Harold Zinke was all smiles Tuesday afternoon, doing his part to keep the streets of downtown Chilliwack tidy. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Popular street cleaners back to work in downtown Chilliwack

Harold Zinke and Sarena Myers return this week, happy to be back in action

As Chilliwack’s downtown stores open their doors and life slowly gets back to ‘normal,’ two familiar faces are returning to action.

Harold Zinke was back to work Tuesday, picking up litter on the sidewalks, streets and parking lots in the downtown core. Sarena Myers will return Thursday.

Both have been sidelined since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zinke was his usual talkative self when he stopped to chat with a friendly neighborhood Progress reporter, smiling and happy to be back.

He said he got a sweet internet/cable package while he was off, to help pass the time, and had his fingers crossed that he’ll be able to watch live Valley Huskers football this summer and Chilliwack Chiefs hockey this fall.

Kyle Williams, executive director of the Downtown Chilliwack BIA, said Zinke and Myers are part of the fabric of the downtown core.

“Our first priority was to ensure they were healthy and safe,” he said. “Now that things have opened back up a bit, and they both understand social distancing, we’re happy to have them back and looking after our downtown streets.”


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