The Town of Vermilion has been a part of Communities in Bloom for several years, claiming the Provincial Title in 2000 and the National Title in 2010!
It takes people to create pride.
‘People, plants and pride … growing together!’ is the motto of Communities in Bloom, a Canadian non-profit organization committed to nurturing community pride and environmental responsibility. The competition challenges communities to improve their overall look with floral displays, landscapes, turf maintenance, urban forestry, community involvement, heritage conservation, environmental awareness and tidiness.
“We are very proud of our town! It’s important for each of us to get involved and to make a difference. We feel fortunate to live in Vermilion, and we take pride in where we live!” – Vermilion Communities in Bloom Committee member.
In 2011, 2012 & 2013, Vermilion competed in the National Class of Champions category”, and received a 5 Blooms rating each year, including a special mention for “The Good Life Institute” in 2013.
From the 2012 evaluation, volunteer judges Hugh Skinner and Diane Clasen wrote:
“Lakeland College, the Town of Vermilion, the Agricultural Society and the business community in Vermilion collaborate to develop facilities that serve Vermilion residents. Programs are developed with co-operation and the town is getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the college.
Vermilion demonstrates what a difference Communities in Bloom can make when the program is embraced and used as a catalyst for community involvement and improvement. Vermilion’s changes have been dramatic and the excitement in the air is palpable. The momentum exists to advance and improve again as much or more than you have since 1999.
What a delight to visit Vermilion to see the end result of years of planning and construction redeveloping Vermilion’s downtown streetscape complete with underground utilities; roads constructed of pavers arranged in geometric patterns; year-round permanent metal ‘banners’ with a ‘V’ shape in the color vermilion; 96 sponsored reservoir hanging baskets in floral shades of vermilion; and countless other planters, landscapes, tree installations, and floral beds. To its credit, the Communities in Bloom committee has kept all of CIB’s six criteria in mind as they have improved sites throughout town.
The Town of Vermilion, along with the mayor and council, are strong champions of the CIB program and have included CIB in the town budget, provided CIB with a dedicated staff person and a watering truck to maintain installations, and included a link to CIB on the town website. We were particularly interested in Vermilion’s new look toward future branding and marketing of the town with an educational focus. References were made to ‘The Good Life Institute’, ‘New Ideas for Living’, ‘Lifestyle Learning’ and ‘Lifelong Learning’. As the town partners with businesses and with Lakeland College to promote and broaden this emphasis, the future appears brilliant.”
Communities in Bloom is a beautification program that challenges communities to improve their overall look with floral displays, landscapes, turf maintenance, urban forestry, community involvement, heritage conservation, environmental awareness and tidiness.
Interested in becoming a member of the local Communities in Bloom Committee?
Contact us, or phone Shawn Bell at 780-581-2406.
Information on our events visit: thegoodlifeinstitute.ca/communities-in-bloom-event…