Five star rat­ing

Bay Roberts wins two na­tional awards

The Compass - - NEWS - BY DENISE PIKE

Bay Roberts town coun­cil­lors had a lot to smile about last week. Their town picked up two awards in the 2010 Win­ter lights com­pe­ti­tion. The three-day 2010 Win­terLights sym­po­sium and awards gala event, held in Char­lot­te­town PEI from March 4-6, saw ap­prox­i­mately 20 com­mu­ni­ties from across Canada vie for a num­ber of awards. Win­terLights is the win­ter edi­tion of Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom, a na­tional pro­gram de­signed to fo­cus on com­mu­nity ef­forts to sus­tain and pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal, vis­ual, eco­nomic and pro­gram­ming lead­er­ship through­out the win­ter months.

Bay Roberts re­ceived the Men­tor­ing Award and an­other for the Best Res­i­den­tial Lighting Dis­plays. The town did not send any rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Char­lot­te­town to ac­cept the awards.

The Men­tor­ing award, an un­so­licited award, rec­og­nizes a town or com­mu­nity for their out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and net­work­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Clarence Mercer, coun­cil li­ai­son to the town’s Spe­cial Events Com­mit­tee ex­plained the award dur­ing a March 9 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

“ It’s given by the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom Board of direc­tors to a town that has gone the ex­tra mile to men­tor other com­mu­ni­ties on how to get in­volved with the Win­ter lights pro­gram,” said Mercer. “ The town of Tor­bay is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity that has been men­tored by the coun­cil, staff and ci­ti­zen vol­un­teers of Bay Roberts. “

Mercer went on to quote an e-mail mes­sage sent to the town by Ann Car­riere, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom, co-spon­sor of the Sym­po­sium and Awards Cer­e­mony.

“It was truly heart-warm­ing to hear the re­ac­tion in the room when Bay Roberts was an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ent of the Men­tor­ing Award. You were given a spon­ta­neous and very warm cheer, which cer­tainly demon­strates how much you bring to this pro­gram and its par­tic­i­pants. It is most de­served,” said Car­riere.

The Best Res­i­den­tial Lighting Dis­plays award, un­der the Cir­cle of Ex­cel­lence cat­e­gory, was ac­com­pa­nied by a five-star rat­ing. Mercer cred­its res­i­dents, busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and vol­un­teers in his town for the award.

“ This award is, in no small mea­sure, due to the con­tin­u­ing ef­forts of the peo­ple in our town who work tire­lessly and sup­port our Fes­ti­val of Lights pro­gram each year,” said Mercer. “ Their ef­forts and en­thu­si­asm has helped us achieve this level of recog­ni­tion and has made our town stand out as a shin­ing ex­am­ple to oth­ers dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. This par­tic­u­lar award truly be­longs to our res­i­dents.” Mem­bers of coun­cil agreed. “ We’re a long way from the days when we sat around this coun­cil ta­ble and won­dered if our Fes­ti­val of Lights pro­gram would work, if it would be some­thing our res­i­dents would sup­port and en­joy,” said Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john. “ They not only sup­ported it, but came through in a big way. “ When I go around town the end of Novem­ber and see peo­ple out putting up lights and get­ting their homes ready for the Fes­ti­val of Lights, I know they are show­ing pride in their town and it does my heart good. The busi­ness, vol­un­teers, or­ga­ni­za­tions, churches and schools all get in­volved and they show a lot of com­mu­nity pride. The Fes­ti­val of Lights re­ally en­hances the Christ­mas sea­son for all of us and our res­i­dents are more than de­serv­ing of this award. Without them, it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble.”

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