This past Sunday, April 28th, Dog's World Walking headed an amazing community clean up of Liberty Village. I saw that there was a project from the City of Toronto called "Clean Toronto Together" where a company (or person) selects a city park, and commits to cleaning it up during a dedicated weekend! I thought this would be a great idea for Dog's World Walking, so I signed up to clean Liberty Village Park. But, quickly decided that we could do so much more - and turned it into a neighbourhood clean up instead.
Liberty Village has given me everything. I moved here 6 years ago, drawn to all the glorious green space, making it a very dog friendly area. And about 1.5 years after that I started my business, it felt like a dream come true. And really, it was. Liberty Village is my home. Liberty Village is my office. Liberty Village is my life. The least that I could do is help clean it up a little, because after all - Liberty Village has been really good to me.
It was amazing to see the community come together. So many small and large businesses donated amazing prizes & incentives to help bring the community out. We were even lucky enough to connect with the Friends of Liberty Village Park - who invited our local St. Felix Respite Centre to come join us. Not only did they come (with a whole crew of volunteers) but they provided a demo on what to do if we come across a needle.
What I would love for everyone to take away from this is - to make change, don't complain. Instead - TAKE ACTION! Lead by example. Show that taking care of your neighbourhood and working as a community is fun, cool, and easy! Rather than the snide comments about all the dog poo, do something about it. I didn't pressure anyone to pick up poo or garbage, I didn't bring people together by complaining - I brought people together with a shared goal! By leading by example. Imagine once a week (or even once every other week.. or once a month), when we took our dogs for one of their walks that we brought along latex gloves & a garbage bag and picked up garbage along our way? If we all did this every once in a while, imagine the difference we could make? Kind of exciting.
Thanks to everyone who came out.
Remember - it's a dog's world, we're just cleaning up in it!