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Four Blooms and Canada 150 Award

Posted: October 12, 2017

Four Blooms and Canada 150 Award

 L to R:  CiB judge Don Budinsky, Mayor Shelley Hart, Rec Programmer 
Tyne Mills and CiB Coordinator Diane Banash at the awards.
Congratulations East St. Paul, you are a community that’s really in bloom!  

The RM received an impressive Four Bloom rating in its first ever participation in the provincial Communities in Bloom contest.

Mayor Shelley Hart was thrilled with the rating, handed out at the annual CiB conference and awards at the International Peace Gardens in September. She said the RM’s staff worked exceptionally hard to make the community look its best, and the volunteers
on the local committee were terrific. Support from the business community was also top notch.

"Everyone did such an outstanding job in embracing civic pride and doing all the little things necessary to make East St. Paul shine,” Mayor Hart said.

"It takes an entire community effort to receive such high praise from the CiB judges, so everyone from our staff, to the volunteers, those who donated and all the people in the community who take care of the yards all year long played a role in this.”

A Four Bloom rating in your first CiB competition is rare, and the judges praised East St. Paul for its efforts and awarded a score of 74 percent, with special mention for residential landscaping and gardening.

The RM also won the Heritage - Canada 150 Special Edition Award.

It was a one-time award in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, and East St. Paul was selected for the award above all other competitors, in all categories.

The judges comments on East St. Paul’s efforts to include Canada 150 throughout the community were:

"The municipality and its CiB committee did a tremendous job of getting the program going; CiB volunteers planting the Canada 150 logo flower bed in Memorial Park, Canada 150 banners/ placards, red and white flower planting on boulevards, etc. As well, the ‘Your Community’ newsletter was a good vehicle to explain the CiB program to residents and to highlight the work of the municipality and its CiB committee.”

The Heritage - Canada 150 Award was judged separately from the rest of the competition. East St. Paul received a five-leaf rating, the highest possible, with a score of 85 percent.

In their evaluation of East St. Paul overall, the judges were generous in their praise:

"The Rural Municipality of East St. Paul is an extraordinarily clean, green and beautiful community and is off to an exceptional start in the Communities in Bloom program. Residential landscaping is impressive in its scope, scale and diversity. It was evident that the vast majority of residents have made landscaping a high priority. The results are a lush and diverse ‘rural forest’ punctuated by floral and vegetable gardens throughout, all meticulously maintained.”

They were equally impressed with the overall appearance of the municipality:

"The community is extraordinarily neat and tidy…Ditches were mowed uniformly and were free of litter and not a single graffiti tag was found anywhere in the community. Parks, boulevards and municipal grounds were all similarly neatly mowed and trimmed.  Congratulations to residents and municipal staff on maintaining this standard of care.”

The RM’s Operations Department did a great amount of work this summer to improve the municipality’s overall appearance, including renewal of the Birds Hill Road centre median, placement of Canada 150 banners on Birds Hill Road and Hoddinott, development of the Canada 150 flower garden space, beautification of the Farmers Market site with dedication markers, new stage and shed, planting of a majority of the flowers in planters and flower gardens throughout the RM, weeding and maintaining of flower gardens and planters, watering, grass cutting and trimming in all parks and green spaces and tree trimming and pruning.

Anyone interested in joining the CiB committee, contact the Operations Department at
(204) 668-8336.


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