This award recognizes those responsible for keeping outdoor spaces accessible and safe for Scarborough residents, while also nurturing natural habitats and wildlife during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lucas Denov, a student at West Rouge Junior Public School, has taken it upon himself to routinely clean up all the garbage and recycling in local Scarborough neighbourhoods to keep outdoor greenspaces safe and clean for his community and the local wildlife. He goes from park to park and street to street picking up, and sorting waste and recycling. Lucas’ parents and neighbors have supported his efforts through helping source extra supplies.


Can you tell us about yourself (and/or) your organization?

I am a 9 year old in grade 4 at West Rouge Junior Public School. I like music, playing video games and sports. I like to take care of the environment.

Did you have a source of inspiration or motivation that fueled you to take such remarkable actions to support and serve the Scarborough community during COVID-19?

On Martin Luther King Jr. day, my teacher Mrs. Genco gave us an assignment to write an “I Have a Dream” poem. I wrote mine about cleaning up the earth because I noticed a lot of litter when I went for walks with my family in the community. We spent a lot of time going for walks and there were lots of masks, gloves and other garbage on the ground.

What does winning this award mean to you?

It means a lot to me because I hope other people will see me cleaning up garbage and want to do the same thing. My brother, my cousins and my friend in class also started helping and went for walks to pick up litter.

What was a positive moment or meaningful memory from this past year that stands out to you?

In February, I got a certificate of appreciation from Councillor Jennifer McKelvie for cleaning up some of the parks in Scarborough. I was so excited!

If you could describe Scarborough in one word, what would it be?


What does being part of the Scarborough community mean to you?

It means the world to me, literally, because this is where I live. My friends, family and school are all here and lots of people have been really kind, helpful and supportive. When we go out to pick up litter, strangers even say thank you!