March 15, 2010
Rachel Burt
Rachel Burt

Certification and project coordinator

Q. What is your basic job description at LO?

A. I am the certification coordinator of Ontario, project coordinator, lighting symposium coordinator and staff person to assist with all trade show LO booth set-ups and take-downs, and working within the Education and Labour Department.   

Q. What is your background before coming to LO, and when did you begin work at LO?

A. Before coming to Landscape Ontario, I worked for over eight years in the horticulture industry, plus three years were spent in carpentry. I have my own business, where I work primarily re-vamping old landscapes and home renovations in the winter months. I now do this in my spare time, of which there is not much!

Q. When not at work, where can you be found?

A. Working some more! The fun part of my life is that I love what I do for a living, just like most of you! So when I am not at Landscape Ontario, I can be found working on a job somewhere alongside my fiance.

Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. A farmer.

Q. What inspires you during your time at LO?

A. I love how much the members love the industry and teaching and learning from each other. What inspires me most is the attitude from all of the members! You bring a smile to my face when you get excited about a seminar, the certification, a garden, etc.

Q. Name your all-time favourite movie, musical group and TV show.

A. I could not name one. I rarely watch TV and even more rarely do I watch a movie, because I will fall asleep. Music I love, no matter what it is! It could be country, dance, classical or even Celtic. Just turn it up!  

Q. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A. Africa, since a child I have wanted to see the Nile River from hearing biblical stories. Then as I grew up, I was introduced to the world of Wilber Smith and his novels. I know I will not see the Nile, as it is a very dangerous place, but I can still dream. So I will settle for New Zealand, because I love kiwis…LOL

Q. Tell us one thing about you that few of your colleagues know about you.

A. There is not much that I can say in this respect. For those of you who do know me, you know that if you ask, I will answer. I am a straight shooter with nothing holding me back. Some call it a missing filter, but I call it the honest truth.