Glendon Campus
York University
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
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A Twenty-Minute Facelift for Glendon


A muffler, parts of a metal fence, garbage of all sorts and a multitude of cigarette butts were among the ‘catch’ on April 23rd, when 18 members of the Glendon community scoured the campus grounds for the annual spring cleanup.

Left: (l-r) Françoise Mougeon with Mireille Nyindu and Sabine Lauffer

Participants came form a number of departments and administrative units, including general manager Gilles Fortin, associate principal (academic and research) Françoise Mougeon, business economics professor Robert Despatie, development coordinator Mélissa Romulus Lisanti, manager of student affairs Aaron Doupe, director of Glendon ITS Sabine Lauffer and ITS administrative assistant Mireille Nyindu.

Right: Gilles Fortin

It was a beautiful April afternoon, and staff and professors rolled up their sleeves to clean up what everyone at Glendon considers their home away from home. Romulus Lisanti commented that taking part in this process helped her to “understand in a very real way how harmful our actions can be to the many beautiful plants on campus”.

Professor Mougeon’s bag was three inches full of cigarette butts, demonstrating that there is still too much smoking on campus. The loot also included a sack of materials handed over for recycling.

Left: Mélissa Romulus Lisanti at the cleanup

Campus Facilities provided plastic gloves and bags for participants to use with Facilities staff in attendance, ready to pick up the bags as they were filled. Everyone agreed that it was a perfect day for getting outside and for connecting with the campus in a different but meaningful way.

Many thanks to all who helped out, making our campus that much nicer; a job well done!

Submitted by Carol Yorkden-Chamberlain, Office of the General Manager at Glendon

Published on April 27, 2010