Meet Mark MacKenzie
"We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance." ~ Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
Mark MacKenzie joined the Green Party in 2002 with a desire to make a difference for his family, his community and his country. Like many other citizens, he believes the Green Party is the only party which truly listens to the voters and enacts the will of the people for the well-being of the people.
Mark’s business, Appleseed Snow Blowing Services, is trusted by over 8000 customers. Using biodiesel fuel (made from waste vegetable oil) Appleseed achieves a significant decrease in vehicle emissions. Mark is also a strong advocate for organic farming, having operated two small vegetable farms. In Wakefield, Quebec, Mark’s leadership and vision helped renovate an 1838 mill into the province's 2007 Hotel of the Year.
Mark is proud of his work as President of the Organic Landscape Alliance (2004 to 2008) and their successful campaign, in concert with many other NGOs, for the development and enactment of Bill 64, an Act to ban the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides in Ontario. As the owner/operator of Appleseed Organic Lawn Care, Mark shows his customers that toxic chemicals are not required to maintain beautiful living spaces.
A caring quality has also brought Mark to the door of Prevent Cancer Now, a national organization with the dream of defeating cancer through prevention and environmental health promotion. He strongly believes we cannot stand by while so many of our fellow citizens head down the devastating path of cancer.
Mark and wife Kathy have two sons Kyle and Ryan aged 11 and 9. His two older daughters, Kara and Stephanie, are now out on their own. When he is not working for a better community, Mark likes to ski, swim and bike with his family, and occasionally add to his reputation as a championship bridge player.
Mark MacKenzie has represented the Green Party of Canada at international conferences and elections in Brazil, Australia, Germany and Britain and was the candidate for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean in 2011.