A re­fresh­ing change

Gan­der woman chooses per­sonal life­style change with an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY CLARENCE NGOH THE BEA­CON

Sherry Cham­bers has her mind set.

She is de­ter­mined to turn her ob­ser­va­tion into ac­tion.

Cham­bers can be eas­ily missed as she works her route, pick­ing up garbage along the Trans-Canada high­way. She starts at the James Pa­ton Me­mo­rial Re­gional Health Cen­tre and ends in the busi­ness sec­tion along Cooper Boule­vard.

“It has been five years since re­tire­ment, and it hasn’t been what it’s cracked up to be,” she told the Bea­con. “I was sit­ting down a lot and gain­ing a lot of weight.”

Her life­style was sig­nif­i­cantly more ac­tive when she worked with tail­ings, clean­ing lunch trail­ers in a mine for eight and a half years at a Sun­cor site.

“When you are work­ing and

get used to 12-hour shifts and you are on the go – you turn around re­tire, and you’ve got noth­ing to do with your time.

“You can eas­ily get into the rut where you sit on the couch and watch TV and not re­ally pay at­ten­tion, un­til you put on few pounds and not feel good about your­self.”

Sherry’s rev­e­la­tion for a life­style change came one day on a walk in Cobb’s Pond.

“I have to change and get my­self out of this rut. I’ve got to do some­thing to make my­self health­ier.”

As she started walk­ing daily, Sherry no­ticed a lot of garbage around town.

“For tourists to see so much garbage in the trees, in the ditches – it is un­be­liev­able. We

have a beau­ti­ful prov­ince here in New­found­land. We should try to keep it cleaner than we do.”

Cham­bers ap­proached the town to re­quest garbage bags, and in­formed them when bagsa were ready for pick-up. She re­calls pick­ing up 85 garbage bags on one of her col­lec­tions.

She be­lieves peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes need to change, be­cause the prob­lem is not go­ing away.

“I can guar­an­tee that within three to four days, I can pick up five more bags in the same location.”

An­nual clean-up pro­grams are not go­ing to solve the prob­lem, said Cham­bers.

“There are 365 days in a year. It has to be done more of­ten.”

Cham­bers be­lieves ed­u­ca­tion goes a long way to min­i­miz­ing lit­ter­ing.

“There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son why any­body should throw their garbage out of their car when they can go home to use their garbage can.”

At the same time, she has no­ticed there are no signs to in­di­cate a fine for lit­ter­ing, some­thing she ob­served while work­ing in Al­berta.

Thanks to her ef­forts, the sur­round­ing ar­eas looks bet­ter, and Cham­bers is also feel­ing the ben­e­fits of her new life­style.

“I’ve changed my eat­ing habits, lost some weight, and feel bet­ter about my­self.”

CLARENCE NGOH/THE BEA­CON

Sherry Cham­bers picks up garbage lit­tered along the Trans-Canada High­way and in the bushes in Gan­der. In just over an hour, four garbage bags are filled with var­i­ous dis­carded items. Her mo­ti­va­tion is to clean up the sur­round­ing area while get­ting some ex­er­cise.

CLARENCE NGOH/THE BEA­CON

Sherry Cham­bers be­lieves more should be done to keep Gan­der’s streets clean.

CLARENCE NGOH/THE BEA­CON

Sherry Cham­bers col­lect­ing garbage dur­ing her daily walks around Gan­der.

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