Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of a friendly competition.
Trained volunteer judges travel across Canada during July and August to evaluate communities and the overall contributions of municipal council and departments, industry, businesses and the private sector, including volunteer efforts in eight areas: 1) Tidiness, 2) Environmental Awareness, 3) Community Involvement. 4) Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, 5) Tree/Urban Forest Management, 6) Landscaped Areas, 7) Floral Displays and 8) Turf & Groundcovers.
This year judges will be in Strathmore on August 9th to assess our community. They will meet with the Mayor and CAO, members of Communities in Bloom, Park Staff and citizens to engage them in conversation about our community. A tour of Strathmore will include the Recycle Centre, Kinsman and Lambert Parks, the new Heritage Times Square, the Birth Forest, Community Gardens, Centennial & Leboldus Parks and residential areas. Please do your part to fix up, clean up and make tidy your areas and put on a welcome smile for the judges.
This year 2011 Communities in Bloom has erected 5 more Heritage Banners at Kinsman Park. We now have 15 Heritage Banners and a booklet describing the banners and the history of the various sectors of our heritage. These booklets are free and available at the Town Office, Strathmore Standard, Library, and Tourist Information or by calling 934-2005 and requesting a copy.
Another new initiative this year is the Centennial Community Garden at the southwest corner of. St. Michael and All Angels Church. Stop by and have a look.
Watch for the start of the Bloomer of the Week contest for residential and businesses in the Strathmore Standard. Each week during July, August and the first part of September we recognize those who have made an effort in beautifying their property. Send a photo of your garden or flowers to the Strathmore Standard or by email to email@example.com
We are always in need of people who want to get involved in Communities in Bloom so call Robert at 403-934-2005 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get started.