Amherstburg is a “five bloom” community

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg has always been a community proud of its appearance and now provincial judges are back on board as well.

The town’s re-entry into the provincial Communities in Bloom (CiB) competition paid off, as the community was awarded five “blooms” – the most it was eligible for – at the CiB symposium in Perth over the weekend. Word made it back to Amherstburg where the achievement was recognized at a brief ceremony in Navy Yard Park Sunday afternoon.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Councillor Diane Pouget unveil the plaque signifying the town’s involvement in the 2015 Communities in Bloom competition. The town received the highest honor, which is five blooms.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Councillor Diane Pouget unveil the plaque signifying the town’s involvement in the 2015 Communities in Bloom competition. The town received the highest honor, which is five blooms.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo credited staff, administration, fellow council members, volunteers and the CiB committee for the town’s success in the competition. Judges were in town in late-July their decision came on Culture Days, something he found fitting.

DiCarlo was dressed in period attire, as he performed the noon cannon firing done by the Provincial Marine.

“We’re not just a beautiful community,” the mayor added, noting the town’s involvement in the Great Places in Canada online contest, the fact it is the safest community in Canada four of the last five years and was named Municipality of the Year by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).

CAO John Miceli said Councillor Diane Pouget was the driving force on council for CiB, as she was the council member on the CiB committee and took “a leadership role” and “worked diligently with her committee members.”
Other CiB committee members were Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society president Marilyn Cadotte, Paulette Drouillard, Maxine Iler, Rebecca Vander Vaart, Janet Willoughby, Annette Zahaluk, Anne Rota and Jen Ibrahim.

“It was amazing to see how much work the community did for Communities in Bloom,” said Miceli. “Thank you to the showcased Communities in Bloom sites that opened their doors to our judges and were willing to hop on our trolley of adventure. We wowed them and it showed.”

Miceli also thanked the sponsors that got behind CiB.

By obtaining five blooms, Amherstburg can now move on to the national competition.

“That is a really significant achievement for the town of Amherstburg,” said Miceli.

Pouget shared credit with the committee members and others who aided the effort.

“I’m so proud of so many people,” she said. “This would not be happening if it wasn’t for the residents, the employees, the parks committee and administration. It’s because of these people this win was possible.”

Amherstburg residents went “over and above” to make sure their homes were in the best shape possible, she added.

“I’m sure the residents are so proud of our town as a result,” she stated. “Now we’re not just the safest community in Canada, we’re one of the prettiest in Ontario.”

Willoughby, who was the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce appointee to the committee, said she was excited by the news.

“I’m just so proud of the work everyone did,” said Willoughby. “There was never any doubt we would get five blooms.”

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