May 1, 2011
Landscape Alberta establishes Mike Haberl Sr. Award

The Board of Directors of Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association (LANTA) has approved the establishment of an award in the memory Mike Haberl Sr. who passed away on April 22, 2011.

The award will be called the Mike Haberl Sr. Landscape Industry Certified Award, as Haberl championed the development of certification in Alberta. The program continues to grow thanks to his vision and perseverance.

The recipient of the Award will be the person who obtains the best score in the Landscape Industry Certified test for a particular year.

Haberl was LANTA President in 1992 and 1993. He also served as chair of a number of committees including the Landscape Contractors Group and the Southern Chapter. He also served as the Association's representative to the CNLA for many years. Haberl's passion for the industry was unprecedented. Also, he believed that in order to have a vibrant industry, it needed a strong trade association and he exemplified leadership to make that happen. His can-do attitude was infectious, not only for those around him, but also his family, as his son Mike Jr. followed in his footsteps to become an industry leader. Mike Sr. retired a few years ago, but his legacy will live forever.