Bouquets from Baldy Hughes
Some of the men in recovery at Baldy Hughes, create the bouquets for the medal winners – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – You may have seen images of the medal winning Canada Games Athletes holding a small , green bouquet. Those bouquets have been specially made by the men in recovery at Baldy Hughes.It is no surprise the involvement of Baldy Hughes was an idea that came from community booster and former P.G. Citizen of the Year, Monica Peacock.
“When the Games first came to town, I started asking about who was going to do the bouquets” says Peacock who owns her own floral shop in Prince George. “The mandate for most of the Canada Winter Games is to have legacies, and my question was, would Baldy Hughes be a good part of that legacy? The Games were quick to say yes, and Mr. Ballantyne (CEO of the Games Society) was very anxious to have something really heart felt from the community that was not from an everyday volunteer, but could be a very big part of how it would help them (the men from Baldy Hughes) and the Games.”
She says the project has helped the men feel self pride and satisfaction that they are giving back as well as a sense of accomplishment.
“Each bouquet is a little different just as each man who created it is unique” says Peacock.
The bouquets are special in that the core of the bouquet is a pine seedling (donated by Canfor) which can be planted when the athlete goes home. The bouquet is then augmented with cedar, and other sprigs of greenery before being neatly encircled with a blue ribbon.
“You have to take time” says Dale, ( in photo at right) one of the men creating the bouquets ( no last names given), “You want to make sure the bouquet has enough greenery to be full, yet not so much that we are wasting product , so there’s a balance.”
In all, 18 men from Baldy Hughes have created more than 600 bouquets for the athletes of this first week of competition. Next week a new organization will be making the bouquets for the medal winners of next week’s competition.