Vernon woman acknowledged for nearly 30 years of picking up litter

FILE PHOTO - Helen Sidney, 93, waves to a passersby on Bella Vista Road in Vernon in April 2016.

VERNON - A Vernon woman earned heartfelt applause this afternoon at city hall as she accepted an award for her many years of community service.

Helen Sidney, in her 90s, has been picking up litter on her morning walk along Bella Vista Road for nearly 30 years. Vernon council formally recognized her efforts today, Oct. 11.

“You are a great example and inspiration for all of us to follow,” Mayor Akbal Mund said.

Sidney, clearly humbled, thanked council for thinking of her and spoke briefly about her many years teaching at Armstrong Elementary School, where she taught her students the importance of picking up litter.

As smiles and applause filled the room, Sidney made sure to ask city staff if they could print out a picture of her and the mayor so she could show her kids.

“This is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Sidney said.


To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston or call 250-309-5230 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 


letters-to-the-editor
THOMPSON: Two men and the fragility of human life
  OPINION Two men. One, I knew. The other, I never met. While neither realized it, they made me think about the fragility of human life, and how one bad decision can ruin everything. That is why I wrote what you are now

Top News