APRIL 2021 LLOYDMINSTER & AREA
LOCALEyll TIME TO RIDE LADY RIDER'S IT IS TIME TO GET YOUR ENGINE'S READY!
MICHELE CHARLES GUSTAFSON MEET ENTREPRENEUR, LIFE COACH & AMAZON BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
LLOYDMINSTER INTERVAL SOCIETY: MORE PROGRAMS & BENEFITS FOR OUR CITIZENS
10 Meet Alecia Denis, owner of Cherish Death and Mourning, and learn about her new services that she is offering the families of Lloydminster and Area as a Death Doula. Photography by Kimberly Kalon
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FACIALS FOR TEENS
Nouveau Laser & Aesthetic Centre talks about the importance of skin care for the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents.
12. MEET ZOE GRAY
Meet the Lloydminster & District SPCA Operations Manager and Registered Veterinary Technologist.
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CONFIDENT CONNECTED KIDS
Meet Dani and Delaina, two teachers who have developed an online program that is science and play based to help children and the people who love them learn and grow skills for huge concepts such as self worth and resilency. Photography by Kimberly Kalon
26. BEATING THE ODDS Elenee Young interviews the owners of Spiro's in a candid interview about what the pair have learned in over 50 years of Business.
40 YEARS +
LLOYDMINSTER INTERVAL SOCIETY Learn all about how this non-profit society has been educating, assisting, and making the lives of Lloydminster citizens better for the last 40 years.
16. LADIES! IT'S TIME TO RIDE! Kilted Customs talks about the growing number of female motorcycle enthusiasts, and how to prepare for the upcoming season.
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HUE AND STYLE
MICHELE CHARLES GUSTAFSON DOESN'T STYLE CLOTHES.
Confidence, self worth, and science are things that the Amazon best-selling author teaches, while mentoring men & women around the globe how to harness their inner strengths. https://www.hueandstyle.com/ Michele Charles Gustafson is no stranger to success. You may even know her as the "Mary Kay Lady", as at one time she was one of the top earners in all of Canada. However, this woman has spent years taking her strengths, talents, and passions to craft herself a business, a podcast, a CTV repeat guest expert segment, and a book that is grabbing attention internationally. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon discussing the parts of life, business and community that this inspirational woman loves. So grab a cup of coffee, because Michele has been busy, and there is a lot to share with you all! This successful female entrepreneur-a Certified Image Consultant & Certified Master Life Coach-has hand-crafted and curated Hue and Style, an online platform (long before COVID and before ZOOM was a thing) that focuses on self-awareness, the science behind styling, and self-image.
HER PLATFORM OFFERS WHAT MICHELE BELIEVES IN -
- PERMANENT SOLUTIONS.www.localeyll.ca
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THIS IS NOT ABOUT CLOTHES. THIS IS ABOUT DRESSING AND SELF ACCEPTANCE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT FASHION, BUT STYLING YOUR LIFE'S INTENTION. AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK SHOW UP CONFIDENT BY MICHELE GUSTAFSON IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, OR CAN BE PURCHASED LOCALLY AT OLIVE & BIRCH DESIGNS Written by: Kimberly Steier Photos by.: Kimberly Kalon Marketing & Photography
Why and how did HUE & STYLE come to be?
Michele: started doing style in 2012, and back then I really did focus on the function of the clothes, the body and the colour; the things you use to get dressed. What I found was that women weren't staying happy, just by putting clothes on. It bugged me that even though I would bring them in for three and four sessions, teach them about their body shape, teach them to put on makeup or their colours, it didn't stick long term.
only want permanent solutions. That's part of my values.So I revamped how I did HUE & STYLE in about 2015 it become a holistic program.
IT'S A HOLISTIC MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. I ALWAYS SAY IT'S CALLED AN IMAGE- CONFIDENCE PROGRAM. That's when I started seeing women create permanent happiness, permanent resilience, permanent confidence, while they were getting ready for their day; and that made me happy. It aligned my values: that if I teach them once they know it forever.
I AM NOT INTERESTED IN THEM LEARNING JUST TO SATISFY A FOR A SEASON OF FASHION. I WANT THEM TO LEARN TO PRESENT THEMSELVES FOR THEIR LIVES.
APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOUR, COMMUNICATION: THOSE ARE THE THREE ABC'S OF IMAGE
If you're only focused on what you're wearing, (your "style" as most call it) you're only using one tiny piece of image, the "a" and ignoring the "b" and "c". Behaviour has to do with, especially from a business standpoint, how you're treating your customers, how you're answering the phone, how you use your gestures, and your nonverbal communication. Especially on Zoom these days, you need to know: What is your face doing? What commands attention virtually. Then, there are your communication skills: How do you speak about yourself? How are you putting yourself out there from resume
MICHELE MENTORS INDIVIDUALS COMMITTED TO PERSONAL GROWTH, EAGER TO LIVE UP TO THEIR POTENTIAL, AND THOSE WHO WANT TO LEAVE A LEGACY.
to social posts, to profile pictures? All of that is communication. Those ABC's have to be 100% dialled in for someone to trust you within a three-second first impression. Because that's all you have in these modern times. It's not seven seconds anymore.
PEOPLE BEGIN TO TRUST YOU BASED ON THE COMBINATION AND CONGRUENCE OF ALL THE PARTS OF YOUR IMAGE. IF YOU ARE A LEADER, THIS STRATEGIC SKILL AND PRACTICE IS VITAL FOR YOUR GROWTH AND IMPACT.
Michele is a repeat guest expert on CTV 's Your Morning. Check out some replays of some of her features. Michele hosts the Confidence Shift Podcast for the female entrepreneur, professional or community influencer that wants to transform her style, image presence, and confidence mindset but doesn’t know how they are connected or where to start. Start with these 40+ episodes. Michele lends her expertise as a keynote guest speaker at events and offers free educational resources on her website.
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COMMUNICATION Michele Gustafson continues to explain how image and communication effects the financial success of a business.
Every business owner needs to understand that the image of their people is communicating to their customer. Image is the strategy behind building trust. Clothing and appearance is one tiny piece and it's vital it's polished for a business, but businesses can not over look how you answer the phone, how you return an email or how you settle a customer dispute, as these are all parts of your image. I want businesses to understand that image should be a part of your customer service strategy. If you have not talked to your employees about the full scope of image: A, B, and C, you are leaving money on the table. The best businesses are employers who help their teams develop image skills. These skills build confidence, help people become more bold at their positions and help keep customers loyal. Image skills are the original customer attraction and retention tactics-before social media and before the internet. I predict that businesses who adopt "old school" image skills to build their reputation in a skeptical internet-based marketplace will lead in their industries and communities.
haven't figured it out, or had trained your team on it, there's room for improvement.
People don't just know image skills, they need to be taught and practiced. Businesses, remember, people have too many choices for where they can spend their money. To keep people, you'll need to communicate and follow through with excellence. Instead of wondering why you are losing customers, take time to reflect on why they have chosen not to shop with you, then fix it! People are choosing other options because they are not seeing your business as preferred! That could be how the client prefers to be dealt with as a customer, speed of delivery, customer service , quality of products. Choose to work on all areas of weakness, and choose to work on your image around it.The excellence of your business is communicated through your image.
THE EXCELLENCE OF YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMUNICATED THROUGH YOUR IMAGE. MY DAD, DR. GERALD CHARLES, TAUGHT ME : THE GREATEST MEASURE OF SUCCESS AS A BUSINESS IS THE NUMBER OF REFERRALS YOU RECIEVE. YOU ONLY RECIEVE REFERRALS IF YOU ARE EXCELLENT. Kim: I run into your clients all the time Michele. When I meet them, I don't hear about their families, I don't hear about their businesses, I hear about you [Michele]. You literally have changed something so incredibly important for them that they can't help but tell people about it.
All of these professional image behavior cues, are either making you money or losing you money. If you
WHAT DO I DO I attach my clients' dearest, deepest, most powerful values to how they see themselves in the mirror. They use that power to change others.
People wonder how do I change the world?
I believe we change the world, one person at a time. We then change the world by having so many people being intentional about their good work, that
>> IN MICHELE'S WORDS
we all do it together. So what I do is create those beacons who will change others. That's what I do.
Owner of Cherish Death & Mourning, Alecia Denis is bringing light, education and conversations about things that are often not talked about to the community of Lloydminster.
ello everyone! My name is Alecia Denis, and I am your local Death Doula, owner of Cherish Death & Mourning here in Lloydminster. I have been in the area since 1994, originally from Saskatoon. I come from a family of 4. I am a mother, daughter, fiancé, survivor, and a woman that believes in supporting other people. In reading all of this, I have a feeling that most of you are still wondering, “what the heck is a Death Doula?!” Allow me to explain..
hat is a death doula?
A Death Doula is a non-medical, emotional support professional for those nearing the end of life, those whom have lost a loved one, or for anyone that wants to plan ahead. I strongly believe that death is not morbid, but a part of life, and so speaking about it is necessary!
hy I chose this path? there were many jobs that I wanted to do as I grew from a little girl, into adulthood. Some of them related to the end of life, mechanics, counseling, writing, singing..you name it. Over the years I worked a variety of jobs that never aligned with what I was meant to do, although I was still unsure what exactly that was. Then I had two people, unrelated to each other, mention that I should consider becoming a Death Doula. Not knowing what it was, I researched and instantly knew, that was what I needed to do! In hindsight, I can see how the end of life and support role ties in with writing and educating, and I can’t begin to express how excited I am to fulfilling my purpose.
MEET ALECIA DENIS W HAT I OFFER:
First and foremost: Safety and Confidentiality!!! My first job is to make sure that you feel secure and safe. You will never be judged on ANYTHING. All conversations between myself and any potential client are confidential, whether I am hired or not. When people are in a vulnerable state, safety, and privacy is of utmost importance.
I will help you in a tragic time, by advising you of what needs to be done, and what I can do to relieve you of some of those tasks. I can handle errands that you may require, or even light house cleaning, and grocery shopping.
I will sit with your loved one so you can take care of your needs. Being a caregiver can be tiresome and it's important that you recharge so you can be
there fully for your loved one and family. I will care for them while you go home to rest, shower, and have a meal.
If you or someone you know is terminal, or nearing the end of life, I will sit vigil bedside. I will hold the space and provide comfort, and non-judgmental support, leading up to, and during the transitioning process. I can also create sacred spaces that will appeal to the individual's senses.
If you have a beloved elderly individual in your life, requiring a little help around the home, appointments to be set up and reminded about, errands are taken care of, such as grocery shopping or otherwise, I would love to ensure that they're looked after. If they need light cooking or baking done in their home, I'm happy to care for them that way too.
It is so important to make sure that you have things in place so that your family isn't trying to figure out what your wishes might have been if something happens to
MORE INFO If there is a service that is wanted or needed, and it is not listed, I encourage you to reach out to me. If I can’t help, I want to try to get you the resources you need. These are times when no one should feel unsupported. I want to be clear that I am not here to give legal advice but to consult and assist in the planning process. This service is not a substitute for therapy or grief
you. What does a "good death" look like to you? There are several things you can do early to provide your family with a little peace, so they can focus on the grieving process, rather than trying to determine what you would have wanted, and what to do next on the task list. Making sure your family understands your position can save issues later.
I want to bring a sense of normalcy and calm surrounding the death experience, to empower the dying and allow them to be heard and advocated for, without personal agenda. I want to alleviate clients and their families from "to do" lists, so their attention can be focused where they feel it is needed most. I don't believe that anyone should die alone, so I want to honour the dying by taking that last walk with them on their journey.
It is never too early to plan!
counseling, it is simply to offer comfort, peace, and direction in challenging times. I am here to help and I’m excited to bring the Death Positive Movement to Lloydminster, and serve our community!
LLOYD SPCA MEET ZOE ZOE GRAY IS THE OPERATIONS MANAGER AND REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNOLOGIST FOR THE LLOYDMINSTER & DISTRICT SPCA.
have been working at the SPCA since the summer of 2017. I was fresh out of the Vet Tech program in Vermilion, AB when I was hired. I started as a kennel attendant and as things shifted throughout the years, I found myself in the Operations Manager role. I have a dog who I adopted from the SPCA as well as a plethora of reptiles.”
What is something you wish people knew about our SPCA? I wish more people knew how dedicated the SPCA staff are to the animals in our care. Sometimes we work 7 days a week just to be sure the animals are cleaned, fed and loved. We all cherish each animal like our own and some adoptions are really bittersweet when your favorites get adopted. In the end, we all want the SPCA animals to go to furever loving homes.
55TH ANNIVERSARY •
When our organization was founded, we did not have a shelter facility of our own and the Board Members would house and adopt out homeless animals from their personal homes. • While staffing numbers have changed throughout the years, our current staff is comprised of five full-time members, two part-time and one casual. • In 2020, 809 animals entered the care of our SPCA. • As of March 15th 2021, our organization had 66 animals in our care.
PLEASE NOTE THESE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED
Our organization was the fortunate recipient of a $300 donation from some fantastic youth in our community! Students from Jack Kemp Community School created friendship bracelets and sold them for Anti-Bullying Day, donating the profits to our SPCA. We absolutely love seeing young members of our City step up to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals – particularly in such a creative way!
THANK YOU JACK KEMP COMMUNITYSCHOOL!
DIGGING With Spring just around the corner and the snow beginning to melt, many dog “pawrents” may be worried about their pooch making a game out of digging up the flower bed, or a hole in the yard. Whether the reason be searching for pests such as mice or voles, being bored, or just being curious, we understand that this unwanted behaviour can be frustrating! For rodent reasons, we recommend utilizing humane deterrents to keep these little creatures out of the yard to eliminate the desire for Fido to dig after them. Boredom and curiosity are best redirected – instead of scolding your dog for digging (a natural behaviour),
redirect and reward them with a space they can freely dig away at! A sandbox makes a great alternative, so if your pup begins digging in the yard, consistently redirect them to the sandbox and give them treats and praise for digging in an appropriate location. Your dog will soon learn that they are able to happily dig away to burn off some energy and satisfy their digging desire! www.localeyll.ca
FACIA ARE TEEN FACIALS A LUXURY OR NECESSITY? We believe, at Nouveau Laser and Aesthetic Centre, that facials should be considered part of a healthy skin routine much like going to a dentist for oral hygiene.
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aking care of our skin should never be seen simply as a luxury treatment, it is in fact your largest organ. If you are a parent of a teen reading this, do you have a daughter you have noticed caking on thick foundation to hide the breakouts? Or a son scrubbing his face raw in the shower trying to get rid of the blackheads and pimples popping up all over his face? Please take them seriously if they ever ask to book in for a facial treatment, they are worried and self-conscious about their skin but don’t know what to do about it.
There are so many benefits to booking your teenager in to see a qualified skin professional. This is a prime age to teach them proper skin hygiene. As our children transition into adulthood, puberty triggers chemical fluctuations in their bodies. Androgen hormones begin to overtake and increase sebum or oil production as well as stimulate hair growth. The excess oil and skin cells can form a plug that gets infected with bacteria which then becomes a breakout. Our teens have the world wide web at their disposal
which has made it easy for them to access information at any time. With influencers doing constant paid promotions, along with skincare reviews and routine videos, they can easily fall victim to inaccurate information that can cause more harm than good. Skincare is not a one size fits all. What works for me will not necessarily be the right routine for you, because our skin will have different needs. This is why we offer complimentary consultations, where we can assess your specific skin concerns and address them with proper ingredients and treatments suited for your specific needs.
Here are some benefits of booking your teen in for a facial.
hygiene.Teaching teens, the importance of using quality products over trendy $60 masks from Sephora and layering inches of makeup on their skin to help hide blemishes is important, not only for the integrity of their skin but for your wallet! Using professional products
that are right for your skin is no more, sometimes even less expensive than products from big box stores like Sephora.
Teaching your teens, the importance of not picking or popping their acne breakouts, so that they are not having to repair major acne scarring later in life. Although we can help with that, prevention is ideal. Getting acne prone skin under control can be a journey. Explaining the importance of committing to a routine at home is key, along with regular visits to a certified aesthetician to keep them accountable and to help them along the journey until they can maintain.
Self-confidence. It is already hard being a teenager, in this world of social media influencing. The majority of photos they see on their feeds, whether it is Instagram, TikTok, VSCO etc. are photoshopped. There are very few photos/ videos on these platforms that portray real skin. We are all guilty of using filters and wanting, flawless, tight, pore less skin. That is not reality, and I think it is important for teens to have a professional explain this to them. It is ok to have pores,
Book your teen that facial. Help them love the skin they are in. written by Vanessa Arriagada. Clinical DIrector of
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texture and blemishes. We are not porcelain dolls.
What happens during a teen facial? Each facial is customized to an extent to your teens concerns. We begin by cleansing their skin with an appropriate cleanser while getting some history on their current routine and lifestyle. The next step is exfoliation, either with the Hydrafacial or manual. Which is then followed up with either a steam or Glycolic softening of the skin, to prep it for extractions if needed. Although not very pleasant, the instant gratification of smoother skin, will make your teen feel great and they will want to continue seeing results so will more likely continue with a recommended skincare routine. The facial is then finished off with a Hydrojelly mask and a neck/shoulder massage. Their aesthetician will then explain the recommendations they are given, along with why these specific ingredients are important for their skin type. Don’t you wish you could turn back time and start taking care of your skin as a teenager? How different would your skin currently be?
IT'S TIME TO RIDE! Written by Cara Haag
So it’s April, and for me, that means it's bike season! With that comes the necessary to-do list that needs to be done to get ready for another summer of riding. Everyone's list may be a bit different and may depend on what you do in the fall. The basics will always include checking tire pressure (and the wear on the tire), oil levels, lights and signals, brakes, and clutch. Spring is also the time to finish any projects and modifications you worked on over the winter. For some women, spring is the time we get our hubby’s or a buddy to get in gear and get the list accomplished, but statistically, 49% of women prefer to work on their own ride rather than sending it to a shop. This is in part the age-old stigma of a woman going into a repair shop, and feeling as though we are being taken advantage of, and being made to feel uncomfortable. Thankfully times have changed. Female riders
are currently the fastest growing area of the motorcycle market. In 2018, 1 in 5 riders were women. This is double the percentage of 2009. (Survey by motorcycle industry council in the US) Often women are asked why they ride, what is the draw. There are different reasons for everyone, and the reason can vary every day. It can be the way we clear our head after a crazy day, or just a chance to smell spring in the air. (Yes each season smells different) Maybe it’s an opportunity to go check out a new small business in a neighbouring town that you heard about and lunch with friends. Whatever the reason, the freedom a bike offers is one of the most common draws for riding. With the growing number of women riders, we are now finding the industry is starting to recognize the importance of ensuring that they cater to these women, and give them what they are looking for. Riding gear is no longer just black. It can be found in almost any colour and is tailored to fit women
of women prefer to work on their own ride rather than sending it to a shop.
SPRING BIKE MAINTENANCE CHECK LIST
This is a list of items that you should check before you take the first ride/ drive of the season. You might think you don't have to check some of these items because you checked or changed them in the fall but many things can happen while the vehicle is in storage, bike or car. Things like fluid leaks, internal/ external, air leaks, condensation in the fluids, seized components and corroded electrical connections. Checking these items will make the start of the season safe and more enjoyable.
of any size and shape. Manufacturers are starting to produce aftermarket parts that allow us to customize our bikes any way we desire. Regardless if your taste runs to full-out sparkle (divasbling.com, bikergirlbling.com) or more into flames and skulls (karyakin.com, skullenterprises.com) Don’t forget that some custom paint or just a small painted item can add a personal touch. Many bike manufacturers also are looking to support the growing women’s market. They have started to make lighter bikes, have lower seats, different bars, and lowering kits. Kawasaki now hosts “She Rides” events, specifically created for women. Harley dealerships often have ladies' nights, these promote the chance to meet fellow riders and see new products. Kilted Customs is a big supporter of lady riders (and bikes in general). We believe that you should always feel comfortable coming in or calling with questions. If you want to bring your bike to us to
have it serviced and customized to suit you, we are happy to do that. But if you want some information on how to do it yourself, we will always take the time to explain. We are looking at hosting a ladies night in the near future (once the snow is permanently gone) where we can go over: pre-ride inspections, what’s involved in maintaining your bike, how you can improve the safety of your bike, and how to clean your bike with the least amount of effort.
May 1 is International Lady Rider Day. This is a time to celebrate
Check all fluid levels, for leaks and contamination • All oils, coolant if applicable, brake, clutch and shock fluid • Tire Pressure • Brake Function • Clutch function and adjustment • Throttle, not sticking and returns fully • Battery connections • Corrosion • Check that the connections are tight and the battery is fully charged • Mouse damage • All lights • Test horn Now you can start the engine. Monitor your gauges making sure you have oil pressure and the charging system is functioning correctly. Let it run to circulate the oil through the engine and to build temperature. Once the engine is up to temperature shut down and recheck engine oil. Now you are ready to go. Before you ride be sure to check your registration and insurance is up to date. Don't wait for the stop sign to test your brakes and clutch. While moving slow, feel how your bike/ car is handling. If everything feels good go enjoy your ride or drive. This is a great list of things to check throughout the season especially before along trip. No matter your mechanical ability these are simple easy checks. If you're not sure how to check all these items look in your owner's manual, find a shop or a friend that is willing to show you. Your owner's manual has a list of maintenance items and when they need to be addressed. If you have any question feel free to give Kilted Customs a call, or come down and ask in person!
the importance of women riders and gives us a chance to gather and further cement the bonds that join us together. So call your gang, make a plan (or not), hop on your bikes and celebrate being part of a group that makes your spirit
LLOYDMINSTER INTERVAL SOCIETY
40 YEARS For over 40 years, we have been dedicated to providing safety, support, and education by empowering the children, youth, adults, and communities to serve. We invite you to watch this video, which highlights the hard work, perseverance, resilience, and courage of those we serve, our organization, and the incredible supporters who have made this journey possible..
ABOUT THE SOCIETY
e hold the fundamental belief that every individual can reach her or his full potential; that all individuals have the capacity to grow and change, and that we must have a shared hope for an abuse-free society. e are passionately dedicated to developing life-times of well-being and healthy relationships for all. We are proud to offer a variety of programs and services to support women, children, and youth.
Located at: 5109-51 Street Lloydminster Interval Home Society – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn Lloydminster Community Youth Centre – Facebook,
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CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE olunteer –Volunteering requires patience, dedication, and commitment but the result, knowing that you made a difference in your community and the lives of others, is always worth it! We have many volunteering opportunities available for individuals or groups/teams!
D Mailing Address: PO Box 1523, Lloydminster SK, S9V 1K5 Crisis & Support: 780-875-0966 Crisis & Support Text Line: 780-808-1777 Administration Line: 780-808-5282 Email: email@example.com Web pages: www.intervalhome.org / www.lcyc.cc
onate to ‘For The Interval’ Store – Located at 5109-51 Street, we graciously accept gently-used items including clothing, housewares, linens, small appliances, furniture, books, sporting equipment, and so much more! Our donation hours are 7 days a week, from 10 AM – 4 PM. Donating during our designated hours helps us ensure that your donations are brought inside and can be used for what you have intended!
ur Wishlist – We are grateful to receive donations from community members and organizations! Our wishlist is a general needs list for our organization that will help us provide additional support and care to women, children, and youth in our community.
onate- Cash and cheque donations are graciously accepted as well. Donations of all kinds make a big impact and help us to provide the extras that we could not do without you.
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ur Emergency Shelter provides free of charge, temporary, safe accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence or other life crisis. ase Plan – Women staying at the shelter are offered ongoing case plan support. Case planning is specific to each client’s needs and has the goal of creating a plan with goals for after discharge from the shelter. amily Support – The focus of our Family Support Team is to build supportive, trusting relationships with every mother and child that helps them to move forward.
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ur Second Stage Housing Shelter, Dol-Mar Manor, provides longer-term support, programming, and security in modestly furnished, independent apartments.
ol-Mar Manor offers one-onone support for families, providing practical assistance with parenting, life skills, budgeting, nutritional meal planning, and more!
amily Violence Outreach Program empowers women to create meaningful change that leads to safety and well-being. Support is offered in-person, over the phone, or virtually.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Our Community Programs are designed to empower individuals and encourage them to live their best life – abuse free.
PROGRAMS INCLUDE: • LIVING WELL – FOR OLDER ADULTS, • SELF-EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN, • STRENGTH TO CHANGE – MEN’S PROGRAM, • AND BUILDING TRUST, MAKING FRIENDS.
CYC is a safe, fun, and non-judgmental drop-in Centre for youth between 1218. All youth are welcome and encouraged to be themselves! We offer hot meals, volunteer opportunities, fun and meaningful opportunities, safe rides to and from the Centre, and more! Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (@lcyc94)
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LLOYDMINSTER COMMUNITY YOUTH CENTRE (LCYC)
Whether you are a DIYer, an avid reader, fashion lover, upcycled treasure collector or just love a good deal, we have something for you at our second-hand store! We also graciously accept gently used items as donations Facebook Instagram
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Emergency Shelter Pillows and pillow protectors Garbage bins Hangers Women's socks Hampers PJ's - all sizes Lounge/sweat pants - all sizes Bras/sports bras - all sizes Underwear - small and medium
Bath/hand towels, face cloths Twin flannel/cotton sheet sets Twin comforters Backpacks/school supplies Gift cards - fuel, groceries, etc. Toiletries Baby bottles Diapers - size 4, 5, 6, wipes Pull-ups
Lamps Area rugs Twin sheet sets Double comforters Towel sets Pillows Baby monitors Baby bath towel rack Housecoats Diffusers and essential oils BBQ New cushions for outdoor chairs
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Journals, agendas, notebooks Tim Hortons, Starbucks or grocery gift cards - small amounts Family activity passes - bowling alley, swimming pool, movies
BEATING THE ODDS by Elenee Maria Young
OPENING A BUSINESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A RISK. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN COSTLY. IT’S ALWAYS COME AT A HIGH PRICE. Because of that, I have seen dozens of small businesses open and close over the course of my lifetime in Lloydminster. I’ve seen transfers of ownership, I’ve seen businesses move locations in hopes of better foot traffic, and of course I’ve seen many businesses close shop. Obviously, this is both terrifying and sad for business owners and consumers alike, because we truly want to see someone do well and succeed in the world of Lloydminster’s local businesses. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to encourage people who have dreamt of opening their own business but are intimidated by the risks. So with all that being said, I want to share an interview I did with my grandparents (Spiro and Tina) who have been in the restaurant industry for 50 years. They have experienced much success, but have also endured the most trying times as business owners – and have even lost their business. So let’s dive in!
ELENEE YOUNG : WHEN YOU OPENED UP YOUR VERY FIRST RESTAURANT, HOW DID YOU FEEL? SPIRO: I felt a lot of emotions. I was excited, hopeful, lost. Other than working at restaurants, we didn’t know a lot about owning a restaurant. I only ever had to please my boss before, and now I had a whole bunch of customers to please.
E: DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMUNITY MENTORS OR RESOURCES? SPIRO: No. I didn’t know anyone because we were new in town. 26
E: WHAT WERE THE KEYS TO SUCCESS IN YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? SPIRO:
We wanted to please the customer, which we still do today, and everything else fell into place. We always put our customers first, and the profits followed. Some business owners make the mistake of putting their pockets first, and everything else suffers greatly – often to the point of closure.
E: IF YOU HAD TO DO IT ALL AGAIN, WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING?
No. There isn’t much we can change that would have got us here today. We wouldn’t be here without our experiences.
When we celebrated our 50th year in business in Lloydminster. Low point:
E: WHAT WAS A HIGH POINT/ LOW POINT FOR YOU AS A BUSINESS OWNER?
In 1984 when we lost everything.
E: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR
E: WHAT IS A RESOURCE THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD AS A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR?
TINA: “The end is not when you’re defeated, it’s when you give up. – anonymous”.
Finances. There wasn’t much for support or handouts (grants, interest free loans, etc) to aspiring entrepreneurs like there is today. Since we were immigrants, we already struggled with fitting in and speaking the language, so getting started in business in Lloydminster felt like an uphill battle. Things were much more simple back then, but knowing we had a support system behind us would have benefited us immensely.
TINA & SPIRO:
SPIRO: Humble beginnings are important.
When we opened up 3K, downtown, I ignored a lot of voices (like the banks and my colleagues) that told me to “reel it in”, but I wanted to be the big shot in town and I wanted everything to be pristine. This cost us our restaurant in 1984. Start small with what you have, or what’s within your grasp at the time. As you build a reputation, the dreams you have for your business will start to happen in real life. Never try to beat your competition, simply start with pleasing your customers.
E: HOW HAVE THINGS CHANGED IN THE 50 YEARS YOU’VE BEEN IN BUSINESS? TINA: Everything has changed. The demand/expectations from people has changed. The food has changed. The service industry has a whole is dramatically different. People used to live much simpler lives, and now it feels like nothing ever stops. As the younger generations travel and become more cultured in different cuisine, there is a lot of variety to choose from out there. Back then, most restaurants served the same things, ie: meat and potatoes, Cornish hen, peas and carrots, etc. Nowadays, everything is infused with culturally diverse foods, and it’s wonderful to see. In order to stay current with the trends, we need to look first at what our customers here in Lloydminster are interested in and then give them something even better!
Local Food Expert, Elenee M. Young shares her thoughts on the food, service, and strengths of this locally renowned Restaurant.
Keep an eye out on their specials like their Special Prime Rib evenings, which they post about on their social media accounts.
Modern, updated decor gives a classy, comfortable dining experience.
I’ve actually been to The Proper quite a few times since they’ve opened and have enjoyed every single visit. I always try something different (because they have a really diverse menu!) and I have yet to be disappointed. I love their Caesar Salad and their chicken wings (I’m a sucker for honey garlic!) and one of the best things on their menu is “THE BURGER”. If you’ve been there before, know exactly which one I’m talking about. I believe it’s called “The Proper Burger”, and wow. It’s the king of local burgers! I must also comment on the service – which never disappoints. I have never had less than great service every time I’ve visited and each server has been so friendly. Although they have great food, I think their service is their greatest asset. The Proper is a wonderful locally owned restaurant and I highly recommend a trip there as soon as you can!
"Service was great, it was nice to see all the staff working together to provide excellent customer service! Food was delicious and served quickly and piping hot! Price was good too! We will be back!"
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