Creative Roots Giving Back and Making an Impact


Creative Roots Give Back program delivers a $3000 donation to Giving Giggles at KGH (R-L Shaun Hamilton, Colette Kinderdyk, Ryan Markewich (Founder), Ran Martelly) Photo courtesy KGH Foundation

April 19, 2016
Earlier this month Ryan Markewich and his management team delivered a $3000 cheque to the KGH Foundation that will make a big difference in the lives of little people in their community. Their donation to the
‘Giving Giggles’ campaign gives much-needed support to the new state-of-the-art Perinatal unit at Kelowna General Hospital.  

It’s part of an initiative that Markewich’s company, Creative Roots Landscaping, has quietly been fueling since 2007.

The ‘Creative Roots Give Back’ program is an extension of a management method that engages and educates employees, generating thousands of dollars for charity – over $102,000 to date in cash and in-kind donations – while giving employees a voice in their workplace.

Markewich operates his landscaping business using an ‘Open Book Management’ system that includes weekly meetings to discuss the finances of his company, ways to succeed as a team, and the impact that success will have on the bottom line.

Each employee donates an hour of their wages for these meetings to the Give Back fund and, until this year, the staff would vote on the charity of their choice to receive the funds - ranging between $800 and $1000 - at the end of each month.

Over twenty charities have benefited from the Creative Roots Give Back program to date, including the Make a Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Cops for Kids, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Inn From the Cold, and the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. 

The team decided in 2016 to do things a little differently, opting to make a bigger impact in the community by making donations quarterly instead of monthly. They’re looking forward to handing out another $3000 in June.

For Markewich and the ‘Creative Roots family’, giving back to the community is a no-brainer, and they’re hoping more local businesses embrace the concept of turning their time into money for charity.

By Sara Lynn Grady - In Other Words