VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC, Sept. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - On September 23rd, more than 80 employees from MNP LLP, a national accounting and business consulting firm, donated an entire work day to clean up five different shoreline sites across the Island as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. A joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to remove shoreline litter to help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them.
MNP's community service day cleanup included shorelines in the Comox Valley, Nanoose Bay, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Mill Bay. In total, they collected 11,019 pieces of litter, including 5,700 cigarette butts. That works out to 300 cigarette butts per km of shoreline. See the chart below for other highlights.
"While collecting garbage, such as cigarettes, plastic bags or food wrappers may not appear glamorous, getting out into the community and helping to clean it up was actually a lot of fun," says Peter van Dongen, Regional Marketing Manager for MNP. "We collected two full truckloads at our location and it felt great to know we had made such a difference."
| Weight of
|Most Unusual Items|| Local Media
|Comox Valley|| Courtenay River/Comox
Harbour at Dyke Road Park
|2-3 km|| 140 kg
|Wooden Ladder|| Alana Pearson
|Nanoose Bay||Nanoose Bay Harbour shoreline||5 km|| 370 kg
|Antique Hiram Walker Amber liquor Bottle|| Peter van Dongen
|Nanaimo||Westwood Lake beach and trails||6 km|| 252 kg
|Shopping cart|| Traci Pogson
|Ladysmith||Transfer Beach Park||2-3 km|| 499 kg
|Marine locator|| Janna Olynyk
|Mill Bay||Mill Bay Rd from Verdier Point to Northern edge of Bamberton||2-3 km|| 790 kg
|Burned out homeless shelter with metal frames for couches and beds|| Shelley Graham
MNP is one of the largest national accounting and business consulting firms in Canada, providing client-focused accounting, taxation and consulting advice. National in scope and local in focus, MNP has proudly served individuals and public and private companies for more than 65 years. Through the development of strong relationships, MNP provides organizations with personalized strategies and a local perspective to help them succeed. On Vancouver Island, MNP employs more than 120 local owners and team members at four offices in Duncan, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River. www.MNP.ca.
About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. www.ShorelineCleanup.ca
SOURCE: MNP LLP
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Peter van Dongen, Regional Marketing Manager - Vancouver Island, MNP LLP
(250) 734-4321 or cell (250) 713-0438 or email [email protected]
Julie Bannerjea, Director Media and External Communications, MNP LLP
(416) 263-6988 or cell (416) 579-3670 or email [email protected]