This is Mia, one of our inspiring recyclers!
"We aim to inspire!" That's the motto of Mia and Gloria, the two women who look after our recycling at Pacific Gardens, and boy, do they ever.
You may not have known it, but this week past, October 15th to 21st, was Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Now that's not something that would turn most people's cranks. It certainly didn't excite me, and I'm an avid recycler.
Just the title alone conjured up images of a self-righteous green-weenie lecturing me on the excessive use of styrofoam, or 497 ways to use egg cartons in your interior decorating scheme.
But the dynamic duo of Mia and Gloria turned it into a fabulous, fun event, with bright-coloured posters, a movie night with popcorn, and artistic displays showing us what not to put in the recycle bin.
I wasn't able to attend the movie night - which featured a quadruple bill, with a special feature for the kids - but what I heard from those who did go was that it was a wonderful, community-bulding event.
And that's what really heartens me about the contribution that these two dedicated women make to our community. It's not just that they spend hours and hours on doing this.
It's that they also do it by incorporating our values - making it inclusive, educating without being judgmental, and celebrating our community.
To Gloria and Mia: I raise my empty juice box (well-washed before being tossed in the recycle bin) in a toast in grateful recognition for all that you do to help us reduce, reuse and recycle at Pacific Gardens!