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Glenbrook Ravine restoration continues in New West

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The Glenbrook Ravine restoration initiative continues this month, and volunteers are welcome.

Community members are continuing to prep Glenbrook Ravine for a big planting event in October.

Volunteers are invited to participate in the final invasive species removal work party of 2021. It’s happening on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We've made some great progress this year on removing the remaining Himalayan blackberry on the hill slope,” organizer Kyle Routledge said in an email to community members. “Now, we just have just one more day of site prep before our big planting event in late October. This year we aim to plant 400 native species!”

According to Routledge, much of the hardest work has been done, but there are still some steps that need to be taken to ensure the upcoming planting goes as smoothly as possible. 

As with past events, attendees are asked to wear appropriate footwear (closed toes and something with ankle support) and to wear sunscreen, a hat and a long-sleeve shirt. Because of COVID-19, some items that were offered at past events aren’t being provided, so folks are asked to bring their own water bottle filled with water, snacks, work gloves (if you have them), tools (if possible) and a pen to sign waivers.

Everyone is required to sign a liability waiver (unless they’ve already attended an event in 2021) and anyone under 18 needs permission from a parent/guardian. Each volunteer will also need to answer a COVID screening questionnaire when they arrive at the event.

City of New Westminster staff will be on site to ensure physical distancing is adhered to throughout the day.

If you’re planning to attend, email Kyle Routledge at

Advance care planning workshop

Local seniors are invited to get an overview of personal planning at an upcoming online workshop.

A volunteer from the Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute and Century House staff will lead a virtual workshop taking place on Friday, Sept. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“The wisdom of having a personal plan is emphasized. We review the three legal documents you can use (representation agreement, power of attorney and advance directive) to express your wishes regarding personal care, certain financial matters, and end-of-life care if you are no longer able to speak for yourself,” said a notice about the workshop. “We also introduce the concept of advance care planning and the importance of having a current will.”

To register for the session that’s taking place on Zoom, go to

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