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SUBJECT: Royal Canadian navy students to conduct Operation Clean Sweep at Marine Institute
DATE: May 7, 2012

Royal Canadian navy students have organized its third annual campus cleanup day at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland on Monday, May 7. The Department of National Defence (DND) students and detachment are inviting students, faculty and staff from MI to join them in Operation Clean Sweep.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event.
Activities start at 1 p.m. outside the institute’s main entrance. All volunteers will be provided bags and gloves. Cleanup participants are then welcome to attend a barbecue at 3 p.m. in the MI student lounge.
The Marine Institute’s sustainability committee is also supporting the DND students’ efforts and is encouraging faculty and staff to take part.
“Our navy students will cover the entire Marine Institute campus, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods to remove any litter or debris that has gathered over the winter,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Stewart Hughes, co-ordinator of Operation Clean Sweep. “We appreciate the support granted by the Marine Institute and we look forward to working together with MI students, faculty and staff. We want to do our part to help keep the Marine Institute campus and this section of St. John’s as clean as possible.”
The annual spring cleanup was held for the first time at MI in May of 2010. Lt.-Cmdr. Hughes explains it is customary on Canadian Forces Bases across Canada for the personnel who live and work on those bases to conduct an annual spring cleanup.
He said such activities build morale and inspire the troops as they take ownership and pride in their base.
Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute), agrees that same approach can be adopted by all who attend and visit the campus.
“As the largest detachment in the province, the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School has shown great leadership in representing the Canadian navy in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Mr. Blackwood. “Their presence on our campus motivates our students and employees to be the best they can be in their respective areas as well. We are proud to partner with them to keep our campus shipshape.”

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