Dr. Irwin Smith was this year’s recipient of the ‘FCO Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ Award. Former executive director of Flowers Canada (Ontario) and Flowers Canada Growers, he’s well-known for his passion for the industry, notes Rachelle Pruss, member relations manager of the same organizations.
Retiring from his role in 2010, Smith was essential in opening dialogue with various levels of government, driving recognition of the greenhouse floriculture industry.
The ‘FCO Lifetime Achievement’ Award went to Rej Picard, who was policy advisor for FCO. As Pruss notes, he was known for his passion for the sector as well as his cheery, yet effective promotion of the industry at all government levels.
Other awards were presented that day for:
Ladies Longest Drive
Men's Longest Drive
Ladies Closest to the Pin
Men's Closest to the Pin
Jeremy Van Koeveringe
Closest to the Wand
Closest to the Restaurant
Matt Dayaram, Jordan Lubberts, Jamie Buchanan, and Jason Hultink
Low Team (Age over 200)
Jim Jeffery, Sandy Jeffery, Kim Edmands and Barb Jeffery-Gibson
Best of the Rest
Eileen Pillitteri, Bonnie Giampa, Colleen O'Gorman and Molly Horton
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cecil Delworth Foundation for floriculture research.
- Andrew Morse and Rej Picard Andrew Morse and Rej Picard
- "Best of the Rest" team: Eileen Pillitteri, Bonnie Giampa, Colleen O'Gorman, Molly Horton "Best of the Rest" team: Eileen Pillitteri, Bonnie Giampa, Colleen O'Gorman, Molly Horton
- "Low Team": Matt Dayaram, Jordan Lubberts, Jamie Buchanan, Jason Hultink "Low Team": Matt Dayaram, Jordan Lubberts, Jamie Buchanan, Jason Hultink
All images courtesy of Flowers Canada (Ontario).