Mayor's Appreciation Award to the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 view pdf
The Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society held its first general meeting more than 26 years ago in Combermere. It has been a member of the Ontario Horticultural Association since 1990. Since then the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society has grown to more than 140 members, many of whom actively volunteer at society events and on projects throughout this community. The society hosts a number of public events throughout the year including the spring Plant and Compost Sale, the Horticultural Society Strawberry Social, the annual Garden Tour, and the fall Flower and Vegetable Show. They also raise an annual donation for the Madawaska Valley Food Bank and provide a bursary for students at Madawaska Valley District High School.
What made the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society stand out from other deserving volunteer organizations in 2016 was the dedication shown by those engaged in the society’s Adopt-A-Bed projects and their support for Communities in Bloom. Horticultural society volunteers spent many long hours planning, preparing, planting and maintaining community gardens throughout Madawaska Valley last year. A few of these projects included the tulip garden at the Barry’s Bay Legion, the landscaping in front of the Post Office and the Public Library, the log planters in Barry’s Bay, the flowers on the Combermere bridge, and the flower planters in Kamaniskeg Roadside Park. It was a lot of digging, weeding and watering. These volunteer hours spent beautifying our community represent a significant monetary value to the municipality. But, what is most appreciated by our residents, businesses and visitors is the valuable message they send that this is a strong, caring, and engaged community; someplace to stop and visit, somewhere you’d want to live.
This evening it is an honour and a privilege to present the 2016 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the dedicated volunteers of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society whose contributions to our community bring green space to life and make this a beautiful place for everyone.
With us this evening is Sharon Mahussier, the 2016 President of the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society (and Peter Dolan who has taken over as President in 2017). I’d like to ask Sharon (and Peter) and the society members that are here to join me at the front as I present the 2016 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the Madawaska Valley Horticultural Society.
Mayor Kim Love