Stettler lands top spot in ‘International Challenge Small category’ for Communities in Bloom!

Stettler lands top spot in ‘International Challenge Small category’ for Communities in Bloom!

Stettler was in competition with Spello, Italy and Zreče, Slovenia

The Town of Stettler is the winner of the International Challenge Small category for the annual Communities in Bloom!

Stettler received a five ‘Blooms’ – a silver rating and a special mention for Heartfelt Collaboration during the 2019 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Town of Stettler was in competition with Spello Italy and Zreče Slovenia.

Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.

Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Andrea Bocsi wrote:

“Located in the geographical heart of Alberta, Stettler has incorporated the heart motif on logos and signage, in parks design and even into the office ceiling of the building that they share with Clearview Public Schools.

“A collaboration with the Badlands to the south shared the expense of gateway signage. Recognizing that HEART and EARTH are made up of the same letters, Stettler leads the way with environmental initiatives to recycle, reduce waste, re-use materials and protect the earth. With Stettler one thing is certain, their heart is in the right place!”

Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society, noted a release.

For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, check out

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.