Kent commits to 2012 Bloom awards

Volunteers needed for community excellence competition

The District of Kent will once again compete in the Community In Bloom competition, pending a showing of volunteer efforts from within the community.

The District has won the coveted bloom awards in the past, and has participated several times over in recent years.

But the competition is just about awards, nor is it about flowers. It’s about the community effort behind making the community a better place to live. Judges visit participating communities, visiting highlighted areas, viewing special projects and meeting with volunteers to learn more about each community.

Mayor John Van Laerhoven said the community support, and much-needed volunteer base, will be an integral part of competing this year.

“If council commits to this, if it shows commitment, I would work hard with Mr. (Kerry) Hilts to encourage volunteer membership and significant participation within the community,” he said.

The deadline for the District to apply to participate is March 31, and the drive to build a committee has begun.

Anyone interested in volunteering on the Communities in Bloom committee can contact Kerry Hilts, Director of Community Services at 604-796-2235.

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