Snow removal is one of many winter weather challenges, and it can be especially impactful on our seniors and less physically able. The Snow Angel Program is designed to help acknowledge the voluntary efforts of people helping with snow removal.
The Town of Princeton dictates that snow be removed from sidewalks adjacent to homes and businesses. The removal of snow from sidewalks improves accessibility and safety for everyone, especially our seniors and less able. Unfortunately, it is also our seniors and less able who often have the most physical, and sometimes financial, difficulty meeting the demands of the snow removal bylaw.
Virtually every neighbourhood in Princeton has at least one person who has difficulty clearing their sidewalk of snow. The Accessibility Committee is aware that many neighbours already voluntarily help each other with snow shovelling. We encourage everyone to work together to help keep our sidewalks free of snow and ice.
The Snow Angel Program started with the first snowfall and will close, hopefully, before April. The Accessibility Committee is asking people who have had a volunteer help keep their sidewalk clear of snow and ice to send their stories to us. Nominated Snow Angels will be entered into a draw for a variety of prizes. Send your stories to: Snow Angels, c/o Box 1960 Princeton, BC V0X 1W0.
Please remember that the exertion of shovelling snow can cause a variety of medical difficulties, including heart attack. Practice safe shovelling.