Office

Jill Lemke
Owner/Office Manager

Jill Lemke is Steve's wife, and our support-person extraordinaire! She's often the one you'll hear answering your phone calls, and just as often is the one answering questions or sorting things out. Jill has a phenomenal eye for the difference in the details, and a great sense of design. With over 17 years of experience in the industry, Jill is a great resource for your landscape project. Her passion for people and positive relationships with our Discerning Clients drives our family.

Education/Certifications:

CIT (Irrigation) Level 1

 17+ years of industry experience

Trish Dicecco
Customer Service Specialist

Trish Dicecco is our Customer Service & Plant Specialist, and is full of all sorts of great information about what will thrive in different areas of your landscape! With 10 years in the nursery business, and over 18 years in the horticultural industry, she's got lots of great ideas on how to add colour to almost any outdoor space! As a Caring Professional, we see her come alive when she's working with plants, or training new employees on pruning techniques and plant identification!

Education/Certifications:

Horticulture Diploma & Pond Installation/Aquatic Plants Certificate from OUC & University of Guelph

10 years nursery/customer service experience

18+ years industry experience

Steve Lemke
Owner/General Manager

Steve Lemke is our fearless leader, strategist, visionary, and all around great guy. He's the one you're most likely to be speaking with when you're looking to plan a landscape project, and he's also the one most likely to be scheming up some new way to get it done! With over 17 years in the industry, his expertise and connections really help drive our team forward. Steve is incredibly passionate about creating beautiful outdoor spaces, distinguishing work through the details.

Lauren Kopec
Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kopec has been an incredible addition to Prestige over the past two years! Joining our Team in 2015, she initially began working on the Mow Crew and part time with Maintenance, as well as bits and pieces in the office. Once Jill discovered Lauren’s prowess for administration, and her passion for keeping things organized, efficient, and running smoothly, she quickly took over many of the day-to-day office tasks and has now become an indispensable part of our Team!

Education/Certifications:

B.Sc in Earth & Environmental Science

3 years of industry experience

Education/Certifications:

Horticulture Diploma & Low-Water-Use Certification from OUC

B.A. & M.A. in unrelated fields of study

17+ years of industry experience

Caspian
Company Mascot

Caspian can almost always be found hanging around the office, looking to improve the mood at the end of a long day, or provide the opportunity to just sit back and de-stress for a while. His favourite thing is to be in the thick of the action with “his people”.

Certifications:

100% awesome stress relief

Wendy Marshall
Office Assistant

Wendy Marshall has known Jill & Steve for many years, and has long been one of Jill’s good friends! Wendy works part-time for Prestige in our office, filing things away so they can be easily found whenever they’re needed. She demonstrates her difference in the details through her caring attention to keeping our office organized, clean, and functional! She’s also been known to positively steer a conversation in the right direction at the end of a long work day, or brighten the situation with her smile.

Education/Certifications:

5+ years of company experience

Installation:

John Gerrits
Installation Lead Hand

John’s passion to make beautiful outdoor spaces come to life—and his ability to make things happen—has been an amazing addition to the Prestige team over the past few years. With us since the end of 2014, John has taken his years of industry experience and eye for beauty, as well as his education, knowledge and love of learning, and turned them into a driving creative force on our installation projects. John is a great teacher, and is always excited to see his work come to life.

Education/Certifications:

Landscape Horticulture & Residential Landscape Design Certificate from OC

Numerous Xeriscape Workshops from the Okanagan Xeriscape Association

CIT (Irrigation) Levels 1 & 2

B.A. & M.A. in unrelated fields of study

2+ years carpentry experience

8+ years industry experience

Sean Dance
Caring Install Professional

Sean Dance is back for his 3rd season with Prestige! Sean’s work ethic and positive attitude have been an incredible asset to our team of Caring Professionals! A quick learner, Sean’s willingness to give his best every day—whether it’s digging trenches, planting, installing mulch or rock, or laying turf—has proven his care for our Discerning Clients in so many ways. Sean demonstrates the Prestige Difference through his encouraging personality, and his drive to get the job done.

Education/Certifications:

3 years industry experience

Dave Scheidl
Installation Manager

Dave Scheidl has been with Prestige for over 9 years, and had been working in the industry for many years before that. A magician with a Bobcat or Excavator—and highly skilled with natural stone, pavers, or retaining walls—his attention to detail when operating machinery or installing a project is truly a joy towatch! Dave has a passion to make beautiful outdoor spaces come to life, and an excitement to see learning come to life in other Caring Professionals.

Joe DeSousa
Installation Lead Hand

Joe joined our team at the beginning of 2016. With 11+ years of landscape maintenance experience, and 3+ years of landscape construction and irrigation, as well as an incredible work ethic and personality, he has brought a lot of strength to what we do at Prestige. His creativity and attention to the details—and his ability to manage tasks and other Caring Professionals—make his work shine!

Education/Certifications:

Horticultural Diploma from Olds College

Certified Live Roof Installer

CIT (Irrigation) Levels 1 & 2

Bobcat Operator Certification

Various Rock, Wall, & Paver Training seminars

22+ years industry experience

Education/Certifications:

CIT (Irrigation) Level 1

Bobcat Operator Certification

Fall Protection & Aerial Work Platform Certification

OFA Level 1

11+ years industry experience

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Maintenance:

Dave Schubert
Ground Support/Irrigation Lead

Dave Schubert has been with Prestige since before time began (well, okay… something like 15 years). He is our Jack-of-all-Trades, our mechanic, equipment repairman, and knower-of-more-things-than-seems-possible. The wealth of knowledge and experience Dave brings to the table make him an incredible asset to our Team, and his jovial nature and sense of humour—while it can sometimes catch new Caring Professionals off-guard—make him a joy to work with.

Education/Certifications:

CIT (Irrigation) Levels 1 & 2

15+ years industry experience

Brandon McLeod
Maintenance Lead Hand

Brandon McLeod joined us last year, new to the industry. He has blown us away with his passion and excitement, and his level of excellence and speed of learning has us extremely excited! He consistently found creative ways to kick it up a notch, delivering beautiful results that bring our Discerning Clients’ outdoor spaces to life. His excitement to learn and see others develop is part of what makes him an incredible part of our team!

Education/Certifications:

 Pesticide Applicator's Certificate

2nd year of industry experience

Sam Geleynse
Maintenance Manager

Sam Geleynse (with Prestige since 2014) is passionate about the details that create a stunning landscape. If you're having your yard pruned, trimmed, or renovated, he's bound to be involved. He's our go-to guy for cedar hedges, and is excited daily by the opportunity to train new caring professionals or interact with our discerning clients to bring their beautiful outdoor space to life. He demonstrates through his work that our difference is in the details!

Kim Glanz
Mow Crew Lead Hand

Kim Glanz has quickly become our “go-to gal” for our weekly mowing and trimming crew. With Prestige since 2014, Kim has been passionate and excited to go from the beginning, eagerly learning everything she can and consistently delivering positive results that have our other Caring Professionals—along with our Discerning Clients—smiling. Her skills on the Walker mowers or with a string trimmer are exceptional, and her strong desire to grow and develop spills over on others.

Education/Certifications:

CIT (Irrigation) Levels 1 & 2

Pesticide Applicator's Certificate

3+ years landscape experience

4+ years greenhouse/nursery experience

 

Education/Certifications:

3+ years industry experience

Karin Geleynse
Caring Maintenance Professional

Karin Geleynse started working for Prestige Fall 2015. Her tenacity and ability to learn quickly have helped her to quickly become a valuable part of our Team. She has a great eye for detail, and cares about the little things that bring a beautiful outdoor space to life, and make a difference to our clients and Caring Professionals alike! She has brought new dimensions to our engagement with our Discerning Clients, through her photo, video, and social media skills.

Education/Certifications:

2+ years industry experience

Dean Robinson
Penticton Maintenance Associate

Dean represents Prestige in the far-off land of Penticton, B.C. Working part-time for Prestige since the beginning of 2016 season, Dean has demonstrated the Prestige difference to the residents at Regency Retirement Resorts Southwood through his attention to the little details of their landscape experience. Often seen walking the grounds, deadheading flowers, pulling weeds, or trimming stray branches here and there, He has really taken ownership of his role & title as a Caring Professional.

Education/Certifications:

Background in Radio Broadcasting/Marketing

12+ years property maintenance experience

Justin Overholt
Mow Lead-in-Training/IPM

Justin Overholt has been with Prestige since Fall 2015. His methodical approach to work and his ability to work in new situations has already been an asset. Justin serves part-time as our weed-control professional, and the rest of the time he can be found with the maintenance crew, pruning or renewing beautiful outdoor spaces. This year, Justin will be transitioning into Kim’s role—continuing to provide the Prestige Difference in the Details for all of our Discerning Clients.

Caleb Gerrits
Caring Maintenance Professional

Caleb Gerrits was new to Prestige in 2016. Back again this season, he has consistently impressed us with his excitement and enthusiasm to learn and maintain our family’s high standard of excellence. His attention and ability to learn and adapt have made him a valuable part of our maintenance crew in a very short time! We are excited to continue training Caleb and see what the future brings!

Education/Certifications:

CIT (Irrigation) Level 1

Pesticide Applicator's Certificate

B.Sc. in unrelated field

2+ years industry experience

Education/Certifications:

2nd year industry experience

Stefan Jasuira
Caring Maintenance Professional

Stefan Jasuira is our token globetrotter. With Prestige for around 12 years, Stefan has often piloted our Mow Crew with an expert hand and an incredible knowledge and gift for teaching. His love of all things growing has led to him being a huge asset when it comes to plant identification, permaculture, and local/indigenous plants. Many of our Caring Professionals in the past owe much of their initial learning to him, as he naturally exudes knowledge and technique as he works.

Education/Certifications:

CIT (Irrigation) Levels 1 & 2

B.B.A (Hons) in Business Management

12+ years industry experience

Adam Mitchell
Caring Maintenance Professional

Adam Mitchell, a caring professional from our maintenance division, is our youngest person on staff! With Prestige for two seasons now, Adam has surprised us with a passion and capability far beyond his (almost!) 16 years of age! Full of intentional questions, and with an eye for beauty, Adam is always excited to see his work come to life in a landscape. Being a quick learner has helped to keep Adam moving forward, and we’re excited to see what the future with this Caring Professional brings!

Ilana Gogel
Caring Maintenance Professional

Ilana Gogel has been working part-time with Prestige for several years. She has a keen eye for detail, and is often our frontline set of eyes for catching issues related to weed control or maintenance. You’ll often find her walking around our Regency properties, pulling weeds, and checking up on the general wellbeing and overall look of the landscape. She cares deeply about doing things right the first time, and takes her role as a part of our Team very seriously!

Education/Certifications:

3+ years company experience

Education/Certifications:

3+ years industry experience

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