#NextGenNetwork hosts community cleanup in South Bruce

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SOUTH BRUCE – Mildmay and Teeswater are a little bit cleaner this week after a community group hosted a successful day of picking up litter.

According to a press release from the Municipality of South Bruce, nearly 30 community members helped to pick up litter across both downtowns.

Annie Leppington, a development summer student with the Municipality of South Bruce, is one of the organizers of the monthly events, happening virtually since April. This event was the first in-person activity.

Participants were screened for COVID-19 and were encouraged to follow all public health protocols.

The attendees were rewarded with a free t-shirt, a swag pack, and students were encouraged to use the time towards their volunteer hours, if applicable.

Supplies were provided, and refreshments were offered at the end.

The event was suggested for participants who were under 30, but all were welcomed.

“It was fantastic to have dozens of community members come together as neighbours to make a small difference by participating in this event,” Leppington said in the release.

“We encourage more people to join us at these monthly events,” she added, “as they create a welcoming environment to engage, share ideas, and build up South Bruce positively.”

Past events included a virtual trivia night and a mini workshop with GHD Limited as part of the municipality’s willingness study on the deep geological repository project.

The 2021 South Bruce Youth Engagement Strategy Report shaped the #NextGenNetwork concept, which aims to see youth fully engaged, informed, and thriving in their community of South Bruce.

Young residents provided input for the report, which included several strategic actions for the municipality, including hosting and support family and community initiatives and connecting with youth and provide the support and information they need to create the future they want for themselves.

The next monthly event is scheduled for Aug. 19, with more details forthcoming. Any South Bruce resident under the age of 30 who wants to receive updates or participate can contact Steve Travale at stravale@southbruce.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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