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Jasper AB & Melfort SK receive awards in Solin, Croatia

Kirkland QC, November 15, 2019 – The Municipality of Jasper, Alberta and the City of Melfort, Saskatchewan receive international community awards at the 2019 INTERSTAS – ITF’CRO – KEA-CRO Awards in Solin, Croatia

The INTERSTAS (International Festival of Tourism), ITF’CRO (International tour film festival), KEA-CRO (Presentation of Croatian towns/places) and the Special Dr. Lucija Čikeš“ Award are presented annually by Fiscalis, an organization specialized in cultural and tourism marketing, with a tradition of over 45 years under the leadership of its founder, and today’s current CEO, Mr. Vojko Pleština. Fiscalis is proudly under the patronage of Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia.

Fiscalis is the partner organization in Croatia of Communities in Bloom since 2016.

In 2019, Communities in Bloom submitted the nomination of the Municipality of Jasper for the Community Tourism Award and the City of Melfort, Saskatchewan for the Dr. Lucija Čikeš Award, in recognition of a community who assists people with special needs and challenges.

The City of Melfort, Saskatchewan received the Dr. Lucija Čikeš ‘2019 Award for the Spruce Haven Accessible Playground opened in July 2019. Nestled amongst the pine and spruce trees, this 9000 square foot playground is alive with color depicting a nature theme. The colorful green, yellow and orange leaves are the perfect backdrop for the “butterflies and bugs” at play and a spider web make a fabulous climbing wall. This playground was designed for total inclusion providing many different areas to attract the autistic, physical and intellectual child for hours of fun.

The Municipality of Jasper, Alberta received the Golden Interstas 2019 Community Tourism Award for the Friends of Jasper, a group of 300 regular volunteers who supplement the work of Parks Canada. The Friends of Jasper have an email list of 1000 individuals some of who get involved when possible. Last year alone they have maintained 200 kilometers trails and developed the beautiful Pyramid Island. This island has walking trails picnic shelter, tables and a site that newlyweds go to have pictures taken. The natural landscape is being protected and appreciated.

The Awards were presented in Solin, Croatia on November 15th. Dr. Andrea Bocsi, (Budapest, Hungary), Communities in Bloom International Judge received the Awards on behalf of Jasper and Melfort.

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For information:

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Municipality of Jasper, Alberta
Ms. Colleen Green, Communities in Bloom Committee
Tel: 780-852-3468 E-mail: cgreen982@gmail.com

City of Melfort, Saskatchewan
Mrs. Peggy George, Communities in Bloom Committee
Tel: 306-921-8955 Email: peggy.george@sasktel.net

Communities in Bloom
Mr. Raymond Carriere, Founding President
Tel: 514 912-6535 E-mail: president@cib-cef.com

About:

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 enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

Fiscalis is a Croatian organization specialized in cultural and tourism marketing, with a tradition of over 45 years under the leadership of its founder, and today’s current CEO, Mr. Vojko Pleština. Fiscalis is proudly under the patronage of Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia. Fiscalis is the partner organization in Croatia of Communities in Bloom since 2016. Each year, it selects a community to represent Croatia in the Communities in Bloom International Challenge. For more information, please visit www.fiscalis.hr