Earth Week is a “Mission Possible”

MISSION POSSIBLE: Act Green 2011 is an exciting new Earth Week event being presented in partnership between Communities in Bloom, Oliver Parks & Recreation, Community Food Action Initiative and FortisBC as well as local service clubs such as the Kiwanis, Legion, Rotary and Elks.

“Leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd our partners will host a series of events that will encourage every Oliver resident to participate in helping to make Oliver a greener, cleaner community.”, says Beth Garrish, co-chair of Communities in Bloom.

The kick-off event will be the “Walk to Work Challenge” taking place at the Oliver Community Centre on Tuesday April 19. Everyone is invited to show their support for reducing our carbon footprint by parking at the Oliver Arena and walking to work. Volunteers will have a Celebration Station tent set up between 7:30-9:00am featuring complimentary coffee, juice and muffins to thank participants for making a difference.

Wednesday, April 20 is Oliver’s first ever “Power Down Day” where all residents will be encouraged to do their part to reduce the amount of energy being consumed at home, school and at work between 7:00am-7:00pm by whatever means possible. Fortis will be assisting with the event by measuring the energy usage for the day and providing a basic analysis on the savings through efforts to “power down”. A list of ways to reduce energy consumption will be available at the Parks & Recreation and Town of Oliver offices and their websites.

The final Mission Possible event, School Action Day  on Thursday April 21 involves over 650 elementary and secondary school students pitching in together to clean up our neighbourhoods on their way down to the Oliver Arena. Once they arrive students will enjoy entertainment, a garbage weigh-in to determine the total weight of garbage picked up as well as presentations about the environmental projects the students have been working on throughout the school year. Thanks to the financial support of local sponsors and the Community Food Action Initiative each student will dig in to a full salad bar lunch before heading back to school.

“This event will help teach the students about respect for the environment,” says Betty Lou Trimmer Bahnsen, “they are the little Green machines for the future”.

To make arrangements for media interview or photo opportunities during the event please contact Carol Sheridan at 250-498-4985 or

For general information about Mission Possible: Act Green 2011 events please contact Betty Lou at 250-498-4535 or Beth at 250-498-6222 or visit www.oliverrecreation.ca