A provincial organization would like to see the bloom in Armstrong again.
Communities in Bloom B.C. has invited the city to again be a participant.
“It’s a provincial and national program, and Armstrong has participated in both and, might I just say, won both,” smiled Coun. Shirley Fowler, one of the main communities in bloom organizers when Armstrong took part in the program.
Communities in Bloom helps engage volunteers with other service, municipal and business groups. The competition is about growing together to make the community the best it can be.
“There are a lot of benefits,” said Fowler, chair of the city’s community services committee. “It makes you aware of things going on in your community. And there’s a general sense of tidiness, pride, spirit and vision. It’s just a great program.”
There are several ways for the city to get involved in Communities in Bloom.
It could become a full-blown, evaluated program where judges pay a visit to the city.
It could be a novice program to introduce the organization to a new Armstrong committee.
Or the city could take part in a non-evaluated category to maintain a B.C. Communities in Bloom profile.
Fowler would like to see a volunteer step forward to help drum up interest and set up a new committee.
Volunteers carried out the program before with financial support for the city (which paid the registration fee),” said Fowler.
“I’d like to see if we could find some people to take the program on. If we do that quite quickly, as registration is due in the early spring, we could bring forward to budget talks.”