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
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
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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