By Mike Jiggens
A recent graduate of the turf management diploma program at Surrey,
B.C.’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been named the winner of the
Canadian Golf Superintendents Association’s Toro Future Superintendent
Adam Graham is the winner of the award which is given in recognition of the recipient’s passion and dedication to the industry as well as his academic achievement.
“Adam is a personification of the old adage, ‘If you need something done, give it to a busy person,’” said Kwantlen school of horticulture instructor Stan Kazymerchyk. “Adam is the first person to jump in to help out, despite having a full schedule with work, studies and family. He was a great president of the students’ turfgrass club, taking our fundraising efforts and industry respect to new levels. He also gave back to the community, volunteering for three home makeovers for needy families.”
As the winner of this year’s award, Graham will travel to Scotland to take part in a six-week training and work experience program. He will also travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to tour Toro’s headquarters and attend the Canadian International Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver in March as a guest of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. Toro will also award a personal computer to Kwantlen’s school of horticulture in recognition of Graham’s achievement.
“We’re all very proud of Adam’s achievements,” said David Davidson, associate dean of Kwantlen’s school of horticulture. “He’s a great representative of the high quality of students that are graduating from our programs. Adam and his instructors truly deserve all the recognition they’re receiving with this award.”
Graham, who is currently working at Predator Ridge Golf Course in Vernon, B.C. as an irrigation technician/foreman, graduated from Kwantlen in 2010. He was also selected for the 2009 and 2010 Western Canada Turfgrass Association Scholarship Award and the 2010 School of Horticulture Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements.
Kwantlen’s school of horticulture provides students with career opportunities through programs in turf management, landscape design and installation, and greenhouse and nursery production. School of horticulture graduates are contributing to the community through their success in the economically, environmentally and socially important horticulture industry.