January 5, 2021
Volunteering allows Steve Hernandez to have a say on issues
How did you get started in the profession?I got started in the profession by chance. I worked in the hotel and hospitality industry for about 15 years, then started selling life insurance for a couple of years. One evening, while I was out with a friend, we met a friend of his, who was looking for an irrigation crew for the summer. We decided to join him on an installation, and I enjoyed the work so much that I decided to keep doing it. The physical aspect was enjoyable and it was a very peaceful experience.
How did you get involved with the LO Irrigation sector group?I was asked by a product rep many years ago, to join in the irrigation sector group meetings as a contractor. I believe we need to stay involved with our preferred industry in order to have any say in how the industry moves forward. We are always discussing various issues related to our industry, and if we don’t keep involved, then certain decisions could be made without our input that impact us and our businesses.
How did you get involved in teaching?About 12 or 13 years ago, an irrigation contractor I had been working with mentioned my name to the Horticultural Landscape program coordinator at Humber College, as they were looking for an instructor for their irrigation course. So I called her up thinking it was a one-off thing at Humber Nurseries, only to find out it was for teaching at the college. I taught that class for about five years, and I guess LO got wind of it and was later asked to teach some of its irrigation related classes and courses.
"...if we don’t keep involved, then certain decisions could be made without our input that impact us and our businesses."
— Steve Hernandez