WINTER 2012 VOLUME I ISSUE II
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WITH FINE LIFESTYLES EDITOR SHERRY LEE
elcome to the second issue of Fi n e L i f e s t y l e s Southwest Sask. Once again, we offer you an entertaining and informative magazine to peruse at your leisure during these winter months. This edition offers you an impressive variety of information, products, services and engaging reading to bring warmth and comfort into your home. Our cover features Amy Matysio, zesty Saskatchewan actress, comedienne and highly successful performer. Amy runs a busy schedule both inside and outside the province, and her achievements are impressive. A shining and example of our home-grown Saskatchewan talent, Amy’s work ethic has already taken her far.
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Staff Writers Brook Thalgott Doris Wang Jamie Fischer Julie Mushynsky Nykea Marie Behiel
We are pleased to highlight the success of Dianne Sletten, assistant general manager of business operations for the Swift Current Broncos, and the first-ever female to hold this position in the WHL. Congratulations to Dianne and the Broncos hockey club. Finally, if you have ever wondered which hairstyle suits your personality, enjoy our fun editorial to get some new ideas for your “crowning glory.” All the best of the season—may it set the stage for a bright New Year. See you in the 2013!
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What is our indoor season without some hearty cooking and delicious recipes to try out? Gordon Ramsay offers up a stunning starter to dazzle your guests during this festive holiday season and anytime during the year. Many of us are enjoying the warmth of fireplaces during the winter season; Shell Busey offers informative and useful tips about fireplace safety. For those who are building or renovating, learn more about creating your very own bathroom spa. Well-known businessman and philanthropist, Brett Wilson, shares some excerpts from his first book, providing an inspiring message about the importance of integrity and our personal definitions of success. As a bonus, learn more from successful Saskatchewan-based entrepreneur, Jill Poulton, about the importance and power of networking to market and build a business.
Photography Corla Rokochy Jenelle Quigley Heather Fritz Lisa Landrie Mindy McGregor
Contributing Writers Gail Jansen-Kesslar Shawna Common
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Fine Lifestyles Southwest Sask. is published four times a year by Fine Lifestyles Regina, Ltd. We reserve the right to edit any materials chosen for publication including photographs. We reserve the right to reject or accept any article, photograph, image or advertisement. All contents of Fine Lifestyles Regina, Ltd., publications are copyrighted 2012 with all rights reserved, except for original articles submitted to Fine Lifestyles Regina, where copyright resides with the author. No other part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of Fine Lifestyles Regina Ltd. or its writers. The name Fine Lifestyles Regina, its logo and material cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publishers. The views and opinions expressed in the expert advice columns herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Fine Lifestyles Regina Ltd. or the companies it represents. The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.
30 FEAtuRE StORiES
or when the wood-burning fireplace is not in use, close the damper. This will prevent air and heat loss up the chimney, and cold air drafts from coming down the chimney.
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Hair Styles and Your Personality
30 Shell Busey on Fireplace Safety
COVER: Amy Matysio
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Developing a Moral Compass (excerpt from Redefining Success)
“A regular compass consistently guides geographical direction. A moral compass is a mental process that consistently points a person in a particular direction in life. A moral compass is an internal tool. Some might refer to it as a conscience or a feeling that consistently guides personal beliefs and actions.
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30 House and Home 41 Business 50 Service Directory
NEW YOU Making a decision for a new look always includes getting a new style or haircut at the salon. Some people bring in photos of looks they want and most have an idea of the image they want to portray. Your style should be a reflection of your lifestyle and your personality. So what style best reflects your personality?
Traditional— Conservative A blunt cut is always professional to suit your style. A classic look that is always in vogue and looks good whether relaxing on the weekend or taking control in the boardroom.
Pick a short flirty style with highlights and lots of layers to match your vibrant personality. Short hair always looks healthy just like you do.
A shoulder length style that has a lot of layers will fit your no-nonsense approach to life with wash and wear hair. There is little fuss involved and it always looks well groomed. Keeping your hair at shoulder length also allows you to pull it back into a pony tail for times when you just want it off your face to do those tasks at hand.
The right hairstyle can help you approach your day with confidence. Keep in mind with the holiday season whether you will want a formal up-do or even embellish your current style with some hairpieces.
Artistic and Modern—Likes Fashion Go for a creative haircut that reflects your style. Think Betty Paige with an edge. Choose multiple colours like pink or purple tips or highlights on multilayers that you can use gel to spike or blow dry flat. Bangs are in style now. Big bold bangs that create a fringe almost down to your lashes to highlight those twinkling eyes of yours.
You are full of energy and want a bouncy style to go along with it. Choose a cut past your shoulders with long layers that you can curl for special occasions. Undercuts are a great way for your stylist to help your hair have body and bounce.
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Whatever you decide, there are some great stylists in the Southwest that will be happy to help. FLSW
“Hair is what frames who you are and who you want to be. Your hair is the best expression of your personality. Your hair is simply what makes you go from having a bad day to a great one.” Alicia Austin, Owner of Capelli Salon Studio
EXPERTAdvice Pushing The Limits of Floral Design
his is my first Expert Advice column, and I am excited and ready to share floral advice and trends. My floral training began in 1993 while working part time at Smart Flowers. I always knew that I wanted to own a flower shop, so when the opportunity arose in April 2007, I jumped at the chance to fulfill that dream. I have achieved certificates in basic and advanced wedding hands-on, corsage advanced hands-on and sympathy tributes. I have taken every opportunity to expand my skills through workshops, training magazines and seminars.
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While attending an advanced floral design class by a respected American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) designer in spring 2012, I decided that it was time to become an AIFD-recognized designer. After a few months practicing and getting mentorship from floral friends, I travelled to Miami in June for the annual AIFD symposium, a two-day event. Day One was the Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE), where I completed five judgesâ€™ choice designs in four hours, and had my work evaluated by a group of seven AIFD designers. The next day, I worked along with three highly respected designers to prepare their floral event installations and stage presentations. My PFDE results arrived in August, and I became the only AIFD-recognized Certified Floral Designer (CFD) in Saskatchewan. My next step is to attend the symposium in July 2013 to achieve the next level of AIFD member. In September, I was asked to be the assistant designer at a cut-flower and floral supply wholesalers annual Fall and Holiday Design Show. For two days, I designed alongside the feature designer, creating fresh and permanent
floral arrangements to inspire other florists from across the province for the upcoming season. The third day, I was on stage with a new floral friend presenting, teaching, inspiring and showing, and demonstrating tips and techniques for more than 100 other florists. As florists, we attend events and conferences to see and share unique floral designs, but often do not have the opportunity to share these concepts day-to-day in our stores. In September, I received an email from Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, a much admired florist, teacher and motivator who is part of a group of other highly respected florists in BC called NeoFlora 20/20, inviting me to join them for a week-long floral event. From October 24th to 27th, I collaborated with 60-plus fellow forward-thinking floral designers in downtown Vancouver to design creative floral art pieces, and hold floral fashion shows for the public. That same month, I attended the Vancouver Home and Design Show. Representing the Canadian Professional Floral Design Association (CPFDA), I designed European hand-tied bouquets, and showcased and sold fresh cut flowers to the public. My work was again evaluated there, and I received my CPFDA membership and pin. My goal is to continually expand my skills and push the limits of floral design, and to bring new creative floral designs to Southwest Saskatchewan. I want to promote professional floristry, reach my goal of becoming an AIFD member, and continue to teach and inspire other florists to be more dynamic with forwardthinking designs. I look forward to any questions readers may have, and I am excited to discuss flowers, colours and floral design trends in the upcoming editions. FLSW
Actress, Comedienne and Down-To-Earth Performer By Erin LEgg Photos Lisa LandriE hair aLicia austin, OwnEr, capELLi saLOn studiO makeuP HOLLy dEckEr, OwnEr, knOckOut styLE
ettled comfortably on her living room couch, Saskatchewan born-and-based actress and performer, Amy Matysio, appears at ease while taking a short break from her performing lifestyle. Matysio, along with co-star Clinton Carew, recently wrapped up Regina’s Globe Theatre production of the Scottish play Midsummer [A Play With Songs]. Matysio has been stage acting for several years. Perhaps her most memorable performance was in the Globe Theatre’s 2010 The Syringa Tree. “It was a one-woman show in which I played over 20 characters and somewhere around 15 regional South African dialects.” Preparing for that performance was a feat. “I started working on the dialects about four months ahead of time,” explains Matysio. “It was hard and it was amazing. It’s one of those shows that I had so much to learn. Realistically, I never actually thought it was going to come together at all. It taught me so much about myself as a performer, about the personal drive and work ethic required . . . you know, I had to cut out a lot of the drinking!” The hilarious web series inSAYSHAble (www.insayshableonline. com) was created, written and co-produced by Matysio, in conjunction with Minds Eye Entertainment. This mini-series looks at a week in the life of Saysha: a bold, awkward, yet lovable character born from Matysio’s imagination. Directed by Jeff Beesley, inSAYSHAble was a team effort Matysio remembers fondly. “I got to work with some artists from my comedic circles, like Christina [Sicoli] who plays Fran—she’s such a good friend of mine. It was a really great opportunity to collaborate and play these strong, audacious female characters, and make them messy and not always pretty. That’s what makes comedy so fun.” Minds Eye producer Mark Montague worked with Matysio. “We’d been friends since elementary school, so it was a great coming together after all these years working near each other in film and TV.” The closeness of the film industry is something Matysio admires. “The amazing thing about Saskatchewan is that it’s such a small
and unique community. It is also one of the saddest things about the community disbanding and going away—you’re losing your friends, but you’re also losing these incredibly talented colleagues.” This spring, the provincial government cut the Film Employment Tax Credit, putting enormous strain on the industry. Matysio had a lead role in the movie known as Saskatchewan’s last big one: Stranded. “The last few days [of filming] were very bittersweet. We were making this really fantastic film and it was such a rewarding experience with world renowned talent: the director [Roger Christian], Christian [Slater] . . . it’s heartbreaking, is what it was. It’s just really sad.” “Stranded was such an incredible opportunity for me,” continues Matysio. The science fiction thriller, produced by Mind’s Eye Entertainment, was shot in Regina. It wasn’t the only film Matysio starred in within her home town. Just Friends (2005) was “the first time I got to work on a large budget film like that . . . learning the ropes, and being exposed to the big picture of how it all worked at that level. It was exciting for me and gratifying and fun. The role was great, and the people were amazing. I think I’ll always remember that as one of my favorite projects in Saskatchewan.” Matysio believes that hard work and perseverance pay off. “Work begets work. And I’m one of those people who will keep working until I get those big jobs that I want.” She has an impressive list of credits behind her name already: the female lead, Chelsea, in the Single White Spenny television series; other television appearances including Corner Gas and Little Mosque on the Prairie; movie roles in Mulligans, Chained, Vampire Dog, Ferocious, Dolan’s Cadillac, Sleepwalking, and more. With six Canadian Comedy Award nominations—five for her work with the General Fools Improv Troupe and one for her role on Single White Spenny—comedy is something Matysio has always enjoyed. “I’ve always understood how to make somebody laugh. I think when you figure that out, it’s the best
thing ever. Making someone laugh is awesome.” Matysio sees more of the same in her future. In ten years, “I will be doing this for sure. I don’t see myself not doing this.” Matysio has worked hard for her roles, and admits there is a learning process. “You have to find inner confidence because you might not always have it on the outside . . . and always know that nobody owes you anything. You don’t get jobs just because you’re here. You still have to be the right person for the job.” “I’m a pretty loud person, a pretty strong woman, pretty ballsy girl. As my sister says, ‘please use your indoor voice more often.’ ” Recognizing that it’s important to have support, Matysio appreciates her family, friends and boyfriend. “My family has always been extremely supportive, and that’s been really invaluable to me.” Matysio met her boyfriend, musician Karrnnel Sawitsky, three years ago at the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards. Both artists were nominated in the under- 30 category. Although neither won, the experience brought them together as a couple. “I’m supported and understood,” says Matysio. Karrnnel, as he’s known musically, is a fiddle player for the quartet, The Fretless. This fall, The Fretless won the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards’ Instrumental Recording of the Year for their album Waterbound. Does Matysio have a musical side herself? “I sing and I play piano. I wish I was a rock star, like everybody!” she laughs. The two are collaborating on a non-profit venture to inspire and support kids to go into the arts. “I think it’s important to reach out and say this is the state of the arts, this is how you can enter, and this is how you can branch out. It’s about confidence, and finding it, and knowing you can have it.” Matysio adds, “I want to keep growing, and I want to keep learning. As much as I’ve been inspired by the people that I’ve worked with, I hope to be able to pass that on to other people and to young artists and help them.” Matysio reflects on advice that she has received during her journey through the acting world. “There’s a piece of advice that floats with a lot of my friends: f– ’em if they can’t take a joke,” she laughs. “It really does just mean you have to have humor and humility. You have to work hard, and you have to go for things, but in the end, you have to still be happy with what you’re doing. Working to please others all the time is not going to get you very far. Comedy is great because you can use it to remind people how ridiculous we all are. So relax and learn to laugh. You’ll look younger!” On Matysio’s horizon is a new documentary series airing on CityTV. Launched in October, On Site takes a look at the mega projects all over the province. As the series host, Matysio laughs, “I went on a crazy adventure! It was great to explore what goes goes on in this province from an industrial perspective, meet people and ask them about what they’re doing.” Passionate about her work and knowing she’s finding her place in the industry, Matysio confides, “Every time someone says, ‘I watched inSAYASHAble and you are funny,’ I think, thank you, that’s what I was trying to do. I’m always going to want to make people laugh.” This charming and effusive Saskatchewan actress and performer continues to grow and succeed in her multi-faceted career. Matysio’s zest for life, her work ethic and her talent will carry her a long way. FLSW tOp Stranded, photo allan Feildel. 2 amy and karrnnel. 3 The Syringa Tree, photo Cam koroluk. 4 inSAYSHAble, photo emersen Ziff
Meeting Your needs: one-stop shopping paradise BY Gail Jansen-Kesslar PHOTOS Mindy McGreGor
ell someone who shops there regularly that you’re heading to Pharmasave to look for a gift or a specialty piece of home décor, and they’ll instantly get it. But for those who think Pharmasave is a typical drugstore, they need to see it to believe it— something Jahnaya Mann discovered when she first started working there.
to their current location. Even then, it was a store unlike any she had seen before, and she immediately loved the vision and passion that Heeg and Chilton exhibited for the store both as a pharmacy and a shopping destination. She also loved the unique relationship they and their staff had built with their customers: one that was like friends and family.
Fresh out of university, Mann was originally hired as a pharmacist by partners Ron Heeg and Al Chilton, prior to them moving
It’s a vision and a passion that Jahnaya shares and continues to improve upon today as a managing partner with her front store manager, Shar Nickol.
“It’s just the feeling you get when you come in here,” explains Mann. “You can tell that the people who work here are passionate about their jobs, and are excited about all that we offer.”
In the Heart of Swift Current While the backbone of the store remains its pharmacy services, it’s more than just a simple community drugstore: the largest Pharmasave store in the world, it’s a place that’s central to the heart of Swift Current.
TOP L-R Jahnaya Mann, managing partner, and her front store manager, Shar Nickol; BOTTOM L-R Allie Steinley and Kristina Harasym
Their array of services is impressive, ranging from a full-service postal outlet that offers community event ticket sales as a free-of-charge service to any hosting organization, to the Community Gathering Room with its “Live Well” focus that regularly partners with the Cypress Health Region to offer health service workshops and wellness clinics. Paired with their newly opened coffee shop, and their featured giftware and home décor selections, it’s a one-stop shopper’s paradise, full of all the familiar
basics in healthcare, and those not-sofamiliar unique and whimsical items you won’t find anywhere else. “A lot of what we’ve done is based upon what our customers want,” explains Mann. “A customer will say to us, ‘we saw this product and liked it, can you get it in?’ and we’ll say, ‘absolutely,’ because special-ordering is a service we offer, and something we do almost everyday for things you can’t get anywhere else.” “They even asked us to put in a coffee
shop,” laughs Mann. “So now we have one. We’re all about making people feel like they’re special here, because they are special.”
Expert Advice Karen Dufort, whose expertise as an interior designer was called upon to merchandise the store’s vast selection of giftware items, contributes to the Pharmasave team and the customers to whom she provides advice as yet another unique service that Pharmasave offers.
“The products we carry are sourced from markets in Toronto and from representatives right across North America,” says Dufort. “They are of the style and calibre you’d find in any high quality specialty décor shop, and I often get asked design advice from people who are either completely redecorating their homes, or are just looking for a few key pieces to make their décor stand out. Accessorizing is one of the most difficult things to do, so I’m glad to help anyone that needs it.” It’s this philosophy and level of service that is offered by all Pharmasave staff. “Because it’s such a big store, we all try to take that level of service just one step further to meet our customers’ needs,” explains Dufort. “This store is full of energetic people, and everyone here is open to suggestions on how we can make it even better. When you have this many talented and dedicated people offering their skills and their knowledge, you get something special, and that’s what this store has.” Whether you’re looking for a quick coffee or visit with friends, a parcel that needs to be picked up or mailed, a ticket for that special evening out, informed answers to health-related matters, bread for tomorrow’s lunches, or that last minute gift for a friend or family member, Pharmasave and its team of dedicated professionals are there for you. With store hours from 9:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, late closing is yet another value-added service. “We aim to ensure that our customers always have what they want or need, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it,” says Mann. “This is their drug store, and we’re always working to help make their lives healthier, easier and better, because that’s just how we do things here.” Pharmasave 390 Central Ave North Swift Current 306.773.7261 F: 306.773.6576 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pharmasave.com Pharmasave POST OFFICE Kim Dueck L-R Nicole Trumbley, Erin Cashin, Natasha Johnston, Quin Martens, Jahnaya Mann, Teagan Dyck
tips for relieving a common cold by Shawna Common
It’s that time of year again when people start having the sniffles, and sneezing is a familiar sound. Since a cold is a virus, antibiotics are useless. What do you do if you start feeling the effects of the common cold? There are many home remedies for the common cold, from oldtime concoctions to modern practices. My grandmother swears by the popular old-time mustard plasters, and would slap one on anyone that started coughing. She is convinced that this is the best remedy for any sort of chest ailment, and my mother remembers many mustard plasters from her youth. You will need two heavy pieces of cotton (flannelette is best) the width and length of the infected person’s chest, a towel, cold cream or camphor oil, warm water and mustard powder. Mix the powder and water into a thick paste, and smear it between the two pieces of cotton. Cover the sick person’s chest with either cold cream or camphor oil; place the cotton combination on the sick person’s chest, and cover the whole thing with a thick towel. Leave the plaster on the person for anywhere from five to 20 minutes, then remove. Ensure the plaster is not left on too long, or the mustard will burn the skin. “If there are white blotches on the skin that’s the infection, and the plaster has now loosened the infection in the chest for the person to cough out,” says Grandma. The tried and true remedy of loosening chest and head congestion by holding your head over a bowl of steaming water has been around for generations. Putting a towel over your head and the bowl allows the steam to be concentrated and work faster—just be ready with lots of tissues. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the steaming water for an extra-effective result. The aroma of eucalyptus oil stimulates the sinuses and relieves
congestion from a cold. In addition to being used for steaming, the oil can be applied directly to the chest, neck or even the temples, allowing you to breathe better and relieve some aches associated with colds and flus. Have you ever heard of your parents or grandparents mention the hot toddy? This remedy combines a shot of whiskey (for “warmth”) with a teaspoon of honey (to soothe the throat). Add hot water, a few cloves and a cinnamon stick, and serve with a lemon wedge (for vitamin C). If whiskey isn’t your thing, soothe your sore throat with the tried and true salt water remedy. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle. Avoid swallowing the mixture—it won’t hurt you, but the taste is not the greatest. Of course, getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids is always recommended. Get a head start on cold season by eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and maintaining a healthy dose of sleep each night. FLSW FLS
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ONE OF THE TOP 10 BARIATRIC HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD A Canadian First, Weight Loss Forever Achieves Center of Excellence designation By Karin Melberg Schwier
By Karin Melberg Schwier
fter a grueling two-year review by the American Surgical Review Corporation, Weight Loss Forever (WLF)’s hospital was designated as an International Bariatric Center of Excellence, one of only 18 in the world . WLF met and exceeded stringent requirements and was awarded in three areas: the hospital, the surgeon, and the bariatric program. Melanie Wildman, President & CEO of WLF, says, “We’re a world-renowned bariatric hospital with exceedingly high standards, excellent patient care and compassionate support. What is at stake is our patients’ health and well being, and our license. It’s our dedication to our patients that make us one of the top 10 bariatric hospitals in the world,” she adds. WLF’s Chief Bariatric Surgeon is Mayo Clinic-trained Dr. Liza Pompa, MD, Ph.D, AFACS. She is board-certified in the United States and is the first female in the world to be awarded “Surgeon of Excellence” and was recently recognized in Newsweek Magazine as a leader in bariatric surgery. WLF encourages people to do careful research and has developed the guide How to Research Your Surgeon. Patient safety is the primary consideration.
Their state-of-the-art hospital and medical staff are held to rigorous standards and unannounced, independent inspections, which is the only way for patients to know if their surgeon or hospital is legitimate and safe. Obesity is the #1 preventable cause of death in Canada. According to the Canadian Medical Association, diet and exercize have not proven to be effective in the treatment of severe obesity. Research shows weight loss surgery is the only permanent and effective treatment of obesity. WLF’s award winning program gives patients the the tools they need to achieve long-term success - a safe surgery is just one part of a life-long solution.
“The risks of bariatric surgery are lower when performed in specialized high-volume centres of excellence” Dr. Mehran Anvari, President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons Postmedia News, November 11, 2012
LETHBRIDGE NURSE TAKES BACK
H E R H E A LT H
Cindy’s life before surgery was a constant struggle. Food was the enemy, exercise was hard, and every day tasks became a challenge. I’d done every diet, tried every “as seen on TV” exercise tool, but even if I lost the weight, it would come back plus a few pounds. This cycle made me constantly discouraged and depressed, always self-conscious. While I was a naturally cheerful and social person on the outside, inside I was hurting and very sad.
Cindy, before losing 87 lbs with WLF
As a nurse, I knew a Center of Excellence was important for my safety and I was opposed to adding something to my body or rerouting anything. I met some of the Weight Loss Forever staff at a tradeshow and expressed my concerns. They told me about the “sleeve”, which just removes the stretched out part of your stomach, which seemed like common sense to me. After a lot of thought and research, I decided to do it. I didn’t care what other people thought about me—it came down to how I felt about myself. It is the best decision I’ve ever made. Weight Loss Forever was fantastic. My facilitator was supporting me the whole time, answering questions and providing guidance. The support from WLF makes the experience so much easier.
Cindy, After losing Over 87lbs!
“My only regret is not doing it sooner.” Cindy Haskins, L.P.N. Health & Wellness Educator
After the surgery, the weight started falling off. I started having more energy, and I decided to start toning up. Exercising was actually fun because it wasn’t such a struggle. I spent time learning about nutrition, and I even adapted my role at work to focus more on preventative medicine. It has really changed my whole world. I’ve never been in this great of shape in my life! When I look at the before and after photos, I realize how overweight I was. I never saw myself as that big, and I can identify with myself better now. I have better self-image, and I live a far healthier lifestyle. Life is supposed to be fun!Take Though I had reservations a video tour and emotional highs and lows, I would not change it for anything. I recommend it to everybody—you don’t need to struggle with your weight. It really is life changing. Call Julie Today! 136-1621 Albert Street, Regina SK, 306.352-8446 Toll Free 1.877.306.8891
A SINGLE MOM’S PERSONAL TRIUMPH We y b u r n M o t h e r C h o o s e s L i f e f o r h e r D a u g h t e r R a e -A n n e ’ s Story I wasn’t overweight until I hit my teenage years. I developed polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), making losing weight difficult. Growing up overweight is hard—I had low self-esteem and little energy. After seeing a friend achieve success through Weight Loss Forever and the way it changed her life, I decided to get healthier. wantedwith to doWLF it Cindy, before losingI 80lbs for my daughter. At 300 pounds, I always felt like I was holding her back. I couldn’t do fun things with her. I knew that by being overweight I was shortening my time with her, and I wanted to be there for her. As a single parent, I needed to get healthy for her.
Rae-Anne Davis, from Weyburn, SK Winning the “Personal Triumph Award” with CEO & Patient, Melanie Wildman and Dr. Liza Pompa, MD, PhD, AFACS at the Weight Loss Forever Patient Awards Gala
While most patients that get surgery experience no side effects, I was one of the few (less than 1%) who did. I had a lot of nausea, I wound up in the hospital and it took a few months to feel better. Even with all the obstacles, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I feel amazing! It has given me a better life, a longer life, and a healthier life. My PCOS has even corrected itself because of the surgery! The staff have always been there for me and because of the support groups, I never feel alone. My facilitator keeps in constant contact, and she is an amazing resource for me. You can also blog about your progress on their site, which is a source of inspiration.
With the support of the facilitators as well as other patients, I am always surrounded with people who understand my journey. A few people accuse me of taking the easy way out, but my journey hasn’t been easy. I think taking the easy way out would have been to do nothing. I did a lot of soul searching and research before deciding to change my life, and I am so happy I did. Weight Loss Forever’s motto is “choose life,” and it’s 100% true. I Take a video chose life. Other than having my daughter, it’stour the best decision I’ve ever made for myself.
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The 10 Biggest Myths about Weight Loss Surgery Myth: Weight loss surgery has high risks
Reality: 30-40 years ago, weight loss surgery was a high-risk operation. Today, experienced surgeons can safely perform the bariatric procedures, with similar risks to any other routine surgery.
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Myth: Surgery is the “easy way out”
Reality: Taking the easy way out is to do nothing. For many severely overweight patients, weight loss surgery is the only viable option that can improve their health. Gaining permanent control over your weight requires a huge commitment to attending educational seminars, support groups and making lifestyle changes, and is a very brave and personal decision.
Myth: To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to weigh over 300 pounds
Reality: Weight loss surgery candidates are often considered by healthcare organizations according to individual health conditions and a calculation of Body Mass Index (BMI). People who are only 50 pounds overweight can qualify for the procedure, and studies show even moderately obese patients who undergo surgery have obvious health improvements.
Myth: You need serious health conditions to qualify for weight loss surgery
Reality: Candidates are considered based on individual health conditions and BMI calculations. Because so many health problems are caused by obesity, weight loss surgery can be an excellent preventative measure.
Myth: To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to be in perfect health
Reality: While some cases are more advanced than others, many patients undergoing weight loss surgery have obesity-related health conditions. To find out if you qualify for weight loss surgery, Weight Loss Forever has an in-depth medical and psychological assessment that is required.
Myth: To qualify for weight loss surgery, you have to be a certain age Reality: The age range at most surgical centres can be as wide as 18 to 65, and studies show definite benefits for patients above and below that age range who undergo surgery.
Myth: After surgery, you’ll have a great big scar
Reality: Over 99 per cent of our weight loss surgeries are performed laparoscopically, which means instead of making one great, big incision, surgeons will make several very small ones (less than one inch) along the abdomen.
Myth: After weight loss surgery, it takes a long time to recover Reality: Most patients recover in a week or two and some even return to work and regular activities in a just a couple of days.
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“Time and time again, I tried to find the weight loss solution that “worked for me”… only to fail horribly. Years and YEARS of suffering from humiliation, frustration, yo-yo dieting, spending hard-earned money – uselessly – on “temporary band-aids”, continuous failure, lack of self-confidence, self-blame, faking strength while suffering from depression, chronic pain, tons of different medications for medical conditions that stemmed from being obese, feeling self-conscious in public, it’s all over!! There are no words that will ever truly explain how grateful I am to the amazing Dr Pompa, and every fantastic staff member of WLF. Thank you for giving me a life WORTH living. Thank you for empowering me to take back my life. Thank you for giving me back ME!” Peggi Cheverie, from Fredericton in her own words
Fill out the “Am I A Candidate Form” to Find out if you qualify www.weightlossforever.ca
Myth: After weight loss surgery, you can’t eat anything “good” Reality: Most patients can eat a wide variety of food in small quantities after weight loss surgery. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a patient facilitator—tha ey have all had the surgery and have gone though what you are!
Myth: Except for looking better, weight loss surgery has no major benefits Reality: Aside from loving the way you look and feel about yourself, weight loss surgery can significantly help with, or in some cases completely eliminate various health problems. And to us, that’s pretty major!
1-877-306-8891 Dr. Pompa, MD, PhD, AFACS, Chief Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeon First Female Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon in the World Featured in Newsweek Magazine as a leader in Bariatric Treatment
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Thinking About Cosmetic Surgery? Here’s What YOU Need to Know!
Research Your Surgeon
Not all surgeons are are created equal or have the same level of training or experience. Think about the game of golf – a weekend golfer will never make the PGA. Plastic surgeons are the same – the more procedures they have done with excellent results, the better their overall outcomes will be. It is also critical that you know their credentials. Verify that they have the training they are claiming and ensure your plastic surgeon is Board Certified. Seeing a certificate is not enough – always check directly!
See Real Examples of Their Work
If you are thinking about a facelift, ask for pictures of facelifts that your surgeon has actually done. If you are thinking about breast augmentation, ask to see pictures of breast augmentations. Be thorough in your research, after all – this is your body we are talking about!
Talk to Real Patients
It’s one thing to see beautiful before and after photos – but what do the people who have actually been through it have to say about their experience? How was the care? How well did the surgeon explain the procedures, risks and outcomes with them? How did they feel about their follow up care? Would they do it again? Would they recommend their surgeon to their own family?
Leading up to your procedure, take extra care to eat healthy, fresh, low sugar foods that are high in protein. Make sure to drink lots of water and exercise – the healthier you are, the faster your recovery and the better your results will be. And read everything you can about the procedures you are considering. Knowledge is power!
After Caro l’s Facelift
“Meeting Dr. Rodas in person to discuss my concerns and my hopes helped me relax and completely trust him,” says Carol. “My husband, Lloyd was with me and he was so impressed with everyone and how they all responded immediately to any questions or concerns he had, too. Dr. Rodas included him and asked his thoughts when options were outlined.” Any regrets? Not one! “Lloyd says he can't believe that he is lucky enough to hang out with such a young sexy chick,” laughs Carol. More importantly, she says, “I think I look and feel so much younger - a smaller version of myself at 40.”
Fill out the “Am I A Candidate Form” to Find out if you qualify www.weightlossforever.ca
Put YOU First!
This is your time to pamper YOU! Have someone else cook for you, relax and take it easy. You just had surgery – and your body needs to heal – Doctors Orders! This is a wonderful opportunity to slow down your busy life and find some balance, serenity and ‘YOU’ time. Dr. Rodas
MX Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Happy Patient Carol Caron with WLF’s Dr. Rodas and Dr. Pompa
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Dianne Sletten iS a new FirSt For the whl by Jamie Fischer Photos mindy mcGreGor
“ t’s quite an honour,” Dianne Sletten says. Hired by the Swift Current Broncos in April 2012, Sletten and her colleagues didn’t even realize that bringing her on board meant a new milestone for the WHL. She’s the first female assistant general manager of business operations (AGM) in the league. “It was very humbling when it first came to light,” she says. “It’s certainly not something I thought of when I applied, and I don’t think the general manager was thinking of it either when he hired me. It does show there are some breakthroughs that can happen for women in different types of management roles, and that’s great.” Born in Prince Albert and raised in Saskatoon, Sletten settled in Swift Current more than 20 years ago, and she’s been a Bronco’s fan ever since. On the corporate side of the sports world now, her career started as a sports reporter for a local radio station.
is my favourite sport. So it’s great to use all of the communications, the marketing, the business experience and things that I’ve learned, and put it in one environment,” Sletten adds. While the fit might be natural, Sletten admits there’s been a learning curve as she’s adjusted to the role. Even as a long-time fan, there were things she had never considered about managing a hockey organization. “You’re looking at everything, from all of the corporate sponsorship activities to the whole game day operation,” she says. “On any particular game night, there are probably 20 to 30 people that you need behind the scenes to make it all work. That can be a challenging part of it as well. Everybody here just wants to put the best show and experience on the ice for our fans.”
“It was just a natural fit, and the timing was incredible.”
“I’ve loved sports my entire life, and that’s where I thought my career was going to head—into sports and broadcasting,” Sletten says. Plans changed, and Sletten’s career took a sharp turn away from hockey. She worked in various positions for both the provincial and federal governments, trading journalism for economic development. When the chance to apply for the Broncos came up as she was finishing a contract, Sletten couldn’t resist the chance to combine her passion for sports with her business experience. “I always thought my dream job would be working for a hockey team. Hockey
As for being a highranking woman in the WHL, Sletten said there are plenty of women in the organization, and she’s never felt out of place. “No ones treated me any different because I’m a woman,” she adds. “We’re all competitors on the ice, but off the ice on the business side, everyone is supportive and wants each other to do well.” As for her future plans, Sletten says that she’s at a point in her life that she would be happy to spend the next 10 or 15 years with the team before she finishes out her career. Even though she took a unique path to get here, Sletten said she’s in her dream job. “It’s very fulfilling,” she says. “Do I love everyday of work? No,” she laughs. “There’s still a lot to learn, but doing it for something you love, I’m learning it makes so much sense, and it’s so much more fun.” FLSW
COZYING UP TO FIREPLACE SAFETY BY SHELL BUSEY
he warm and comforting glow of a fire is a welcome treat as winter evenings bring a crisp chill to the air. Whether you curl up in front of a wood-burning or a natural gas fireplace, it’s important to know how to enjoy your fireplace safely.
Wood-burning fireplace When a wood-burning fireplace is in use, air is continually drawn out of the home and up the chimney. This air must be replaced to maintain the air balance flowing in and out of the home; this is essential for the safe operation of all fuel burning appliances. This balancing act ensures adequate air for complete combustion and ventilation of the flue gases. If the air balance is altered because of poor air supply or a blocked chimney, carbon monoxide (CO) and soot can be produced and down drafting can occur. To prevent smoke and flue gases (CO) from entering your home, follow these precautions: • When a fireplace is in use, an open damper allows the smoke and gases to exit. • Ensure an adequate fresh air supply into your home before lighting the fire. • Some fireplaces come with their own combustion air duct. If yours is not equipped with this, you must have a fresh air supply nearby, such as an open window. • Keep the fresh air supply open, even overnight, until the fire is completely out. • After the fire is out and the ashes are cold,
or when the wood-burning fireplace is not in use, close the damper. This will prevent air and heat loss up the chimney, and cold air drafts from coming down the chimney. The first line of defense against CO is the proper installation, use, maintenance and inspection of all your fuel-burning appliances. The second line of defense is a properly installed CO detector. When you are about to purchase a new CO Detector, make sure it is approved to the latest standards. Look for CSA 6.19 or CSA 6.1901 on the package. Consider installing glass doors on your wood-burning fireplace. The doors will prevent heat in your home from escaping up the chimney, saving you money on your heating bill. You may also want to consider purchasing a draft stopper; they are designed to prevent drafts from conventional woodburning fireplaces when not in use.
Natural gas fireplace Natural gas fireplaces can operate at more than 60 per cent efficiency, whereas a typical wood-burning fireplace operates at 10 per cent efficiency. Efficiency refers to the amount of heat that is extracted from
the flame, and is used to heat the home. Remember to have regular inspections performed on natural gas fireplaces, along with all natural gas appliances.
Types of natural gas fireplaces Fireplace Insert: natural gas fireplace that fits inside an existing masonry fireplace. Natural Vent Fireplace: natural gas fireplace that has a type-B vent (a four inch manufacturer-recommended venting pipe used to exhaust the combustion gases of fireplaces, hot water heaters and other small natural gas appliances) going up a fireplace chase (the enclosure on the outside of the house that the metal chimney runs through). Direct Vent Fireplace: natural gas fireplace that uses a single outlet, dual pipe system to draw combustion air and vent exhaust. The vent is typically installed directly behind the fireplace or slightly above and behind. Free Standing Fireplace: wood stove appearance, with the benefits of natural gas; this can be either natural-vent or direct-vent.
Other Options Pellet Stoves and Inserts. They are environmentally friendly, extremely clean
burning and cost effective. Pellets are made from 100 per cent waste sawdust, dried and compressed, creating an ideal heating fuel. Electric Fireplaces. This is a great option if you live in an apartment, and you want the look and feel of a fireplace when installing a gas unit is simply not an option. While they are not meant to heat a large area, they do provide some added comfort to a room. FLSW
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SuStainable, Modern and CuStoM-Created HoMeS By Jamie Fischer Photos corla rokochy
co-friendly living is becoming more and more popular. People drive more fuel efficient cars, shop locally, and eat more organic food, so why not live in an eco-friendly home?
Despite the fact that people in Saskatchewan are more conscious than ever of the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle, many houses continue to be built to outdated standards. Zollhaus Builders in Swift Current wants to influence that. Founded by
Jason Holderbein and his wife Melissa, Zollhaus specializes in modern, ecofriendly homes that are built with sustainability in mind. “I was frustrated with how we were doing things the same way that they have been done for the last 20 to 30 years. Now that we know better, we should build better,” Jason says. “Eco-friendly is not only better for the environment, it makes better houses. Green building practices are not always about using new and more expensive materials; typically the
most eco-friendly practices are done through sound material management and quality installation.” For Jason, building homes for his clients is all about the details. Zollhaus Builders are proud to be able to design and build any custom feature that a client desires. “Custom homes have varying levels of customization, and we are able to build a home that can fit into almost any budget. Some of the smartest homes in the world are small and affordable, but well designed. Custom doesn’t always mean
large and expensive; custom means unique. If all your neighbours have it, it’s not custom.” Although clients are encouraged to invest in new products and practices, not every client’s budget has room for all of the available options. However, Zollhaus guarantees that regardless of the style or cost of the house, the details will be handled well, and quality workmanship remains constant. While Jason spearheads design, Zollhaus Builders wouldn’t be successful today if it weren’t for their professional staff. With a group of six journeymen that includes Jason, along with two apprentices, Zollhaus Builders has an extremely high level of expertise for such a small group. Most of the crew are also family men, and they know how important the family home is. Because of this, the Zollhaus team treats each jobsite as if it was their own home, and they have a reputation for professionalism and respect. Having a small team also means that clients have constant access to an onsite manager who can answer their questions or concerns. While larger companies might have more manpower, it can sometimes take them hours to reach a manager when questions arise. With Zollhaus, this is never the case. The Zollhaus motto is “committed to perfection”. This doesn’t mean they’re perfect, but it does mean that Jason, Melissa and the rest of their team will do what it takes to ensure they don’t leave a job until their clients are 100 per cent satisfied. To see what Jason, Melissa and the rest of the crew at Zollhaus Builders can do for you, give them a call at 306.741.1995, or visit them online at zollhausbuilders.com. FLSW Zollhaus Builders Ltd. 741 Highland Drive Swift Current 306.741.1955 email@example.com www.zollhausbuilders.com L-R Todd Lake, Caleb Chalmers (construction manager), Jerry Holderbein, Seth Martens, Jason Holderbein (owner), Gordon Hamilton, Tyler Speidelsbach and Dean Drinnan
Making Your Space TrulY YourS By Brook ThalgoTT Photos Corla rokoChy and Brad BouTilier
lsie Holderbein loves design. She also loves sharing her knowledge with her customers every day at Sentiments Home & Gift. After leaving the world of banking, Elsie decided to pursue her love of home design and decorating. She put her interests and training into motion, and honed her skills in home design, working together with her husband’s construction business. She then started her own consulting company, Inside Out Management, helping her clients to design any space, from planning the aesthetics of an entire home to helping select finishings and décor for single rooms. In 2012, an opportunity presented itself. “I purchased Sentiments Home & Gift in February,” says Elsie. “I was a longtime customer of Sentiments and had a great appreciation for the business. As the new owner, I have the incredible opportunity to share my love of creating amazing spaces through Sentiments Home & Gift.”
Since taking ownership, Elsie has worked hard to bring her vision to this longstanding business in Swift Current’s downtown. Sentiments has evolved and grown from a beautiful home décor, kitchen and gift store to now include a broad selection of furniture, bedding and bath accessories. “We have just recently expanded our showroom to include our bed and bath boutique, featuring linens, drapery, lamps, mirrors and all the extras,” says Elsie. “That’s in addition to our great kitchen centre for the at-home chef and our ever-changing stock of hand-selected and custom furnishings.”
Elsie and her team ensure that their showroom features unique, interesting and custom pieces for every taste and lifestyle. No matter what your individual style, Sentiments has something to personalize any space. With contemporary, traditional, reclaimed and transitional pieces, the showroom is always changing. Elsie and her staff enjoy creating the complete look to share with their clients. “Our goal is to create interest, share ideas and inspire change.” If you need help designing your space, whether a whole home or a single room, Elsie and her consultants are there to provide ideas, guidance and advice. “We have the skills and knowledge to help personalize any space,” says Elsie. “We have our very own consulting area where we sit down with our clients, and walk them through the selection process, as well as working with local interior decorators and their clients.” The sales consultants at Sentiments are available to assist you with your design project, with the goal of making your space truly and uniquely yours. “We want your home to be a personal expression of you. We love what we do,” adds Elsie. “Stop by or give us a call; we’re here to help.” Sentiments Home & Gift is open Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FLSW Sentiments Home & Gift 12-330 Central Avenue North Swift Current, SK 306.773.6015 L-R Lois Martens, Elsie Holderbein, and Kathy Sutter
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EScapE in Your own homE By Jamie Fischer
think people have really busy lives and when they get home they think people have really lives just want to retreat,” saysbusy Holley and when they get home they Applequist, an interior decorator and just want to retreat,” says Holley business owner. Applequist, an interior decorator and However, business where owner.people are retreating to in their homes is shifting from the living However, whereunexpected people arespace. retreating to room to another in their homes is shifting from the living Bathrooms were unexpected long treated as an room to another space. afterthought when designing a home; they were something a home needed, Bathrooms were long treated as an but not something needed to afterthought when people designing a home; spend time or money on.a home needed, they were something but not something people needed to With the rising popularity of in-home spend time or money on. bathroom spas, that’s all changing.
With the rising popularity of in-home “It’s a huge trend,” Appelquist says. bathroom spas, that’s all changing. Bathroom spas are exactly what they sound a fusion of basic bathroom “It’s alike: huge trend,” Appelquist says. functionality with the luxury and Bathroom spas are exactly what they relaxation you’d find at a resort spa. sound like: a fusion of basic bathroom functionality with the luxury and relaxation you’d find at a resort spa. 36 FineLifestyles SOUTHWEST
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granite, marble and cultured marble are all growing in popularity. It isn’t just the elements inside the bathroom that contributes to the spa-like feeling of modern spa bathrooms. Bob Leier, senior designer for a homebuilding company, says the floor plan of the entire home is now being shifted to make room for the trendy new bathrooms. “There is certainly more space being dedicated to the ensuite,” Leier says. One way designers are creating larger bathrooms is by sacrificing bedrooms; plans that were once meant for at least three rooms have been changed to two, leaving extra room to dedicate to the master bedroom and ensuite. Leier says the layout of master bedrooms has also changed to create spa bathrooms. Where walk-in closets were typically on different walls than the ensuite, they’re now often attached to
the bathroom, creating a dressing room. While layout and the right major elements are essential for a spa bathroom, it’s the finishing touches that set the right mood for rest and relaxation. Creative lighting, fixtures, mirrors, décor and aromatherapy candles are examples of finishing touches that contribute to the atmosphere as much as the bigger items. “We’re finding that there’s as much focus on finish in bathrooms as there is in the rest of the home,” Leier says, adding that bathrooms were previously treated as a function-only space. Leier and Appelquist both agree that spa bathrooms aren’t exclusive to any demographic. For those downsizing after retirement, a spa bathroom is a useful way to create luxury in a smaller space. Younger buyers are also coming from upgraded homes, Leier says, and they often have higher standards for their own homes.
Because the possibilities for a spa bathroom are so versatile, Appelquist says spa bathroom renovations can suit a variety of budgets, but those looking to add all the elements of a spa bathroom–a soaker tub, rain shower, large vanity, new décor and more–should plan to spend about $30,000. For those considering a new spa bathroom, Appelquist says there are a lot of resources available for inspiration, including home renovation TV shows and endless websites. “I encourage everyone to research, and do a lot of thinking about what your priorities are,” she says. “Find out what your wants are versus your needs, and then just go for it.” FLSW
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More Than JusT Care: riverview Village is a Community By Jamie Fischer Photos mindy mcGreGor
n the late 1990s, Glenn and Diana Hanke noticed a definite need in the Swift Current community. Together, they worked with locals in the area to create a board of directors to help facilitate the creation of a place for seniors to live independently, and also to transition into assistance as they needed it. The result was Riverview Village Estates: a non-profit housing community that is still managed by a volunteer board of directors of local professionals, where all finances created from its operations are reinvested
into the facility and its community. The Hanke`s, through their company, Prairie Care Developments, manage the day-today operations of Riverview. Riverview Village Estates offers beautiful one and two bedroom independent living condos, where residents can subscribe to as many or few services as they need, such as meal services, housekeeping, medication monitoring, personal care and transportation. The condos also come furnished with five appliances, so residents can do their own cooking and laundry.
The Willows Suites in Riverview Village offer a complete care package for residents. For those in need of living assistance, the friendly staff members at the Willows ensure that you have the support you need, in a caring and dignified environment. In the Willows, residents receive a high level of personal care, and can have extremely personalized service to accommodate special dietary, medical and other needs. Riverview truly is a village. Each resident has their own home, but the facility
has a number of shared amenities that all residents and their guests can enjoy together. Outdoors, they have beautiful grounds complete with detailed landscaping, a waterfall and two full courtyards. The grounds also include walking paths, a large fire pit area for summer barbeques with friends and family, and gardens that the residents manage. Inside, Riverview has an activity room for movies and games, a well-stocked library managed by the residents, a spacious dining room, and an exercise area to ensure that no matter the weather, all residents can keep up their healthy lifestyles. At Riverview, residents are encouraged to keep living as actively as possible. The village itself offers dozens of ways to keep an engaged lifestyle, and encourages their residents to keep up their interests and hobbies. Many of the activities and programs offered at Riverview are managed by residents themselves. For example, Riverview offers a monthly wellness clinic that brings in nurses from the local health district. This monthly clinic is organized and facilitated by residents already living in Riverview who have medical backgrounds. Friends and family are also encouraged to participate in the Riverview Village lifestyle. To accommodate longer term visits from out-of-town guests, Riverview even has a bed and breakfast for those visitors who need their own space outside of the condos. The condos available at Riverview are sold on the life-lease model, and all the profit from the sales goes back into the Riverview community. Just like owning a home, residents are allowed to live in their condo, according to their lease agreements, the way they would in any other piece of owned property. The caring staff members at Riverview Village Estates come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have one thing in common: they love what they do. Personal care is a calling, not a career, and the friendly personal care staff members at Riverview are no exception. Riverview also has a red seal chef in charge of their kitchen, a certified teacher as their events coordinator, and a team of energetic and trained personal care aides to make life at Riverview as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Everything about Riverview Village fosters the idea of community, from their non-profit status, to their friendly staff who truly care about their residents. The board of directors are all local community members who want to see a better life for Swift Currentâ€™s seniors. The members, Gord Hagen, Tim Marcus, Bob Dyke, Nelson Pompu, Barb Fraser, George Bowditch, Frasen Kochan and Shannon Lamb, come from different community backgrounds, and each offer their own unique contributions to Riverview Village. From Riverviewâ€™s inception, the board of directors has governed the estates to ensure that all administrative decisions are made in the best interests of the residents. By having a local group govern Riverview, the village has ensured that as time passes, Riverview Estates will continue to be a community where seniors can enjoy a healthy, safe and active lifestyle, while still maintaining the level of care they need. To see what Riverview Village Estates has to offer you or your loved ones as they transition into a new lifestyle, call them in Swift Current at 306.773.8146 to arrange an appointment. FLSW
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Are You a Spender or a Saver?
all too often it’s difficult to tell the difference between the investment statements of somebody who is living off of their investments versus someone saving for their retirement.
L-R Michelle Schmiess, Jerrod Schafer, Kevin Patenaude
The Patenaude Schafer Group National Bank Financial Wealth Management 202 – 406 Cheadle St W Swift Current, SK 306.778.4770 1.866.446.9444
any people may quantify being a spender or a saver as how one treats their disposable cash flow. Do you let it pile up at the bank, or shop till you drop? We believe the term can be used to reference where you are in your investment cycle. Are you accumulating or spending your savings? The reality is that spending versus saving is a very different situation. Therefore, one should be able to conclude that the investment portfolios and strategies used are very different. Unfortunately,
An investor putting money away isn’t worried about withdrawals for 10, 15 or 20 years, doesn’t need to worry about liquidity, and depending upon their risk tolerance, has time to recover from fluctuations in the stock market. These investors can take advantage of investment programs where liquidity isn’t a priority, and in many cases, the investment strategy and solution should be customized to that investor. When it comes to someone withdrawing from their savings, liquidity and capital protection now become the priority. Certainly, we are living longer than ever, and it is more important than ever to achieve long-term growth ensuring purchasing power and principal preservation. However, monthly obligations and avoiding permanent capital loss are paramount concerns. Some of the most important factors in a sound retirement plan are balancing realistic expectations with total savings and personal objectives. Of course, every individual and family is unique, and comparing your situation to a friend on coffee row is like hearing stories of gambling success–we share the good and not the bad. A sustainable withdrawal rate (SWR) is a safe rate whereby investors can withdraw
an amount, and feel secure they will not erode their principal. Historically, the math has ranged from three to six per cent, with four per cent being a number that can be safely targeted for investors. Generally, this strategy lets investors use diversification as their primary tool for risk management with a goal of preserving their nest egg. Those who want a higher withdrawal rate must be comfortable knowing they will very likely erode their investment capital. There are a number of variables in today’s environment, such as recordlow interest rates or political tension in Europe, which have a dramatic impact on investments, and magnify the differences between spenders and savers. At The Patenaude Schafer Group, we take great pride in developing customized long-term investment portfolios and disciplined strategies for those seeking retirement income. With all the economic and political uncertainty in the world, we invite you for a no-obligation review of your investment portfolio and retirement income plan. FLSW
The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of National Bank Financial. National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. The National Bank of Canada is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). National Bank Financial Wealth Management is a member CIPF
BreTT WilSOnâ€™S Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes By Devin Pacholik PHOTOS heather Fritz
rett Wilson is a role model for Canadian business men and women, and is known largely for his former role on CBC’s award-winning Dragons’ Den and his latest show from Slice, Risky Business. As a University of Saskatoon alumnus, Wilson has gone on to become a member of the Order of Canada and the chairman of both Canoe Financial and his Prairie Merchant Corporation. Wilson’s legacy is also marked by his incredible philanthropy, generating tens of millions of dollars for many charities and social programs. He has been presented scads of awards and honours for his incredible success in commerce as one of the leading investors in the country. Now, Wilson can add another title to his name: author. His first book, Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes, is about how to re-evaluate our personal definitions of success, according to the publisher, Penguin Press. Through trial and error, he has discovered that health, family, and friends are the foundations for real, enduring success, both in business and in life. The book is about his journey, which continues to teach him this crucial lesson. As the author says, “Though my book is titled ‘Redefining Success,’ the subtitle is just as important—’Still Making Mistakes.’” Below is an excerpt from Redefining Success, in which Wilson discusses the importance of integrity in the professional world. As the chances of greater financial gain and power increase, so too do the temptations and follies of immorality:
Developing a Moral Compass (excerpt from Redefining Success)
“A regular compass consistently guides geographical direction. A moral compass is a mental process that consistently points a person in a particular direction in life. A moral compass is an internal tool. Some might refer to it as a conscience or a feeling that consistently guides personal beliefs and actions. From my experience, most people either have a strong ethical sense when they start out in business or they develop one along the way. Watching people suffer from the consequences of bad or unethical choices will eventually raise the question, is it really worth it? And the wise ones soon discover that unethical actions or values never are worth pursuing. For me, the lesson about sticking to a strong moral compass—with a focus on doing what’s right—came when I was starting out. As I mentioned, early in my career I worked closely with someone who was sadly lacking moral standards. In fact, if it is possible for anyone to be completely devoid of ethics, he came close. He treated his employees unfairly, without respect, honesty
“The most important asset you will ever have, and the one that appreciates the most, is the human capital you hire, develop and retain.” WBW
or encouragement, and he certainly didn’t deal squarely with his clients. Within a few weeks of joining his firm, I discovered that he had a willingness to share confidential information around town when it might serve his own self-interest. I realized that being associated with him was not wise, and I got out as soon as I could extricate myself from that situation. Unfortunately for me, that took almost eighteen, miserable, frustrating months. That experience helped me get clarity about what kind of businessperson I wanted to be “when I grew up”—I wanted to be someone who is both fair and respectful, who negotiates a square deal with mutual interests in mind, who invests in people rather than projects, who follows through on promises and who delivers quality service every time. I wanted to be someone for whom a handshake creates a bond much stronger and more enduring or meaningful than a written contract. My time with my immoral colleague was influential in guiding me to my moral compass. Thanks to my upbringing, by parents who lived by strong ethical principles, I have always enjoyed a heightened sense of awareness of what is right or wrong. I didn’t always pay attention to my moral compass in the early days of my various careers, but I actually did find it over time and that moral compass has certainly strengthened with time. I’ve seen what happens to people who operate ethically in business and life and those who don’t. Some of my own mistakes confirmed what I already knew—that the consequences of flexible or misguided moral or ethical standards are just too dire for me. Having a strong principled foundation is not the only way to succeed. Sure, there are those who have achieved material wealth without principles. But, to me, an honest path is a worthy path and this is the best path to success. Success is simply more sustainable and rewarding when it’s achieved without jeopardizing one’s integrity. You will sleep better at night. You will gain financial success without losing the respect of your employees, your customer or your competitors. More importantly to most of us, you will secure the respect of your own children, the ultimate judges of your actions and legacy.”
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“We could have left the Trailer Park long ago if we had had this book. But we didn’t. Oh well.” Michael Smith (a.k.a. Bubbles) “W. Brett Wilson is an accomplished businessman and a philanthropist of the highest order. How he got there is a combination of a big work ethic and a big heart. Brett is a powerful and attractive man.” Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed
From this exerpt, we can see that Wilson’s book is not a get-richquick guide — far from it. He no doubt speaks to his triumphs and the path he took to get where he is today; however, Wilson teaches the importance of the difference between right and wrong. The choice is personal and sometimes immeasurable, but the decisions we make are inescapable.
“Brett does it all—he loves what he does and he does it with total conviction and passion. Here he shares with you his insights on prioritizing success. Brett’s the real deal—a true Canadian leader with an inspirational message.”
Fans of Dragon’s Den generally note Wilson presented himself as a man of compassion and moral rigour — a stark contrast between him and some of his former colleagues, namely Kevin O’ Leary. The two often butted heads on the issue of economics versus ethics — O’ Leary opting for dollars and Wilson for altruism. He continues to show us we can have both.
“Engineer, boy genius, investment banker, adventurer, mentor, TV star, Canada’s most imaginative and committed philanthropist, of course above all parent, Brett Wilson offers the only logical path to true success—behave decently with genuine concern for others and your abundance will really mean something.”
What Redefining Success reveals is Wilson has grown professionally and personally; that he has been misguided before. As he says, “Although I was successful, I’d been though addiction treatment, counseling, and I realized I wasn’t very happy.” And yet, the person he is today, according to his book, has learned the errors he continually makes, though regrettable, are inextricably part of his character. The trick is to overcome. FLSW
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Dan Aykroyd, CM, D. Lit. (HC), head proprietor, Crystal Head Vodka “I knew Brett long before his fame arrived. He wasn’t perfect then and he’s not perfect now. What he is, is honest, very energetic and visionary. This means there is lots of good learning and fascinating stories in this book.” Jim Peplinski, Stanley Cup –winning businessman
L-R Cal Holfeld, computer repair tech; Joe Collinson, web software developer; Mike Johnson, computer sales & service manager; Preston Lord, owner/web software developer; Lori Lord, owner/accounting
Fast, Reliable ComputeR suppoRt You Need BY Brook ThalgoTT PHOTOGRAPHER Corla rokoChy
ntricate Networks Inc. is Southwest Saskatchewan’s source for computer support. The company was born as a division of South West Terminal, and has grown to support companies across Western Canada, while maintaining its core business in Swift Current. Preston Lord, working in computer service and support in the Swift Current area since 1998, started the company with South West Terminal in 2005. “We
started developing custom software for the terminal, and branched out quickly over the next three years,” says Preston. Intricate Networks was based at the terminal, creating custom software for the grain industry, and providing support to several businesses in the area. By 2008, Intricate Networks relocated to Swift Current from Gull Lake, hiring Mike Johnson as the company’s computer sales and service manager, and Joe Collinson as a web software developer. The company
grew again in 2010 with the addition of Cal Holfeld as a computer technician. Finally, in April 2011, Preston and his wife Lori, bought the company outright. Today, Intricate Networks offers computer support to large and small business networks, department stores, gas stations, banks, car dealerships, hotels and motels, restaurants and more. “For any new client, we do onsite assessments and an estimate of the
requirements to get your business network running efficiently,” says Preston. Intricate Networks also offers its business clients Dell, Lenovo and HP workstations and servers, as well as many other network infrastructure solutions. The company’s computer support is used by companies near and far. “Our IT network structure was in need of an overhaul; we were constantly struggling through server and hardware problems. We made the decision to move to Intricate Networks, and they helped put a plan in place to remedy both issues. We made the investments that they suggested to improve our network and establish a hardware replacement protocol, and our headaches have been alleviated. It has taken the stress out of day-to-day operations, and in my world, that’s vital,” says Elden Moberg, chief operating officer of Stark & Marsh.
Lori Lord, owner/accounting
Just recently, Intricate Networks started offering computer support for home users. “There is a definite need in the Southwest for fast and reliable homeuser computer support,” says Preston. “We are hoping to increase our homeuser client base, and become the support provider of choice in the Southwest.” Custom software is also another of Intricate Networks’ specialties, something they have been doing for their clients from the very beginning. They can write custom software to help run any business more efficiently. “We’ve moved many businesses off cumbersome spreadsheets and cookiecutter accounting software,” says Preston. Intricate Networks has created a software solution called iNIMS (Intricate Networks Information Management Suite) that offers many business modules to clients, as well as a platform to write new modules for new clients. Some of the iNIMS modules available include Accounting, ISO Management, Board Governance Management, Online Share Trading, Facility Grain Management and Facility Maintenance Management. The company also creates and hosts websites, and has grown to be the largest hosting provider in the Southwest, with their own servers and facilities located in Swift Current. “We currently host websites for companies all over North America,” says Preston. In addition to
Mike Johnson, computer sales & service manager
the company’s web services, they have also developed their own digital signage solution, splitPanel (splitPanel.com), a web-based digital billboard solution that offers companies all over the US and Canada an easy-to-use, affordable digital signage solution. Customers can administer their digital signage from anywhere using a web browser, and have their signage up-to-date all the time. The signage solution is proving popular around North America.
Preston Lord, owner/web software developer
“I was searching for an innovative and engaging display for our customers that would provide valuable information on a variety of products and services we offer, yet allow the flexibility to change content on demand,” says Mark Plewis, sales manager for Standard Motors in Swift Current. “splitPanel Digital Displays have provided this, along with excellent hosting and service support.” Intricate Networks continues to innovate, and works closely with their clients to support their ever-changing computer needs. They have grown from a small office in Gull Lake to an office in Swift Current, providing computer solutions to businesses all over North America. To learn more about what Intricate Networks can do for your home or office, you can reach them at 306.778.0800, or stop by their office at 1081 Central Avenue North. FLSW
ABOVE Joe Collinson, web software developer BELOW Cal Holfeld, computer repair tech
iNTRICATE NETWORKS INC. #6 1081 Central Avenue North Swift Current T: 306.778.0800 1.866.949.iNET F: 306.778.0398 www.inetx.ca www.splitPanel.com
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etworking is an important activity when it comes to marketing and building a business. It can produce potential clients, it can also be a great way to meet other like-minded people, and business resources. While women have natural tendencies to connect with each other, without a plan aligned for business, networking can be a dead end. Chances are you have been to a social gathering that was a great platform for networking. You met lots of fabulous people, shared in delightful conversation, and exchanged several business cards, maybe even offered to do coffee one day soon. You left feeling wonderful, feeling like you made some connections with people and have some hot leads. A couple days pass by with no phone calls, no emails. A week goes by, still nothing. The enthusiastic high is gone, and so is your hope.
The real networking starts after the exchange of business cards. Have you ever heard the phrase, the magic is in the follow up? Whether you’re in sales, business building mode, or recruiting high potentials, the rubber hits the road when you take that business card and initiate communication. Leaders initiate. People do business with people they know, like, and trust. The stage where the business cards were exchanged was simply an introduction; chances are there wasn’t time or space to make a meaningful or fruitful connection. Take the next step in building rapport by sending an email or a hand-written note. My personal preference is a hand-written note – it’s personal and it stands out from the flood of daily emails people get. But an email will work as well because it shows thoughtfulness. If you promised one of those network introductions a coffee meeting, then don’t wait for them to initiate, call that person to set up a date and time. When you finally meet face to face without the constant interruptions or distractions of the original function then be prepared to get to know the other person. Make a point of learning about what matters most to them. Not sure what to say or ask? Here’s a great formula to help you: FORM. Ask questions about the other person’s Family, their Occupation, what they enjoy for Recreation, and their Market (who is their ideal client or referral). These questions demonstrate genuine interest in the other person, and no matter what you’re selling or looking for chances are good that you’ll uncover the information you are seeking to determine a fit or not. Getting to know the other person is a high priority in the follow up meeting, it’s also equally as important to talk about yourself and your business. People can’t get to know you unless you share, this builds credibility and trust. Along the way try be likeable, it’ll get you further in your networking. Networking requires some effort; it calls for more than handing out or collecting business cards. Networking is about meeting people and getting to know them so that they’ll want to get to know you and your business. Win over their hearts and you’ll win more business. Jill Poulton (www.jillpoulton.com) is President of the Regina Women’s Network and coaches business women to higher levels of success. You can contact Jill at email@example.com or 306-585-2123. FLSW
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