who worked in forestry and passed away two decades ago.
After kicking off the day with a breakfast, the volunteers were quickly put to hard work by 9 a.m., each separated into groups to tackle different projects around the area.
One of the more major projects, which took close to two days to complete was making a pad for a wheelchair accessible picnic bench on the Miners Path in Coleman.
Cliff Reiling, the man who spearheaded the project said the project was a huge success.
“It’s important that the wheelchair handicapped- can enjoy the scenery as well,” said Reiling.
Despite having worked all day Saturday, volunteers returned for a second day of work the following Monday for another day of efforts put towards the good of the community.
“We worked hard and got a ton accomplished,” said Cliff Reiling, a member of the Coleman’s lions club. “We had a bunch of individuals dedicated to a project and it really paid off in the end.”
Close to a dozen people were put to work for the project, including volunteers from areas outside of Crowsnest Pass.
The group had a short break for lunch, free pizza for the workers. “We took a short break both days to eat and then got back to work,” said Reiling. “I was amazed at how hard the volunteers worked.”
Reiling, who has volunteered for the Ed Gregor Stewardship Day many times in the past says that this year was definitely a success.
“We accomplished everything we wanted to do, and I believe that is due to having an excellent crew,” said Reiling,
He said that by the end of Monday, volunteers were already asking about next year, and what the upcoming projects would be.
Although the whether was not ideal for the work outside, Reiling summarized the Gregor Stewardship Day to be a huge success.
“It was raining, but we didn’t even notice it,” said Reiling. “I guess that is a good sign.”