A little more than a year ago, Sandy Slater, a member of the Port Dalhousie Beautification and Works Committee, was driving around and noticed the big, blue bins dotting the landscape of the beachfront community. They were big, bulky and very, very blue.
She reached out to St. Ann Catholic Elementary School, and students quickly rose to the challenge of making them much more appealing by decorating them with a variety of designs. But something still wasn’t right. The bins were much prettier, but the new designs didn’t solve the problem of them being susceptible to the wind blowing off Lake Ontario, which made them tippy.
So Sandy and her husband Mike, also a member of the Committee, contacted Denice Robertson, Principal of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, to see if construction students at the school could build something sturdier – and more decorative – than the blue barrels. She spoke with teacher Mike Sirotnik, who quickly put his students to work, designing prototypes for 10 new bins to be placed around the picturesque community. The first one wasn’t quite right – a valuable learning opportunity for the students – so they went back to the drawing board, ultimately creating the design which was unveiled at a photo opportunity in front of the Port Dalhousie Legion on February 2.
The design was so well-received another 10 will be created this semester, bringing to 20 the number of bins which will be placed throughout Port Dalhousie in 2017. Thanks to The Standard, Niagara This Week and Cogeco for braving the cold to attend. Read The Standard’s story on it here, Niagara This Week’s story here, and click to watch the link on Cogeco.