October 15, 2014
Jarrett Woodard
Jarrett Woodard
Jarrett Woodard, of Grand River Brick and Stone in London, has a passion for his career and the landscaping industry. It’s a passion that he brings to the many volunteer hours he puts toward the association that represents his industry.  

“I like to get involved wherever and whenever I can to help improve the industry we work in,” says Woodard. “If we can all work together to strengthen the industry, then we can all be more successful in what we do.”

Over the past five years Woodard has served on the executive board of LO’s London Chapter, having just finished his term of president. “I currently sit on the board as past president, and I am looking forward to more volunteer work within the organization for years to come.”

In addition to volunteering at the chapter level, Woodard is also serving as vice-chair on the newly-formed Landscape Ontario Hardscape Committee. He has also assisted the Landscape Industry Certified test days as a judge.

Woodard says his favourite memories as a volunteer are always from Congress. “It’s the one event that brings everyone together from across the province and provides an opportunity to gain valuable educational info, as well as social and professional networking.”

When asked what benefit he receives from volunteering, Woodard said, “The main benefit I get is self-improvement and professional development.  Working with many different people and getting involved with diverse topics and events gives me exposure to things I would not normally be involved with in my personal life.”

Woodard says that participation from members is key to a successful association. “The more people who get involved, the stronger we can grow as an association and industry.”
Jarrett Woodard also volunteers his time and energy outside Landscape Ontario. As an active Freemason, he participates every year in several community events. He is also an assistant coach for the London Minor Football Program, coaching six- to nine year-olds.