Linda Quinn had help painting the town red Sept. 18 – or at least painting the fence at Downton Park.
After a call went out for help on the project, five students from Founntainview Academy – Timon, Pedro, Nicholas, Peter and Nathaniel – showed up to lend their talents and brushes to the three-hour paint job.
During that time, Quinn reports that five tour buses carrying approximately 200 passengers came and went at the adjacent Lillooet Museum and Visitor Centre.
“Passengers showed great interest, some even wanted to join in and did, as park locals watched,” said Quinn. She and the young painters were able to communicate with visitors in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese “and even English,” according to Quinn.
“The pleasure experienced from the interaction with the local volunteers only underlined the need for some kind of ambassador program to welcome coaches and other visitors as they arrive in town,” observed Quinn. “This is especially important on a Sunday when so little is available or open.”
She added, “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they learned about our lovely little town was payment enough for our hard work, and of course, seeing a newly painted fence enhancing the park, highlighting the Downton sign, says it all. Job well done, guys!”
Dave Bell also contributed to the project by funding the stain and brushes.
Without his contribution and the assistance from the Fountainview painters, “it mught just have been another lazy Sunday afternoon,” according to Quinn.