West Kelowna, WFN earn perfect Communities in Bloom rating

West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation have earned perfect marks at the Communities in Bloom national competition for the sixth straight year.

The communities, which partnered together for the competition, received a five-out-of-five bloom rating at the awards ceremony in Edmonton Oct. 13.

Following their evaluation of the community in July, volunteer judges Evelyn Alemanni from Elfin Forest, California and Jim Baird from Rothesay, NB, said the collaboration between DWK and WFN is unique to the contest.

"What sets West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation apart from other communities is the tight collaboration and cooperation of the communities, something not often seen in other towns," wrote the judges.

"The Westbank First Nation has commissioned local artists to undertake a number of significant works, which are prominently displayed throughout the community. These works celebrate the distinctive Syilx culture of the B.C. Interior. The prominent and public location of the sculptures makes them accessible to the whole community.

"A massive N'ha-a-ilk (Ogopogo of Okanagan Lake) is being installed adjacent to the main highway arterial in the community. Outstanding use of art in a rapidly growing community."

Communities in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of green spaces in community settings.

West Kelowna and WFN competed in the 20,001 to 50,000 population category.

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