Claudette Savaria Bursary
Each year, the Foundation awards bursaries to students registered in a full-time post-secondary program pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture in an accredited institution and who are involved with their local Communities in Bloom committee, in the national or provincial editions. The winner of this year’s Bursary is Matthew Carr, Bonnington, BC. With the passing of our dear friend, Claudette Savaria, it was decided to name the Bursary in her honor. Claudette, horticulturalist by trade, promoted green spaces and the protection of the environment in municipalities in Canada and abroad, with the aim of improving the quality of life of citizens. Over the past 23 years, she played a leading role within the Communities in Bloom Canadian program. As a founding member, she helped set-up the program in 1995 with emphasis on judges training. She served as Board Director, Executive member and chaired the Judging, Symposium and Awards Ceremonies committees. She was also a founding member and President of the Quebec Association of Green Space Managers and the International Liveable Communities Program (LivCom).
Matthew Carr, 3rd year Horticulture Science, University of
“By awarding me your bursary in Claudette’s honor, you
have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus
more on the most important aspect of school; learning. Your
generosity has inspired me to help others and continue to give
back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help
students achieve their goals just as you have helped me”.