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Communities in Bloom - 2012 NATIONAL EDITION
by Vivian Shum
October 21, 2012

On October 13th, the Edmonton Capital Region hosted the 18th Edition of the Communities in Bloom National Awards Ceremonies in Alberta, honouring municipalities across Canada, Europe, Singapore and Japan. Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion of green spaces in community settings. National Acting Chair Bob Lewis – on behalf of the National Committee, Judges, and Sponsors – sincerely thanks and congratulates all the communities for their involvement in the program. “Within the context of climate change and environmental concerns, they can all be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions that benefit all of society.” National Award Winners

Up to 1,200: Appleton, Newfoundland & Labrador 1,201 to 3,000: Beausejour, Manitoba 3,001 to 6,500: Jasper, Alberta 6,501 to 10,000: Castlegar, British Columbia 10,001 to 20,000: Lambton Shores, Ontario 20,001 to 50,000: Fort Erie, Ontario Over 50,001: Granby, Québec Canadian Forces Sustainable Communities: CFB Borden, Ontario

Class of Champions Strathcona County, Alberta in the Large population category, and Boissevain, Manitoba in the Small population category, were the winners in the Class of Champions, a category where past winners compete amongst themselves.

International Challenge Killarney Town, Ireland in the Large population category, and St. Martin’s Parish, Guernsey, Channel Islands, British Isles in the Small population category, were the winners in the International Challenge, a competition between winners of various national programs.

Outstanding Achievement Awards Scotts Turf Builder Turf and Groundcovers Award: Wood Buffalo, Alberta Communities in Bloom Sustainable Development Award: Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia Communities in Bloom Foundation Youth Involvement Award: Gibbons, Alberta Home Hardware Community Involvement Award: Lambton Shores, Ontario Communities in Bloom Environmental Action Award: MARLANT, Halifax, Nova Scotia Scotts Community of Gardeners Award: Brandon, Manitoba National Capital Commission Floral Displays Award: Trail, British Columbia CN Urban Forestry Award: Edmonton, Alberta Home Hardware Beauti-Tone Heritage Conservation Award: Pembroke, Ontario Canadian Nursery Landscape Association Landscape Award: Stettler, Alberta Communities in Bloom Tidiness Award: Brooks, Alberta Municipal World WinterLife Award: Wood Buffalo, Alberta The Butchart Gardens Land Reclamation Award: Mission, British Columbia Special Award for the Green Community Program: South West District, Singapore

For further information and to obtain photographs, please contact: communication@cib-cef.com or call us at 514-694-8871.

Thank you to our National Sponsors and Partners Home Hardware - Scotts National Capital Commission - Zaunscherb Roberts Blair - CN Beauti-Tone - Teck - Ball Horticultural Company Miracle-Gro - Turf Builder - Scotts EcoSense - RoundUp Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) Nutrients for Life - Municipal World - VIA Rail Canada Composting Council of Canada - LIN Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA)

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion and importance of green spaces in community settings.

“People, plants and pride… growing together” is our slogan, and it captures the essence of the program.

History, Established with the guidance of Britain in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland and Villes et Villages Fleuris de France, Communities in Bloom held its first edition in 1995 and 29 participating municipalities were honoured at the first awards ceremonies on Parliament Hill. The program now includes hundreds of communities across the country, and an international challenge involving communities from the United States, Japan and several European countries allows participants to compete internationally. Program. The program consists of communities receiving information and being evaluated either provincially or nationally by a volunteer jury of trained professionals on the accomplishments of their entire community (municipal, private, corporate and institutional sectors, citizens) on eight key criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape, Turf & Groundcovers, Floral Displays Community Involvement. Benefits. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. These benefits make Communities in Bloom a program where everyone wins. Participants can benefit financially from the program through community tourism initiatives, business opportunities for the entire community, and other related projects. A valuable information exchange network allows communities to share accomplishments, best practices and projects. All participants are showcased on the Communities in Bloom website through the “Explore our Communities” section, with a description page and a link to their respective community website. The Communities in Bloom Magazine, published twice a year, also features participants and program results, as well as articles and educational content. Communities in Bloom develops, with its partners and sponsors, initiatives and promotional opportunities. National Symposium on Parks and Grounds. Held in conjunction with the annual national awards ceremonies, this event is a unique opportunity for elected officials, parks and grounds professionals and community volunteers to learn and share about current issues, trends and challenges not only in horticulture and gardening, but in community tourism and projects, environmental awareness, and much more. Workshops and awards ceremonies are also held in all provinces throughout the year. The Communities in Bloom Foundation, established to support the educational aspect of its activities, is dedicated to funding, developing and disseminating education and awareness to a wide audience on the value, improvement, importance and sustainable development of green spaces and natural environment in Canadian society. The foundation also awards bursaries to students in horticulture / environment programs.

His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General of Canada is the Patron of Communities in Bloom.

Within the context of climate change and environmental concerns, all communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.

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