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FEaTurE 14 COVER FEATURE:
Designing Your Ideal Home
A PrAirie LegAcy By Sarah Moore
Celebrating 25 Years of A PrAirie AlPhAbet
wenty-five years ago, 26 pages changed the lives of two Saskatchewan women beyond their wildest dreams —and set a new precedent for Canadian children’s literature.
In 1975, Joanne Bannatyne met and married Ken Cugnet — a farmer from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. A city girl juxtaposed into a rural life, Joanne was unaccustomed to these new surroundings. Seeking out the answers would lead her down a road she could have never mapped out. Although Joanne was living on the farm, her four sons entered her world ripe with questions about it all. Joanne sought high and low for information from libraries, rural publications and local farm producers. Finding few resources beyond Old McDonald Had a Farm and nostalgically outdated stories from pioneer past, Joanne decided she would have to take matters into her own hands. Frustrated with the lack of information and the inadequacy of education about agriculture practice and policy, Joanne thought, “If it was going to be, it was up to me.” And so was born the idea to create a children’s book about life on the Prairies. Not only was the purpose to educate herself, but to share special stories about prairie life; little did she know they would reach around the world. The book did not come without its challenges. Joanne remembers: “The original manuscript was created in 1982. It took 10 years to find the right publisher. I was turned down by every publisher in Canada and in their rejection letters, some mentioned there was no market for a book about the Prairies — for children.” The rejection only fueled her determination. It was Tundra Books — a well-known publisher of fine children’s books — that finally saw the potential. “My prayers were answered,” reminisces Joanne. With a publisher in place came the task of bringing to life the story Joanne had written. The search for an illustrator began with one important stipulation — the artist had to be from the Prairies. Having seen Yvette Moore’s work on display at a gallery in Weyburn, Joanne and the publishers were attracted to involving Yvette in the project. Yvette came on board without hesitation when Joanne approached her. Having grown up on a farm, Yvette knew
firsthand what daily life on the Prairies was all about. “Right when Joanne shared her vision, I saw exactly in my mind what she was trying to say,” Yvette recollects. May Cutler, publisher with Tundra Books, agreed: “We are going with Moore.” Neither Joanne nor Yvette could have imagined what this collaborative relationship would hold in store. With no experience in how to get a book published, both mothers of four children were in for their share of surprises, challenges and triumphs. But Joanne and Yvette remained steadfast in their goal and vision of the book and did not waiver in their objective. With the writing of 26 alliterative sentences complete — all alphabetically appropriate — came the daunting task of 26 original paintings to set the scene for the words. Every detail had to be exact. As Joanne puts it, “A purple tractor would not do — it had to be John Deere green.” Yvette is no stranger to meticulous detail with her work, and together, the two perfectly illustrated their vision to tell the stories of what life is really like on the Prairies. With six paintings complete, slides of Yvette’s work were sent to the editor and publisher, who expressed concern about “not
Jo-Anne Bannatyne-Cugnet receives Saskatchewan Order of Merit. below Yvette Moore receives Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Photos courtesy The Government of Saskatchewan
enough life in the paintings.” Crushed, Yvette did not know what to do. Joanne’s advice was simple: “Keep painting and do not send them anymore pictures until you are done!” And that is exactly what they did. Following the completion of all 26 paintings, the publishers were delighted. “It took the full set of images to portray the concept of the book, which is a celebration of prairie life — the life we live and love,” remarks Joanne. At last, A Prairie Alphabet was ready, and in August 1992, it went to press. That moment was the culmination of a long journey. Joanne looks back: “It took me 10 years to hold that book in my hand. I guess you could say I’m a lesson in persistence.” At that time, the publisher was set to print 3,500 copies — a decent output for a first-time author and artist. Yet, that would not suffice for the duo. To be considered a bestseller in Canada, 5,000 books need to be sold. Joanne and Yvette had their sights set even higher — personally putting their money where their mouths were and ordering 2,000 copies to promote and sell themselves. What followed was an arduous series of book launches, promotional showcases, radio and television exposure, newspaper articles and public appearances to get the word out about this new book about life on the Prairies. The book was noticed far and wide. By September 1992, Tundra Books had run out of copies. In November, they printed 10,000 more and ran out of those. December saw 20,000 more copies printed with the book selling out by Christmas. As Tundra Books evolved within larger publishing houses, Joanne and Yvette lost track of the number, but the last official count was more than 500,000 books sold. The success was unprecedented for a children’s book. A Prairie Alphabet accumulated awards and accolades throughout the years, including the prestigious Mr. Christie’s Book Award for Best Illustration. The coveted text by Joanne and the award-winning illustrations by Yvette have captivated audiences who grew up on the Prairies, as well as those who have experienced them for the very first time through the book. It has been an amazing journey for this writer-artist duo from Saskatchewan — and the accolades, awards, accomplishments and designations are too numerous to mention. The pinnacle of recognition for their contributions to the community came when they each received the great honour and distinction of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Twenty-five years later, Joanne and Yvette maintain a treasured and undying friendship — and the journey to create a truly Canadian classic has been one that neither one would change. In the end, both women agree the book has been a real gift in their lives: “We are grateful.” Copies of the book are available at the Yvette Moore Art Gallery in Moose Jaw.
LOCALENDAR June 16 (Saturday mornings & Wednesday evenings) Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmers Market Moose Jaw Public Library June 21 The Heavyweights Brass Band Moose Jaw Cultural Centre June 22-24 Moose Jaw Hometown Fair Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds June 24 Sons of the Pioneers: Live in Concert Moose Jaw Cultural Centre JuLy 5-7 Moose Jaw Sidewalk Days Festival Downtown Moose Jaw JuLy 10-12 SSFA 55+ Provincial Games 2018 Various Locations, Moose Jaw JuLy 13-15 Motif Multicultural Festival Happy Valley Park JuLy 19-22 Saskatchewan Festival of Words Downtown Moose Jaw
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Marie Wright The Unbelievable Road To Gold By Sarah Moore PhotoS Scott Grant/canadian ParalyMPic coMMittee
n August 20, 1988, Marie Wright’s world was changed by a devastating farm vehicle accident. Marie broke her back at the T11 vertebrae and her spinal cord was crushed, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Her two young daughters and her nephew and niece accompanying her in the half-ton truck were also injured. Marie’s youngest daughter suffered a brain injury and was left paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
left Pyeongchang, Korea, 11/3/2018-Canada plays Sweden in Wheelchair curling during the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Less than a year later, one of those same daughters was struck by a car, but miraculously pulled through. During the trauma of that event, Marie’s father suffered a heart attack that required surgery. In 1990, Marie’s husband left, and she admits: “It was likely the hardest thing I went through.” Confined to a wheelchair with four young children, and one with special needs was no easy task, but Marie was determined to keep going. The challenges continued as two of Marie’s daughters experienced and recovered from open-heart surgery and cancer. Any one of these events could demolish a person’s spirit and outlook on life. For Marie, that was not an option. Since 1996, Marie has been blessed with 10 grandchildren, and along with the rest of her family, they have been among her biggest cheerleaders as Marie set out to conquer an unbelievable feat. It was 2009 when friend and coach, Lorraine Arguin, convinced Marie to try wheelchair curling. Lorraine wanted to take a team from Saskatchewan to the Canadian Nationals, and the rules require one member of the opposite gender. Marie had no overwhelming desire to enter the world of curling, but she decided to help out her friend and give it a try. “To my surprise, I absolutely loved it,” Marie says. “I could not get enough. I fell in love with the sport.” That first year, Marie made Team Sask. Through hard work and practice, the team won their first gold medal at Canadian Nationals in 2012. But Marie was just getting started. Invited to a camp run by the Canadian national coaches, she was tested in many skill shots. Marie received the development card that year which granted her extra funding to help with training expenses.
Working hard both on and off the ice, Marie was driven even further after a trip to Finland for the World Championships as an alternate. Although she did not play at this event, the international experience sparked a greater fire for the sport and even bigger goals. In 2016, Marie played third for Team Sask, earning the gold medal in Regina. Marie was named the All-Star Third during the event. Making Team Canada in 2017 brought Marie to PyeongChang, South Korea to compete at the World Championships — a test event for the Paralympic Games. Even though the team placed fifth, Marie’s performance led to the ultimate athletic experience — making the 2018 Paralympic team that brought her back to PyeongChang. The team took away an Olympic Bronze Medal, and the entire event is one Marie will never forget. She describes being among the other athletes, coaches, trainers and family as “the most incredible experience I’ve had. So many memories and so many friends.” However, Marie was not quite done yet for the year. Five days after returning home from South Korea, Marie skipped her team to the gold medal at the Canadian Nationals in Leduc, Alberta with 11 wins and 0 losses. Through unimaginable adversity and many painful experiences, Marie Wright turned catastrophic hardship into opportunity and triumphed beyond her wildest dreams. And this Moose Jaw resident is not done yet. “I would like to see four more years and go back to the Paralympics in Beijing, China in 2022.” As Marie has shown time and again, nothing has a chance of getting in her way.
P h oto s B r i c e P h oto g r a P h y
Paws for a Cause
A Community AppreCiAtion pet portrAit FundrAiser to support LuCky pAws dog resCue
ucky Paws Dog Rescue based out of Regina and Moose Jaw is an all-volunteer, non-profit charity that rescues, fosters and helps dogs get adopted to live happier and fuller lives. They accept good quality dog food, new/used collars, leashes, Canadian Tire money, kennels and blankets. Any monetary donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt.
Support from businesses & the community
Lucky Paws Dog Rescue’s mission to help rescue dogs would not be possible without the assistance of the local community. The following four Regina and Moose Jaw businesses are truly “rock stars” when it comes to what they do to in support of Lucky Paws: The Cathedral Pet Stop, Albert North Veterinary Clinic, Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital and Gary Overs Kennelling and Obedience. You can find and follow them all on Facebook. The Cathedral Pet Stop is located at 2924 13th Avenue in the heart of the Cathedral area of Regina. They hold adoption events for Lucky Paws throughout the year, host a pet portrait event with Santa during the Christmas season, and on most Sundays of the month, they host a dog in their store that is up for adoption with Lucky Paws Dog Rescue.
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Albert North Veterinary Clinic is located at 216 McIntyre Street in Regina and has been supportive of Lucky Paws since their inception. They provide the rescue dogs with excellent health care and provide a large discount for all services. They are a busy clinic, but still always find a way to fit Lucky Paws in if there is an emergency. Bellamy Harrison Animal Hospital located at 790 Lillooet Street in Moose Jaw is also one of Lucky Paws’ biggest supporters. The clinic provides a discount on all veterinary procedures, often free followup exams for dogs with specific health issues, and tons of telephone advice. Bellamy Harrison has a team of highly skilled veterinarians who stay current in their profession.
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Gary Overs Kennelling & Obedience located at 860 High Street West in Moose Jaw provides amazing support to Lucky Paws such as free training and rehabilitation, fundraisers for food and monetary donations, and free grooming services. Gary will answer questions about behaviour issues, provide advice on ideal placements for dogs and more. His excellent knowledge and educational support is outstanding.
A fundraiser to say “Thank You”
To thank these four businesses, Brice Photography — a pet portrait photographer based out of Regina — recently hosted a community appreciation pet fundraiser for Lucky Paws Dog Rescue in both Regina and Moose Jaw. A total of 38 pets had their portraits taken, and $1200 was raised. The funds will cover costs for veterinary bills and supplies for Lucky Paws Dog Rescue. A huge thank you is extended to the businesses named above and the pet owners who helped make this event a huge success — all to allow Lucky Paws Dog Rescue to continue their mission to ensure every dog they rescue is a lucky one. Brice Photography looks forward to hosting this event next year and raising even more funds for Lucky Paws Dog Rescue.
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If you want to help Lucky Paws or get involved in some of their fundraisers, volunteer or fostering programs, email luckypawsdr@ gmail.com. Lucky Paws thanks all their community supporters.
D e s i g n i n g Yo u R
Home S — InsIde & out
By Courtney tait
o, you’ve been dreaming for years about designing your dream home (or remodel), and the time has come to make it a reality. Congratulations! But where to start? With so many elements to consider, the process can feel as daunting as it is exciting. With this guide, we’ve outlined three key elements that go into creating a successful home design project.
Before you start a file of interior design images or create your “dream home” board on Pinterest, it’s crucial to determine your budget for the project. Rather than asking what your ideal home will cost, ask yourself, “What kind of home can I afford?” Enlist the guidance of a financial advisor and take all your finances into consideration before determining what you’re willing to spend or borrow. Knowing your exact budget at the outset will help you avoid getting your heart set on floor plans or materials that are out of your financial range. Long-term tip: For higher-end finishes you may desire but can’t afford, consider phasing them in over time. Breaking the work into stages (such as painting a backsplash and tiling it later) will give you the results you want as your finances allow.
Modern, craftsman, traditional, country… there are countless architectural styles to choose from. And the hard part is that most people find themselves drawn to more than one! This is probably the biggest decision of the process, as every other element — from flooring to cabinetry to fencing — must align with the home’s overall style. To narrow things down, first analyze the lot and neighbourhood it will be built in. If you have a sprawling property, you have room for a home with a larger footprint, such as a modern, spacious bungalow. What style are the other homes on the street? You don’t have to follow suit exactly, but if your property is among a row of craftsmans, for example, a mountain-inspired design will look incongruous. With your budget top of mind, consult with an architect (or three) on the pros and cons of various styles, sharing as much as possible about your lifestyle. How you and your family want to use the space, including the outdoor areas, will impact what designs are best suited to you. Two-story tip: If you want ample square footage without increasing costs, consider a two-story design. Since the foundation and roof are the most expensive parts of the home, a two-story enables you to double the floor area while staying on budget.
With your architectural design chosen, it’s time to dive into floor plans and finishings. Before choosing specifics, tap into the way you and your family members want your home (and individual areas) to feel — then come up with descriptive words to use as a guide. For example, you may want your kitchen to be warm and happy, or cool and sophisticated. Keep coming back to your descriptors throughout the design process to help you stay on track.
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The first major interior element to consider is an open versus closed floor plan. Open plans continue to dominate the design world, with kitchen, dining and living areas flowing into each other. But you may prefer more separation between these spaces (increasing privacy and reducing heating and cooling costs). Another key decision to make early on is the palette. Do you like dark, rich woods or are you drawn to a lighter, brighter look? Knowing your overall palette from the start will help you choose finishings that are cohesive throughout the home. Inside-out Tip: Maximizing your home’s views will increase your enjoyment of it as well as its resale value. Position the home on your property accordingly, and install large picture windows — visible as you enter the living spaces — to make the room feel larger. Be sure to allow ample design time before construction starts so you aren’t making rushed decisions. Stay true to your vision (and budget) and you’ll create the home you dream of.
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Custom CaBiNets By Laurissa Kainz Photos CaLvin Fehr
ome of the most important decisions you make when remodelling your kitchen, bathroom or basement revolve around cabinetry. Custom cabinets not only allow you to have the freedom to express your personal tastes, but will transform your existing space into an oasis of beauty and comfort. Simons Fine Custom Cabinetry is a one-stop shop for all your cabinet needs. They work throughout Saskatchewan â€” with
many clients in Moose Jaw and surrounding area â€” building beautiful and functional custom cabinets from scratch. With more than 25 years in the business, they have extensive experience building cabinets for kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, walk-in closets and kitchen pantries. They build cabinets for home renovations, new home construction and commercial cabinets for businesses.
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“We will work with you to design unique cabinetry from kitchen islands to custom bathroom vanities,” says owner Darcy Simon. “We can create cabinetry to fit any look or style you require. We will work with you and your contractor to make sure your dream cabinets meet and exceed all your expectations.”
craftmanship. “We treat every job like it is our own home,” says Darcy. “We provide creativity and imagination in our designs, and make sure our cabinetry stands out from others, from start to finish.”
Simons Fine Custom Cabinetry does things differently. They pride themselves on their attention to detail, excellent customer service and exceptional
Custom cabinets are designed to accommodate your lifestyle and are custom-fitted to your home. Simons Fine Custom Cabinetry can help you mix and match styles and hardware to design solutions that are perfect for your home décor and architecture.
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If you are looking for a warm and cozy historic look with quality wood cabinetry, Craftsman-style or Mission-style might just be the style for you. Straight lines and panel-faced or shaker-styled doors define Craftsman-style or Mission-style cabinet design. These cabinets are left in their natural wood state with decorative hardware, often in black, using materials such as wrought iron, rubbed brass or bronze metal with exposed hinges. These cabinets are created from solid fir with a stain to highlight the beautiful grain.
Durability is very important because you want to avoid maintenance issues down the road. Simons Fine Custom Cabinetry builds cabinets that are not only beautiful to look at, but provide quality, long-lasting storage solutions. All their work is 100 per cent guaranteed. In addition to cabinetry, they also carry a variety of exceptional custom quartz counter tops made by Cambria in many sizes and colours. Cambria quartz counter tops are much harder than granite or marble, making it more durable and less likely to scratch, chip, or stain for years of worry-free service. To ensure variety, granite and laminate countertops are also available.
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cabinetry is the perfect solution for the areas where no cabinetry currently exists, and can maximize space in odd-sized spaces or nooks. Closets, garages and hallways are just some of the areas where cabinetry can be installed. Because of the flexibility offered by custom cabinets, you can build to any width, depth or height. Book a consultation today with a design specialist and start enjoying all the benefits of stunning, hand-crafted cabinets.
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With the expertise and design ideas of both women, clients embarking on their home build or renovation are able to consider a variety of options. “We have very different design styles,” says Jillian, “so clients get a different perspective and can approach the design from different angles.” In addition to residential design services, Jillian’s Design Elements offers design for commercial spaces. No project is too big or small for the business, which offers everything from a one-hour paint consult to a full project management option with JDE. The business is unique in that, with its combined services, clients can choose to have their entire interior design completed — from blueprints to picture frames. The residential design process begins with a client consultation to discuss elements such as family dynamic, pets, kids’ ages and how they want the space to function and feel. “This stage is critical in the process,” says Jillian, “as it provides us with a basis to make the space not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional.”
Karrin’s drafting expertise includes creating blueprints for permit-ready custom home plans, renovation, addition and kitchen plans. To get started, Karrin suggests that clients first research home plans that interest them, determining aspects they’re drawn to such as exterior architectural detail, second floor laundry or kitchen configuration. “They decide what’s most important to them. Then we’ll sit down, go through all of the details and combine them to create their dream home.” While renovations don’t always require a blueprint (versus new homes and additions),
Karrin says that many people use them as a way to put their thoughts on paper and express what they want to trades and workers. “Some clients know exactly what they want; others are unsure and require ideas, tips and plans,” says Karrin. “Big or small, I ensure that renovation and addition plans meet my clients’ specific needs.” At the end of this stage, clients have a full set of permit-ready drawings to provide to the city and their contractor.
The most common service provided by the company is consulting for interior finishings. Jillian and Karrin are extremely efficient, often able to select flooring, countertops, backsplash and paint in a one or two-hour consultation. (Consulting rates are $85 per hour.)
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Karrin and Jillian create an overall plan and look for the space. “We specify all the major details required to execute the plan, because it is important to plan everything before anything is purchased,” says Karrin. Jillian’s Design Elements’ headquarters doubles as a beautiful two-story boutique featuring furniture, home and giftware and accessories. The majority of furnishings offered are Canadian-made; upholstered pieces from brands such as Van Gogh Designs, Stylus and Pinnacle are available, as well as dining room furniture from Dinec and Amisco. While the boutique showcases select pieces, the designers can also source other items from these brands, customizing for colour, shape and style. “The finishing touches are the last step — what makes a house a home,” says Karrin. “This is where the clients’ personality comes to life.” Together, Jillian and Karrin have created a service that’s unmatched in Moose Jaw — complete interior design from start to finish. They welcome people interested in learning more about their services to contact them.
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“This is the stage in which we put the vision together,” says Jillian. “Not only do we select floor to ceiling finishes, we can also specify all the things in between like fixtures, trim and door styles.” The company strives to support local businesses when dealing with trades and suppliers. Bonus: Jillian’s Design Elements can also choose your exterior finishings, ensuring your curb appeal is as impressive as your interior.
As anyone who has built or renovated knows, managing the project is one of the biggest challenges. For Karrin, it’s a process she thrives on. Her role as project manager involves determining client
wants and needs, preparing a detailed budget and product specifications, developing project schedules and detailed job timelines, coordination and deliveries of all job equipment, materials and suppliers, and sub-trade scheduling. “After all the finishes have been selected, clients are often overwhelmed with the thought of organizing and scheduling trades along with balancing their busy lives,” says Karrin. “I help eliminate the stress and guessing of schedule and budget.”
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he Christmas season can be a stressful time of year with ocated in Moose Jaw’s beautiful historical downtown so much to do and so many decisions to make. Let the district, Jillian’s Design Elements offers a unique lovely ladies at Jillian’s Design Elements eliminate that shopping experience. This lovely home décor and stress with their experience and expertise. They can help you shop gift boutique exudes a welcoming ambiance that for that perfect item for everyone on your list, and in the meantime, encourages visitors from near and far to feel at home. provide some inspiration on how to make your home shine for the holiday season. Jillian’ s features a broad array of high quality one-of-a-kind items that fits every style and every budget. “We have suppliers from all over the world Jillian’s Design Elements exhibits only the finest accessories for you who offer beautiful and unique items for your home,” states owner, Jillian and your home. From gorgeous fashion accessories, such as jewellery, Bilawchuk. She explains the store focuses on top quality Canadian-made LAMPE purses and scarves, to the ideal centrepiece for your table, they haveBERGER PAR furniture pieces. something for everyone on this year’s shopping list. ambience Add to your in your hom shopping listers theresidential most adorable baby gifts, Lampe diffusers and Jillian’ s also off and commercial designBerger services. Whether from Lampe Berger. W evenlooking locally handmade pens and Secrid Wallets the man you’re for a full design throughout your for home or offiince,your or these diffusers not on life. Th uniqueproject, gifts areJillian’ just what for. and stunning looking atese a smaller s can you’re create alooking comfortable environment for you. great, but eliminate t Jillian’s Design Elements is owned and operated by Jillian Bilawchuk, create odour. With la whomiss wasout born raised in Moose Jaw and is now From raising her family Don’t onand the Christmas in October festivities! October 20 in her hometown. By shopping this season, you arethey to 23, Jillian’ s Design Elements willlove belocal kicking offholiday the Christmas “We working with a shopping variety of decant a aromas keeping earned in your community, in featuring turn, making the of season. Thedollars store will be donned with Christmas décor, specials different clients,”and says Jillian. “A lot locations, Lampe Ber community sustainable and more prosperous. and giveaways stronger, throughout the weekend. Thursday evening is Customer times people can be overwhelmed international reputati Appreciation, and the staff encourages you to drop in and enjoy treats Shopping local just makes sense,starting and Jillian’as renovation Design Elements makesbuild it when or new and refreshments as you shop. As part of this special annual event, Jillian’s easy. With exclusive lines and unique items, the inventory is constantly is pleased to extend their hours remain open Sunday, Octoberthat 23. stress. andtowe are here to eliminate changing as new and interesting products arrive weekly. Lana, Marcie Wewith canaprovide littlemake or like asyour much help Jillian will you shopping experience no other Thand e friendly andprovide accommodating staff willas help visit — andspecial leave you feeling as festive joyous this holiday season. a truly shopping experience. Come be inspired at Jillian’s youand require. ”during HappyElements. holidays! Design
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ranite and quartz add a classic, yet modern look to every home. Whether it’s for the kitchen, the bathroom, the fireplace or wherever you want a fabulous look, stone is always a great idea. CNG Stone Products in Regina’s Warehouse District is the city’s source for gorgeous granite and quartz. “We’re proud of our great selection of stone,” says owner Scott Tresek. “Our slab warehouse has to be seen to be believed.” While granite remains a popular choice for countertops, quartz is gaining ground. Its marble-like look and excellent durability make it a great choice for everyday use. “Marble is beautiful,” says Scott, “However, it’s too soft and susceptible to scratching and etching. Quartz has a marble look without the problems that come with marble.” Whatever you’re looking for — granite or quartz — CNG Stone is home to 110 different colours of granite and 600 colours of quartz, with hundreds of slabs to choose from. There’s a slab and colour for whatever you might have in mind. If CNG Stone doesn’t have what you want — which is unlikely — they can source out exactly what you’re looking for. They will even arrange appointments for warehouse viewings in Calgary,
Edmonton and Vancouver, if you are headed that way and want to see more options. CNG Stone has the skills to help you pick the stone that will look best for your space. Once you’ve made your choice, the CNG Stone experts will make sure your stone is cut and installed to their exacting standards. Quality doesn’t stop at the slab. “We measure each piece with a laser, making sure the template is perfect,” says Scott. “Once measurements are done, each piece is fabricated to ensure nearly invisible seams and a perfect fit.” Installation is handled the same way, with each job managed like they’re working on a project in their own home. Joanne Hillis is also a satisfied CNG Stone customer. “CNG supplied and installed our new kitchen countertop,” says Joanne. “We did a renovation of our kitchen that included flooring, countertops and backsplash. We were able to keep the cupboards as they were still very functional.” Their contractor, Spring Green Homes, recommended CNG Stone. “CNG Stone was very helpful throughout the process. They listened to me and recommended the product I immediately chose,” says Joanne. “They were quick to come out and measure, and they had helpful hints to solve the usual extra problems with a renovation.” CNG Stone also advised on how to extend the granite into a window frame without it looking unusual. “The installation went off without a hitch and the full piece used is beautiful,” says Joanne. “The installers were careful, clean and courteous. I would recommend them to anyone, and I am very happy with the product and service.” CNG Stone isn’t done once you’ve picked your slab and had it installed. The sale is just the beginning of the relationship.
Whether you bought your countertop last week or last year, the CNG Stone team is always available for any questions you may have. “We offer a one-year workmanship warranty and a 20-year warranty on staining on everything we sell,” says Scott. “We believe in our products and our service, and we’re here whenever you need us. We’re just a phone call or email away.” Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., CNG Stone Products also does work for clients in Moose Jaw and area, and they are ready to help you find the perfect stone for your project.
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he kitchen is the most important room in your home. It’s not just a comfortable place to cook, but also a social space to gather, relax and entertain. And while making that dream a reality may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is careful planning, a little preparation and some real-world advice about where to begin — and that’s where Kitchen Craft comes in! When you shop at the Regina Kitchen Craft Retail Store, you’re dealing with design professionals with a friendly face. Like a friend, they’re here to listen, work with you and support you through your kitchen renovation journey. Experienced design, dedicated service; it’s who they are and it’s their promise to you. “I help clients design a space tailored to their needs, that functions well within their budget,” says Laura Bernier, one of their kitchen designers. “Just bring in your measurements and an idea of your wants, needs and wishes, and I can get to work designing the space of your dreams!”
budget! Kitchen Craft has huge variety of high quality products for any price point. “Building a new home or renovating your current space can feel like an overwhelming and stressful project for a lot of our customers,” says Laura. “Working with a professional designer can make undertaking these big projects a lot less stressful and downright enjoyable! Designers are there to help guide you through the process and create an end product you will be happy with and proud to show off to your friends and neighbours.” Laura Bernier
Laura has worked with Kitchen Craft for 15 years, designing for both new construction and renovation projects. One of her renovation designs actually won the “Best Kitchen Renovation award from the Regina Region Home Builders Association. Laura’s wealth of experience means that she knows what questions to ask to help customers narrow down what is important to them and their families. What is Laura’s best piece of advice? Be open with your designer about your
Not only does Kitchen Craft offer the service of an experienced designer, but they also provide you with a dedicated service team to ensure your kitchen is delivered and installed to your satisfaction. When it’s your forever home, the physical structure and rigidity of your cabinets should be first and foremost. Each Kitchen Craft cabinet is crafted with precision. That you can count on! The best part is that at Kitchen Craft, you do not have to sacrifice quality for price. Their cabinet collection offers a vast array of cabinet door styles and colours — more than 4,000 possible
combinations to choose from! With a style spectrum that is available in various price points, you’re sure to find the look that best fits your style and budget. Looking for some inspiration? Check out their website. There, you can meet all their other Regina designers (like Laura!) and explore their portfolios. Start your kitchen renovation today by booking a consultation with one of their designers. It’s easy with their online appointment form!
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Feel the Pleasure oF a Pool llis Pools and Construction Ltd. provides unparalleled service, manufacturing quality and peace of mind to ensure swimming pool ownership is a happy experience for generations of satisfied customers. “I’ve built pools for people, and years later I’m building pools for their children, because they grew up with it,” says Mark Ellis. “Typically, once you’ve had a pool, you’re going to want a pool.” Four decades ago, Ellis started building and servicing in-ground swimming pools across southern Saskatchewan. He still loves bringing pleasure to clients by installing ideal, customized pools for each person’s home. “To see the looks on their faces is a wonderful feeling, and through the years, many of them have become friends.”
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According to Ellis, when he and his staff meet a new client, they assess the property and determine what pool is best for the client’s needs. His team accounts for municipal bylaws and considers how much the pool will be used, whether young children will swim in it, and what sort of security protocols are necessary. “We talk about safety and whether they want a cover,” he says. “A cover helps keep accidents from happening, because you can’t really get into the pool unless you know the keypad code.” Once the customer picks a pool, the Ellis Pools crew gets to work, coordinating with excavators, concrete and electrical contractors and landscapers to build a beautiful addition to any property. Affordable rates, prompt project completion and attention to detail characterize every job. Ellis Pools builds pools in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Automated LED lighting helps make one’s personal outdoor oasis a focal point during warm Saskatchewan summer evenings. Ellis installs indoor pools as well. “There are many different considerations when you go indoors,” he adds. “You need proper ventilation and the building must be to or above code, because a pool introduces humidity into the building’s environment.” Pool technology has evolved much over the years, with different kinds of filtration systems, robotic vacuums and saltwater chlorination generators, notes Ellis. These advancements minimize pool maintenance, meaning contemporary pool owners need only spend a few minutes a day tending to their pools. Ellis Pools sells it all. Servicing is another key part of the business, and aside from selling a complete line of chemicals and parts, Ellis Pools crews provide cleaning and maintenance. Crews replace liners as well, giving one’s pool a whole new look. An online gallery (reginaswimmingpools.ca) showcases many beautifying Ellis-built pools. The website is also an easy means to contact the company for a free quote. “All you have to do is go on the website, or you can give us a call, or email us. The website has all that information,” says Ellis.
Ellis has built approximately 600 swimming pools throughout his career. He looks forward to building many more pools in the years ahead, and seeing the joy it brings to new generations of pool owners. “We are proud of every pool we do. We really want people to enjoy their investment.”
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Achieving FinAnciAl SUcceSS with Thrive WealTh ManageMenT By ElizaBEth irEland
e all want to make the right financial decisions for the future. Whether that’s saving for a child’s college education, investing for retirement or purchasing a vacation home. I believe the right wealth management professional can help you and your family achieve your multi-year financial goals. A bit of background: Thrive Wealth Management was formed in 2017 when two Saskatchewan Credit Unions (Conexus Credit Union and Cornerstone Credit Union) merged their wealth management offerings. As a result, Thrive now serves 17,000 clients across our province from Yorkton to Prince Albert. Credit Unions are different from conventional big Canadian banks in terms of reporting requirements and profit motives. Credit Unions operate as not-for-profit organizations designed to serve their members and support local communities. According to the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA), each year Credit Unions give back an average of four per cent of pre-tax profits to local community organizations. I believe that Credit Unions do a terrific job with personal day-today banking and commercial banking. I’m always amazed by the remarkable loyalty scores that Saskatchewan’s Credit Unions receive from their members. While Thrive is a relatively new business, our wealth professionals draw on decades of experience in Saskatchewan’s communities. This team can work directly with you to fulfill your wealth goals and dreams. Who are Thrive’s clients? We have clients referred to us by our Credit Union partners. Plus we have new clients who appreciate the full spectrum of wealth management services offered, combined with Thrive’s Credit Union roots and values. Recently I’ve been asked about robo-advice (which is online investment advice with little human intervention). While I think a well-informed investor who has done plenty of research could use robo-advice, studies show individual investors are much better served by a real-life wealth professional. Especially during uncertain economic times, a professional wealth advisor is critical for sound financial decision-making.
David Bullock is Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Wealth Management
One issue that has a big impact on Saskatchewan is the intergenerational transfer of wealth, particularly in the agricultural sector. The average age of a farmer is 56 years old and our province has the largest average farm size of any Canadian province at approximately 1,600 acres. Transferring a family farm between generations involves a significant amount of commercial and agricultural know-how, the type of know-how that Thrive’s wealth professionals have. I encourage you to find out more about Thrive Wealth Management and how our wealth professionals can help you and your family on your financial journey. David Bullock is Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Wealth Management, a local, credit unionowned wealth management company. David has more than 20 years of experience in asset management, investments and financial client services.
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