Building the Spirit of Volunteerism

November 24, 2011

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MoT and Maintenance Contractors think the communities we live and work in are a big deal, which is why we work hard to support them and lend a helping hand whenever we can. Our unique skills and resources put us in the position of being able to design, engineer and build special projects in our communities – projects that make a difference. We have been collectively volunteering in our communities for years, but recently, our volunteer movement has begun to gain real momentum.

By working closely with our maintenance contractors across the province we have been able to accomplish a lot this year and that is something we take great pride in. In fact, you might recall us talking recently about the amazing spirit of volunteerism which took hold in rebuilding the Little Fort Community Ball Field, a real home run in volunteer spirit.

Below you will find a list of volunteer improvements underway or already complete in 28 locations around the province. All are making a huge difference to the people and the communities involved.

Community Volunteer Accomplishment Maintenance Contractor (Volunteers)
Galiano Island Improving public access to Bluff park overlooking Galiano Island – Adding gravel to parking, grading, drainage improvements, barrier and delineation for parking. Thanks to Mainroad South Vancouver Island for their help. Mainroad South Vancouver Island
Regional District of Nanaimo-Nanoose Bay Upgrading existing bus stops in the Nanoose Bay area. Emcon Services
Hornby Island Trail Committee Building a 300 m2 gravel parking lot at head of the main trail on Hornby Island for 10 vehicles. Emcon Services
Village of Pemberton Providing a picnic table and park bench at the Pemberton Community Centre Park. Mainroad Howe Sound
Powell River Regional District Constructing a community trail along Yaroshuk Right of Way off Nootka Road allowing local residents access to the extensive crown land trail network beyond. Capilano Hwy Service
South Langley Building shelters and contributing supplies for the care and feeding of the animals in the shelter of the Critter Care Wildlife Society. Mainroad Contracting
Boston Bar Historical Society Improving of access to the site of the old aerial cable ferry in Boston Bar, including improving wheelchair access. Emil Anderson Contracting
Penticton Improving safety by upgrading a walkway vertical clearance under Eckhardt Avenue bridge on Highway 97. Argo Road Maintenance
Greenwood Removing  the old bridge and installing a new bridge in Greenwood Emcon Services
Silverton Improving the existing pullout on the north side of bridge on Hwy 6 in Silverton including: gravelling, picnic table and landscaping. Yellowhead Road & Bridge
Cranbrook / Kimberly Rails to Trails  Site – Adding a parking area for users of the site and updated the entry into the site in Wycliffe; as well as adding a culvert at the entrance to parking area, signs to direct users to site and no-posts to better define the area and protect the trail from motorized vehicles. Mainroad Contracting
Golden/  Revelstoke Upgrading the parking area and trail access at the Revelstoke Nordic club and the Golden Nordic Club. Hydro poles were also moved at the Golden Club. HMC Services
Cherryville Repairs and painting in the Hanson Park picnic area. Argo Road Maintenance
Spences Bridge Landscaping, painting, and general cleanup as well as adding two picnic tables at Steelhead Society Park VSA Highway Maintenance
Little Fort Community Group Reconstructing of the ball diamond, install underground sprinklers and sod the field. Argo Road Maintenance (Thompson) Inc
100 Mile House Adding a new picnic area with tables to the Felker Homestead site. Interior Roads Ltd
Alexis Creek Supplying and installing sixnew picnic tables for the community hall at Alexis Creek.  Ten new picnic tables were also installed at the 150 Mile Community Hall. Interior Roads Ltd
Quesnel A variety of work in Hixon, including: gravelling a church parking lot, replacing a culvert with a pedestrian bridge and patching existing pavement at the local community hall. HMC Services
Bear Lake Widening, gravelling and improving drainage on community trails in Bear Lake. Yellowhead Road and Bridge Ltd
McBride Improving the community park in McBride including landscaping and improving the existing trails. Lakes District Maintenance
Rolla Landscaping and cleanup of a school in Rolla. Caribou Road Services
Montney Hall Improving Community Hall in Montney  – Landscaping the picnic area and upgrading fire pit as well as installing picnic tables. Yellowhead Road and Bridge
Fraser Lake Upgrading and improving a walking trail from a Senior facility to the downtown area. Yellowhead Road and Bridge
Granisle Brushing and gravelling of a community trail in the Granisle area. Lakes District Maintenance
Moricetown Upgrades to a popular pull-out on Highway 16 in at Moricetown Canyon by gravelling, replace railings, and installing a picnic table. Billabong Road and Bridge
Terrace Improving another pullout on Highway 16 just west of Terrace. New picnic tables, trails and garbage facilities were installed. Nechako Northcoast
Port Clements Building a community church parking area adjacent to Bayview Road. O’Brien Road and Bridge Maintenance Ltd
Dease Lake Upgrading access into the Community Recreation Centre (Ice arena)  by grading and gravelling the access and parking lot. Lakes District Maintenance

Ghandi said: “the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

The simple act of giving when others need help builds a legacy we can truly be proud of. Volunteering not only builds community, it builds connections – something British Columbians really understand. No effort is too big or too small. It truly is amazing what can be accomplished when like minded people come together to make a difference. Thank you for your volunteering spirit!

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