Ontario Commercial Arborist Association receives Gold Leaf Award
Last month the City of Ottawa hosted ISA Ontario’s 67th Annual Educational Conference and Tradeshow. The conference attracted more than 400 participants throughout the province and provided three days of educational seminars from renowned international industry leaders.
The success of this year’s conference was largely in part to the efforts of the Education Committee which was headed by their Chair, our very own Mike Watson, co-owner of Kelly’s Tree Care and President-Elect of ISA Ontario.
There were five Kelly’s Tree Care employees who attended this year’s conference. They were also on hand to see Patricia Thomson, President of the Ontario Commercial Arborists Association (OCAA) and co-owner of Kelly’s Tree Care, accept the Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Arbor Day Activities on behalf of the OCAA.
The OCAA is an organization made up of commercial tree care companies and their suppliers. This organization started in 1994 by a handful of private tree care companies in the upper GTA. Today there are 65 member firms. The premise of the OCAA includes promoting safety awareness, providing educational and training seminars, and lobbying for legislative changes pertaining to the arboricultural industry. Kelly’s Tree Care has been a member and an active participant of the OCAA for at least 15 years.
For the past 20 years, the OCAA has organized the Day of Service, an annual event to commemorate Arbor Day. Commercial companies come together and donate one day of tree service to a host site which typically is a not for profit organization in need of tree work. Not only does the host site benefit from having their trees maintained professionally, but also the many arborists that come from many companies are able to share knowledge and show case new equipment. To receive this international award and to be recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture was a tremendous honour for the OCAA.