From the first snowfall, many Kelowna residents find it a challenge keeping their sidewalks free of snow and ice - particularly seniors or neighbours with a disability. Being a Snow Buster is truly the "neighbourly" thing to do, it involves lending a helping hand by clearing snow from a neighbour's driveway or sidewalk.
Grab hold of those
shovels & snow blowers
& lend a hand in your
Ode to the Snow Buster
It was clear when we went to bed that night,
We had no idea of the next morning sight.
Awakened by a scraping sound,
we opened the drapes and looked around.
Out on the sidewalk, clearing the snow,
was a neighbour we are so pleased to know.
It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last.
For she's done it so often on snowy days past.
Thank you dear Brenda, your efforts were super.
Thank you for being a neighbourly trooper.
-Submitted by a grateful neighbour, February 2007
The City of Kelowna's Snow Buster program is about acknowledging those individuals that help our community by clearing snow without being asked or expecting thanks. Most residents live within steps of a senior or a neighbour with a disability, and in many cases someone is already providing a helping hand. Be sure to read some of the stories we've received about these snow-busting residents that go above and beyond for their neighbours.
Nominate your Snow Buster Online
Do you have a neighbour or friend who regularly clears snow from your sidewalk?
We want to hear from you. Fill out the online form, submit a letter or email us explaining why you would like to nominate your neighbour or friend as a Snow Buster.
Nomination deadline is at the end of March 2014. To be eligible, nominee must be a resident of Kelowna.
- Over half of seniors' falls occur outdoors.
- Almost half of admissions to long-term care facilities are fall related
- Many seniors are afraid of falling which leads them to restrict their activities reducing their mobility
- Shoveling snow is great exercise
Mail nomination forms to:
City of Kelowna Snow Busters program
1435 Water Street