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Harold Van Dyke Bursary Information

Who Was Harold Van Dyke?

Harold was the owner of Van Dyke Tree & Landscape Ltd. and a long-standing ISA/ISAO member. He was President in 1969 and received the Supporting Membership Award in 1995. Harold was very active in commercial arborist matters throughout the province. He passed away suddenly in 1997. His son Larry carries on the business today. Among other passions, Harold loved to help young people, especially arboriculture students. Besides vocally pushing for more and better courses, he quietly helped students in need financially. Although never on the board of the Canadian TREE Fund (then called the ISA Canadian Research Trust), the Ontario Commercial Arborists’ Association (OCAA) donated money in his name and asked that a special bursary be established through CTF.


Past Recipients

  • 2018 Ciara Condon, Humber College
  • 2017 Lisa Forsyth, Humber College
  • 2016 Laura Martin, Humber College 
  • 2014 Andrew Plowright, University of British Columbia
  • 2014 Michael Marcucci, Sir Sandford Fleming College.
  • 2013 Kelly Mingram, Fleming College 
  • 2012 Andrea Sudak, Seneca College
  • 2011 Cody Montgomery, Fleming College
  • 2010 Mandy Vandenberg, Humber College
  • 2009 Mark Carroll, Humber College
  • 2008 Rachel Hutchinson, Aldershot Landscaping
  • 2007 Katie Burles, University of Lethbridge
  • 2006 Dan Cooper, Niagara Parks School of Horticulture
  • 2006 Linda Howe, Sir Sandford Fleming College

Nomination Deadline: January 31

The objectives of this bursary are to provide financial assistance to a student(s) pursuing a career in arboriculture and to promote a greater awareness of arboriculture. Any individual pursuing a career in arboriculture/forestry/horticulture is an eligible recipient. The individual must be enrolled in a college or university program related to the fields mentioned previously. Bursary recipient(s) will be given a cheque in the amount of up to $500 per year with the amount decided upon annually depending upon availability of funds. It will be presented (when a worthy recipient exists as deemed by the award committee) at the February International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter Conference.

  • Please download the pdf application here.


Fun TREE Fact:

Each healthy tree can reduce airborne dust particles by as much as 7,000 particles per litre of air,
thus a healthy tree is a free-standing air conditioner and purifier.