Don Budinsky retired from the City of Winnipeg in 2008 after working 32 years in a variety of parks and recreation positions. For the last 14 years he was the Manager of the Parks and Open Space Division and led a talented group of professionals providing park, urban forestry, horticulture, naturalist/environmental, and landscape development services.
Don and his team forged over 200 community partnerships and worked with those groups to develop and improve the City's park system including: renewed public gardens, expanded and improved street flower plantings, athletic fields, natural areas, playgrounds, swiss replica watches urban forest and park amenities. There are over 1000 parks and open spaces in the city and more than 2 million public trees including 280,000 street trees. Don was in charge of the Parks Division's 35 million dollar annual operating budget and a 5 million dollar annual capital budget.
Don's education included a bachelor of physical education, a certificate in education, both from the University of Manitoba and a certificate of parks and recreation studies from Assiniboine Community College. Continuing education was gained through attending numerous local and national seminars and conferences and participating in organizations including the Manitoba Parks and Recreation Association, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, Audemars Piguet Replica Watches Communities in Bloom and the Red River College Greenspace Management Advisory Committee.
Wilbert (BSc Horticulture, MSc, PhD) specialized in Plant Breeding and Botony, Genetics and Nursery Management. He is the owner and manager of Jeffries Nurseries located 9 Kilomerters south of Portage la Prairie. He has worked with Agriculture Canada as a scientist and with the Morden Research Station. Wilbert is also a judge for the North American Lily Society.
Tom is currently the Executive Director of Take Pride Winnipeg; a position he has held for 18 years. Tom is an avid supporter of Communities in Bloom where he served on the City of Winnipeg's committee during their participation at the National level. Take Pride Winnipeg was instrumental in coordinating the Winnipeg in Bloom program during it's implementation.
Shawna has belonged to the Killarney Garden Club for thirteen years and has been an active member of the Killarney Turtle Mountain Communities in Bloom for the past ten years.
She is on the Manitoba Communities in Bloom Board of Directors and is thrilled to be working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team. This is her fifth year judging and she is looking forward to visiting many of Manitoba’s communities who share the same vision.
As a Capital Planning Assistant, Shawna acquired the skills necessary to be a planner/organizer and the computer skills for drafting the plant drawings and preparing the documents necessary for ordering the plant material for the town.
Shawna has a keen interest in environmental issues particularly at the home level, focusing on what each person can do, one step at a time.
Shawna’s hobbies and interests include gardening, cooking, camping and when she is south for the winter months she enjoys building houses in Mexico with her husband and gardening in a completely different climate.
Martha [B.A., B.S.A. and M.Sc.] specialized in plant sciences and has her International Society of Arborculture Arborist Certification. She currently is the City Forester for the City of Winnipeg Parks and Open Space Division where she manages urban forestry and Dutch Elm disease programs.
Martha has been involved with Manitoba Hydro's Forest Enchancement Program for the past 15 years as a funding evaluator. She is the Manitoba Director for ISA Prairie Chapter. She was also the Executive Director for the Coalition to Safe the Elms a non-profit organization promoting public education and awarementss of community urban forest and tree banding program.
Kaaren Pearce is a formally trained Horticulturalist and Certified Arborist who started her career as an Estate and Base Gardener in Alberta. Kaaren has worked for many different garden centres, nurseries, and golf courses, she managed and owned landscape companies that did every aspect of landscape both soft and hard landscape. Throughout Kaaren’s professional career, she designed residential, commercial and industrial spaces as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds, horticultural therapy gardens and school yard naturalizations. She wrote a curriculum for using these spaces for the Ontario Government in which horticulture was used as a tool to work with street youth to aid in getting them off the street and back on track.
Kaaren spent many years working with Greenroofs and living walls, patented her own system and installed and maintained over 20 living roofs. She has been a consultant on hundreds of projects including the McCormick Building in Boston, where the green roof was used to phytoremediate (clean) the boiler water from a 1920s art deco building.
Today, Kaaren is the Director, Grounds for Assiniboine Park Conservancy where she is responsible for overseeing general grounds maintenance requirements including areas such as turf, urban forestry, snow removal, irrigation systems, custodial services, natural areas management, park amenities and waste man-agement in the Park. She also manage the Park’s environmental program and provide support to special events and Zoo horticulture including the landscape for the Journey to Churchill.
Roswitha is passionate gardener. She enjoys her small yard and growing plants that require more of a challenge. She is a retired resource teacher from Seven Oaks School Division, taught over 40 years, from grade 1 to grade 8. Professional activities ranged from many years presenting of math and science sessions to parents and teachers, editor of Manitoba Math Journal, and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics editorial panel.
On the executive of organizations such as: Manitoba Association of Math Teachers, NCTM panel, E.K. Garden Club, Manitoba Orchid Society, W.K. H.S. Autism committee for 7 Oaks School Division, Middle School Math committee.
Presently contributing as photographer, vice-president, public relations for the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Glenda has been a passionate gardener for over twenty years, although the basis of this began even as a little girl on a farm in Winnipegosis. She has gardened in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Manitoba.
Although mostly self taught, she became a Master Gardener ten years ago through the Master Gardening program at University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Beautiful Plains Horticultural Society. She has made presentations at National and Provincial CiB Conventions.
In Neepawa she restored the garden at The Garden Path Bed and Breakfast, worked with the Lily Festival for several years, and served on the local Communities in Bloom Committee as well as judging for Manitoba Communities in Bloom. Along with other passionate gardeners she helped to develop the Gardens of Western Manitoba self-guided tours.
Ashley grew up in rural Manitoba on farms near Balmoral and Lac du Bonnet, and began his career in horticulture as a summer student in Brandon.
He went on to spend five years as a technician at the University of Manitoba’s department of Plant Science, focusing mainly on the development and maintenance of the arboretum, as well as growing the plants for the All-American Flower Trials.
Ashley then joined the City of Winnipeg as one of its park superintendents, a position he held through the City’s many reorganizations and restructurings until his retirement after 30 years of service. Over the course of his career he was part of the committee that formed the Dutch Elm Disease Control Act, an active member of the International Shade Tree Conference (now ISA), and also sat on the advisory committee for the formation of the Green Space Management Program for Red River Community College.
Following his career at the City of Winnipeg, Ashley worked with the Canadian Center for Mosquito Management, conducting larval surveying and larviciding in various Manitoba Cities and towns as part of the West Nile virus initiative.
Ashley has a long association with Communities in Bloom, and was directly involved in setting up the City of Winnipeg’s program as well as spending several years as judge in the national Communities in Bloom Program.
Aside from horticulture, Ashley enjoys woodworking and furniture making, has a keen interest in the environment, and is an avid fisher and hunter.