Sunny Tsawwassen gets greener with collaborative project

Sunny Tsawwassen gets greener with collaborative project

Aug 23, 2017

You may have noticed some beautiful new flowers and flower beds at Winskill Park in front of the Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling club. Or you might have seen the lush green grass and beautiful purple flowers in front of Sands and Sons Automotive.

Both community beautification projects are sponsored by Sands and Sons in collaboration with the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association. The actual work was completed by our Community Ambassadors, Jason, Amber, Jeffrey and Georgia (not pictured).

The teens are employed via the LEAP program of the Delta Community Living Society, helping people with diversabilities find employment in their local community. We affectionately refer to them as our LEAPers!

"I was watching the kids when they were doing it and they were having so much fun," says Barb Rowland, service manager at Sands and Sons Automotive. "But they were so precise. Everything had to be just right. There was no question, no arguments with them, they just dug right in and did what they had to do and they did a great job."

The collaboration project benefits Tsawwassen in a multitude of ways. Not only do teens and young adults get an opportunity to work and earn money in their community, the businesses benefit by improving their landscaping, and the town becomes a more attractive place for visitors.

Barb says many people notice the beautiful palm trees when they're driving into Tsawwassen but it would be great to get more businesses involved in beautifying the town, which will bring in more visitors, and in turn generate more business.

Although there has been an automotive repair business in that location for 38 years, Robert took over the business two and a half years ago. He has two eight-year-old twin boys who attend Southpointe Academy and is a believer in giving back to the community.

"I think it's absolutely fabulous," says Barb. "Robert [Sands] and myself, any time we can do anything for those kids we would do it in a heartbeat. I have worked in this industry for 24 years and I have never worked with a person like Robert, who cares so much about people. He would do anything to help the kids, he would do anything to help anybody."

For past stories about our LEAPers and beautification projects, click here and here!