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Volunteers created community initiative...

Prescott Blossoms - A Community Initiative


The Prescott Journal - December 31, 2003

By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer

Even though the 2003 team has graduated, Prescott Blossoms continues to work behind the scenes.  Volunteer Michael Laking has been working hard on another proposal, which includes a work plan for 2004 that we design, along with other partners in the community, like the Rotary Club of Prescott, and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. That's for next year. But for now, I'd like to take the time to thank our partners of 2003, those who made up the approximate $200,000 in-kind donations that we received this year. 

We set out with these objectives:

1) to continue to help conserve natural and cultural sites in the town of Prescott, beautify existing town growing spaces, create and/or beautify more usable park space and to protect open spaces for recreation, education, and enjoyment; 

2) to commit to providing Youth At Risk with opportunities to develop skills for personal growth, work experience and community service that they cannot access anywhere else.

Responding to the question, “How to grow a great community?”, Mike Stolte, a Community Futures Development Corporation manager in British Columbia was recently quoted in Canadian Living Magazine saying:  “Change should come from within the community, not by convincing Microsoft to come there. Most successful communities don’t start out with grand master plans. They get a few small successful projects under their belts first.  Then they realize, Hey, we really can make something happen.”

Economist, David Leadbeater of Laurentian University adds: “Forget all the charts.  If you feel there’s a buzz – if you walk into a community and feel that something is happening and that it is vibrant, not soulless – then that is the best indicator of economic potential there is.”

There definitely was a buzz in the air this year.  Not a place around town was left untouched and with so much enthusiasm, a lot of work and the generous assistance from the following contributors, Prescott Blossoms was truly a successful community imitative.  We’d like to acknowledge and thank all our contributors this year:

Bob Millar – our downtown “green” caretaker, who regularly watered the plants at the Daniel’s lot parkette

Brockville YMCA for Passport to Wellness

Canadian Coast Guard for labour, rope, paint, signs

Canadian Tire and Inge Van Strahlen for plants, prizes for Prescott’s first garden contest and judging

CN Railway for fence posts

Countryman’s Garden Centre for bedding plants

Downtown Business Improvement Association for plants and landscaping supplies

Fire Dept. for landscaping supplies and training

Fort Wellington for gravel, plants, misc. supplies and training

Greater Prescott Graphic Development Corp. for training and supplies

Grenville Land Stewardship Council for trees and training

Kerlyn Snelling for labour and contest judging

Kinsmen Club of Prescott for hand-held radios

Kinsmen Skateboard Park Committee for training

Knapp’s Landscaping for topsoil

Library for computer software training

Lloyd Perrin for wood chip mulch

Michael Laking, proposal development and project co-liaison

O’Reilly’s Your Independent Grocer Community Room

Oasis Institute for Healthy Living Inc. for misc. supplies, plant material

Ontario Works for work crew apparel

Ontario Power Generation for timbers at town dock

Prescott Journal for this weekly column

Heather Primeau for contest judging

Riverside Pontiac for van

Rotary Club and President Candy Alexander for supervision

Astrid Strader for proposal development and project design

South Grenville District High School for labour

Tackaberry Construction for stone dust

Town of Prescott consultation, supervision, training, machinery and equipment, topsoil, compost, mulch, transportation, office and payroll, insurance

Young’s of Prescott for caps.

This list does not include the many donations received for the Dream Green for Prescott or Waterfront Fundraising campaigns, which totaled approximately $3,900.

“Change is inevitable, Growth is Optional”.   That sums up our never-changing goal – we aim to choose growth on all levels – community and personal (intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual).  In the spirit of giving that this season brings, we thank you all so much and wish everyone a very happy holiday.





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