Guy Shelemy (Gy Shell-a-may) is recognized as a "troubleshooter" and a "go to guy" within Manitoba's arborist community. He is sought out as a consultant for his unique experience of spending a lifetime working with trees.
Shelemy planted trees at four years old with his father and grandfather (an orchardist from Ukraine) which he still maintains on his family property in St. Andrews, Manitoba. He has fond childhood memories of working with his grandfather on the family orchard and Shelemy's U-Pick Raspberry Farm which thrived until his grandparents retirement.
A colourful ethnic upbringing instilled Shelemy with a passion for the performing arts. He graduated from both the Communications and Management Studies Programs at the University of Winnipeg with intentions to pursue a career in performing arts. But friends and neighbours would continue to call on Shelemy with their tree problems and he found himself working in silviculture on reforestation projects across western Canada. Shelemy completed the Arborist Training Program at the University of Manitoba. He also completed the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Landscape Pesticide programs at Assiniboine Community College.
Renowned forester Mike Allen encouraged Shelemy to become a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Shelemy took the suggestion and became an ISA Certified Arborist. Similar to other professions, ISA Certified Arborists must have previous experience in arboriculture, pass written exams, follow a code of ethics and maintain their certification through continuous professional development endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.
A lifetime of living in his rural "micro-forest" has provided Shelemy the opportunity to witness the long term effects of actions upon trees and research cost effective solutions to correct problems.
One of the outcomes has been the development of a professional treatment that is injected into a woody plants root zone with visible results about 12 growing weeks after application.
Shelemy has a fascination with paleo-forests and extinct trees. His field research on ancient trees has taken him to the United States, Britain and Europe. Winnipeg's urban trees average just 60 to 100 years in age with current methods of tree maintenance. But urban trees in Europe average 200 to 300 years and some oaks live 700 years. In 2019, Shelemy spent several weeks traveling through Ukraine, which lacks North America's multi-billion dollar landscaping industry. He returned to Canada with a deeper understanding of why Ukraine's urban trees are generally healthier and live much longer than urban trees in North America.
Shelemy previously served on the board of directors for:
The Selkirk & District Chamber of Commerce
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) - Prairie Chapter
Shelemy is currently involved with the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (LDA). He advocates towards increasing public awareness of Adult ADHD and establishment of resources for adults with the neurodevelopmental condition.
Did you know?
- In the "off season" Shelemy used to work in Canada's music, film and broadcast industries. He sang with the Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus before becoming a solo vocalist. Shelemy appeared in several locally filmed movies and was the "Cambrian man" for a Cambrian Credit Union television commercial. While Shelemy attended university, he worked in studio production at CKY Television and worked with Sylvia Kuzyk as her teleprompter operator.
- Arborists are often touched by the beauty of the trees they work with and many have a creative side. Shelemy works with multi-media and will be launching a new website at: shelcom.ca