“Small Jobs Landscaping has a mission to provide customers with creative, professional and cost effective solutions to their landscaping needs.”
“Small Jobs Landscaping has a vision to provide effective solutions for the landscaping needs of customers while providing work experience and training for young people.“
Both as a company and as individuals, Small Jobs Landscaping values honesty, integrity, stewardship, efficiency, openness, teamwork, collaboration, self-improvement and to strive for personal excellence. As a company, we are committed to our customers’ satisfaction as well as betterment of the community.
Small Jobs Landscaping was founded in 2010 as a way to combine Mark’s two passions: landscape design and working with disadvantaged youth. This odd combination is a natural fit for mark since he has spent the previous decade working with disadvantaged youth (homeless youth, youth with mental health concerns, youth in conflict with the law, etc.) and recognize the benefits that a stable job gives to a youth’s self-esteem; it can put them on the path to a healthy life!
Why landscaping? In 1997, Mark began his first of several summers working for a local landscaping company, putting his salary towards tuition for an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Every summer he returned to landscaping, learning the trade and honing his skills. He moved to California where he earned a Master`s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling (now known as Marriage and Family Therapy, MFT), all the while using his landscaping skills to pay for his education. Since then, friends and family continue to ask for help with landscaping advice and labour, as their “small jobs” often leaving them feeling strapped for time, inspiration and money. Mark began asking young people to work along with him on these various projects, investing in with new skills and pocket money.
Now, Small Jobs Landscaping is a growing company which aims to employ more and more youth, giving them a push forward in life. Mark’s previous employer, who once gave him the opportunity to learn landscaping, now continues to provide guidance in business, as do other successful business people, as well as referrals for those “Small Jobs”. Small Jobs Landscaping carries on with the same desire to “pay it forward.”