by Robert Kirwan
I want to congratulate Dustin Durepos, a graduate of Valleyview Public
School, who has decided to spend some of his summer vacation doing
something that will not only benefit the community but will also help
him earn his volunteer service hours as a Confederation Secondary School
Dustin is being supervised by Valley East Today and is going through the
trails at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre and Langdon Park two or
three times a week, picking up garbage and removing animal droppings.
His community service will ensure that residents will enjoy their time
on the trails without any paper or garbage taking away from the natural
Dustin and his mom, Sue Jones, are also taking the opportunity to spend
some mother/son time as she walks the trails with him. Sue works all day
during the summer vacation and is looking forward to walking the trails
with Dustin several times a week as he carries garbage bags and picks up
paper and other litter along the trail.
Dustin explained that he has always been interested in the environment,
so when he found that he had to opportunity to volunteer to help keep
the trails clean, he was thrilled. It is allowing him to pick up the
litter that may damage the birds and small animals. He says that the
trails are kept fairly clean, but here are many small pieces of paper
that spoil the image of the trail and those are things that he picks up.
In addition, he removes dog droppings from the trails so that other
people don't worry about stepping in it. In addition to the trails,
Dustin also picks up in the parking lots near the trail entrances.
This is an excellent example of how students might be able to earn their
40 hours of community service required for graduation from secondary
school. This is the kind of thing that is truly a community service and
will make a difference to the local residents.
Thank you, Dustin, and thank you, Sue Jones, for volunteering to keep
our trails clean.
Brabant Good Job Dustin see you at confed in the school
year buddy :)
Brenda Butterflymom Great job Dustin Keep up the good
Marcel Lemieux Good job Sue and Dustin
Cynthia Fairbairn Lafleur We need more kids like this.
Way to raise him right Sue Jones. Dustin, the community appreciates your
time and efforts.
Julie Labine Thank you Dustin and good initiative.
Sue Jones thanks Robert and everyone! I am very proud of
Leo Bisson Good going Dustin
Bridget Berton Briere How can my daughter help with this?
She also going to confed and has babysat this summer so hasn't been able
I find the volunteer opportunity! We keep checking the volunteer Sudbury
site but it's always older ads or stuff she's not old enough for! Any
Robert T. Kirwan Bridget. You might want to check out the
community events that are taking place in September to see if they need
volunteers. Valley East Days is being run by the owners of Cousin
Vinny's; the Spudsbury Potato Festival is on September 13 and on this
page you will find the link to that facebook page so you can message the
organizer. Then there is the Valley Pentecostal Church that might need
help with their Family Festival.
Tanya Marie Valley East Skating Club is always looking
for volunteers as well. Check the website vesc.ca and use the contact
email to let them know you need hours.
Sue Jones bridget also check the Elizabeth centre in val
caron they are looking for volunteers also!
Phil Bellefeuille Good to see our young citizens involved
with the community. Good stuff Dustin!
Robert T. Kirwan If any young students in the Valley have
a community improvement project they would like to volunteer for, and if
their parents will verify that they have indeed performed the service, I
will take full responsibility for supervising the project as part of the
Valley East Today Community Improvement Initiative and will make sure
that the hours get recognized by your school. Just send me a message
with the details of your project; let me know that your parent will
verify your activities, and then we will meet and get started. These
projects can be anything from keeping parks and playgrounds clean to
helping senior homeowners with lawn maintenance, snow shovelling, etc.
Anything that involves volunteering and that is helping improve the
situation in our community or for other people will qualify.