Pat and Jon Brehaut
By Renita Eilertson
It gives me great pleasure to announce the Volunteers of the Month for January and February: Pat Brehaut and Jon Brehaut. What a creative team! Each person, contributing their talents in different ways, and yet working together. It was evident from the onset that their goal was to make the Edmonton Horticultural Society a success. Such dedication deserves recognition.
Together, during 2007 and 2008, they jumped into volunteerism and graciously became the photographers for the Garden Tour. These amazing photos were presented as a slide show for all of our members to enjoy.
In 2009. Pat and Jon decided to dedicate their talents towards producing The Gardener’s Gate. For 3 years, members were delighted to receive their copy 8 times a year in the mail. During that time, Pat and Jon initiated the full color version of the newsletter. This was a fabulous transition to bring the EHS newsletter to a more contemporary format.
From 2009, the dynamic duo began to diversify and expand their interests. They saw a need within the EHS and stepped up to not only to learn new skills, but also to share their interests with others.
Jon led the photography group from 2009 to 2013 and also served as a photo archivist. It is very evident the skills Jon has as a photographer. All of his photos are masterpieces and have been shared by many over the years.
Pat joined the EHS Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011, and during that time she and Jon developed promotional materials such as brochures, display boards and banners, which are still used to this day.
The Compost Sale was initiated by both Pat and Jon in 2010 and Pat chaired this fundraiser again the following year. In addition, Pat participated on the Speaker Committee for 2 years, as well as the EHS Website and the Bench Show Committees.
From 2011 to 2014, Pat and Jon managed and completely revamped the EHS Website, and initiated the EHS E-News and E-Bulletin. All were maintained with the highest of standards and the most current/up to date information.
Pat and Jon also sat on the Garden Tour Committee for 3 years, providing essential support to the Tour Chair and Committee.
Pat also assisted with the Garden Competition, and served as a Garden Competition Judge. She was instrumental in revamping the competition booklet and without her assistance the competition would not be the success it was. Pat became an important member of the judging team and her input and judging skills were spot on.
One can not be more proud of this amazing couple. They have been so dedicated and loyal to the Edmonton Horticultural Society, always maintaining the highest level of excellence and integrity with whatever project they decided to delve into.
Their garden is a masterpiece, as members have had the opportunity to see during visits to their yard in recent years. It is a beautiful culmination of all of the information and skills they have gained and honed over the years to make it one of the finest in the Greater Edmonton area. It is that same meticulous sense of dedication and love of gardens that make Pat and Jon valued and active members of the Edmonton Horticultural Society.
Volunteering is always a productive and positive choice. When one chooses to become involved, it becomes a learning experience and enriches one’s life. It is evident that Pat and Jon have not only enriched their lives volunteering with EHS but we, as members, have been enriched by them.
It gives me great pleasure to present Pat Brehaut and Jon Brehaut, Volunteers of the Month.
Pat and Jon will receive a gift certificate from Greenland Greenhouse, Volunteer of the Month certificates, and a copy of the complete script.