Tree debris took a long time to clean up at the Chemainus Cemetery, but hard-working volunteers got it done. (Photo by sally pilyk)

Tree debris took a long time to clean up at the Chemainus Cemetery, but hard-working volunteers got it done. (Photo by sally pilyk)

Volunteers clean up debris and repair damage at Chemainus Cemetery

Considerable work goes into restoring the site to its pre-storm condition

Examples of community spirit have continued in Chemainus long after the Dec. 20 wind storm abated.

Sally Pilyk, the Chemainus Cemetery Administrator, gratefully acknowledged the contributions of volunteers who worked at clearing away the debris left by the storm and repairing damage at the cemetery.

“Seven trees came down damaging several graves and standing stones as well as the fence in many places,” noted Pilyk.

“Branches carpeted the ground making it nearly impossible to see any grave stones. Over the past two weeks, people have collected the branches into piles ready for removal, and raked up the leaves and small debris.”

Pilyk added she didn’t have names of all the people, but wanted to applaud their efforts and let the citizens of Chemainus know how they’ve restored the cemetery to a place of quiet beauty.

“Every time we go out there, we see something more done and haven’t a clue who did it,” she observed.

Pilyk also wanted to mention if anyone is interested in joining the team of regular maintenance volunteers to contact her at 250-246-3157.

The clean-up campaign was similar to the recent show of force at the Mount Brenton Golf Course where members and work crews did a 3 1/2 hour blitz to clear tree debris from fairways and greens.