As a member of the circle of excellence, New Glasgow wasn’t in the running for the usual awards during this year’s Communities in Bloom competition, but that didn’t stop them from garnering some laurels for the community.
Kim Dickson, New Glasgow director of marketing and communication is pictured with Berta Briggs, one of the national Communities in Bloom judges that has previously evaluated and visited New Glasgow. New Glasgow received the As You Like it Award for best community showcase at the event. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Kim Dickson, director of marketing and communication for the Town of New Glasgow attended the 2013 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies and brought back the award for the best community showcase at the event. The award is known as the As You Like It award and was created by Ted Blowes, former national chair of the Communities in Bloom and former mayor of Stratford, Ont.
“It is impressive for our town to receive this prestigious award and to be judged the best display among many communities from across country and several from around the world,” said Coun. Jack Lewis, chair of New Glasgow Communities in Bloom. “This was a great opportunity to showcase New Glasgow and we are honoured by this recognition. The founder of the award, the late Mr. Ted Blowes, former National Chair of Communities in Bloom, stood for high standards for both the displays and the communities involved in the program so this award holds great significance for us.”
Blowes passed away during the past year.
“It was very emotional because there was a tribute done to him and his family came forward to present the award too,” said Dickson. “He’s held in very high esteem by the members of the Communities in Bloom.”
Mayor Barrie MacMillan said it’s an honour for the town to receive the award and continue to be recognized by Communities in Bloom. He called the latest award the “icing on the cake.”
“I think it’s certainly a recognition of the Town of New Glasgow’s participation in this program over a number of years. It’s certainly given our town a profile.”
In addition to getting to listen to some great speakers and network, Dickson said it was also a chance for her to promote this area as a tourism destination to the people she met from across Canada, the U.S. and international participants. The exhibit booth she set up had hundreds of photos in banner bugs, scrapbooks, a PowerPoint and on a digital photo screen with rotating images.
“We also had rack cards with lovely images which we produced with DEANS to promote New Glasgow and the Northumberland Shore as a pre- or post-symposium destination for the Communities in Bloom Symposium in Charlottetown 2014,” she said.
She also took the opportunity to have lots of one-on-one discussions with the delegates and encouraged them to consider stopping by.
“People are quite anxious to make (the Charlottetown conference) an Atlantic or Maritime experience,” she said.