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Partnering for a better and cleaner community

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Aiming to clean up trash that had accumulated over the colder months and get the community looking fresh for the summer season, The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce partnered with The Pas Community Renewal Corporation (TPCRC) and Opaskwayak Cree Nation Health Authority to hold a community cleanup day on May 25.
“There were many groups that already did this so we decided to band together and make it more than just about the downtown or a certain area – we wanted to encompass the entire tri-community,” said Chamber Office Manager Jennifer Cook.
“Everybody jumped on board and some businesses kicked in prizes for participation. We invited everyone, to come on down, grab some free bags and free gloves and go clean their neighbourhood.
“We had some neighbourhoods, the downtown and the riverfront done. We also had some of the highway by the agricultural grounds cleaned and then everyone came down to the grounds and the Kinsmen hosted a community barbecue.”
Approximately 60 people supported the efforts, making the event a success.
“Partnerships that better your community are so big,” said Cook. “This one was a really good example of how people working together can do awesome things.
“To keep things looking great throughout the summer we’ve partnered with TPCRC to plant the flower pots as well as some other beautification. We’ve also got green team staff to keep that area clean.”
The Chamber is also looking at some other projects as the year unfolds to help not only their membership but the tri-community as a whole.
“We want to do some more stuff for actual chamber members in terms of advocacy and meeting their needs,” said Cook. “We are going to be launching sort of a professional business series but how that’s going to look hasn’t been completely worked out yet.
“Additionally, we’re involved in some different groups like Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods in dealing with some homeless shelter and street vagrancy issues. And, we’re having lots of dialogue with different organizations for partnerships for beautification.
“We want our community and our business community to grow,” she continued and it’s easier to grow in a healthy, positive environment. So, working with other organizations that enable our business environment to be positive and to grow will in turn benefit our membership.
“We want to see success in our community and that comes from offering services and programs not only for your membership but also for your community.”

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Danielle
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