Last weekend I was feeling a little down about staying at home and not being able to help out during Covid 19. I was doing my part by staying at home but I still felt there had to be something more I could do and still be safe.

Since the beginning of the stay at home order I have been walking my dog every day. My walk typically goes out Brady Road as it is the easiest place to social distance. However, every time I walked out there I was sad, mad and disgusted by the amount of garbage in the ditches. I have always taken pride in the fact that Canada is viewed by the rest of the world as a “clean” country. Well, I was struggling with that and decided it was time to make a difference. Start walking the walk as they say.

So, my aha moment of how I could make a difference and do my part was to organize a group to go on a clean up walk. 10 happy monkeys joined me on Wednesday morning and 22 large garbage bags were filled along with an old ironing board, numerous paint buckets and a large wooden pallet all collected and disposed of properly.

I have to tell you it felt so good I choose to go out Mother’s day morning and do some more and I can hardly wait to do it again. It was the feeling you get after you vacuum a dirty carpet, mow an overgrown lawn or clean a really dirty car. Pure satisfaction!

In addition to the good feeling we had the added benefit of people walking by who thanked us, we shared some stories and laughs with each other and even returned a dog that had got off leash to it’s owner. My mindset was shifted to positive and I knew it had to become a regular outing.

So, I have committed to the next 3 Wednesdays in May and declared them Waste Wednesday. I will pick a spot to meet and we will clean up our city. I hope to inspire others to do the same as this is a BIG job. Parents, kids, friends, neighbors lets all make an effort to make Winnipeg beautiful so we can enjoy the outdoors this summer.

Who knew garbage could bring me such joy in the middle of a pandemic.

Our next pick up is Wednesday, May 13, 9am. We will meet in the Vincent Massey Collegiate parking lot behind the school off Dowker. Remember social distancing needs to be practiced. I will supply bags and gloves. If you prefer to bring your own gloves that are a little heavier that is fine.

Thank you to Take Pride Winnipeg for your support, thank you to all my followers who step up and help with my crazy ideas and thank you to all of you who make a difference everyday making our world a whole lot better. Keep smiling everyone.


  1. Debbie Hewett on May 11, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    What a great idea ! Drove by there last week and sad to see all the debris. Is it OK if I attend on Wed May 13, th?!

  2. Carol Haines on May 12, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for this! My husband and I walk our dog daily and often comment about the street garbage. We will now be armed with gloves and garbage bags! We’ll be ‘walking the walk!’

    • Carol Ploen-Hosegood on May 18, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Carol, happy to hear I have some others who will help make a difference. It really does feel great.

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