Home Hardware Congratulates 'Communities in Bloom' Award Winners

ST. JACOBS, ON, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - As national sponsor, Home Hardware Stores Limited congratulates the winning communities of this year's 17th annual Communities in Bloom Challenge. The national finalists, and international challenge participants, were announced at the National Awards Ceremony hosted by the National Battlefields Commission in Québec City on October 29.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion of green spaces in community settings. Participating communities are evaluated by volunteer judges on eight separate criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape, Turf & Groundcovers, Floral Displays Community Involvement.

"We are very proud to be a part of Communities in Bloom," said Paul Straus, President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited.  "The organization's commitment to improving the environment in which we live and work aligns with the deep commitment each of our Dealer-Owners have to their communities. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of more than 1,080 Home Hardware stores across Canada, I congratulate this year's winners on a job well done."

Hundreds of Canadian communities participated in the national and provincial editions of the program, and municipalities from the United States of America, Scotland, England and Japan took part in the International Challenge.

"Communities in Bloom and Home Hardware have enjoyed a wonderful partnership since our organization's earliest years," said Raymond Carrière, Founding President of Communities in Bloom. "We are honoured to partner with Home Dealers across Canada each year to recognize our country's most beautiful communities."

Winners of this year's Outstanding Achievement Awards include Goderich, Ontario who was bestowed the Home Hardware Community Involvement Award and The Municipality of Chatham-Kent who received the Home Hardware Beauti-Tone Heritage Conservation Award.

The eight communities, who were awarded top honours in their category (by population) are as follows:

  • Up to 1,500: Denzil, SK
  • 1,501 to 3,000: Killarney-Turtle Mountain, MB
  • 3,001 to 7,500: Stettler, AB
  • 7,501 to 10,000: New Glasgow, NS
  • 10,001 to 20,000: Summerside, PEI
  • 20,001 to 50,000: Campbell River, BC
  • Over 50,000: London, ON
  • Canadian Forces: CFB Petawawa, ON

The 2012 Home Hardware Charity Calendar features 'Communities in Bloom' participants across Canada and is available at Home Hardware stores nation-wide.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited
100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes more than 1,080 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.

SOURCE Home Hardware Stores Limited

For further information:

Lindsey Dietrich
Home Hardware Stores Limited
519-664-2252 ext. 6676
          Rob Wallace
Home Hardware Stores Limited


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