The new CEO at the International Peace Garden, south of Boissevain, says he is relying heavily on existing staff to get more familiar with the facility.

Tim Chapman has been on the job for about three weeks. He says he likes what he sees and feels the Peace Garden is in pretty good shape.

“Things are going great and there is a lot to learn at the garden and that is a good thing. It will take a few months or maybe a year who knows but right now I’m just trying to soak everything in and try to learn everything I can from all the permanent staff and a lot of them have been here for quite a few years so the institutional knowledge is great.”

Chapman says all of the staff whether it’s in the office or out on the grounds have been extremely welcoming and helpful and willing to take time to answer any questions Chapman might have about their knowledge of the garden.

The new CEO would like to see more local people coming out to visit and use the International peace Garden. He’s looking into establishing community days. “The local communities like Boissevain they are big neighbours for us and it’s important that we work together. As the Peace Garden grows that will have a direct impact on the nearby communities.”

When it comes to infrastructure Chapman says the Peace Garden isn’t in bad shape but there are somethings that can always be upgraded.

“There are some things in the sunken garden that have some wear on some of the stones down there and we just want to make sure the International Peace Garden is a safe and beautiful place to visit.”

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