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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre chairman receives award


January 8, 2009
By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre chairman receives award
Vineland Research and Innovation
Centre chairman Donald Ziraldo received the Landscape Ontario Trillium
Award during the organization’s recent 36th annual Awards of Excellence
Gala, held in Toronto.

January 8, 2009, Vineland, Ont. – Vineland Research and Innovation Centre chairman Donald Ziraldo received the Landscape Ontario Trillium Award during the organization’s recent 36th annual Awards of Excellence Gala, held in Toronto.

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The Landscape Ontario Trillium Award is given only in exceptional circumstances to an individual who, through innovation, has introduced a product, service, program or activity that has made a considerable impact and provided substantial benefits to the horticulture industry and society as a whole.

“I was greatly honoured to receive this award on behalf of the staff and board of directors at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre,” said Ziraldo.

“Just when it looked like the 100-year-old Vineland Research Station was about to be mothballed, Donald was asked by the Minister of Agriculture to chair a committee that was able to renew, raise funds, re-energize and re-invent the institution as the new Vineland Research and Innovation Centre ,” said Paul Olsen, CEO of Brookdale Treeland Nurseries Ltd. and former chairman, past president and honourary life member of Landscape Ontario.