Bloom shines on district

Lake Country received one of the coveted “5 Bloom” awards at the Communities in Bloom provincial awards

Lake Country received one of the coveted “5 Bloom” awards at the Communities in Bloom provincial awards hosted Oct. 5 by Sun Rivers Community in Kamloops, with Special Mention for the concept and development of the Quail Trail.

The judges were pleased to notice great numbers of volunteer hours spent on environmental action.  The extensive list of projects completed this year by a variety of groups was noted as being truly astounding.

The Communities in Bloom (CiB) program is all about getting people involved in making their community a better place in which to live, work, and visit. Inspiring citizen and civic involvement in enhancing the community’s resilience and liveability is a primary goal of the program. Volunteers are the backbone of the program.

“This year we took what we learned from the previous two years of the Communities in Bloom program and highlighted more of the great things that our community is doing. Through the hard work of our staff and community volunteers, we have now been recognized as a ‘5 Bloom’ community,” said Coun. Jamie McEwan, Communities in Bloom committee chairperson.

“What I appreciate about the Communities in Bloom process is that it gives us a chance to reflect on the amazing things that are happening in our community, highlight them, and learn what we can improve on in the future.”

Judges Don Alberg and Teresa Williams commented: “Lake Country is like one giant park.  It was very evident there is a very friendly and cooperative working relationship between the council, district staff, volunteers, the Communities in Bloom committee and other community groups.”

Lake Country’s 2013 CiB submission featured the theme “Celebrating Youth Involvement”.

“We can see that by involving youth you are going the right way in getting future generations to protect the area you truly love,” said Alberg and Williams. “We can see that this is a district that takes great pride in their surroundings. Congratulations on a most successful year!”

This is the third year that Lake Country has participated in the CiB program.

“We went from a 2-bloom rating in the first year, to 4 blooms last year and now the highest award – 5 blooms,” said Steve Schaffrick, director of community and customer services.

“­­­­I was very pleased with the judges’ acknowledgement of the ‘above and beyond’ effort of our Parks team in making Lake Country an extraordinary community.

We have a very committed group of seasonal and full-time staff that are creative and visionary in their work.”

”This year our theme was Youth Involvement. From volunteering in community clean-ups and food bank fundraisers, to having youth representatives join us as youth councillors at our regular meetings, youth are continuously playing a positive role in our community,” said McEwan.

“I’m very proud of our community, and honoured to have been a part of Lake Country’s Communities in Bloom team. What makes this community special is the high level of involvement of our entire community, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who spends time making Lake Country an amazing place.”