The Rotary Marsh in downtown Kelowna is getting a facelift Saturday morning from the team at Sussex Insurance.
Around 50 business owners from the company are in town for their weekend conference and have decided to give back to the community by restoring Kelowna's important marshland and planting trees.
“We are having our retreat here this year and part of our goal is to give back to the communities where we have local offices. It is really important to us. It is our company culture to do this,” shared Sussex Insurance President and CEO, Ken Armstrong.
He says his company has offices in 50 communities in BC and likes to make a difference in every single one.
“We do really well in the areas we serve and this is a little way of saying thank you.”
Kelowna's Deputy Mayor Luke Stack and his wife Anne were on hand to welcome the busy gardeners and thank them for their help.
“We are so excited that you guys have chosen Kelowna for your conference, but on top of that you are also putting something back into our community,” said Stack to the rain soaked team.
He says the city loves when conferences come to town because it brings people to the city but also to have them give back in this way is an exciting thing to see.
“It is a very progressive attitude for a company to come to a city and ask what can we do to make this a better place rather than what can we do to make a living here,” said Stack.
The city provided the Sussex team with around 450-500 trees, plants, and bush seedlings to plant in the marsh.
Lorna Rowland, Landscape Design Technician with the City of Kelowna, was on hand to give instructions and ensure a job well done. She says they are always happy to work with excellent volunteers.
“We have lost a few plants in the last little while because of the muskrats and the beavers and things like that, and we have some areas that we have never had the opportunity to replant so it is a wonderful opportunity for us to get some free labour,” joked Rowland.
The program is organized by Inspire Canada, which puts together events like this across Canada to provide an opportunity for businesses to give back to and improve local communities.