COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM COLUMN
The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t stop the New Glasgow Communities in Bloom Committee making plans for the 2014 season. Councillor Jack Lewis welcomed everyone to a meeting held recently, and advised members that his term as chair of the Communities in Bloom Committee has now ended. Councillor Trudy Vince will resume duties as chair. A warm welcome was also extended to Councillor Nancy Dicks who has also joined the committee.
The group discussed a three-year participation plan being developed for Council’s consideration with the mandate to: increase our community profile, environmental protection, tidiness and beautification through community and business participation, preservation of heritage and culture, just to name a few.
The meeting included a reflection of what happened in the past year. Kimberly Dickson, New Glasgow’s marketing and communications director and past-chair of New Glasgow’s Communities in Bloom, spoke about the Community Exhibit Award won by the Town of New Glasgow, an award initiated several years ago by the late Ted Bowles, former president of Communities in Bloom. The award was presented by his family to the Town of New Glasgow. Kim stated that a partnership was established with Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS) to market New Glasgow and the other Communities in Bloom along the Northumberland Shore as pre or post conference trip, as people will be planning their trips to Charlottetown for the 2014 CIB National Symposium in September. Kim passed around examples of the marketing materials produced for this campaign.
The Town of New Glasgow presented its 2013 Winter Lights and Most Festive Awards to residents and business owners by New Glasgow Communities in Bloom chair Trudy Vince, past chair Jack Lewis, New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan and New Glasgow CIB Committee members presented the awards. These awards are a fine example of how residents and business owners contribute to a community when they take such pride in their properties, help promote, support and celebrate the vibrancy of the New Glasgow community all year round. Congratulations to all the winners! CIB committee members offered to continue with painting of the tourism kiosk this spring. Chelsea Baird, the town’s horticulturalist, added new plantings to the site last year. A bench is ready for the kiosk and a reproduction of a beautiful painting of the New Glasgow Marina created by Brianne Williams, NSCAD - New Glasgow artist in residence, will be installed on the kiosk in the spring.
The Town of New Glasgow has registered with the CIB National participation in the Circle of Excellence, non-evaluated category for the past two years. It is suggested that a three-year participation plan be worked on. The committee will support the town in developing this plan and it will be presented to council for its consideration and approval.
CIB acts as an umbrella that supports events, groups and residents of New Glasgow who showcase both the beauty and spirit of our community. Our CIB supporters and sponsors recognize the importance of the visual appeal of flowers and plants to promote pride in our citizens, encourage business investment, new development, increase tourism as well as creating a place that people are proud to call home. CIB is about empowering a community to bloom in every sense of the word.
Some of you are aware that I am an advocate of gardening for wellness. Gardening is the second most popular form of physical activity in Canada, just behind brisk walking. It is estimated that 48 per cent of adults enjoy being physically active through gardening, which improves both self-esteem and mood as well as making you feel tranquil and hopeful.
Life holds its share of worries, anxieties and issues, but it also brings blessings and joys, solutions and opportunities. Time to chase away the winter-never-end blues. Embrace the year with confidence and hope. Plant a new dream, and it could bloom
The New Glasgow Communities in Bloom committee encourages and welcomes everyone from all ages to participate in our program.
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Submitted by Patti Long, a community volunteer and New Glasgow CIB committee member