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SASKATCHEWAN NURSERY LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION SNLA News Saskatchewan Nursery Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter September 2009 Issue Volume 2 Issue No. 3 CNLA/SNLA Partners with Royal Bank to In This Issue offer employee loyalty program for members SNLA 2009 Awards Program Providing programs like Group RSP plans and Group Banking packages for your employees can help you build and retain a healthy SNLA Golf workforce. Tournament a success In conjunction with RBC, CNLA and the SNLA are pleased to launch our new Employee Loyalty Services program designed to help you Welcome to our new provide a meaningful benefit to your employees that helps drive job SNLA members satisfaction and increase employee loyalty. Take the next step towards CNLA members who are also RBC Commercial or RBC Small professionalism Business clients can now take advantage of a new RBC Personal Client lending tool. This new online service let’s your clients apply SNLA Regina for a personal loan to facilitate their home improvements in your Networking Event business or home. Personal loans (for homeowners only and excludes commercial or corporate borrowers) can range from $5,000 to $40,000 with fixed term interest rates for up to 60 months (5 years). RBC has also included a handy payment calculator with the tool to help determine what amount is right for your clients. For more information on this new program, visit www.canadanursery. com/benefits and click on Royal Bank of Canada or call the CNLA office at 1-888-446-3499 SNLA News September 2009 Issue A message from the President: Board of Directors: Aaron Krahn President Dear members, Glen Thrasher Vice President It was great to see participation in our James Polley Regina seminar and our Saskatoon Golf Director tournament. Going to these events reminds Randy Beauchesne, CHT us that we are not alone in our industry, Director and that our competitors can also be our Luke vanDuyvendyk colleagues. Victor Santacruz showed us Director at our Regina event, just how much our Leslie Cornell industry contributes to the national economy, Director and how the CNLA uses these statistics to Vic Krahn, CHT advocate on our behalf to multiple levels of CNLA Representative government. Administrative Support: Membership in the SNLA contributes not only to direct member benefits, Nigel Bowles: but also to an amazingly effective campaign for recognition by policy Executive Director makers. Marnie Main: Member Services, Marketing Be well. Please put time aside for the Landscape Alberta Green Industry Valerie Stobbe: show in Novemeber. Office Services Trade Show Co-ordinator Sincerely, Cheryl Carbert: Administrative Assistant Aaron Krahn Susan Doiron: Bookkeeper Lakeshore Tree Farms Ltd Rebecca Wetselaar: Manager of Provincial President SNLA Relations, CNLA/SNLA Important Dates and Upcoming Events Contact Us: SNLA Landscape Awards Entry Deadline Friday October 9, 2009 For more information about submitting an article or advertising in this publication please e-mail or phone: Green Industry Show and Conference (Shaw Conference Centre) 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta Rebecca Wetselaar firstname.lastname@example.org November 19-20, 2009 Phone: 1-866-383-4711 Fax 1-866-833-8603 SNLA c/o Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association 200, 10331 - 178 Street Edmonton Alberta T5S 1R5 Tel: 780-489-1991 Toll Free: 1-800-378-3198 Fax: 780-444-2152 www.SNLA.ca SNLA News pg. 2 SNLA News September 2009 Issue SNLA Landscape Awards - Your chance to shine! The SNLA is currently reminding our members judge the entries: the jury is comprised of to take pictures and start thinking about your professionals chosen from the fields of landscape entries for the 2009 SNLA Landscape Awards. This architecture and design, education, landscape program reflects the Association’s commitment to construction and landscape maintenance. the development and promotion of high standards Depending on the marks earned by an individual of excellence in the landscape contracting industry. project, it may achieve an Award of Merit, an The program is administered through the Landscape Award of Excellence, or in special circumstances, Alberta Nursery Trades Association. a Grand Award of Excellence. SNLA may elect to submit an outstanding award-winning entry The program is designed to reward independent to the prestigious Canadian Nursery Landscape landscape contracting companies that execute Association (CNLA) National Awards of Landscape quality landscaping projects in design, construction Excellence, where it competes with the best projects or maintenance, and the citizens who underwrite from across Canada. Only two National Awards of such work. SNLA’s Awards Program also strives to Excellence are chosen each year: one for Landscape increase public awareness of quality landscaping, to Construction and one for Landscape Maintenance. encourage the contractors’ use of quality materials and workmanship, and through example and The SNLA Landscape Awards Thanks to our recognition, to encourage all landscape contractors Program is open to SNLA 2009 Awards to pursue excellence. members only. Contact SNLA Program Sponsor for more information on the Each entry is evaluated independently against a list program, or visit www.snla.ca to of industry-set criteria. A jury of industry experts download an entry form. 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Customizable programs and exclusive coverages such as: 5 year replacement cost on equipment Group of “One” flexibility Single occurence deductible Drug, Dental and Life Plans Leniency for underage drivers Group RRSP & Critical Illness Created for the green industry. Supporting the green industry. Endorsed by: For All Your Insurance Needs For more information regarding HortProtect coverages please call: www.HortProtect.com 306.653.2313 SNLA News pg. 4 SNLA News September 2009 Issue SNLA golf tournament a success! We had great weather and 20 players at SNLA’s golf tournament, which took place on Thursday August 23rd at Moonlake Golf & Country Club. A big thanks to our sponsors and our golfers who came out and helped to make this event a success! The day included a BBQ lunch, 18 holes of golf, and a dinner and awards ceremony. Companies that golfed and enjoyed dinner with us included: Brandt Tractor Ltd., Kramer Rentals/The CAT Rental Store, Lakeshore Tree Farms, Beauscapes Lawn & Tree, G&S Landscaping, The Lawn Loggers Ltd, Dutch Growers Garden Centre and Apollo Property Developments. We are so thankful to our sponsors, without whom we could not have pulled off this event: Brandt Tractor Ltd. (Dinner Sponsor and Prize Sponsor), Lakeshore Tree Farms (Hole Sponsor and Prize Sponsor), Dutch Growers Garden Centre (Trophy Sponsor), G&S Landscaping (Trophy Sponsor), Beauscapes Lawn and Tree (Hole Sponsor), Quickietiedown. ca (Hole Sponsor), HortProtect Insurance and Cherry Insurance (Hole- in-one Sponsor and Prize Sponsor) and Kramer Rentals/The CAT Rental Store (Prize Sponsor). For All Your Insurance Needs SNLA.ca is online! SNLA .ca is now active. Our website serves as an information point for everything related to the association. It includes: General Information, Membership Benefits and applications, Member Directory and much more! Don’t miss this chance to advertise with us, reserve your space today! For more information about the website, advertising or submitting articles please contact Rebecca Wetselaar, Manager of Provincial Relations at: email@example.com SNLA News pg. 5 SNLA News September 2009 Issue Welcome to SNLA’s three newest members... RST Maintenance is originally Prairie Roots Tree a member of Landscape Alberta Care and Landscaping Nursery Trade Association is in its first season of (LANTA), RST Maintenance is now operation providing a based and providing landscape variety of services maintenance services in the Saskatoon region. including tree pruning, tree removals, tree Owner Sean Murray has half a dozen employees planting, consultations, landscape design and that are kept busy year round mainly focusing on installation, yard renovations and flowerbed commercial and residential grounds keeping during planning, planting and maintenance. the summer, and then snow and ice management during the winter. They also provide a list of other Owner Lisette Parkin attended Olds College and services such as parking lot maintenance and the received diplomas in Landscape Management and sale of bulk aggregate products. Arboriculture, is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Certified Horticultural Technician (CHT) and RST Maintenance decided to join SNLA in May worked for several years in Alberta before moving 2009 to show their dedication to the industry and to back to Saskatchewan. stand out from the many competitors in the region. Originally from Regina, Lisette is now living They believe that being a member of SNLA gives outside of Bulyea, SK (60km north of Regina) on companies a higher standard of professionalism in a farm her husband’s family homesteaded 104 the industry, and in their work. years ago and enjoys working in the surrounding communities. Gull Lake Greenhouse, located in Gull Lake, SK joined the SNLA in May 2009. Owner Bev Prairie Roots Tree Care and Landscaping joined Potter started the company out of a hobby where SNLA to enhance networking and educational she grew her own plants, and then continuously opportunities and to take advantage of the many expanded over the past 18 years where she now benefits that come with being a member. has a successful business with 12,000 square feet of greenhouses and four staff. Bev joined the SNLA in order to get new information about the industry. She has also taken advantage of the member savings programs and was able to save a substantial amount of money off the purchase of a new John Deere tractor. Look out for Prairie Roots Tree Care and Landscaping on the road in the Bulyea area! Do you know someone who might be interested in membership with the SNLA? If so, please direct them to our website (www.snla.ca) where they can view the benefits of membership and download an application form. They can also call Rebecca (SNLA/CNLA) Gull Lake Greenhouse in full bloom for more information at 1-866-383- 4711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org With your help, SNLA will grow! SNLA News pg. 6 SNLA News September 2009 Issue Take the next step toward professionalism CERTIFIED HORTICULTURAL TECHNICIAN SNLA members have already seen the benefits • Keep an eye out at the next SNLA event. We of industry certification. The province has 11 will try our best to schedule testing opportunities Certified Horticultural Technicians (CHTs) who at future SNLA events so that you will have more have taken the initiative to complete certification chances to get certified. tests in another province. The opportunity is still • Prepare early and order study materials before available for more individuals to get certified, test dates are scheduled. Orders are a key indicator and raise the standard of professionalism in of the interest in certain certification programs, and Saskatchewan. Three certification programs are this will help us arrange test dates accordingly. available: Certified Horticultural Technician • As interest increases, we will be able to hold (CHT), Certified Landscape Designer (CLD), and regular CHT evaluations in Saskatchewan. Until Certified Landscape Professional (CLP). then, prospective CHT candidates are invited to attend yearly tests in Alberta or Manitoba. Why certification? Certification demonstrates your commitment to the profession. Receiving Upcoming test dates: your certification shows your peers, supervisors, • September 2009 – CHT, Red River College, and in turn, the general public of your commitment Winnipeg, MB to your chosen career and your ability to perform • November 19, 2009 – CLD and CLP, Green to set standards. Industry Show and Conference, Edmonton, AB • February 9-10, 2009 – CHT (written), CLD and The goal of the industry is to upgrade and qualify CLP, Manitoba Green Show, Winnipeg, MB the skill level of all who practice landscaping. • February 10, 2010 – CLD and CLP, Green Pro The industry will promote certification to the Conference, Calgary, AB public as one of their best assurances of quality • March 30-31, 2009 – CHT, Olds College, Olds, workmanship. AB How can you bring certification testing to For more information on certification, or to Saskatchewan? schedule test dates in your area, please contact • Get a group of people together who want to Julia Ricottone at the CNLA office – 1-888-446- become a CLD and/or CLP, and contact the 3499, ext. 8615, email@example.com. Visit Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) the professional development section of www. office to arrange the details. An exam can easily canadanursery.com for more details and links to be set up if enough people are interested. applications and order forms. SNLA focused on recruiting and retaining members in the Regina region SNLA recently hosted a networking and educational event in Regina on Thursday August 13th. This was a great event with speakers Victor Santacruz, CLP, CAE speaking on the Economic Impact Study for the horticulture industry and Bill Hardy, CLP speaking on “New Ways for the Green Industry to Make Money”. SNLA is trying to grow our membership in this region and we thank everyone who was able to come out to this event. Thanks to our Event Sponsors! Main Event Sponsor: Supporting Event Sponsor: Beverage Sponsors: SNLA News pg. 7 With your John Deere Commercial Worksite Products dealer you’ll start strong, finish on time, and stay on budget. 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