Chris Cuvilier poses with the group of volunteers after they helped clean up Hantsport. (Submitted photo)
It doesn’t take Chris Cuvilier long to wrangle up volunteers in and around his hometown.
Cuvilier, a Hants Border resident who grew up in Hantsport, organized a garbage cleanup along the Highway 101 ramps for Exit 8 in early November after noticing that trash was piling up along the Hantsport connector road.
“I just don’t want people coming into the town, seeing this sort of thing and thinking we’re a bunch of slobs,” he said, in a phone interview.
Cuvilier put the call out for help on Facebook and had about 20 volunteers within two hours.
“Everyone just stepped up and did it and there wasn’t one complaint from the kids,” he said, noting that the volunteers worked for about two hours on a wet Saturday.
The impromptu cleanup crew collected nearly 25 bags of garbage, including such noteworthy items as a backseat for a minivan and discarded tires.
Hantsport’s town council sent Cuvilier a letter of thanks in recognition of his community spirit, but he’s quick to say the cleanup was a group effort.
“I really don’t think I did anything spectacular. The only reason I did it is because I knew I’d have a bunch of people join me.”
Tracy Cuvilier, Layton Cuvilier, Luke Thimot, Darcy Thimot, Annette and Ryan Turner, Shaun Johnson, Nate Johnson, Mason Johnson, Georgia Martens, Cassandra Shay, Taylor Shay, Jesse Shay, Max Miller, Scott Miller, Anne Webster and Brianna Webster all pitched in to help.
He’s noticing litter is starting to accumulate near the ramps already, and hopes the culprits might soon start to think twice before chucking trash at the roadside.
“Take a little bit of pride in where you live.”