Dear Participants, Partners and Patrons,
The past quarter of a century has been extraordinary, not just for Communities in Bloom but for everyone, everywhere!
We have had the honour of helping over 800 communities across Canada and around the world become the best they can be. The template that has been provided in the past 25 years has helped to guide and direct positive changes in every community that has participated in the program. As they followed the guidelines in key areas of each of their villages, towns and cities, they reported a surge in community involvement and civic pride. The amazing results that were achieved spoke for themselves as they helped to build stronger, more resilient, and better places in which to live, work and play. We here at Communities in Bloom are very proud of your communities and all of the accomplishments realized in your hometowns!
We have also witnessed vast global changes in the past two and a half decades as extreme weather occurrences have increased. Wildfires, floods, tornados, hurricanes, droughts and pandemics have wreaked havoc around the world and there are few places that have not been impacted by climate change.
As Communities in Bloom, as we face these new challenges, we’ve changed as well. In the past year, we have hit the refresh button on our program to ensure that it remains relevant, and continues to be a critical guide for our participants to use as they weather the storms and work to provide safe, secure, and sustainable communities for all residents and businesses.
And while we have been making these changes, we have also examined our own internal guidelines and branding mechanisms. One of our primary objectives in the past quarter of a century has been to help grow great places together through the CiB program, helping communities to be the best they can be whatever the weather. Our re-worked logo now reflects this. With renewal comes hope, and as we move forward, we hope that you will embrace these changes and continue to use them to enhance and nurture your communities!