Pugwash Helps Cumberland Bloom
Pugwash Communities in Bloom has planted seeds elsewhere in Cumberland County and some are ready for harvest.
The community pride group has made quite an impression on Springhill and Amherst, two communities that have applied for membership in the provincial organization.
Municipal councillor Maryanne Jackson says the Pugwash group has been an inspiration to Springhill. A new group has found sponsors and are planning a little clean-up effort in advance of Remembrance Day services.
Jackson says there is no reason that the Pugwash experience cannot be duplicated throughout the county.
Meanwhile, the Town of Amherst is returning to Communities in Bloom. Bill Schurman, the town’s recreation director, is committed to reviving the organization in Amherst.
Schurman had extensive experience with CiB during his years in PEI. He hopes to blend his staff job with volunteers to help build community pride.
CiB leaders from Pugwash have offered to share their experience in the national organization to assist community groups throughout the county.
Pugwash was recently honoured with a national award that has and will continue to bring attention to the village from all corners of the world.
The local group shared their experience tonight during a meeting at the Peace Hall in Pugwash. Deb Cameron and Norene Smiley, the two delegates to the National Symposium in Ottawa, offered detailed personal accounts of what was learned from successful communities around the globe.