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Nov 17, 2017 Return to Headlines

Five Reasons to Become a Snow Angel this Winter

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 17, 2017 – Will the promise of a free shovel and swag, exercise and the joy of helping someone in need be enough to encourage more Coquitlam residents to be Snow Angels this winter?

The City hopes so, as it ramps up its annual recruitment of volunteers willing to shovel snow for those who are physically unable to clear the City sidewalks next to their homes, as required.

Any Coquitlam resident age 16 and up and capable of shoveling snow can sign up. Volunteers are needed throughout Coquitlam – particularly in the Como Lake area – and are matched to recipients as close to their home as possible. Demand for the service usually outstrips the supply of volunteers.

Need some reasons to volunteer? Here are five:

  1. Get fit: Shoveling is great exercise – it raises your heart rate and tones large muscle groups.
  2. Help others: It feels good to lend a helping hand, and youth can use the program to fulfill their community service hours for graduation.
  3. Keep the city safe: Slippery sidewalks are a hazard for everyone – particularly for seniors, those with mobility problems and parents with strollers.
  4. Get outside: Bundle up and enjoy being outdoors in a winter wonderland.
  5. Get free stuff: Snow Angels receive a stylish branded scarf and toque, a shovel and a reflective vest.

Snow Angels are only required to clear City sidewalks – not private walkways and driveways – from one to two assigned homes within 10 hours of every snowfall. They can work alone or with others, but all participants must complete the application process, which includes an orientation session (with shoveling training) and reference and criminal record checks.

This winter is expected to be another snowy one, and Coquitlam residents who can’t commit to being a Snow Angel are still encouraged to be good neighbours and help out any mobility-challenged people on their street with shoveling, garbage set-out and other physical tasks.

The Snow Angels service is available to Coquitlam residents who are age 65 and older or have a physical disability, and are unable to clear the snow on their adjacent City sidewalk.

Recipients who aren’t matched with volunteers must still meet the bylaw requirement to clear snow from adjacent City sidewalks within 10 hours. For information about resident responsibilities, Coquitlam’s snow removal program and other winter-related information, visit

Details about the Snow Angels program and requirements for volunteers and recipients can be found at The program can also be reached through the hotline at 604-927-6909 or


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Media contact:
Debbie Clavelle
Community Recreation Manager
City of Coquitlam


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