October 27, 2016
At The Grounds Guys of Winnipeg, we genuinely care about connecting with the community and getting to know our neighbors. That is why one day out of every year, we take the time to give back. On Thursday, October 27, we proudly helped the North End Family Centre. The organization’s back yard, affectionately known as the “jungle,” was a space invaded by dying trees, weeds, and slabs of concrete. The area was essentially unusable – a loss of great potential.
The centre’s executive director, Kyle Mason, said they had dreams to transform the backyard into a community space where individuals can come to socialize and connect. However, they did not have the funds needed, which was used to renovate the buildings.
Our Winnipeg landscapers knew we had to do something. That is why our volunteer team pulled up the gardening gloves, donned our bright yellow sweaters, and got to work! We pulled out the dead foliage and replaced it with gravel. Raised garden beds were also installed, so that community members can plant vegetables and herbs.
The Jungle is now anything but. With its beautiful makeover, people can enjoy the space by having picnics, gardening, and socializing with neighbors. The North End Family Centre does great work building community and helping people any way they can. Our landscaping crew in Winnipeg are honored to help them with their vision.
The Grounds Guys of Winnipeg Celebrate Their First weCARE Day
On Friday November 7, 2014, The Grounds guys of Winnipeg volunteered their time at the local Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg Manitoba. They embarked on their adventure in the rainy weather, and contributed their time by putting up Christmas decorations and completing small projects around the house. Congratulations Derek and team!
What is weCARE Day?
One of our biggest events every year at The Grounds Guys® is weCARE Day™, which occurs on the first Friday of each November. On this day, our entire national workforce mobilizes as an army of volunteers to help out at local charities, such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities (an organization that provides a home-away-from-home for families of critically ill children who are receiving treatment at a hospital). Our teams wash windows, plant flower bulbs, install mulch, clean-up landscapes, cook and serve meals, and whatever else is needed to help out.
The History of weCARE Day
Originally, this day was named Monika Day in memory of a The Grounds Guys family member. In a very moving and much appreciated spirit of CARE, friends and colleagues from all across North America joined us in celebration of her life. Today the event has grown into weCARE Day because, as we expand internationally, we thought that it was important that this amazing day be shared with everyone.
Introducing The Grounds Guys of Winnipeg
ORANGEVILLE, Ontario (August 20, 2014) – The Grounds Guys® Canada is pleased to announce the opening of a new franchise location in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Grounds Guys of Winnipeg franchise is owned and operated by Derek Dexter. The Grounds Guys brand provides summer and winter landscape management and grounds maintenance services for commercial and residential customers throughout Canada and the USA.
Derek is our newest franchise family member, and will be launching his business in Winnipeg, Manitoba this winter. He is supported in launching this business by his beautiful family, consisting of his wife Sherri-Ann and two daughters Raine and Cadence. Derek sits on the Board of Directors for Landscape Manitoba and has worked in the industry for over 15 years. The bulk of his time in the industry was spent with Pembina Landscaping and Irrigation, where he as served Operations Manager. Derek and his family have now decided to take the jump into business ownership and are excited at the opportunities possible through a Grounds Guys franchise. We can not be more excited to have him on board as our first-ever franchise owner in Manitoba, congratulations on making the decision to create your own success Derek. We are all looking forward to many years of success together.
“We are thrilled to have an experienced and skilled professional representing the Grounds Guys brand in Winnipeg,” says Scott Bryk, President of The Grounds Guys Canada. “Derek’s commitment to our CARE principles is evident in all that he does, and I believe customers in the Winnipeg area are going to receive a truly remarkable experience.“