After serving the citizens of Calgary for many years, Earl Schwindt is proud to say that his neighbours are there for him. Earl, who retired 23 years ago after more than three decades of public service with the Calgary Fire Department, is honoured to nominate his Snow Angels, Charles Laberge and family.
The Laberges have been shovelling Earl’s property for several years now. Earl has nominated the family before, and is doing so again in appreciation for their continued dedication. He also hopes that by sharing his story, it will encourage others to help their neighbours.
When asked why they do it, Allison Laberge simply answered, “Why not? It’s something that is so simple and it really means a lot to the person you’re helping out. We hope that our ‘pay-it-forward’ attitude inspires other neighbours to do the same.”
The Laberge sons help clear the snow when their parents can’t get to it, or if the snow is coming down hard and a second or third shovelling is needed.
“By helping our neighbours and not asking for anything in return, we’ve taught our boys that helping others, even if it’s something very small, means a lot to that person.”
Being a Snow Angel also creates great opportunities for neighbours to meet and connect, creating a sense of community and building up the neighbourhood. I send my thanks to the Laberge family for their dedication to helping out their neighbours and building the community, and to all the other Snow Angles who make the extra effort.
If a Snow Angel has helped you out this winter, you have until April 17, 2015 to nominate them to be recognized by The City of Calgary and have their name entered into a prize draw. For more information on the Snow Angels program, or to nominate a Snow Angel who helps you, visit The City of Calgary online or call 311.
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