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Angels needed on high Coquitlam elevations to shovel heavy snow

Volunteer applications open to help clear sidewalks for neighbours with mobility challenges when the snow flies.
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Coquitlam is asking residents to be a "snow angel" and help others by shovelling and clearing city sidewalks this winter.

The snow is here.

Depending on where you live in Coquitlam, between 15 and 30 cm accumulated in the city as of this morning (Dec. 20).

In light of the snowfall and while city crews continue to clear and salt priority roads — like emergency and transit routes —Coquitlam is reminding local residents to consider being a good neighbour and break out the shovels.

"Snow angels" are being called upon to help clear sidewalks and driveways today, especially for older and vulnerable members of the community.

"Snow can be fun for some and a challenge for others," said Debbie Clavelle, Coquitlam community recreation manager, in an earlier news release.

"Winter can be difficult and isolating time for seniors and those with mobility or accessibility concerns. Coquitlam residents are encouraged to consider helping their neighbours as a volunteer Snow Angel."

Clavelle explained volunteers are primarily needed in the Laurentian Belaire, Maillardville and Westwood Plateau neighbourhoods as they sit at higher elevations than others.

Residents aged 65 and older, or have mobility challenges and can't clear the snow can complete an application form to request an angel to shovel their sidewalk for when snow falls within a 24-hour period.

Slippery sidewalks are hazardous for everyone — particularly for seniors, those with mobility challenges and parents with strollers.

"Being a good neighbour takes on a new meaning and a new sense of urgency during the winter months," added Clavelle, noting you don't have to be a snow angel to shovel a snow-covered sidewalk.

"There are many actions you can take to ensure your neighbours stay safe."

For more information, you're encouraged to visit the snow angels page of the City of Coquitlam's website, call 604-927-6076 or email


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