2018 BC Communities in Bloom Awardees

By Scott McDonald

Jan 02
BC Communities in Bloom - Awards

Congratulations to all evaluated participants and BC Communities in Bloom awardees for 2018!

Showcasing recovery and resilience, the Village of Clinton hosted the 15th Annual BC Communities in Bloom Awards and Conference weekend. On September 15, 2018 — 18 communities, representing all areas of the province were recognized for their efforts in community enhancement. This year there were two new 5-Bloom winners: congratulations to Lumby and Abbotsford, as well as Sooke and Hope who have been multiple year recipients of the 5-Bloom award. 4-Blooms were awarded to Whitehorse, Clinton and Cache Creek with Sicamous earning this recognition for the first time. Achieving 4 and 5-Blooms is an amazing accomplishment of collaboration from municipal, business, residents and service groups.

Congratulations to all our in Bloom participants who are making their hometowns be the best they can be through the BC Communities in Bloom program of “People, Plants and Pride…Growing Together”.

2018 PROVINCIAL RESULTS Mention or Project Name

  • Abbotsford, City of 5-Blooms Co-op Community Viewing Platform at Willband Creek
  • Lumby, Village of 5-Blooms Proactive Strategic Action Plan
  • Hope, District of 5-Blooms Hope Community Garden Relocation
  • Sooke, District of 5-Blooms Sport Turf All-Weather Field at Milne Park
  • Cache Creek, Village of 4-Blooms Winning the BCAA Play Here Initiative Playground Funding
  • Clinton, Village of 4-Blooms
  • Clinton’s Cultural Heritage
  • Whitehorse, Yukon, City of 4-Blooms Community Spirit
  • Sicamous, District of 4-Blooms Involvement of the Splatsin FN on the Sicamous CiB Committee
  • Chetwynd, District of Friend
  • Kent, District of Friend Roadside Information Kiosk
  • Salmo, Village of Friend
  • Armstrong, City of Member Let’s Paint the Town Campaign
  • Burnaby, City of Member
  • Castlegar, City of Member + National Highway Garden of Hope
  • Coquitlam, City of Member + National
  • Mission, City of Member CiB School Participation Program
  • Clinton Member Dog Off-Leash Park

BC Communities in Bloom 2018 Awardees
CRITERIA AWARDS SPONSORED BY WINNER

TIDINESS AWARD
Teck Resources Limited Cache Creek

HERITAGE AWARD
Urban Systems Clinton

Special glass trophies were presented by Gold Bloom Sponsors whose financial support makes it possible for us to deliver the CiB program throughout the province.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD – BC Communities in Bloom Sponsored

Deb Heap from the District of Sicamous was nominated by the BC Communities in Bloom Board. This award recognizes the dedicated leadership and promotion of the CiB program in their community. A quote from Melinda Smyrl, Planner for the District of Sicamous:

“Her greatest assets are indeed her tenacity and her passion for highlighting the beauty that is and could be in this community and spearheading everyone toward a common, positive vision.”

For experienced CiB communities, reaching the 4 and 5-Bloom level is an accomplishment that recognizes all their hard work. Volunteers are the backbone of this program and each community’s team efforts are a testament to how well “ People, Plants and Pride…Growing Together” works!

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British Columbia Communities in Bloom is a not for profit society administering the dynamic CiB program where citizen groups, organizations, businesses and local governments come together to ignite and unleash the potential within each community. Because of this unique annual challenge, a new vibrancy and prosperity is reflected in the lasting legacies to our communities.

REASONS COMMUNITIES PARTICIPATE:

  • Stimulates Community Energy & Pride of Place
  • Encourages Tidiness & Beautification in Residential & Business Areas
  • Networks Various Organizations with a Common Goal
  • Promotes Excellence in Environmental Initiatives
  • Catalyst to Inventory Community’s Assets
  • Friendly Competition provides Focus & Deadline for Projects

Get your BC community growing in 2019, find out how to participate with the BC Communities in Bloom program.

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About the Author

Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott McDonald can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden or local hidden gem. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood, he is a member of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.