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Annual Progress Reports and Judges’ Evaluations – 2009-2012

Mission C in B – 2009

  • Entered the provincial competition. The provincial judges visited in the middle of July. Photo albums and a manual were presented to the judges and the judges’ tour highlighted all our environmental and recycling programs.
  • Included a “Garden of the Month” in the Mission City Record with Heather Stewart’s “Keep Blooming” columns.
  • Displayed our revamped traveling display boards at Garden Works, Mission City Farmers Market, our Garden Party and Awards Night.
  • Hosted a Garden Party fund raiser at the Jack family’s Ferncliff Gardens.
  • Organized and ran local competitions which had 155 entries over the 15 categories. The Spring Leisure Guide included entry forms. Local schools responded and Boston Pizza treated about 40 students to pizza for their efforts.
  • Became a Society to give the organization sustainability and held our first Annual General Meeting.
    Liaised with many organizations to promote Communities in Bloom. These included Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, Town Square Committee, Downtown Business Association, and District of Mission, Mission City Farmers Market, Cultural Resources Commission, Mission District Historical Society and the Mission Arts Council.
  • Planted a tree on Earth Day at the Mission cemetery.

Click here for the 2009 Evaluation Report from the Provincial judges.

Mission C in B – 2010

  • Entered national competition for first time.
  • Past President Myrna Matthews attended National Awards and Symposium in Halifax.
  • Planted tree at Griner Park on Earth Day.

Click here for the 2010 Mission Communities in Bloom winners.
(Large file – broadband connection recommended)

Click here for the 2010 CinB Manual.

Mission C in B – 2011

  • Developed a three year strategic plan.
  • Society Director Heather Stewart attended National Symposium and Awards in Quebec City.
  • Planted a tree on Earth Day at Centennial Park.

Click here for the July, 2011 edition of the Provincial CinB Newsletter
featuring Mission’s very own Water Management/Rain Garden project.

Rain Garden

Mission C in B – 2012

  • Entered the national competition.  The national judges visited in the middle of July.  An extensive tour of Mission was completed in one and one half days with various groups assisting.  These organizations gave summaries of their work at the judges’ luncheon. The CiB photo albums and manuals were displayed.
  • Continued the inclusion of “Garden of the Month” photograph in the Mission City Record with Heather Stewart’s “Keep Blooming” columns.
  • Displayed our traveling display boards at Canadian Tire, Mission City Farmers Market, our Garden Party and Awards Night.
  • Organized and coordinated the newly-branded and local Beautify Mission program.
  • Invited local schools to enter the Beautify Mission program.
  • Provided a pizza party at the Leisure Centre for participating children and teachers.  Many local restaurants donated pizzas.
  • Society President Bert Pulles, Past President Myrna Matthews and Mayor Ted Adlem attended the National Symposium and Awards in Edmonton.
  • Presented a power point at Valley Women’s Network, Business and Professional Women’s Club and spoke at Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
  • Liaised with Downtown Business Association and several departments of the District of Mission.
  • Planted a tree on Earth Day at Tunbridge Park.

Click here for 2012 manual

Click here for National Judges 2012 Evaluation

Special Recognitions

In the category of Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Mission CiB has worked with several organizations, including the Mission District Historical Society and the Mission Heritage Association. In this category, judges have evaluated the preservation of traditions, customs, food and crafts, conservation / restoration, reuse of sites / buildings, and participation in heritage community events/activities.

  • In 2007, Mission won the provincial award for Community Involvement with a special mention for Environmental Awareness.
  • In April 2007, the District of Mission Mayor and Council proclaimed the Caitlin Rhododendron as the community’s official floral emblem.
  • The District of Mission was the recipient of the 2008 provincial award for Heritage Conservation and a special mention for Heritage Awareness. In 2009 the judges awarded Mission the highest points in the 20,001 to 50, 0000 population category, with a special mention to the Silverdale Creek Wetlands