The Prescott Journal - Aug 6, 2003
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
Christmas - a time for joy and peace. So, I'd like to say, you know, it's a joy to be able to work outdoors and be with nature, to work towards beauty - working with a team of willing and able body's - towards a common goal - a vision, peace - yadda yadda.
Now, it's another thing to make meaningful time spent sludging and drudging - to accomplish our goals. The test of creative and organizational skills have befallen us, to make good use of our time (gardening is usually for another season). And yet, we mustn't forget that this is a training term for Prescott Blossoms - not a work term, as such.
I am very thankful for the support I receive in carrying out our tasks. At times, which change from moment to moment.... reinforcing patience, understanding, tolerance and trust. All great qualities, not just on the job but for life. We receive these gifts from organizations like Leeds and Grenville Rehabilitation and Counselling Services, who, one Jamie Hodgson, taught and inspired in us a better way of living by teaching real-life anger management skills (something that all of us think should be taught in schools).
I also, refer to Randy Pelehos, whose guidance and leadership I value and learn from all the time - who has shared with me the responsibility of Prescott Blossoms training and work. How fortunate for Prescott to have the commitment and knowledge of a native who so passionately puts this town first.
I also refer to the wonderful, bright lights in the Municipal office, Annie, Roberta and Rosemary, the ones who slug it out with so much grace and tenacity (and make me laugh when I don't feel like it).
What we have been doing of late, is learning about nutrition and healthy cooking and fundraising. Nutrition and care of plants goes along with it. I know it seems like a stretch but it all does ultimately tie together.
The money markets are slowly turning around but there is still no better investment than in trees - they always grow upwards. Don't let the spending of Christmas get you down, think of it as the investment for eternity when you donate a tree for the arboretum, even when you're gone, off the Revenue Canada books. It's going to be exciting as the years go by, when the Prescott Heritage River Trail matures, and your investment does too. But you don't' have to wait for your return, it's already visible.