Snow Angels recognized at 15 year anniversary
The City of Calgary is celebrating the 15th season of its annual Snow Angels campaign and some special citizens were honoured for their contributions to the community at recognition event Thursday.
Calgary was the first municipality in North America to start the sidewalk snow clearing campaign that encourages citizens to nominate neighbours who shovel for others in their community throughout the winter months, and more than 8,232 Snow Angels have been nominated to date.
“Calgary is a place where community members care about each other,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Helping your neighbour keep their walks clear is not only important so sidewalks are passable, it’s important because it’s part of how we look out for one another.”
Kathy Sokolan-Oblak was recently nominated by neighbours Peter and Mary Esposito, thanking her family of four who’ve assisted with the couple’s sidewalk snow clearing in Huntington Hills for more than 22 years.
“It’s the simple family values of helping others handed down from generations that we’ve instilled in our own daughters from a young age,” says Kathy. “Now our newest neighbour on the block helps shovel our driveway on weekends so we get to sleep in a bit, and we’re grateful for that.”
Snow bylaws require property owners to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalks bordering their property within 24 hours of a snowfall ending. Earn your angel wings while helping to make getting around this winter season safe for all.
Visit calgary.ca/snowangels for more information on how to nominate your Snow Angel.