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Lighting Up The Village of Pouce Coupe

The Village of Pouce Coupe recently hosted their 4th Annual Truck Light Parade and Food Drive and this year our Fort St. John team re-purposed a ‘North Pole’ sign that had been used to decorate the office and with some creative team spirit they put together an entry for the Truck Light Parade.

“It’s an important community event,” says project engineer Eric Sears.

PC_Trucks1Some 20 trucks glowing with festive lights lined the village square. Residents gathered in a street party atmosphere with music, a bonfire, hot food and drinks, children’s crafts and outdoor games. Edward Stanford and Dan Penner gave out candy canes, while Eric, Chantal Richard and Connor McKay were all part of the Urban Systems team joining in the merry occasion.

“One of the goals of the parade is to solicit food donations for the food bank,” says Eric. The Village of Pouce Coupe partnered with the local food bank and the Salvation Army to ensure members of the community won’t be hungry over the holiday season. Non-perishable items were collected at the Fort St. John branch and contributed to the food drive.

The parade of vehicles turned down almost every street in the village. Just about the entire population of 739 people, including Mayor William Plowright, showed up either in the village square, or stood at the end of their driveway to watch the parade go by.

“It’s really fun for us to do,” says Eric. “The community was really excited we joined them in this event.”

Village councillors judging the competition for best decorated truck chose Urban Systems for second place and awarded the team with a fine-looking trophy.

“Everybody wins!” adds Eric.

Eric Sears, Chantal Richard and Dan Penner (holding the 2nd prize trophy)
Eric Sears, Chantal Richard and Dan Penner (holding the 2nd place trophy)

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