With great pleasure and pride, we inform you that the Canadian organization Communities in Bloom – CiB had given the international award ”Gold with Five Golden Flowers” to the Society ”Our Children” Opatija. Deputy mayor dr.sc. Emil Priskić recieved the award in Ottawa, Canada, on the 16th of September . The city of Opatija is one of 3500 cities which had taken part in the final race for the award Golden Flower, the city most suitable for life. Working for and with children in our City has been recognized, so Opatija, City friend of children, was choosen between 76 finalists in the category of middle scale cities.
We would like to take this oppourtunity and thank you for your support, without which our success wouldn’t be possible.
At the end of June, Opatija was visited by the official commision of experts of the Canadian organization Communities in Bloom- CiB in cooperation with KEA, which decided on the award International Golden Flower, led by the judges Berta Briggs from Ireland and Bernedette Solon from Canada, by the president of the Croatian Association for Flowers and Landscape (KEA-CRO) and by the project manager in Opatija’s competition for the International Golden Flower 2017, Vojko Pleština. Opatija was choosen for the finals among 3500 cities. The judges commended the city in all aspects and expressed their enthusiasm for the architecture, maintinance of green areas and hospitality of locals. While visiting Opatija, the judges visited the Society ”Our Children” Opatija. They were informed about the work of SOC and of the Children’s Council which was recognized and awarded.
The work of SOC Opatija was recognized all around the country, Europe and the world. It is not surprising that the association from Opatija holds many awards and recognitions, some of which are the award of the organization Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) in the category leadership in civil society (House of Lords, London, 2015.), Croatian award for safety- initiative of the year of the Association of Croatian safety managers (2016.), annual award from the Primorsko- goranska county (2015.) and of the Plaque of the Uinion of SOC for model work while achieving actions and activites for children and with children. The newest among all of these awards is the award ”Gold with Five Golden Flowers’.