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Mississauga Wins Top Honours at Communities in Bloom

Sep 22, 2008

This past weekend, the City of Mississauga was presented with the prestigious Communities in Bloom national award in the large city category (population of 300,000 plus) during the 14th edition of the Communities in Bloom National Awards Ceremony in Lethbridge, Alberta.

"This is fantastic news for the City. We've certainly come a long way in four years," said John Lohuis, director, Recreation and Parks and co-chair of the Mississauga in Bloom committee. "With the support of our Mayor, Council, Leadership team and staff from all departments, our involvement in the program has provided us the opportunity to grow, strengthen and develop City-wide environmental and community partnerships."

The City of Mississauga competed against the City of Edmonton, the City of London and the Regional Municipality of Halifax, and in addition to winning the national award, Mississauga received special recognition for community involvement.

"This year we took a different approach to our tour and created three large stops that encompassed numerous components of the evaluation criteria," said Hazel McColl, Mississauga in Bloom program co-ordinator. "These stops included a welcome by our Leadership team and heritage breakfast at Bradley Museum, an environmental fair at the University of Toronto Mississauga and a horticultural showcase and community awards barbecue at Riverwood."

"The success Mississauga has enjoyed in the Communities in Bloom program is a result of the dedicated efforts by all sectors of our community - residential, institutional, educational, commercial and municipal working together," said Liisa Wolfgram, co-chair of the Mississauga in Bloom committee and community volunteer.

Wolfgram explained that communities are evaluated in eight categories: tidiness, environmental awareness, community involvement, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas, floral displays and turf and ground covers. Each city receives an overall score out of 1,000 and the city that receives the highest score is the winner. There is one winner for each of the 14 population categories.

Lohuis added that as a national winner, the City of Mississauga is now eligible to showcase the city and the environmental programs and partnerships on the world stage in the international category for 2009.

According to Communities in Bloom, every city should be proud of their participation, especially within the context of global warming and environmental challenges. All can rightfully and proudly state through the efforts of those involved in their communities, they are contributing to the solutions.

For more information on Mississauga in Bloom, visit www.mississauga.ca/blooms.

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.

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 is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Related Links:
   2008 National Results from Communities in Bloom
   Award Presentation to Mississauga in Bloom


Media Contact:
Laurel Schut
Manager, Corporate Communications (A)
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5832
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   laurel.schut@mississauga.ca


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