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Sprucing up Coral Harbour

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CORAL HARBOUR - A number of Coral Harbour residents came together to give their community a thorough spring cleaning earlier this month.

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David, Dora and Kyla Harron, from left, promote the notion of putting garbage where it belongs during a cleanup in Coral Harbour earlier this month - photo courtesy of Sheila Poniyak

The volunteers spent two days ridding the hamlet of garbage, and were then joined by those who cleaned-up their housing units for a barbecue and prize draw the following day to reward their efforts.

Conservation officer Jimmy Kennedy said Nunavut's Department of the Environment tries to be involved with the annual spring clean of hamlets across the territory. He said when he was asked to help out in Coral, he teamed with the hamlet to organize the event.

"The two sponsors for cleanups across the whole territory this year were the Northern Store and First Air," said Kennedy.

"The efforts went well in Coral, although there were lots of mosquitoes."

Kennedy said everyone seemed to get into the spirit once the effort got underway.

He said four groups of volunteers were organized for the project, with each group responsible for cleaning one area of the community. "We also had a good number of people in private and public housing clean up their units on their own time.

"We had prizes for kids 14 and under, and 15 and up, as well as more prizes for the households.

"Everyone who took part in the cleanup was entered into the prize draw."

Kennedy said the community looks better since the cleanup was completed.

He said a large amount of garbage was gathered during the two days.

"There was so much garbage picked up, our garbage truck hasn't got it all to the dump yet (as of this past week).

"Quite a few larger items - old qamutiik boxes, snowmobile frames and things of that nature - sitting around the perimeter of town were all picked up.

"It was a worthwhile project to be involved with and I'd do it again.

"The plan is for it to be an annual project in Coral and, hopefully, we can improve it during the next few years."

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