Category: Volunteer

Pat and Jon Brehaut: Volunteers of the Month: January/February 2015

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.

Donna Bagdan, 2014 Volunteer of the Year

At the September 2014 Awards Evening, this special award was presented for outstanding volunteerism.

Congratulations Donna!

Donna has ably Chaired the Garden Tour for the past three years, taking this important EHS event it to a new level of prestige that attracted media attention and sold out crowds. Donna was successful in recruiting some of Edmonton's most attractive gardens for the tour three years running, managing a record number of enthusiastic volunteer gatekeepers, increasing the profile of the tour and the EHS through promotional activities and partnerships with the gardening/business community and local media, and raising more funds that ever before.

Always a warm and enthusiastic EHS ambassador, Donna organized a volunteer appreciation event for EHS volunteers in 2013 and is involved annually in the Edmonton Communities in Bloom program, including emceeing the Edmonton in Bloom Awards event each August.


Donna's award-winning garden


Donna's professional expertise in the filed of design has led to the creation of a spectacular, award-winning home garden that she and partner, Brian Heidecker tend with care and share frequently with guests. Donna has also lent her design and management skills this year to the renovation of the EHS office.

While the EHS is fortunate to have a number of talented and committed volunteers, we are pleased to recognize accomplishments above and beyond expectation in presenting Donna with a Volunteer of the Year award.


Donna received a special plaque, a $20 gift card for Flowers on 50th, as well as a Volunteer of the Year certificate.

Our thanks to Flowers on 50th for supporting our Volunteers.


Wilf Maul, July 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations Wilf!

maul_vomIf you’ve ever admired the covers and colored photographs in recent Gardener’s Gate issues, you will find that many of these have been contributed by Wilf Maul, who takes delight in sharing the beauty of his acreage just west of Edmonton. Wilf and his wife, Brigitte, purchased a “cow pasture” in 1970 and turned it into a magnificent oasis they call home. Flowing waterfalls, ponds, castles, a mountain, and copious numbers of colourful flower beds adorn their property.

Since becoming a member and an avid supporter of the EHS in the 1990’s, Wilf has opened his heart and his home to us through the Open Gardens program, and to other garden-lovers as well. One will also see Wilf snapping photographs at EHS functions, as well as for Front Yards in Bloom and the EHS Archives. Wilf seems to have an endless supply of time, talent, knowledge and plants to share with fellow gardeners. He has won garden competitions, photography competitions and was the first to receive the EHS Gardener of the Year Award in 2008.

We are delighted to recognize Wilf Maul as the Volunteer of the Month, July, 2014.

Wilf received a $20 gift card for Flowers on 50th, as well as a Volunteer of the Month certificate.

Our thanks to Flowers on 50th for supporting our Volunteers.


Sally Lore, June 2014 Volunteer of the Month

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Sally’s welcoming smile exemplifies her positive energy and personal satisfaction in giving back to the community through volunteerism. She learned the importance of volunteering early on and has served on many local boards and committees, including Northlands and the Klondike Days Association, as well as currently chairing Club and Community Services for the Rotary Club and sitting as a member of the University of Alberta Senate.

Sally's gardening-related organizational skills led to her role as an initial organizer and co-chair for the Alberta Ballet’s House and Garden Tour, but we know Sally best for her liaison with the City of Edmonton and Communities in Bloom Canada…our Front Yards in Bloom program.

This spring, Sally joined the EHS Board of Directors and took on the job of organizing a successful Volunteer Appreciation event at the Enjoy Center in June. We are pleased to announce Sally Lore as June Volunteer of the Month! Congratulations Sally, and thank you.

Sally received a $20 gift card for Flowers on 50th, as well as a Volunteer of the Month certificate.

Our thanks to Flowers on 50th for supporting our Volunteers.

Britta Johnson, May 2014 Volunteer of the Month

20090525_6448Congratulations Britta

Britta has gardened most of her adult life and has recently created an amazing showcase of perennial beds and a spectacular water feature at her new home. She also over-winters an array of canna lilies, dahlias, gladioli and other tender bulbs. Many members have been fortunate to receive gifts of her plants.

Britta is currently an EHS Board member and Chair of the EHS City Gardeners­--a dedicated team of volunteers who take great pride in maintaining the EHS Centennial Garden as well as rose, perennial and lilac beds on the grounds of the Muttart Conservatory. She has also been Open Gardens Chair and regularly helps with many other EHS activities, including our new Share What You Grow, August event. On top of these significant contributions, this Spring Britta went above and beyond to secure and organize the rescue of over 100 perennials from the display beds at the former Wellington Garden Centre for sale at our Spring Plant Exchange and Sale. Her dedication to gardening seemingly knows no bounds! The EHS is a fortunate beneficiary of this dedication. Thank you Britta, for all you do.

Britta received a $20 gift card from Flowers on 50th, and a Volunteer of the Month certificate along with our gratitude.


Our thanks to Flowers on 50th for supporting our Volunteers.