Adopt a sidewalk: Help your neighbours shovel snow
The 2014/15 Snow Angel campaign is concluded. The 2015/16 campaign will begin in November. Check back then.
Keeping sidewalks shovelled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging – even dangerous – for older adults and others who have limited mobility. Snow Angels is a campaign that encourages Calgarians to be good neighbours and help neighbours in need with snow removal. Check these Snow Angels Facts for more information.
Paying it back by paying it forward
Twenty years ago, Al “Richie” Richardson was battling
cancer. His condition left him unable to keep his home’s drive and walkway clear of snow, until that is a snow angel took on the task for him. The following winter, with the cancer beaten and his strength returned, Richie
decided to pay back the generous deed by paying it forward. He started shovelling snow for one neighbour and quickly took on 23 more.
Richie's community of Calgary Marlborough was built in the 1960s. Today many of the original residents remain, now seniors. Having their snow removal duties looked after
allows them, and many more seniors throughout the city, to stay in their homes longer than would otherwise
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Be a Snow Angel
What does it take to be a Snow Angel? All you have to do is adopt a sidewalk and keep it clear. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow from their sidewalks and driveways and ask if you can lend them a hand.
If you and your neighbours or other members of your community would like to develop a more organized snow clearing program, Community & Neighbourhood Services can help coordinate one. Call 311.
In January 2015, Calgary schools and students are invited to participate in Snow Angels. Find out how here.
Nominate your Snow Angel
Do you have a Snow Angel? Do you know someone who is a Snow Angel? We're asking for people who've had their sidewalk 'adopted' to officially recognize their snow angel. Call 311, contact Snow Angels online (takes you to a 311 Online Service request form), or mail a letter telling us your story to nominate your Snow Angel.
If you choose to complete a service request form through Snow Angels online, please include your home address on the first information box that appears. Then if you know the name, address and phone number of your Snow Angel, include them on subsequent information boxes. If you don’t know your Snow Angel’s name and/or address, we’ll send you a recognition package addressed to “Snow Angel” within 30 days for you to give them.
The City of Calgary, Community & Neighbourhood Services
Seniors Services - #184
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Attn: Snow Angels
Learn more about the Snow Angel Campaign here.
Snow Angels is proud to have CTV Calgary and the Calgary Sun as partners in this important Community Development Initiative.
For more Snow Angel stories, visit your Councillor's site, accessible here.