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 Botanical Garden Volunteers Honoured at Gala Awards Event

Dec. 5, 2012: As previously reported, the Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs won the Encana Community Volunteer Awards for 2012.

Specifically, we won the "Be part of it Group Award" category which recognizes a "group of community volunteers whose community contributions have improved neighborhood life and created a sense of belonging."

The award program is promoted by the Federation of Calgary Communities and Encana is the sponsor. The Federation of Calgary Communities is the umbrella group for 148 communities in Calgary and the 20,000 volunteers they have.

The hard working gentlemen

The Silver Springs Community Association submitted our project as they recognized the great impact our garden project has had on the community.

There is only one group award each year so we were deemed the most significant volunteer project this year in the entire city!

The Gala Awards night was held on Dec. 5th 2012 at the Vertigo Theatre in downtown Calgary. It was a delightful evening attended by 12 volunteers in our group as well as the Silver Springs Community representatives: Jeremy Gukert (now president) and Cydney Elofson (vice-president).

The award trophies were presented to Duncan Badger, Robert Caddel (accepted by Laurel Caddel) and Tom Mayhew on behalf of all the volunteers who have contributed to this project.

This award recognizes and acknowledges the accomplishments achieved by this small group of volunteers who have created an exceptional garden forest area that is unique within the City of Calgary.

The hard working ladies

Watch the video created for the awards presentation.

Following the award presentation, volunteers were entertained with a wonderful live play (a typical 'whodunit' murder mystery) entitled   "It Could Be Any One of Us" by well-known British playwright Alan Ayckbourn.

It was an evening enjoyed by all those who were able to attend - and we now know "Who Done It" and "Who Won It"!!


 "Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden,
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
kind words
and kind deeds."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Volunteers socializing after working in the gardens