Five star rating
Bay Roberts wins two national awards
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.”