Members of a 4-H club have been working hard to give back to their community by restoring a local cemetery over the span of a couple of years.
As the Salt Springs 4-H Club wraps up its official restoration of the Ebenezer Cemetery, members are preparing to move on to another while they continue to maintain the first.
The idea to restore the community cemetery to help give back to the community came when club leader Betty Lou Scott was speaking with a local family about the state of the cemetery and agreed that it needed to be restored.
“I went to Betty Lou Scott and asked if she minded if I took it to the next level,” said Jack Lees, who is also involved in the local club. With the help municipal councillor David Parker and 4-H members, the group was able to help restore some of the old stones and have those that were sloping or falling straightened up and repaired.
“It took a few years,” Lees said about the project which had some help along the way with donations. “Steps we’ve taken (include) restoring the sign one year, then the headstones, then benches and more.”
The cemetery project is something that the 4-H group is going to continue on to help connect them more to their community.
“It’s teaching them heritage,” said Lees. “It’s all about community and that’s what 4-H is all about.”
The next project the group will be taking on will be the Irving Fraser Cemetery which is in rough shape at the moment, according to Lees.
“It’s fallen into worse shape than the Ebenezer cemetery,” he said.
To help with this new project over the next couple of years, Lees shared that they are currently and are always looking for donations and funding to help them cover the costs and restore the cemetery to something the community can be proud of once again. Lees did share a good news story about the projects though as someone from the United States had heard about what the group had been doing and was impressed with the work. He helped the group out by donating to the project to help restore the spaces.
“I imagine it’s going to take two to three years to do,” said Lees about the new project.