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Community engagement is the process that can mean

a number of different things to different people. Working with groups and ways that support good communication promotes community commitment, inspires, creates and celebrates a culture of wellness in the places where people live, work and play or just come to enjoy.  

 

The Town of New Glasgow and the New Glasgow Communities in Bloom committee believes in working with community partners and volunteers to achieve these goals. When people are involved in initiating and promoting sustainable community,  the resulting solutions tend to be more successful and lasting.

 

A positive image encourages residents to shop locally, increase the chance new businesses will open in the area and promote growth. Throughout the spring and summer, volunteers, hired summer students, the town’s horticulturalist Chelsea Baird, Sherman Knight  along with  the New Glasgow Communities in Bloom committee will work in harmony to beautify our community by plantings, clean ups, turf care etc.  

 This is an opportunity to bring people together and inspire the spirit of helping, and to recognize the contributions of our local sponsors , municipal business and private sector which  are  major components of the overall program.    

 

Anyone can make a difference and improve their surroundings.  Volunteering helps everyone- you included. It’s a great feeling to give your time or talent to your community.   The act of coming together to plant and transform a piece of public open space into a vibrant community meeting place is just one example of how simple it is to build civic pride , enhancing community livability , and ensure a healthy community sensitive to the environment that might help us all to be happier and healthier.

 

Little gardeners are also encouraged to showcase their green thumbs.  Three cheers for those who  keep our communities green!  Don’t forget that you can nominate your neighbours for their beautification efforts. For more information on other CIB happenings such as  the CIB photo contest, Bloomers of the W eek and a lot more contact cheryl.young@newglasgow.ca

 

Burma Marshall, a retired educator, community volunteer and award winning gardener was recently welcomed as the newest New Glasgow Communities in Bloom committee member at a meeting held recently.

 On behalf of New Glasgow Communities in Bloom,  I wish to extend congratulations to Stellarton resident Carol Francis whose beautiful gardens were featured in the Garden East magazine.   

 

CIB program is not just about flowers. We are partnering

with the selflessly devoted  volunteers , civic leaders and corporal sponsors  who serve as the driving force for CiB initiatives  with a special interest to engage, inform and connect citizens from all backgrounds to promote environmental stewardship and to preserve heritage, arts  and cultural assets.

 

Remember, the green oasis nurtured  n our communities form patches in the quilt of our lives. It takes a village is not simply a cliche, but the real village is founded on strong leadership and the local community. 

 

Community is all about getting along, resolving conflicts, and working together to implement a collective vision that will create a more socially place to live , and  work in the best interest with other communities.   A win- win for everyone with invaluable results.

 

Submitted by Patti Long     

   

 

Organizations: New Glasgow Communities, Bloom committee, Garden East magazine

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Stellarton

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