Growing Great Places Together

cib foundation


2021 Claudette Savaria Bursary recipients

This year’s first recipient is Carrie McDonald:  Carrie is enrolled in the Environmental Field Technician Co-op and Laboratory program at Niagara College. Through this program she will be able to learn about hydrology, microbiology, toxicology, environmental resource issues, and monitoring air quality. In the future, she hopes to use this knowledge gained from her academics and her community involvement to pursue a career in the environmental sector. As part of her high school education, she completed a coop placement at Rondeau Park where she volunteered over 220 hours at the Visitors Centre helping with activities such as habitat assessments and tending gardens.  She has also volunteered for Me-to-We’s Halloween for Hunger in Chatham, Rondeau’s annual Monarch Festival, Niagara’s BioBlitz Fall Cleanup, and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s annual Realty Park tree planting in St. Catharines.

The second recipient is Abriella Young:  Abriella is in her third year at Queen’s University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Biology. Her interest in the environmental field was sparked by her father who owns and operates an organic regenerative farm on Vancouver Island, BC. From a young age she was shown firsthand the beauty of horticulture, agriculture, and what it means to put in a hard day’s work. The importance of cultivating an ecosystem in which all components may thrive – from soil, to vegetation, to wildlife, is a value passed down to her which she has now dedicated her education and career path to. Her volunteer work includes acting as an executive member of Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) where herself and a team of others pushed for a transition at Queen’s University to a greener school, including waste mitigation, divesting from fossil fuels, and protecting biodiversity in Canada. Most recently, she ran a “Get Out and Clean Up” campaign to encourage students to engage their communities in a natural-space garbage pickup.

Congratulations Carrie and Abriella, wishing you continued success in your future projects!

2022 Claudette Savaria Bursary

The Communities in Bloom Foundation is requesting applications for two bursaries.

The mission of the Communities in Bloom Foundation, a non-profit organization with registered charitable status, is to fund, develop and disseminate educational material on the value, importance, improvement and sustainable development of green spaces and the natural environment in our society.

Each year, the Foundation awards two bursaries to two 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. 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).


  • Two (2) bursaries of $500 will be awarded to the successful individuals for the 2022 / 2023 school year;
  • The bursaries will be awarded by September 30, 2022


  • Applicant must be registered in, and successfully complete, a full-time post-secondary level pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture programs in an accredited institution;
  • Applicant must be involved in a community participating in the Communities in Bloom program (national or provincial editions);
  • Successful recipient must agree to have their name and education information publicized throughout the Communities in Bloom network and public (website, magazine, etc.).


  • Applicant must submit, by September 21st 2022
  • Personal information (names, address, phone and e-mail)
  • Education information (school, program)
  • Letter (200 to 300 words) indicating the reason and interest in studies pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture. The letter will also include details of any volunteer work done in the community.
  • Successful recipients will be determined by the Communities in Bloom Foundation based on the applications received.
  • Applications must be sent by email to