NextGen Professional of the Year
About the Award
The NextGen Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognize the career accomplishments and community/organization involvement of funeral professionals under the age of 50. For years, the members of Selected's NextGen Group have proven that there are many talented and engaged funeral professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The NextGen Professional of the Year Award is offered to honor their efforts.
The winner of the Award receives complimentary registration to the next NextGen Seminar and a stunning crystal award, presented during a ceremony at the meeting. Check back this summer to submit a nomination for the 2021 Award.
Congratulations to 2020 Award Winner Colin Haskett!
Colin Haskett, Vice President of Haskett Funeral Homes Ltd, is the fifth generation of his family to choose a career in funeral service. His passion for serving his community is evident in his many achievements.
Career Excellence. In recent years, fueled by a desire to learn, Colin has received his crematorium operators training, learned and performed the skill of onsite monument engraving and more recently expanded his knowledge of the internet with the co-creation of CanadaObits.ca. Colin was the founding President and current board member of Southwest Crematoriums Ltd., a crematorium built by a group of family owned funeral homes.
Colin is forward thinking and constantly invigorating the firm with fresh ideas. Colin and three of his staff have become Certified Funeral Celebrants. “Colin has always stayed one step ahead of the changes taking place in funeral service to put on a powerful and personalized celebration of life that families love,” said Wes Elmes, Funeral Director at Haskett Funeral Homes. In fact, Colin was asked to present on the topic at the Funeral Service Association of Canada conference in Ottawa last year.
Colin empowers his staff to come up with creative ways to honor the life of the deceased, like transforming a funeral luncheon for a car lover into a car show on the arena floor without telling the family, having a driving range set up for friends and family of a golf-lover, or asking the local tractor dealership to bring down some shiny new tractors on the front yard for a farmer.
Committed to the Community. Colin’s dedication to service is abundantly apparent in his commitment to numerous local causes in in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors and as the leader of the capital campaign for funding for Jessica's House, a residential hospice in Exeter, Ontario that relies solely on donations to keep the hospice running. He is a past president of the Lucan Lions Club and continues to be an active member, assisting with as many events as possible. Colin also serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee for the town of Lucan Biddulph, assisting with the maintenance and planning of renovations of the local community center. “Colin is always putting others ahead of himself,” said Wes Elmes. “Whenever he recognizes a need for assistance, he is the first person to pick up the phone and offer help. He has offered random acts of kindness on Facebook. After a heavy snowfall, he offers to blow out the lane of anyone in need, or help them weed their gardens in the spring, or rake leaves in the fall. He purchased a batch of Tim Horton cards to hand out to people he sees in the public doing a good deed.”
Awards and Selected Involvement. Colin received the Keith Coutts Award in 2014, delivered by Ontario Funeral Service Association in recognition of ongoing contributions to the funeral service industry. In 2018, Colin received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Township of Lucan-Biddulph, for the outstanding amount of time put in to volunteering for the town. Additionally, Colin has participated in several Selected programs and meetings over the years and is currently serving as NextGen Advisory Group Co-Chair.
Colin is a dedicated father and husband to his wife, Carolyn, and three children, Elliott, Grayson and Paige.