Simran Mann, Teresa Mann, Shelly Parsons, Margaret Irvine, Lindsey Sidor and Makayla Edwards. Simran Mann, Teresa Mann, Shelly Parsons, Margaret Irving, Lindsey Sidor and Makayla Edwards.

Banks get their hands dirty

Employees from BMO and CIBC gave back to the Kitimat community by spending several hours weeding and beautifying gardens for seniors in the Better at Home program.

The program is a United Way-managed program that helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks so they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities.

Volunteers worked hard to take out several bags of weeds and lawn clippings that the seniors were not able to tackle themselves due to

mobility issues.

Kitimat’s Margaret Irvine was thankful for all their hard work in her garden.

“It was so fantastic they came,” said Irvine. “They did such an amazing job.”

Kyle’s No Frills donated soil to the volunteer effort and the District of Kitimat donated the use of their gardening tools.

North West Community Development Officer of United Way of Northern B.C., Lindsey Larsen, said the event was a

great success.

“Seeing everyone work together for our seniors was wonderful,” she said. If you know of a senior who could benefit from the Better at Home program in Kitimat, contact Kitimat Child Development Centre program co-ordinator Terry Runions at 250-632-3144 ext. 216.

If your business or non-profit would like to take part in a United Way Day of Caring, please visit our website at, or contact Larsen at 250-635-3701 or by email at