Congratulations to the Selkirk Communities in Bloom Committee, their volunteers, and City of Selkirk staff who have worked so hard over the past number of years to improve the aesthetics of our community. I know that the committee, and in particular Chris Carruthers (our Parks and Rec Manager), were shooting for the coveted 5 blooms but I think they should be proud of what they have accomplished in a few short years.
Far from simply being community beautification, Communities in Bloom is about fostering community pride through sustainable best practices in community involvement, environmental awareness, beautification, heritage preservation, education, and networking. It’s about building a people-centric community. Communities that foster a sense of pride and connectedness are vibrant, have lower levels of crime, encourage investment, foster economic growth and opportunity and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
I am so proud that our committee was able to host the annual Manitoba Communities in Bloom conference. This was an exciting opportunity showcase our community, as well as the work that our industrious committee has undertaken. In addition to expert speakers delegates were treated to a history tour of our city on Selkirk Transit, a pontoon boat ride on the mighty Red River, and to a wonderful reception dinner prepared by Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen volunteers.
Congratulations again to our committee, volunteers, city staff and to Chris Carruthers who, by-the-way, was appointed the provincial Communities in Bloom board. Great job everyone – you’re making Selkirk look it’s very best (both metaphorically and literally!)
Below is the story that appeared in this week’s Selkirk Record. Just click on the image to see a larger, more readable, version.