Teresa Williams (centre) from Hope earned the Communities in Bloom Volunteer Award for her dedication to the CiB program. Communities in Bloom photo

Communities in Bloom awards aplenty for Hope committee

Longtime volunteer, Teresa Williams, named by provincial committee

A cherished local volunteer was honoured at the BC Communities in Bloom 16th Annual Provincial Awards in September.

Teresa Williams has been a part of the Hope Communities in Bloom (CiB) committee since it began, says chair Victor Smith.

“It was so nice that she was honoured,” he told The Standard. “She is a huge volunteer for Hope. She’s involved in so many things. She’s one of our leaders, and she has a passion for it.”

Williams has been a provincial judge for Communities in Bloom and has also served on the executive.

“This award recognizes an individual who is involved locally and provincially,” said Communities in Bloom. “For many years, Teresa has volunteered for Hope Communities in Bloom and in the past as one of our provincial directors and judge. We value Teresa’s enthusiasm and professionalism in promoting the many benefits the ‘in Bloom’ program accomplishes for our B.C. communities.”

The Hope CiB committee also did well at this year’s conference, held Sept. 21 in Surrey, earning the top award of Five Blooms for their work.

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Only three participating communities earned the Five Blooms, including Clinton and Sooke.

Hope’s award was for the Christ Church scattering gardens, and with 89/100 earned their highest marks ever.

Smith said that the gardens are a “very noble project.”

There were a lot of great projects the committee completed this year to date, including beautifying Sixth Ave. west by the train tracks.

“That was a big project,” Smith said, in which they hauled away dirt and created a garden area, across from the carved conductor bear.

Their next project will include a project at Exit 168 where they will create a daffodil garden that will be visible from the highway. Following that, they’ll be involved with the annual Christmas shopping event held downtown Hope.

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