The OALA honours 13 Canadians with volunteer leadership awards

The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) is honouring 13 Canadians who have demonstrated acts of leadership on behalf of their profession.

The Provincial Volunteer and Leadership Awards are given annually, and this year’s ceremony was scheduled to be held in London in May. Recipients will be featured in the summer issue of Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly Magazine.

Awards were given to two London, Ontario based community organizations recognized for their work on the protection of the environment, OALA members for their volunteer work on the environment and their dedication to the profession, a landscape architect from B.C, and two Ontario based members of OALA’s national counterpart (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects) for design awards.

The recipients include:

Ian McAskile
OALA Honorary Member
Ian McAskile from Woodstock, Ontario is owner and president of Maglin Site Furniture Inc. He has over three decades of experience addressing the needs of landscape architects for quality site furnishings.

The Treaties, Lands and Environment Department at Chippewa of the Thames First Nation and ReForest London
OALA Award for Community Service to the Environment
Award for Community Service to the Environment was presented to The Treaties, Lands and Environment Department at Chippewa of the Thames First Nation. The organization was founded as the implementing body for environmental and land use policies contained within their Comprehensive Community Plan.

Certificate of Merit Award was presented to ReForest London. ReForest London has left a lasting impression on the city ensuring that the Forest City continues to provide its inhabitants with clean air, a biodiversity rich environment, and more citizen advocates for environmental sustainability.

Kendall Flower
OALA President’s Award
President’s Award was presented to Kendall Flower. She has served as Vice President (2018-2020), Treasurer (2017-2018) and as Chair of the OALA 2019 and 2020 conferences.

Jim Melvin
Principal Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence
Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence was presented to Jim Melvin. He has spent over 35 years as a consulting landscape architect and is a founding partner at PMA Landscape Architects.

Jeff Bruin and David O’Hara
OALA Public Practice Award
Jeff Bruin is a leader of Parks Planning and Design at the City of London where he led efforts to complete 50 km of recreational pathways, active mobility pathways and bike lanes throughout the Thames Valley Corridor.

David O’Hara is a park planner, landscape architect and project manager. He is also a Museum Administrator and Manager at the Fort York National Historic Site.

Cynthia Graham and Andrew Wilson
David Erb Memorial Award

Cynthia Graham is an OALA Councillor and Manager of Landscape Architectural Services for the City of Hamilton. She also sits on the Board for the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. In 2016, she was awarded an Employee Spirit Award for her volunteer efforts from the City of Hamilton.

Andrew Wilson is the Program Coordinator of Fanshawe College’s Honours Bachelor of Environmental Design & Planning degree (BEDP). Andrew teaches theory and practice of landscape architecture.

Brian Basterfield and Michael Hensel
Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment
Brian Basterfield was recognized for his longstanding service to the community, having practiced landscape architecture for nearly 40 years. He has his own firm in Peterborough, Ontario.

Michael Hensel is a principal at Hensel Design Group Inc. based in Collingwood. He has been providing consulting services to First Nation Communities for decades, looking into effects a will have on the health, welfare and safety of those communities.

Leah Lanteigne
Jack Copeland Award
The Jack Copeland Award for OALA Associate Leadership and Contribution was presented to Leah Lanteigne. Leah has contributed her volunteer efforts as the Junior Associate Representative on Council and an Associate member on the Honours, Awards and Protocols Committee.

Michael von Hausen
OALA Research and Innovation Award
Michael von Hausen is a B.C. landscape architect who was this year’s OALA Conference Keynote speaker and shared a virtual address on May 13. He is an author of a number of books and publications in the fields of landscape architecture, real estate and urban design.