Jasper Suc­cess in Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom Chal­lenge

The McLeod River Post - - Points of View -

MP Jim Eglin­ski, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Yel­low­head, is pleased to con­grat­u­late the Town of Jasper on their suc­cess in the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom’s 2018 Na­tional / In­ter­na­tional Sym­po­sium and Awards Cer­e­monies that took place in Strath­cona County, Al­berta, on Septem­ber 29.

Com­pet­ing in the In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge (medium) category, Jasper re­ceived a 5 Blooms – Sil­ver rat­ing and a spe­cial men­tion for Friends of Jasper – vol­un­teerism. Com­peti­tors in the same category in­cluded Stet­tler, Al­berta; Pincher Creek, Al­berta; Kil­lar­neyTur­tle Moun­tain, Man­i­toba; Lewes, Delaware, United States (category win­ner); and Novi Vin­odol­ski, Croa­tia.

Jasper also re­ceived an Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award for the Cana­dian Nurs­ery and Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion En­vi­ron­men­tal Ac­tion Award.

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 en­hance­ment of green spa­ces.

Over the sum­mer, trained vol­un­teer judges trav­elled to par­tic­i­pat­ing com­mu­ni­ties to eval­u­ate the over­all con­tri­bu­tions of mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and de­part­ments; in­dus­try; busi­nesses and the pri­vate sec­tor in re­gards to the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: Tidi­ness, En­vi­ron­men­tal Ac­tion, Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion, Ur­ban Forestry, Land­scape and Flo­ral Dis­plays.

Fol­low­ing their eval­u­a­tion, vol­un­teer judges Larry Hall and Ber­nadette Solon praised the Friends of Jasper for their sup­ple­men­tary work of Parks Canada and the in­cred­i­ble 300 reg­u­lar vol­un­teers who are in­volved in main­tain­ing the pres­tige of the Park.

“I have of­ten said that Yel­low­head is home to the most beau­ti­ful land­scape in Canada. Thank you to all the vol­un­teers and res­i­dents in Jasper for, not only pre­serv­ing that beauty, but also demon­strat­ing the true Cana­dian spirit on a world stage. Con­grat­u­la­tions!” con­cluded MP Eglin­ski.

For a com­plete list of the results, visit www. com­mu­ni­tiesin­bloom.ca

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