March 15, 2009
LO gave out two of its most prestigious awards  at Congress 2009.

Landscape Ontario’s Honourary Life award went to Hank Gelderman of Jan Gelderman Landscaping in Waterdown. Reserved for a select few who have been life-long supporters and contributors to the association and industry, this year’s winner is a role model and mentor to hundreds. He has served on countless committees, boards, chapter and sector groups and task forces. Hank Gelderman exemplifies professionalism and integrity, and his strong faith and caring nature are a blessing for those fortunate enough to know him.

The Trillium Award is reserved for candidates who, through innovation, introduce a product, service, program or activity that has made a considerable impact and provided substantial benefits to our industry and to society. This year’s recipient was Donald Ziraldo for the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which focuses on accelerating and commercializing research and innovation to enhance prosperity for the public and industry.