Maple Creek will be celebrating its championship win at the National Communities in Bloom competition with a big evening party at Elks Hall on Thursday.
Maple Creek successfully beat out other like-sized communities across Canada in its category thanks to the efforts of everyone in the community.
Communities in Bloom is a community development program created here in Canada, and that has now been adopted by countries around the world. The program has the objective of making communities more inviting places to visit, live in and to do business in.
Although Maple Creek has a CiB Steering Committee that oversees the implementation of the program locally, it is not the work of that committee which is evaluated by the CiB Judges when they come to town.
CiB Judges look at the work of the municipality, residents, businesses, institutions, youth and non-profit organizations. They inspect back alleys, the landfill, residential areas, commercial areas, churches, museums and community halls.
The CiB Program is also not just about flowers. CiB Judges evaluate the community in the areas of environmental action, urban forestry, tidiness, heritage conservation, landscaping, floral displays and community involvement.
It was the collective efforts of everyone in the community of Maple Creek demonstrating hometown pride that won this award for the community as a whole, says economic development officer Royce Pettyjohn.
This year’s guest speaker will be storm-chaser and photographer Ryan Wunsch. Wunsch’s work in southwest Saskatchewan is a reminder of the rich heritage and natural beauty that makes the area such an appealing place to visit, to live and to do business in.
Wunsch has also been nominated for countless awards for his photography along with being recognized by top publications.
“I really look forward to giving a presentation,” Wunsch said. “I will be showing some of my favourite photos and be sharing the stories that go with them. I will also answer any questions about storms or storm preparedness.”
Admission will be by donation. There will be light snacks and a cash bar. Door prizes and 50/50 draw will take place.
Also, the Maple Creek 2018 CiB Flower of the Year will be announced.