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Community Beautification and Development - The Heart of CiB volunteer recruitment
How to integrate the many community groups and sectors that are interested in community betterment through Communities in Bloom.

Oct 6, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jamie Ferguson
Manager, Park Services @City of Mississauga
Jamie grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia and realized the true meaning of community from an early start. He pursued his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Dalhousie University and Master of Science in Geography at the University of Guelph. Jamie has worked internationally and locally in the rural and urban landscapes. His passion for community development, stewardship and engagement in the natural environment has been the common theme throughout his career. Jamie currently has the community development portfolio for Park Operations at the City of Mississauga and works with other City teams and external partners to further initiatives in parks.
Sara Yastremski
Parks Partner Program Supervisor @City of Coquitlam, BC
Sara Yastremski is the Park Partner Program Supervisor with the City of Coquitlam. Sara has over 20 years’ experience in municipal park operations and is one of the founding members of Coquitlam’s famous Tractor Dance! Sara’s experience managing community engagement programs, volunteer management systems and community outreach strategies helps Coquitlam’s Park Spark team to provide opportunities, inclusive to all ages and abilities, for the local Coquitlam community to get involved, take ownership and make a difference by participating in fun and meaningful experiences while enhancing Coquitlam’s parks. For Sara, the most rewarding part of Park Spark and Communities in Bloom is the chance to bridge the gap between community, staff, local businesses, youth and volunteers and provide unique and creative opportunities where everyone join together and engage in their neighborhood parks.
Mohammad Asadian
Park Partner Program Coordinator Parks,Recreation & Culture @City of Coquitlam, BC
Mohammad Asadian has been working in Parks, Recreation and Culture for over 15 years. He currently holds the Parks Partner Program Coordinator position within the City of Coquitlam. He is a Graduate of the University of British Columbia where he achieved a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Conservation. His portfolio includes extensive work within community engagement and developing, coordinating and executing recreation programs and initiatives within the municipal setting. He has worked for 4 different municipalities and specializes in parks programming, volunteer/ youth engagement and community outreach. Mohammad thrives in building relationships and has a passion for strengthening the community through various programs, volunteer opportunities, events and initiatives. When Mohammad is not working you can expect to find him on the basketball court.
Chrissy Bennett
Community Support and Recovery Program for Nonprofits @City of Coquitlam, BC
Chrissy has an extensive background in volunteer engagement and community involvement in the municipal government, education and the not-for-profit sector. Her experience spans a wide range of areas including community technology, neighborhood gardens, athletic coach development, and major events such as the 2010 Olympics Torch Relay celebrations. Her role is to get people involved, design new programs that support the community, and create systems that build community capacity. The common thread in her projects is always community involvement and engagement. She particularly enjoys the positive changes that result from citizens getting involved in and owning their communities. She strongly believes that community is strengthened when people learn that everyone has something of value to offer.