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We truly have an amazing group of judges. These volunteers are the ones who go out to our communities and give the evaluations and workshops that community members wait all year for.

So please, take a minute and get to know our judges! Each one has submitted a short biography about how they found their way to Communities in Bloom. If you would like to follow them on their summer journey be sure to check out our calendar with all of our schedule evaluations!

Arlene Janzen

Arlene has been involved as a provincial judge for the Saskatchewan Communities in Bloom from 2003-2006, then did national judging from 2007-2011 with 2010 as an international judge.  She returned to provincial judging in 2012.  
Arlene
Arlene enjoys being actively involved in the local community parks and recreation board and on the board for Regina Little Theatre, the local Garden Club board and on the White City/Emerald Park CIB committee.  Arlene along with her husband, Darhl, try to maintain their half acre yard which includes a number of hardy roses and a variety of shrubs.  It is not unusual for Darhl to keep track of how many times he has moved various plants (excluding the roses) and never impressed with the move.  To sustain these habits Arlene has her own income tax/accounting practice, Arlene Janzen, CA.  Arlene also searches for ways to be more environmentally friendly both on an individual and on a community scale.

 

Barry Swanson                                                                                                                                                           

Barry is now retired following a career with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture as an Extension Agrologist. He was the past President of the Prince Albert Exhibition Association and is currently the  Director of the Agriculture and Horticulture show at the summer fair. 

Barry has experience as a judge of flower, vegetable, garden, and field crop competitions and is also a member of the Prince Albert Horticultural Society. Barry has been a CiB judge since 2015.

                                                                                                                                       

Bonita Lundberg

Bonita

Bonita was born in Penticton, BC moved to Merrit BC, married and moved to Saskatoon.  She was influenced by an uncle who had a backyard greenhouse and an orchard. Bonita has recieved serveral awards and certificates for her hard work including the 1993 SHA Provincial Judge, 1999 Pairie Horticultural certificate and in 2000 Master Gardener certificate. Bonita was a national CiB judge in 2002-2003 and has competed in Sask Hort shows for 20 years.  She has been a provincial CiB judge for approximately 10 years.

Bonita spends a lot of time as part of the BoD for the Hort Society and the Prairie Master Gardeners. She has sat on a Gardenscape Committee for 6 years and is a member of several horticultural clubs. 

Besides gardening Bonita enjoys reading, ballroom dance, listening to music, playing with grandson, travel, photography and Classic Cars.

 

Brenda WinnyBrenda


I’ve been a Communities in Bloom judge since 2001. Meeting caring, concerned and active community residents all over this province has been the best part of my judging experiences. I am a Master Gardener and wrote for “Gardener for the Prairies” for ten years.

 

 

 

 

Donna HallDonna


Donna has been a CiB judge for over five years. Donna has been actively involved as chair of the Village Buena Vista parks and recreation committee for many years. As chair she was instrumental in establishing a joint Communities in Bloom committee with Buena Vista and Regina Beach.  This CIB committee created great gate ways to their communities and ran workshops and tours summer and winter. Donna looks forward to sharing her experiences with the communities she evaluates.

 

 

 

 

Elaine Elash

Elaine is a first time judge for Communities in Bloom and is currently living in Ituna.

Her full bio and picture is coming soon.

 

Gwen Johner

Gwen has been a CiB judge for over five years. 
Her involvement in CiB began in 2005 when Indian Head first formed their committee.

Over the years she has come to understand the importance of this program as a vehicle for community’s growth, improvement and pride. Watching the program be embraced and gather momentum in Indian Head, has made her grateful for the opportunity to visit Saskatchewan communities that have chosen CiB as a priority.

Gwen is a retired teacher and recently a Councillor for the Town of Indian Head. She and her husband Andrew Johner are very involved with their community but mostly enjoy “Playing in the Dirt”.                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

Irene Pisula


Irene Pisula has been a Communities in Bloom judge since 2013. She currently lives in Regina and was also born and raised in our provincial capital. 

IreneFamily is important to Irene with two sons and two grandchildren.  She also enjoys bowling, golfing, gardening and spending time at her cottage in the Qu’Appelle Valley.  In addition to volunteering with Communities in Bloom, she volunteers with the Saskatchewan Special Olympics and the Victoria Club.

Irene has a wealth of experience and knowledge through her employment with the Highway Traffic Board, the University of Regina, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, Wascana Centre Authority and most recently the Association of Saskatchewan Urban Parks and Conservation Agencies.

 

 

 

Kathie Mickelson


Kathie has been a CiB judge since 2013. Every year she looks Kathyforward to visiting program participants to view and learn about their efforts to improve and grow their communities.  Kathy's roots are in rural Saskatchewan and she married a farmer which continues that connection.  Her work as a pediatric physical therapist has meant a house and yard in Saskatoon as well.   During the past thirty years she has developed a passion for landscaping and gardening.  She is a frequent attendee at horticulture classes offered through the University of Sask and a member of the Sask Perennial Society. 

 

 

Larry Hall

Larry has been a judge with Communities in Bloom for over five years. He served as mayor of the Village of Buena Vista for 3 terms. As mayor, assisting the local CIB Larrycommittee and became convinced that CIB has great value for involved communities.  Larry and Donna take pride in their 2 and half acre yard which has been described as park like. Larry looks forward to discussing issues from a municipal and CIB committee point of view.

 

 

 

 

Marion Kelly

My name is Marion Kelly, and have been judging since forever or it seems like it. I was a greenhouse operator for 35 years, I have my Master gardener and Prairie Horticulture certificate. I also worked on the farm, now I only go out when my son needs me, usually for harvest, where one of my 3 grandchildren will ride with me in the combine. I fully believe in the Communities in Bloom concept, I love noticing differences the organization has done for a community and I love visiting where ever I go.

 

Ollie MarciniukOllie


Ollie is a returning CiB judge and is currently living in Hafford.

Full Bio Coming Soon

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Nordick

Roger Nordick was born in Humboldt Sask. in 1949 and spent his Rogerfirst years in St. Gregor, Sk. He moved to Nipawin where he completed high school, joined the volunteer fire service and immediately entered the work force spending 23 years in the retail sector primarily at the Humboldt Co-op while remaining on volunteer fire services throughout that time. Simultaneously he owned & operated ambulance services in Watson & Naicam for 13 years and served as Fire Chief for the City of Humboldt for approximately 10 years before seeking certification toward his professional career in the fire service. Roger accepted a position in Melville as Fire Chief, later to become building inspector and, after 16 years, moved to Hinton, AB. as director of emergency services.

Roger retired from emergency services in 2010 after 46 years of service and returned to Humboldt. He continues to be very involved in the community presently as a Municipal Councilor, member of the Trails Committee, Communities in Bloom Lanigan Dellwood Watershed Authority and several other groups or agencies. He has always loved landscaping, design and art. Roger feels that his many years of experience working closely with various levels of municipal & provincial governments on matters of strategic planning, operational budgeting and long term capital development would serve him well as communities strive to build active, beautiful and safe communities. Roger has been a CiB judge since 2013. 

Sheila Nordick


Sheila Nordick is an active member of the SheilaHumboldt Communities in Bloom committee for the past four years since her & her husband returned following their desire to semi-retire close to Saskatoon. She has been a CiB judge since 2013. 

Sheila has been a long time passionate advocate of holistic medicine and has successfully managed her private practice as a registered massage therapist since 1984. She is a hard working, kind hearted individual who finds considerable comfort & tranquility in all aspects of horticulture. Sheila continually looks forward to working with Communities in Bloom and several other volunteer organizations in this great community we share. She finds comfort and relaxation in all aspects of horticulture, gardening, waterscapes and landscaping.

Yvonne Medvescek

Yvonne is a first time judge for Communities in Bloom and is currently living in Ituna.

Her full bio and picture is coming soon.