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East St. Paul embracing the bloom

Posted: August 21, 2017

East St. Paul embracing the bloom

 CiB committee members with the Canada 150 floral display at Memorial Park, left to right,
Shelley Morris, Miriam Dupas, Tyne Mills, Ingrid Grywacheski, Cecil Anderson,
Bob Omeniuk, and Carla Kibiuk.  Missing:  Ute Graham.

Summer is officially in full bloom and so too is East St. Paul.

Tyne Mills, the RM's Recreation Programmer, has been working with Operations staff and community volunteers to beautify East St. Paul during the municipality's first year as part of the provincial Communities in Bloom (CiB) program.

The Manitoba CiB program encourages all sectors of the community to work together to develop best practices to achieve clean, green, sustainable communities that celebrate their heritage and unique potential.

While it's often mistaken as a predominantly floral effort, CiB is much more than that.

"Nice flowers and landscaping are certainly part of it, but Communities in Bloom is about beautifying the entire community," Mills said.

"The program is divided into six categories, including heritage conservation, urban forestry, environmental action, tidiness, as well as floral display and landscaping."

Mills and a group of approximately seven volunteers have begun with a large floral display at Memorial Park in honour of Canada's 150th birthday, with all flowers donated by Neumann's Market on Henderson Hwy.

Neumann's Market is just one of the generous businesses or individuals who donated to the CiB committee.  The committee would like to express its appreciation to them, along with ESP Chamber of Commerce, Perfect Landscaping, Debbie Hoydalo-Mandilaras; Realtor, Candice Semeniuk; Realtor, Neighbours of East St. Paul Magazine, East St. Paul COPP and Schriemer's Greenhouses and Garden Centre.

The dedicated CiB volunteers have been instrumental in the success of the CiB's first year in East St. Paul.

"On behalf of the RM, we would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the Communities in Bloom committee possible.  They volunteered hours of their time to ensure East St. Paul is beautiful and well kept.  Thank you to Cecil Anderson, Miriam Dupas, Ute Graham, Carla Kibiuk, Ingrid Grywacheski, Shelley Morris and Bob Omeniuk," Mills said.

"It would not have been possible without them, with summers being as busy as they are.  I am beyond thankful for their help and dedication and hope they continue to be part of the Communities in Bloom Program."

A big thank you also goes out to residents who signed up as a "yard to be viewed" during the Judges Tour.

Cecil Anderson says he volunteered for CiB because he does like to garden, but more so because it's a way to build community.

"I like to see community pride and I like to see people take an interest in what's going on in their neighbourhoods," Anderson said.
CiB judges were in East St. Paul on August 3 to judge the municipality and determine a bloom rating, from one to five, with five being the top score.  Results of the judging will be released at the provincial Communities in Bloom conference and awards, held Sept. 8 and 9 at the International Peace Garden.

Anderson said he's not really concerned with what rating the RM will score.  He's more interested in the judges' thoughts on what the community can do to continue it's improvements and seeing the CiB movement grow in East St. Paul.

"It's just a number.  I'm more excited about seeing people in the community get involved," Anderson said.

If you'd like to join the East St. Paul's CiB committee, please contact the Operations Department at (204) 668-8336 for more information.


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