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Mississauga Set to Bloom for the Communities in Bloom 2008 National Competition

Aug 01, 2008

The City of Mississauga is putting its best bloom forward in preparation for the Communities in Bloom judging process beginning on Thursday, August 7, 2008.

The judges will spend two days touring the City of Mississauga with the Mississauga in Bloom committee. The 2008 tour route highlights the best of what Mississauga has to offer including: residential gardens; premier parks; historic districts and museums; wetlands; protected woodlots; high calibre sports facilities and multicultural arts events and festivals.

"This year, Mississauga will be competing against the City of Edmonton, the City of London and the Regional Municipality of Halifax for the title of the 2008 Communities in Bloom National Champion in the population category of 300,000 plus," said Hazel McColl, Mississauga in Bloom program co-ordinator. "The City will be evaluated in eight criteria areas: tidiness; environmental awareness; community involvement; natural and cultural heritage conservation; tree/urban forest management; landscape areas; floral displays and turf and groundcovers."

The 2008 Mississauga in Bloom committee includes:

  • John Lohuis, director of Recreation and Parks, co-chair
  • Liisa Wolfgram, community representative, co-chair
  • Hazel McColl, Mississauga in Bloom program co-ordinator (City staff)
  • Stu Young, Parks district manager (City staff)
  • Aubrey Iwaniw, University of Toronto at Mississauga, environmental co-ordinator
  • Andy Yemen, community representative
  • Andrea McLeod, environmental co-ordinator (City staff)
  • Michelle Charbonneau, environmental services specialist (City staff)
  • Laurel Schut, public affairs consultant, (City staff)

The City of Mississauga began its participation in the Communities in Bloom competition in 2005, with an entry into the provincial competition. The City received a first-place award in its population category (over 300,000) with the top level of technical awards - five blooms out of five. In addition, Mississauga was separately recognized for landscape excellence and captured the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture Award for Excellence in Landscaping.

In 2006 and 2007, the City of Mississauga participated at the national level and received a five bloom rating each year. In addition, the City of Mississauga received special recognition for outstanding excellence in urban forestry in 2006 and the honour of the Tidiness Criteria Award in 2007.

For more information about the competition, visit www.mississauga.ca/blooms.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is recognized as Canada's safest city.

Communities in Bloom is a non-profit Canadian organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of friendly competition.

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Laurel Schut
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Email:   laurel.schut@mississauga.ca


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