Lake Country receives 5 Bloom award
Oct 12, 2013 / 8:50 am
Lake Country received one of the coveted “5 Bloom” awards at the October 5 Communities in Bloom provincial awards hosted by Sun Rivers Community in Kamloops, with Special Mention for the concept and development of the Quail Trail.
The Communities in Bloom (CiB) program is all about getting people involved in making their community a better place to live, work, and visit. Inspiring citizen and civic involvement in enhancing the community’s resilience and livability is a primary goal 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,” said Councillor Jamie McEwan, Communities in Bloom Committee Chair. “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.”
“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,” noted judges Don Alberg and Teresa Williams.
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,” recognized judges Alberg and Williams. “We can see that this is a district that takes great pride in their surroundings.”
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 & 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 is 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.”
The Lake Country Community Profile booklet developed with input from staff, Walk Around Lake Country (WALC), the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society and community groups such as the Oyama Community Club, Community Hall Association of Okanagan Centre and the Public Art Advisory Commission, is available for viewing here (Parks, Recreation & Culture > Communities in Bloom); and the CiB evaluation report is also available here.
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