Angels in Airdrie

Angels in Airdrie

Behind every great man is a great woman.

A statement that could not be truer for Airdrie Angel founders Matt & Michelle Carre. It’s no secret that Matt Carre, our 2016 recipient for The Soul of Airdrie award, has a huge heart and great vision. A vision that could not have seen our project through without the heart, grace, charisma and mad organizational skills of his wife Michelle. She worked faithfully to keep our group on track and to remain focused on the task at hand.

Michelle, there are no words to thank you for what you contributed to this. You didn’t even know Shanna when this project was just a twinkle in our eyes.

A little backstory about our wee group that kicked this off – we initially started out to simply help with meals, drive the girls to and from appointments, and to raise money to both offset additional health care costs and help Shanna cover the loss of income for the amount of time she had to take off work to get the girls to these appointments. One of our group members has joked that we got ourselves into this massive undertaking (of building a house) through a combination of love and stupidity. For our group that love has been growing for Shanna over the last 20+ years. For Michelle, she simply dove in head first because she knew it was the right thing to do. She utilized her own connections and colleagues to help us reach the finish line, and simply went above and beyond what anyone expected from her. Because she knew it was the right thing to do. Michelle, we need more of you in this world.

I’m pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say that I am very thankful to have met you, to have you in my life now, and to call you a friend. I realize this project is wrapped, but unfortunately for you, you’re not getting rid of us that easily!

-Laurena xox

 

A Chance Occurrence with Countertops

A Chance Occurrence with Countertops

Founded in 2006 by Kobi Elhanti and Ly Soklieng, Silkstone & Granite was founded on the principles of quality service and craftsmanship. Specializing in Kitchens, Bathrooms & Fireplaces they supply an extensive selection of best-in-quality Granite & Quartz. Simply put they provide quality workmanship, with an incredible selection of quality products.

 

Silkstone & Granite graciously donated all of the countertops and installation for the Kitchen & Bathrooms in Shanna’s new home.
We spoke with Laurie from Silkstone & Granite to get the low down on how they heard about our project, and why they chose to contribute to it – here’s what she had to say.
“I heard about this project by happenstance. Rock Creek Builders is putting up a new house right around the corner from me. I thought I would see who they were and wound up talking to Brent and his involvement in the house for Shanna. I believe that being a good corporate citizen should always include a true ‘giving back to the community’ culture. And this project just seemed like such a good thing to help out with. I have 3 healthy children and raising them has been enough of a challenge. I can’t imagine the challenge Shanna and the kids are facing. And as it turned out, there wasn’t any company that was offering to supply the quartz counters, so I gladly stepped in and offered this up.”
We couldn’t be more thankful for your serendipitous run-in with Brent, your view on community culture, and your immediate response to provide and install the countertops.

Break on me

Break on me

You guys – It’s almost time! It’s hard to describe the emotions that we are all feeling but in a few short days, we will (finally!) reveal the new home to Shanna, Kadence and Addison.  It has been exciting. Heartbreaking. Cheerful. Tearful.

Needless to say, the last 109 days have been intense.

But what is even more intense, is the love between a small group of friends.

Last fall, Shanna’s highschool Besties basically called a meeting. They knew their friend needed help so they sat down and organized how to tackle this. They talked about food, babysitters, etc.

But then it escalated and here we are about to reveal a whole friggen house!

In an earlier post, I described them as the kind of women that Make. Shit. Happen. But… we’re talking about what is up to $350,000 in house upgrades through fundraisers, grants and vendor donations.

While they do not want any special recognition, I need to tell the world about this unbelievable group of gals:

Shauna Wilkinson – The level headed leader. A powerful presence and true mentor. She has the ability to source anything, making the right connections along the way and ultimately bring it to life. She’s also among the most generous, approachable and well put together ladies you could ever meet.

Laurena Pollock – The everyday angel. Laurena is such a hard working mama that juggles running a business with her husband, multiple volunteer commitments, and her family in a graceful and happy manner.

Meaghan Kernaghan -If you looked up community spirit in the dictionary, Meaghan’s face would be there. She somehow makes time volunteering on multiple committees in Airdrie, while working full-time and balancing her family life.

Tanya Sitter – the #bossbabe. Watch out. When Tanya sets her mind to something it will happen. She managed the vendors and the home construction. But behind that that determined exterior is a softy that bulldozes (literally?) in the name of one of her best friends. I don’t even think anyone has invented the words to describe her generosity.

People say that “everything in life happens for a reason”. I hate that saying. What I do believe is that someone up-high handpicked this specific group of girls to manage life alongside my sister.

Through highs and lows – and their own very busy lives – they continue to plug along and meet every two weeks and ensure that, when needed, Shanna and the girls get the assistance they require.

Today is my younger sisters wedding. So while our family and friends celebrate, there is a team of people ensuring that this house is everything Shanna and the girls dreamed of. We are so thankful to have these people in our lives and don’t know what would happen without them.

Xo
Amanda Balint

Warm Hearts Deliver Warm Spaces

Warm Hearts Deliver Warm Spaces
Owned and operated by Jennifer Taylor, NuVo Interior Design is one of Calgary’s finest. Since 2006, their primary focus has been on new construction and renovations, with some attention to commercial projects. Jennifer is meticulous about her work, is recognized for her extremely close attention to detail and has even picked up a few SAM awards along the way. Working closely with her clients, Jennifer continually urges them to broaden their imagination and think `out of the box’.
We are very fortunate for the time and expertise that Jennifer has dedicated to our project, which she graciously donated 100% to us. She has created such a truly beautiful, inviting and awe-inspiring space for Shanna, Kadence & Addy. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little jealous of how beautiful it is! But, at the end of it all, they deserve every square foot of it.  Looking past all of the shiny and well designed details is a home that is both safe and 100% wheelchair accessible for the girls to live an independent life, which is what this project was all about.
When asked about how she learned of the project, and what her journey has been like Jennifer’s response was “It’s been such a fulfilling experience being able to help with Shanna’s project. My initial knowledge of the project was through Rockcreek Builders approaching me, to see if I’d like to get involved.  Of course it was something I couldn’t pass up –  more than happy to have a small part in creating a beautiful space for Shanna and the girls to live in and enjoy comfortably.”
She’s being quite modest, as her role was no small contribution.
Thank you Jennifer, we couldn’t have gotten here without you.

The Real Property Report of a Golden Heart

The Real Property Report of a Golden Heart

This roller-coaster journey that brought a community together is officially in the preliminary stages of wrapping up. However, we still have so many golden hearts to mention and thank. One in particular is Jari Matejko of AB Surveys Ltd.

Jari did the RPR for Shanna’s old home, when the listing went live. He even paid for the compliance stamp with the city out of his own pocket. Michelle from Airdrie Angel spoke with Jari about what compelled him to generously donate this to us.

It turns out Jari’s 15-year-old son has a condition where his esophagus seizes, and he can’t breathe. They have been through exhaustive testing and are still left without answers. It is because of this that he completely understood what Shanna has gone through, trying to find answers about what was going on with the girls. He said their situation is not nearly as bad as what Shanna & the girls have gone through and are now managing, but he completely understands the helplessness that you feel as a parent when you don’t know how to help your child.

Jari, from the bottom of our hearts we Thank You for being part of our story, and journey to give the girls a safe new home. We also hope that you & your family soon find the right answers for your son’s health.

The Little House that Could… (Part 2)

The Little House that Could… (Part 2)

Two and a half months has gone by . . . Two and a half months since we took possession  Wow! Time flies.

I know that a lot of you have been wondering how things are going and I can’t believe I haven’t had a moment to update everyone.

I would be lying if I told you it has been easy everyday, but the moments of incredible kindness and generosity far outweigh the setbacks and progress is being made at a fast pace. There are so many different steps to renovation and the number of volunteer trades people and donors has already well surpassed 100 and we still have some work to do.

  • Paralizer construction had an extremely efficient and knowledgeable crew come in to complete demo and reframe both floors including prep for the elevator, and a new back deck with ramp . . . it looks great!
  • Steets Mechanical, Iron Eagle Sheet Metal and Trecc Electric made short work of the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical respectively.
  • Buell exteriors took down the old pink siding and replaced it with very modern grey siding supplied entirely by Convoy and the exterior look was spruced up even further with some stone by Summerstone Masonry and a new garage door by City View Doors.
  • Inspections were a breeze as the trades ensured that everything was incredibly professional (thanks everyone)!
  • Insulation by Rider Drywall was next and then drywall supplied by Modus and boarding and taping by Taylormade Drywall, Ken Crossley, and Mark Fowlie.

When I walk in now, it is hard to even picture the old layout and I can’t wait to see Shanna and the girls laughing in their new living room!

The fun stuff, according to Brent . . . and I agree, is on deck next. Ceiling was just textured by Big Al’s and priming/painting was completed by Dave and Mike Bowman – supplied by Cloverdale as well as supplies from Nour.

Martin’s Finishing and Casa Flores cabinets made short work of the cabinets, doors, baseboards and trim. New counters were offered out of the blue by Laurie at Silkstone and Granite Calgary and tiling by Richard Birkman and Aaron Sept – tile supplied by Ceratec.

Flooring is going to be supplied and installed by a huge crew from Divine Flooring. Light fixtures were supplied by Signature Lighting and Carrington Lighting . . . seriously CANNOT wait to see what Jen from Nuvo Designs has picked out!

There are a few other trades that did some work in the past 2 months as well, but if I told you who they were it would ruin some of the amazing surprises this house will have in store for the family . . . no offence but I don’t trust the internet to keep our secrets🙂.

Stay tuned for the reveal to find out what they are…

Ok I had better stop there before I give away too much. Oooh but not until I mention that Daisies and Dragonflies has big plans for the yard . . .

While I had hope to provide more regular updates it has just been a whirlwind – one that I am privileged to have had a front row seat to witness. Shanna and the girls are some of the most fun and upbeat people despite the adversity they have and will continue to face. Watching our community of friends, family and a ton of strangers come together to help keep them smiling is heart warming. Each and every person who has helped in anyway with this family and this project restores my faith in kindness daily – Thank you sooooo much!

-Tanya Sitter

Budget Blinds Make A Big Impact!

Budget Blinds Make A Big Impact!

Budget Blinds Airdrie has a history of strong community support. The company supports Airdrie Angels, Airdrie Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Community Links.

When they heard about the I’m Possible project they knew they needed to add another cause to this list.

Mandy Lines owns the company with her husband Kari. Mandy says Budget Blinds Airdrie was happy to step up the plate, and it was a personal reason that motivated them to do so.

“We have three daughters and are fully aware that our health is a day to day blessing, and that anything can change at anytime. We are happy to show our support to another Airdrie family who is undergoing some major health challenges.”

Budget Blinds Airdrie will be providing all custom window blinds for the new home. An in-home consultation from a Budget Blinds style consultant will ensure the correct look and fit for the new window coverings. Once ordered the blinds will be professionally installed.

Thank you Mandy & Kari for your generous support.

Be sure to support these local Airdrie businesses who have made significant contributions to make our project possible.

Visit Budget Blinds online at http://www.budgetblinds.com/Airdrie/ or stop in to their showroom at 303 – 2903 Kingsview Blvd SE, Airdrie.