Village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia

5 Blooms - Silver 
Prospering Partnerships

VICTORIA, British Columbia, October 22nd, 2022 —
The Village of Pugwash is the winner of the Class of Champions – Small category.  They received a rating of 5 Blooms - Silver and a special mention for Prospering Partnerships during the 2022 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Victoria, British Columbia. The Village of Pugwash was in competition with Kinistino SK. The community also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the CiB Community Involvement Award.

Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – regarding the following criteria: Community Appearance, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Tree Management, Landscape and Plant & Floral Displays. 
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Linda Tomlinson wrote: 
The picturesque Village of Pugwash is located on the north shore of Nova Scotia at the mouth of the Pugwash River.  Pugwash is a vibrant community of enthusiastic people.  In summer, the population can swell seven-fold with the addition of cottagers and visitors. Volunteer dedication has enabled Pugwash to host this quantity of visitors and be one of the best places to live in Canada.  Amazingly, this small village has more than 60 volunteer organizations.  Partnerships among the volunteer organizations have prospered. Operating under the umbrella of the CiB Committee, the Pugwash Open Air Gallery adds greatly to the landscape.  Friends of the Pugwash Estuary join CiB in protecting the natural heritage.  The CiB Committee also partners with agencies, schools, and groups to advance their goals.  Increased cooperation with the Village Commissioners and their Municipal Councilor reaps benefits.   Collaborative Partnerships enable the community to grow and bloom”. 

All those involved in the Communities in Bloom program can be proud of their efforts, benefitting all of society by providing real and meaningful ways to mitigate climate change
For a complete list of the results, please visit
About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian volunteer and partnership-driven non-profit organization that uses a multi-tiered competitive evaluation process to foster community strength, involvement and continuous improvement. This is accomplished by nurturing environmental sustainability, enhancements of green spaces, and heritage conservation, in cultural and natural environments encompassing municipal, residential, commercial, and institutional spaces. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit

Communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation:
0 to 55 %=1 Bloom   56 to 63 %=2 Blooms  64 to 72 %=3 Blooms  73 to 81 %=4 Blooms  82 % and over=5 Blooms
There are four (4) levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition:
5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9%        Bronze: 84 to 86.9%       Silver: 87 to 89.9%            Gold:        90% and over

For further information, please contact:
Village of Pugwash
Mrs. Maureen Leahey
Tel: 902-243-3454
Communities in Bloom:
Sonia Parrino - Program Specialist
Tel: 514-694-8871
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