John Gabriel is cleaning up on Hamilton Mountain

Community May 12, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Business is picking up for John Gabriel.

For the past seven years, the 78-year-old retired Canadian Tire vice-president, accountant and brother of former CFL star Tony Gabriel, has been picking up litter around his north-central Mountain neighbourhood each day while out for his morning walk.

“I love the mornings,” said Gabriel. “The fresh air is good.”

Gabriel heads out from his Alpine Avenue home around 7:30 a.m. with two bags, one for litter and the other for recyclables.

He also wears gloves and carries a “grabber,” a device the enables him to pick up trash without touching it.

“I pick up cigarette butts by the thousands,” he noted. “There’s a lot of coffee cups and plastic bottles.”

He’ll empty his trash bag into one of the large city garbage containers along the way three or four times each day.

Gabriel said he used to get up at 5 a.m. and run five miles, five days a week.

But a sore back, ankle and knee forced him to stop running and start walking and he figured why not pick up litter while walking?

Gabriel said he got into the habit of picking up litter as a member of the Campbellford Rotary Club.

He said the club built a seven-metre walking path near the Trent-Severn Waterway and he would often be out there picking up debris.

Gabriel figures he’s picked up thousands of kilograms of litter around the Alpine Avenue-Concession Street-Mountain Park Avenue and Mountain Drive Park area over the years.

Central Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls said she wants to formally acknowledge Gabriel’s cleanup work at city council once publicly attended council meetings resume.

“I received notes from several Ward 7 residents asking me to acknowledge John for his daily, selfless and consistent efforts in keeping the neighbourhood clean,” Pauls said.

Gabriel, who is out each morning, rain or shine, said he appreciates acknowledgement and encourages others to follow his lead.

“If you’re going along, pick it up,” he said.

John Gabriel is cleaning up on Hamilton Mountain

North-central Mountain man has been picking up litter during morning walks for years

Community May 12, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Business is picking up for John Gabriel.

For the past seven years, the 78-year-old retired Canadian Tire vice-president, accountant and brother of former CFL star Tony Gabriel, has been picking up litter around his north-central Mountain neighbourhood each day while out for his morning walk.

“I love the mornings,” said Gabriel. “The fresh air is good.”

Gabriel heads out from his Alpine Avenue home around 7:30 a.m. with two bags, one for litter and the other for recyclables.

He also wears gloves and carries a “grabber,” a device the enables him to pick up trash without touching it.

“I pick up cigarette butts by the thousands,” he noted. “There’s a lot of coffee cups and plastic bottles.”

He’ll empty his trash bag into one of the large city garbage containers along the way three or four times each day.

Gabriel said he used to get up at 5 a.m. and run five miles, five days a week.

But a sore back, ankle and knee forced him to stop running and start walking and he figured why not pick up litter while walking?

Gabriel said he got into the habit of picking up litter as a member of the Campbellford Rotary Club.

He said the club built a seven-metre walking path near the Trent-Severn Waterway and he would often be out there picking up debris.

Gabriel figures he’s picked up thousands of kilograms of litter around the Alpine Avenue-Concession Street-Mountain Park Avenue and Mountain Drive Park area over the years.

Central Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls said she wants to formally acknowledge Gabriel’s cleanup work at city council once publicly attended council meetings resume.

“I received notes from several Ward 7 residents asking me to acknowledge John for his daily, selfless and consistent efforts in keeping the neighbourhood clean,” Pauls said.

Gabriel, who is out each morning, rain or shine, said he appreciates acknowledgement and encourages others to follow his lead.

“If you’re going along, pick it up,” he said.

John Gabriel is cleaning up on Hamilton Mountain

North-central Mountain man has been picking up litter during morning walks for years

Community May 12, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Business is picking up for John Gabriel.

For the past seven years, the 78-year-old retired Canadian Tire vice-president, accountant and brother of former CFL star Tony Gabriel, has been picking up litter around his north-central Mountain neighbourhood each day while out for his morning walk.

“I love the mornings,” said Gabriel. “The fresh air is good.”

Gabriel heads out from his Alpine Avenue home around 7:30 a.m. with two bags, one for litter and the other for recyclables.

He also wears gloves and carries a “grabber,” a device the enables him to pick up trash without touching it.

“I pick up cigarette butts by the thousands,” he noted. “There’s a lot of coffee cups and plastic bottles.”

He’ll empty his trash bag into one of the large city garbage containers along the way three or four times each day.

Gabriel said he used to get up at 5 a.m. and run five miles, five days a week.

But a sore back, ankle and knee forced him to stop running and start walking and he figured why not pick up litter while walking?

Gabriel said he got into the habit of picking up litter as a member of the Campbellford Rotary Club.

He said the club built a seven-metre walking path near the Trent-Severn Waterway and he would often be out there picking up debris.

Gabriel figures he’s picked up thousands of kilograms of litter around the Alpine Avenue-Concession Street-Mountain Park Avenue and Mountain Drive Park area over the years.

Central Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls said she wants to formally acknowledge Gabriel’s cleanup work at city council once publicly attended council meetings resume.

“I received notes from several Ward 7 residents asking me to acknowledge John for his daily, selfless and consistent efforts in keeping the neighbourhood clean,” Pauls said.

Gabriel, who is out each morning, rain or shine, said he appreciates acknowledgement and encourages others to follow his lead.

“If you’re going along, pick it up,” he said.