Keir White and Trevor Morrison are long-time friends who formed a partnership when they created WM Services in 2017.
The year-round business, which has an office in Belfast, offers painting, landscaping, and property care from Charlottetown to Eastern PEI.
Keir has management skills, and Trevor has landscaping skills gained through previous employment.
Keir graduated from Montague High School, attended UPEI, and then enrolled in the Holland College Golf Club Management Program.
He held positions of General Manager of Belfast Community Corporation and Belfast Recreational Centre. He was a president of the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, a Director with Quality Tourism Services, and a Director with the PEI Golf Association.
Trevor graduated from Montague High School with honours. While in high school, he started his own grass cutting business. He went on to employment with a fabrication company.
Keir and Trevor have always been actively involved in sports, which has played a huge role in the development of skills such as team work, never giving up, time management, and confidence development.
“The idea of starting a business came to me while visiting my grandparents in 2016,” says Keir. “They needed help with maintenance work. I realized that with our aging population, others need assistance with home maintenance as well.”
About the staff
“Trevor and I share the workload, and we hire as needed,” says Keir. “We have one employee and we hired a couple of high school students this summer. It can be challenging to find experienced labourers.
“When hiring, we look for people with landscaping and painting experience who are willing to work and learn new skills.
“We will have future hiring needs as we continually grow the business.”
Community services support
The resources at Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) help budding entrepreneurs turn a skill and a passion into a viable business or expand an existing business.
“We provide business loans, counselling, advice, entrepreneurship development, and business training,” says Martina MacDonald, Executive Director of CBDC East, housed at the Rural Action Centre, Montague.
“When considering the approval of business loans, our eight-member Board of Directors puts emphasis on the vision, passion, skill, and background of the clients.”
Keir and Trevor arranged a meeting with Martina and Helen Antle, Business Development Officer. “Trevor and I would not have been able to borrow from a bank to start our business.”
“Martina and Helen were very helpful, encouraging and supportive. Without assistance from CBDC, it would have been much slower building the business to where we didn’t have to work other jobs.”
For more information about WM Services, visit www.wmservices.ca or on Facebook.
Contact Keir White at 902-969-4798 or Trevor Morrison at 902-940-9888.
For more information about Rural Action Centre, visit www.ruralactioncentres.ca.
For more about CBDC, visit www.cbdc.ca.