Residents nominated in annual festive beautification program

Nominate Your Neighbour program runs until December 15

By CAROL CHRISTIAN, Connect Contributor

A beautiful array of lights and festive cheer on display from the residents at 792 Athabasca Crescent. Residents are asked to nominate their neighbours and submission can be made online at www.rmwb.ca/nyn until December 15. SUPPLIED PHOTO

A beautiful array of lights and festive cheer on display from the residents at 792 Athabasca Crescent. Residents are asked to nominate their neighbours and submission can be made online at www.rmwb.ca/nyn until December 15. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Lighting up a cold winter’s day or chilly evening with twinkling lights can add welcome sparkle and cheer to the festive season … and a little friendly rivalry among neighbours.

Whether residents and businesses put out a few lights for simple holiday displays or add synchronized music and lights for a Griswold family-type Christmas display or decorate somewhere in between; all are welcome in the Nominate Your Neighbour program.

There are a couple of more weeks for residents to nominate a home or business for outstanding efforts in front yard beautification during the holiday season through this festive annual program.

“We’re looking for citizens to nominate homes or businesses that demonstrate great winter light displays and decorations embracing the festive season,” said Theresa Wells, Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom committee member. “A beautiful display helps make our community beautiful as a whole and this program is a great way to showcase the pride of our residents.”

Submissions can be made online at www.rmwb.ca/nyn until December 15.

And it doesn’t just have to be one neighbour as there are also volunteer opportunities to visit neighbourhoods in search of festive displays, adds Seville Kwan, community strategies co-ordinator for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Volunteers can team up with a friend, a group of friends or go on out on their own scouting out these worthy displays across the region.

Anyone who has put in an effort can be nominated. When nominations are submitted, try and include a horizontal photograph.

Though the number of entries has remained about the same since the program’s inception in 2009, Kwan points out there have been an increasing number of animated displays and those with synchronized lights and music.
It’s also not the same houses and businesses always being chosen with different properties being nominated every year. The program has also sported some friendly rivalry among neighbours.

This region-wide recognition program has received an estimated 20 nominations so far this year, but it’s still early in the festive season.

The residence or business nominated will receive a congratulatory package informing them of their nomination, a sign to post in their display and a pair of Communities in Bloom mitts.

Kwan stresses that the Nominate Your Neighbour program is not about who has the best display, but a recognition of those who try to beautify their neighbourhoods.

To register as a volunteer or for more information, visit www.rmwb.ca/nyn, call 780.788.1489 or email to cib@rmwb.ca.

Also, “Like” Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom on Facebook for information on a self-guided Nominate Your Neighbour tour and Display of the Week photos, as chosen by the Community in Blooms Committee.

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