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Presents ‘Partnership’ Seminar to Communities in Bloom

September 30, 2005


 [SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada] – The City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan hosted the 11th Edition of the Communities in Bloom National Awards Ceremony on September 24, honoring municipalities from Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe.


Representatives of Sullivan Renaissance were invited to attend the National Symposium on Parks & Grounds and Awards Celebrations of Communities in Bloom, and given an opportunity to present a seminar about the Sullivan County program.


Communities in Bloom (CIB) recognizes community participation in landscape beautification, heritage conservation and environmental awareness while celebrating pride of community and country.  It was an important inspiration for Sullivan Renaissance.   CIB board chair Ted Blowes has headed the team of judges each year in Sullivan County since the program was initiated.


Sullivan Renaissance Program Coordinator Glenn Pontier presented a seminar entitled “Partnership – A Work in Progress” describing the history of Sullivan Renaissance since 2001 and how the beautification and clean-up program has spread throughout the county, resulting in a remarkable growth in pride and spirit.


Other Renaissance representatives included: Sullivan Renaissance Chair Sandra Gerry, Kathy Davidoff, Colleen Emery and Annelise Gerry.  Dr. William Pammer and Jill Weyer represented the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development. 


“We were very happy to have the opportunity to describe our successes in Sullivan County to communities throughout Canada and around the world,” said Sandra Gerry.  “It was also a wonderful opportunity to learn about new programs and ideas that have been developed by groups that share the same mission we have to beautify our communities.”


Sullivan Renaissance is a two-phase aesthetic improvement program of the Beaverkill Foundation with support from the Gerry Foundation.  It has funded over 165 projects in all 6 villages and 15 towns in Sullivan County over the last five years.  Details of the 2006 program will be announced at the Winter Forum in February.


For more information, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.  Representatives of Sullivan Renaissance are available to visit a community to explain the program.