RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods project celebrates contest winners!


More than forty residents of Kitchener’s Mount Hope and Lakeside neighbourhoods gathered Monday night at the Guelph Street Community Garden to celebrate the winners of the RAIN Smart Neighbourhood Contest. Twenty prizes worth a total of $30,000 were awarded including two first grand prizes of more than $10,000 towards a front yard makeover.

After receiving more than 300 entries, 10 finalists in each neighbourhood had been drawn in July and interviewed about their ideas for how they would use the grand prizes. A mulit-disciplinary expert panel then determined two finalists for the two grand prizes in each neighbourhood. A draw at the prize party determined who received which grand prize.

Here they are!

Rain Ready Neighbourhoods Prize Winners


Lindsey Battler – 1st Grand Prize of $10,000 towards a front yard makeover + more

Lindsey is new to the Lakeside neighbourhood. She is interested in a low maintenance landscape that will be a conversation starter with her neighbours. She favours shrubs and drought tolerant perennials. Many of her neighbours on Lakeside Drive are avid gardeners, so she fully expects to glean from their expertise. One of her downspouts discharges in an awkward location at the side of her house so she would like to redirect it away from the foundation to a permeable area where it can soak into the ground.

Madeline and Josh Hunsberger – $1500 towards a rain ready front yard project + more

Madeline used to work in a garden centre and has big plans for her front yard. Her vision includes a mix of perennials, an herb garden to use in her cooking, and meandering paths throughout. In addition, she wants to alleviate any problems that water flowing from her property causes for her neighbors.

Runners-Up – Rain Coach Consultation valued at $300

Mary Amzyz, Glen Booker, Dorothy Culliford, Louis Devlugt, Marje Kabin, Nick Perrella, Scott Piggott, Karen Priebe.


Alexis Motuz – 1st Grand Prize of $10,000 towards a front yard makeover + more

Alexis (above in grey) wants to develop a plan to address the water that flows from her downspouts onto hard surfaces and runs off. She is interested in a design that will also incorporate a creative play space her young children and their neighbourhood friends. She has a rain barrel on the far side of her home, but would like to capture rain and have it available for use at a more convenient location.

Steven Reesor Rempel – $1500 towards a rain ready front yard project + more

Steven and his partner Jessie recently bought their home in Mount Hope. They wanted to move into the neighbourhood because of the strong community spirit.  They are interested in transforming their yard from lawn to a landscape with edible plants. They are already avid vegetable gardeners, so are also interested in opportunities to capture rain to water their plants. They also have a desire to create a space in their front yard to entertain and interact with their neighbours.

Runners-Up – Rain Coach Consultation valued at $300

Kyle Chambers, Ramsey Hazineh, Ted and Tracy Martin, Gary McMullin, Wayne Miedema, Carmen McQuillin, Steve Rozon, Connie Thompson

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