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
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."