January 12, 2022
Georgian Lakelands awards celebrate 25 years of history
Hill’N Dale Landscaping owner, James Godbold was awarded Employer of the Year by industry peers.
Over 90 people attended the Georgian Lakelands Chapter Awards of Distinction dinner on Dec. 2, 2021 at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ont. The awards are held to recognize outstanding suppliers, volunteers, employers and companies within the Chapter.

The first award of the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Robert Adams, the Chapter’s first president, who was instrumental in its formation 25 years ago. Adams recalled the first meeting at the Holiday Inn in Barrie on Dec. 23, 1996: “Back then, the Toronto Chapter was split into Toronto East and Toronto West,” Adams recalled, “so I would have to drive all the way down the 400 just to go to meetings.” In order to form the new Chapter, Adams easily surpassed the required number of signatures, paving the wave for a new chapter covering Northern Ontario.

Georgian Lakelands Chapter board member, Jon Cundy emceed the evening and thanked the many companies who donated product for the attendee gift bags and raffle prizes. Cundy also recognized the many volunteers, including Jordanna Flood, chapter secretary, who helped to organize the event.

Cundy also congratulated all nominees for being recognized by their industry peers and announced the following winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Adams
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Joel Dorion, Bayridge Landscape
Designer of the Year: Lexi Dearborn, Dearborn Designs & Associates
Best Pool/Water Feature of the Year: The Landmark Group, and Blue Diamond Pools
Property Maintenance of the Year: The Grounds Guys of Barrie
Best Masonry Installer of the Year: Country Roots Masonry & Landscaping
Softscape Installer of the Year: Nicole Pattenden Landscape Design
Lighting Installer of the Year: Ideal Landscape Services
Safety Ambassador of the Year: Hank Dubee and Robert Herlichka
Volunteer of the Year: Laurie Ann-Stuart, LA Gardens
Equipment Supplier of the Year: Sunbelt Rentals Barrie
Salesperson of the Year: Jordanna McCutcheon
Mentor of the Year: Lexi Dearborn, Dearborn Designs & Associates
Employer of the Year: Hill’ N Dale Landscaping
Accessory Supplier of the Year: Bobcat of Barrie
Hardscape Installer of the Year: Rob McNeil
Hardscape Supplier of the Year: Georgian Bay Outdoors, and SC The Depot
Plant Supplier of the Year: Clearview Nursery
The Chapter would like to recognize the following event sponsors:
Georgian Bay Outdoors (Dinner Sponsor)
The Diamond Studio in Thornbury
S.Charlebois Haulage & Excavating
Best Way Stone
Muskoka Rock
Lewis Motors
General Seed
Stone Arch
Brick Stop
Oaks Landscape Products