Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom
The District of Mission in partnership with the Communities in Bloom society has participated at either the provincial or national levels of the Communities in Bloom (CiB) program since 2003.
CiB is a Canada-wide non-profit organization with international affiliations dedicated to recognizing community projects that involve heritage, environmental awareness, and beautification.
A local volunteer committee was formed in 2003, and with endorsement of the District of Mission, this group undertakes Mission’s annual participation in CiB. Several community groups were already working in the aforementioned areas, and the Mission Communities in Bloom Society is now continuing to encourage their efforts and others in a spirit of friendly cooperation.
In 2013, we returned to provincial participation by highlighting the District of Mission’s new Spirit Square in the Jack Poole Harbourside Park, and in 2014 Mission was recognized provincially for our schools’ gardens or environmental activities. These projects will maintain our qualification to re-enter the 2015 national competition.
Beautify Mission Program: For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, local judging was limited to evaluation of “streetscapes” that included the area equivalent to the Mission School District region. By definition, streetscapes are “…visual elements of a street, including the road, adjoining buildings, street furniture, trees and open spaces, etc., that combine to form the street’s character” (Wiktionary 2012).
Local judges toured the community in June and left a notice at the doors of houses, institutions, schools, and businesses that these local judges assessed as attractive. The best of Mission was celebrated in both 2013, 2014 & 2015 at community ceremonies in the Leisure Centre with recognition in the following areas:
- Environmental awareness activities
- Tree/urban forestry
- Floral displays
- Natural & Cultural Heritage Conservation
Become a Society Member
For a mere $5, you can become part of the Society’s membership, attend general meetings, provide input into annual planning, and learn more about our efforts to be the a more beautiful and livable community.
Mission Communities in Bloom Society,
32956 Orchid Drive, Mission, BC, V2V 6K6
or email: ComminBloom@gmail.com