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Patrick Burns Dip. Landscape/Horticulture (Olds), P.I.D. (Ministry of Adv. Ed.), Cert. Landscape Horticulture. (B.C.), B.A. (Fraser Valley), Cert. Hort. Tech. (C.N.L.A.)
My name is PJ (Patrick John) Burns and I am an Instructor of Landscape Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where I have taught for the past 19 years. Previous to teaching I was involved in the horticulture industry, in a variety of fields. Past experience in the private and public Greenhouse, Nursery and Landscape sectors has provided me with a varied and extensive background in horticulture. My academic pursuits include trades qualifications in the horticulture field (Journeyperson Trades Qualification and a Diploma in Horticulture with a landscape major), a Diploma in post-secondary instruction, a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication. In addition to my teaching duties within the School of Horticulture at Kwantlen I work with a local inner-city elementary school to introduce children to nature and gardening. Together, we (Douglas Park Elementary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Horticulture students, staff and faculty) have created a school garden on the Langley Campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In 2009, our school garden was recognized by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association and awarded the BCLNA Environmental Stewardship Award. I feel the knowledge I acquire while engaging with faculty, staff, and learners at Kwantlen enable me to gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges we are faced with and provide me with the tools to lead change in the horticulture industry.