Mark Richardson; Director of the Board, Home Hospice Niagara Region
Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Mark attended and graduated from Brock University (BA English Language and Literature), and then Niagara College, Diploma in Business Administration. With the belief that you’re never done learning, in 2014 Mark participated in and completed Leadership Niagara and anticipates further studies in the years ahead.
Mark spent the first five years of his professional life as an Environmental Planner. Working with Engineers, Planners and the Public, Mark helped to identify environmentally sensitive alternatives and options for major water/wastewater infrastructure projects.
In 2008, Mark jumped at the opportunity to join the City of Niagara Falls as a Community Development Coordinator where he managed the environmental public outreach portfolio, working closely with the City’s environmental liaison committee. This position also allowed Mark to work directly with Parks and Cemeteries. In 2011, Mark moved into Cemetery Services as the City’s Cemetery Services Administrator and was later promoted to Manager of Cemetery Services. In this capacity, he has honed his management skill set while working with Cemetery Services Staff. At the same time, Mark has continued to blend his passion for the environment and community through participation in environmental/greening initiatives and community driven projects. Since joining Cemetery Services, Mark has successfully pursued, planned and coordinated the completion of several significant projects.
In an effort to learn, and foster change within Niagara Falls, the Region and abroad, Mark participates on a number of related committee’s and Boards including Home Hospice Association, the Green Burial Society of Canada, Municipal & Small Cemeteries Committee, and the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals, Legislation Committee.
An avid supporter of Niagara, Mark has worked with a variety of local service providers including Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara, Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, and Literacy Link Niagara. In addition, each year Mark joins a team of volunteers on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic to build and work in impoverished villages. With the belief that education, continued personal and professional development, and community involvement should never end, Mark continues to pursue further opportunities and challenges that will improve Niagara Falls Cemeteries, the natural environment, and the Niagara community.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” Sir Winston Churchill