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It has been almost 30 years since Lexus disrupted the luxury automotive industry. Rooted in their Japanese identity, Lexus’ innovative technology sets them apart from their competitors.

Introducing the all-new third row 6/7 passenger RX350L

Renowned for their craftsmanship and attention to detail, Lexus continually redefines luxury by anticipating the needs of drivers and passengers rather than maintaining the status quo. Their commitment to excellence has led to continued recognition for their dependability, long-term quality, and quietness and smoothness of ride. Setting and maintaining new standards for customer experience and satisfaction has solidified Lexus’ reputation throughout the years. The designers and engineers at Lexus leave no small detail unnoticed. Though every Lexus vehicle is crafted with performance in mind, the experience is also a major component. From the stitching to the steering wheel, the craftsmen at Lexus carefully construct and examine every detail to ensure not only performance, but safety and comfort.

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The approach to meeting and exceeding the needs of drivers extends right down to the service you’ll receive at Ens Lexus. Their experienced and knowledgeable team goes the extra mile to ensure your comfort and convenience, whether it is with a new Lexus courtesy vehicle, airport valet service, or a comfortable lounge while you wait. Whether you’re thinking about buying your first Lexus or your next one, the team at Ens Lexus will make sure you feel right at home, in their dealership and in your new vehicle.

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On their fifth-generation of the legendary LS sedan, Lexus continues to elevate what’s expected of a luxury vehicle. From craftsmanship to performance to safety, the team at Lexus takes a different approach. “The LS is the flagship of the Lexus brand,” said Chief Designer Koichi Suga, “More than any other model, it embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand stands for.” Each generation, Lexus designers start from the beginning, aiming to craft a vehicle to exceed expectations, rather than building on what the previous generation offered. Even from first glance, it is clear that this latest Lexus Flagship is no exception. The all-new LS debuts a strikingly sleek and bold design with a coupe-like silhouette punctuated by the unique Lexus design language. Though it looks like a coupe, it sacrifices none of the comfort or spaciousness of a sedan. Resting on top of a

new platform that allows it to sit longer, lower and wider, the 2018 Lexus isn’t just about looks. With its driver-centric focus, the Lexus LS’ new platform also allows for the greatest-ever agility and comfort in an LS. Designed specifically for the LS, the 2018 model features an all-new twinturbocharged V6 with 416 horsepower, which efficiently offers V8 power in an efficient and compact package. This new engine is paired with Lexus’ revolutionary 10-speed automatic transmission, which provides ultra-quick and near imperceptible shift times, resulting in a sublime and exhilarating drive in all weather conditions. From design to performance, the 2018 Lexus LS truly redefines luxury. Their unwavering commitment to innovation and quality sets the LS in a class of its own. Pricing starts at $106,129.

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ho’s ready for warm weather? At Refined Saskatoon, we hope this amazing issue gets you in the mood to buy some new spring/summer outfits, plan recreation with family and friends, and start new projects around your home.

For some time now, we’ve been hearing the clarion call: the future is female. Well, the future is here! On our front cover are five amazing women who are setting the bar in their respective industries, exhibiting courage, creativity and genius: • • • • •

Sheena Sinclair, Bella Vista Custom Kitchens & Renovations Jilaire Soucy Wagner, Maison Design + Build Naomi Smith, Remnant Steel Caval Olson-LePage, TCU Wealth Management Kelly Bode, WMCZ Lawyers

Refined staff and writers are always out at events, capturing the city scene — including An Evening With Michelle Obama. Hats off to the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce for organizing this memorable event! Refined is local, and we continuously connect local businesses with the community through our print and digital platforms. Enjoy what you discover in this issue.


2018 is promising to be the year of activism for change. The Time’s Up movement inspired me to lead with an issue focused on women in non-traditional professions. We’ve featured many female entrepreneurs over the years, but Saskatoon also has a strong base of women who deserve acknowledgement in male-dominated careers. The stories of six incredible women rising up in the ranks starts on page 30. May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month. I met two very passionate women working hard to make communication possible for those with varying degrees of limitations. Their commitment to their patients was apparent within minutes of meeting them, and the range of conditions they treat is vast. Lastly, one of our favourite clients is celebrating 40 years in business this Spring with an Open House on May 26. That is a testament to the true resiliency and adaptability of small business. Find out who it is on page 78 and make sure to stop in and say hi!

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f you know me, you’ll usually see me gallivanting around town in at least fiveinch heels – boots, booties, Mary Janes, pumps, et al. I'm a sucker for elevation with little to no care about anything flats-related. I flew past the ballerina shoe trend not batting an eye or even entertaining the idea with faux interest at any shoe store. They never landed on my feet once. But this here sneaker trend… it goes beyond my curious eye. No, this certainly has caught my attention and I'm venturing down a slippery slope. I'm thinking about emotionally investing and I'm ready for a full-on affair with some new footwear. Let's explore, shall we?



sneaker trend. Note — be on the lookout for retro 80s and 90s sneakers in stores. We suggest digging in that old storage box at your parents' house that hasn't seen the light of day since 2000; you might find some goodies in there. Before buying retro, make sure to scan your closet and mentally note a few outfits where this style of sneak would be the ultimate finishing touch! Multi textured and accessorized. Fun, frivolous and colourful doesn't even do justice when trying to find words for some of these uniquely designed, dare we say, bordering over the top sneaks. Fur puff, plush velvet or patchwork designs? Oh yes ma'am, we'll sign up for all of that. Finding a unique pair of sneakers doesn't seem to be the issue; it's choosing amongst them all to find out which ones are really speaking to you. If you are like me and get overwhelmed with all the original choices — hearing that little voice in your head justifying you taking them all home — that's when you've reached

Houston, we've got sneaker lift up and off. Exaggerated soles, playing with height and chunkiness in a variety of styles including gel and air, could be the saving grace for those like me who love some height and volume, even with their sneaks. With some distance off the ground, the exaggeration doesn't stop there. Soles can be found in every shape, height, material and colour — adding another depth of drama to this growing footwear trend. Rainbow, layered, metallic, sparkles, gel, cork, slightly wedged or overblown moulds; if you can dream it, we promise it's out there and we hope for your sake that it's on sale. What is old is new again! Retro sneaks are slaying — and no one does it with a modern twist better than Adidas. It's true. Bridging sport with fashion for an elevated leisure look that can pump up your track suit or add personality to your Sunday brunch attire, we are all eyes to see how far this particular sneaker trend will go. Of course, mixing modern colours with a vintage shape or vintage colours with a more modern style adds to a wider playing field for this retro

your peak and you must momentarily step on out. Clear your head and come back. You don't need to break the bank for sneaks. We agree you do need a cool pair, but pay your bills too, honey. If you have a real hard time deciding, text me; I'll decide for you (Disclaimer: I'm a sucker for velvet, varieties in texture, and sparkles). On the flip side, let the heavens rejoice with the white and/or nude sneaker as a mainstay and necessity for your shoe collection. Keeping them clean will be another REFINEDSASKATOON& AREA


issue, but we cannot say enough about our love for the allwhite sneak. Skinny jeans and a fresh, crisp white or nude sneaker, paired with your favourite t-shirt (I steal from my boyfriend's collection) and a blazer or your classic moto leather jacket — we praise thee! Testing the waters with an over-the-knee skirt or a maxi dress this summer is a great way to switch up your sneaker game. Do not hesitate to pair your less-than-feminine footwear with an ultra-feminine outfit. Contrast is good, playing to your personality is best, and putting those sneakers to good use is what we like to see. Now be gone. Go off into the sunset and find yourself the most comfy, extension of your personality sneaker style that calls your name and refuses to leave your feet once you've tried them on. Make sure you share with Refined online; we want to share your sneaker story! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we too can swoon over your new fabulous footwear. #sneakerstory #refinedyxe A longtime contributor to Refined Saskatoon, Candace has poured her appreciation for the fashion and art world into her writing, volunteerism, travels and, of course, her shoe collection. With a background in marketing from the U of S, Candace has woven art and fashion into many of her roles, including her work in the television and news industry. A familiar face to the local fashion scene, Candace is also a former SFDF member and contributor, and currently does PR work for one of Saskatchewan's most notable designers. Her favourite outfit to style and wear — high heels and men's dress shirts.

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GOODNEWS ormone replacement therapy was used by millions of women in North America before 2003 when the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) controversial study was presented. It received an amazing amount of coverage, but its negative results were sensationalized and embellished. Any good news that came out of the study — for example, estrogen alone had no increase in breast cancer — was underreported. From 1994 to 1998 women aged 50 to 79 were put on either Conjugated Equine Estrogens (CEE — 0.625 mg Premarin) and Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (MPA — 2.5 mg Provera), or only CEE (Premarin) if they no longer had a uterus. A control group with similar characteristics were given placebos. 8,506 were on both CEE and MPA, with another 8,506 on placebo; 5,310 were on CEE alone with 5,429 others on placebo. Those taking both CEE and MPA were tracked for 5.6 years, those on CEE alone for 7.2 years. All were followed up in December 2014. Dr. JoAnn Manson’s review of the results is now available, reported in the Journal of American Medical Association dated September 12, 2017. The WHI predicted there would be increases in strokes and breast cancer in those taking both CEE and MPA. When Dr. Manson followed up 18 years later on 27,347 women, an amazing 98 per cent, her report reviewed mortality from all causes and specific causes to see any difference among the groups. What do you think they found? There was no significant difference in all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality or cancer mortality. Comparing women ages 50 to 59 to older women there was a 39 per cent decrease in all-cause mortality while they were on treatment and 13 per cent reduction at the end of the observation time. The trends by age were not statistically significant.



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game and “awfulize or catastrophize” to the point that we see no other Dr. Vicki Holmes options orBylogical explanations. It is important to develop a rational interpretation of the event. One needs to maintain an open mind about interpreting the information and calmly strategize other solutions in order to get to a state of equanimity. Seeking Support: It is tremendously helpful to know your allies and to reach out to them when you need help. A good point here is that we need to develop these supportive relationships long before we need them. Cultivate Diversity: We all need to have several sources of support and validation: family, friends and hobbies that we feel passionate about, church and community organizations, and the work place. If we encounter difficulty in one area, we have other compassionate people around us, diminishing the impact of the change/challenge. Fitness: Exercising regularly and intensely is a great way to reduce anxiety and depression. It also helps us think more clearly. Not only will you have many health benefits to reduce disease but you will also have a better functioning mind. Develop Gratitude: You can make a conscious choice to see the world in a positive way. This also contributes to emotional intelligence. Dr. Alex Korb from UCLA has examined brains with functional MRIs. He has shown that having an attitude of gratitude with high emotional intelligence actually increases the density of neurons in the ventromedial and lateral prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that is involved in reasoning and decision making. Activation of this area inhibits the So what did we learn? Many women 50 to 59 years with amygdalasymptoms in the limbic system is responsible forfor anger, have beenthat denied hormones fearaggression of safety. and lack ofAlthough impulse control. this study only related to POST menopausal

women, many with premature menopause, under age 40 Name your feelings: Consciously recognizing and naming the emotion were taken off HT, increasing their risk of heart disease that you are feeling can reduce the impact of the emotion. Being aware of and cognitive dysfunction (memory loss). Even now, some the triggers of your emotion is also an important step in gaining control. clinicians refuse to give HT to patients. When women are suffering mood changes in perimenopause, simply recordingWho feelingsshould in a special diaryhormone allows us to therapy? see the cyclical impact take • Women significant hot flashes, night of our menstrual cyclewho andexperience helps identify that hormones are having a sweats during theprocesses. perimenopause or after their final profound effect on our thought period should be on hormones. These vasomotor Practicing Mindfulness: Mindfulness a state of of being intentionally symptoms are associatediswith loss sleep, difficulty aware of internal and external experiences thatofare in the concentrating and reduced quality life.present Information moment. You observe your thoughts and emotions from a distance is mounting that those with the worst hot flashes get the most cardiovascular protection with HT. there are many without judgment. It takes practice and fortunately resources you can access to develop this further. Many believe that there is a mind-body connection to which we should pay attention. When we struggle with making a decision, dealing with our emotions or accepting change it may have an actual physical effect on our body. An example of this is the pain in my hip that has been present for two years had become much worse since last August. Dr Ling diagnosed gluteus medius tendonopathy but my yogi niece told me that it represents leaving something. I was agonizing over retiring from the Women’s Midlife Health Program and, funny thing, a month after my retirement it is almost gone.

• Women in premature menopause for other reasons (genetic predisposition, surgery, chemotherapy or endocrine disease) should be on HT at least until the age of 50 to reduce their risk of bone loss, mood changes, heart disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or stroke. • Women with genitourinary symptoms and sexual dysfunction benefit from topical or oral estrogen. Symptoms are frequent voiding, urgency, incontinence, dryness, frequent urinary infections, burning and irritation. Dryness and pain with intercourse is a common problem, as we produce less estrogen. • In women with osteoporosis, estrogen prevents bone loss and reduces fractures. Another benefit resulting from HT (but not recommended for this alone) is that it lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 19 per cent if on CEE and MPA, or by 40 per cent if on CEE alone. This is because when estrogen drops, fat deposits in the abdomen can accelerate, and insulin resistance and cholesterol levels increase.

Who should not take HT?

• If it has been more than 10 years since the last period, you have missed the critical treatment window. Benefits are reduced, risk of heart disease and dementia increases in women who already have subclinical cardiovascular damage, especially if oral estrogen is used. • Women who have had blood clots or have a condition that would put you at higher risk of clots such as Factor V Leiden or Protein C or S Deficiency. • Studies show that estrogen alone is associated with reduced incidence of breast cancer, but if you still have a uterus you must use a progesterone or synthetic progestogen. The WHI study found only eight out of 10,000 extra cases of breast cancer in those taking CEE and MPA. This falls into the RARE category. A large observational study (E3N) suggested micronized progesterone was a safer type to use. If there is a strong history of breast cancer at an early age, especially if associated with ovarian cancer, there Other examples of this are developing hypertension, may be a genetic predisposition to breast cancer BRCA 1 or 2. migraine headaches insomnia as a result of diagnosis. not Genetics testing isand necessary to establish this We would dealing well with stress. We may catch every virus avoid hormone treatment for these women. going around because our immune system is being • Women with certain types of liver disease should avoid HT. suppressed by stress. There are countless more examples — if youfinal take stock of how are feeling I’m What is the word foryou now? sure you can recognize your stressors and are risk option for For most women, hormone therapyhow is they a low affecting your body. dramatically improving their quality of life. As time goes on, and we identify certain genetic factors, we will be able to tailor treatment to Sometimes we plod along doing the same thing, thinking individual needs. the same way and it isthis not helping. acceptofthis. Pay Read more about on the Don’t websites Canadian Menopause attention from a different perspective. You may surprise Society, SOGC (Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of yourself andNAMS find a happier of being. Menopause Society) and IMS Canada), (Northway American (International Menopause Society). Dr. Vicki Holmes is a family physician who Dr. Vicki a family physician who has been active in obstetrics, has beenHolmes active inisobstetrics, palliative care palliative care and administration before part of the group and administration before becoming partbecoming of that created the Women’s Midlife Health Program, now situated at the group that created the Women’s Midlife Saskatoon City Hospital. She is a teacher and a public speaker and is Health Program, now situated at Saskatoon passionate about peopleand finda apublic way to better health. City Hospital. Shehelping is a teacher speaker and is passionate about helping people find a way to better health.



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By ElizaBEth irEland Photos lisa landriE

Entering into a light-filled, calming atmosphere is the first phase of the Bōbé Beauty experience. Located upstairs in the historic Drinkle building in downtown Saskatoon, the studio feels like a hideaway from the stresses of daily life.


wanted the studio to be a hidden gem – the huge windows, the plants, the calming colours — it all reflects that feeling of a special place,” says Marlese Assman, the founder of Bōbé Beauty.

The second phase is Marlese’s assessment of her client’s medical history. This is done as a conversation, before an initial treatment, to make sure she focuses on the parts of her client’s body that need the most attention. Marlese’s openness and ability to connect make this assessment a relaxed process. “My goal is always for the client to leave the studio in better condition than when she arrived,” says Marlese. “I’m the first aromatherapist in Saskatchewan to be certified in both Dien Chan multi-reflexology and Chan' Beauté. I want to use this wonderful knowledge wisely.”




Since opening in fall 2017, the studio’s philosophy has been based in Eastern medicine and a yin and yang approach. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang represent opposite forces that are complementary and interdependent. Examples of yin and yang include light or dark, masculine or feminine and hot or cold. Marlese is also influenced by the look and feel of New York City. She and her husband (who is a musician) travel there once a year for inspiration for their own work. Bōbé Beauty focuses on three different service offerings: aromatherapy massage, Dien Chan multireflexology and Chan' Beauté luxury facials.

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Marlese uses a heated massage table and a natural treatment oil blended just for that client during this soothing aromatherapy massage (all sessions are customized and not one-size fits all). She is very influenced by the courses she took in aromatherapy and skincare in the Provence region of southern France. “My trip to Provence in 2016 was the trip of a lifetime. I got to see the lavender in bloom and my training there provided me with one of the puzzle pieces for the treatments I now provide at Bōbé Beauty,” says Marlese.

DIen chAn multI-reflexology

Dien Chan multi-reflexology was founded in Vietnam in 1980. The Dien Chan technique uses precise tools (instead of acupuncture needles) to provide pain relief in a non-invasive way. Dien Chan can be used as part of treatment for a variety of issues, including migraines, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances or neck and back pain. Adds Marlese, “With neck and back pain, I find a lot of people have little result with other treatments, but with Dien Chan the results are highly successful.” Dien Chan provides stimulation by holding pressure on a variety of the 257 points of the face. This gentle rolling, hammering and kneading work leads to the natural balance of the yin and yang. In addition, the beautiful Dien Chan tools are made of ethically sourced animal horn, wood and brass. These tools are handcrafted in Vietnam and available for sale at the studio.



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The Chan' Beauté luxury facial is the most popular service that Bōbé Beauty offers. As with Dien Chan, small facial tools are used to stimulate circulation. These gentle tools adapt to the shape of each client’s face and don’t penetrate or damage the skin in any way. This type of facial works from the inside of the body out. It aims to clear the body’s lymphatic system and enhance the way the client’s current skincare products work — all while providing a relaxing experience. Marlese discovered this kind of facial when she had one herself at a spa. “It was the most amazing experience and I just glowed afterwards.” After her own experience, Marlese trained with expert practitioners from Barcelona, Spain in facial reflexology techniques. Clients tell Marlese that after a Chan' Beauté facial their skin feels tingling, almost as if energy has been created. The facial ends with an upper body massage. Finally, how does Marlese combat the extreme dryness of Saskatoon winters? “I use a misty botanical toner, my Dien Chan techniques and dry oil serum for the face – this combination provides natural balance and does wonders.” Bōbé Beauty’s personalized treatments are by appointment Monday through Saturday and range in length from 60 to 90 minutes. Bōbé Beauty Saskatoon 306.370.3725



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As soon as Michelle hit the stage, I could feel her powerful energy fill the room. She has such a presence and is the epitome of class. I was most impressed with how genuine she is! As she addressed the crowd, it almost felt like a gab session with my best girlfriend. She was honest, funny, sarcastic and played with the audience, and I expected nothing less from her. Perhaps what resonated most were her comments about women leaders or the lack thereof. She articulated so well how our own lack of self-confidence dictates how we see other women in political positions and power. I completely agree. As a collective, we project our insecurities on other women when what we should be doing is uplifting and encouraging. We have to change our hearts and minds before we see that change in our communities and society.

I’m not sure what I expected when going to see the former First Lady of the United States, married to the first AfricanAmerican President. Would she talk about growing up, her dreams, life in the White House, the current state of politics? I knew she would be larger than life and she was, yet at the same time no different from other mothers I hear talking about their struggles to balance career, family and life with all the same guilt and doubt. My favourite part of the evening came in the final moments, when she was asked when we would see our first female American President. “Not until women stop the self-doubt and negative voices in their own head will they see another woman as capable and worthy of holding a position of power.” She’s right. Women project their own fears onto other women, preventing a true paradigm shift, particularly in politics. Let’s get out of our own way ladies, and let change happen.

There is no doubt about it — Michelle Obama “owns” the room she is in. And on March 22, she owned the stage at the SaskTel Centre during an intimate interview that often drew cheers, laughter and applause. Her upbeat confidence was a grabber, and I was drawn in by her candor, sense of humor, intelligence and down-to-earth love of all things family and fun. When it comes to young people, girls and women, Michelle clearly knows whose “camp” she is in, and she relayed encouraging messages, wise advice and challenging questions. Although her term as FLOTUS has ended, she continues to make a difference in the world by employing the art of strategic planning to establish boundaries so she can “go deep” and have an impact. Like other women, she battles to maintain a balanced life, utilizing teams and drawing on help from others. Thanks, Michelle, for this brief and fascinating glimpse into your life, for being an amazing role model, and for inspiring us to be better.



May is speech and hearing awareness Month

e’ve all been there. Talking to someone on the phone with the sound cutting out or the person on the other end saying they can’t hear us properly. We’re frustrated because our communication is interrupted, whether we’re not getting our message across or unable to get the information we need. Many of us take our ability to hear and speak for granted; our frustration is limited to an occasional bad connection on a phone call. Whether we’re chatting with friends and family, working alongside colleagues, or ordering a coffee, we rely on our speech and hearing to communicate with others. However, those with communication disorders face significant challenges when performing these everyday interactions. Communication is a basic human need. While technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and texting have made it easier than ever to get our message out there, they aren’t a substitute for needed personal interactions. Visuals can guide us towards a message, but can fail to deliver the full meaning that the tone and cadence of speech allows us to hear. Relationships strengthen through communication; without the proper tools to communicate, our connections to others and and the world around us suffer.



to coMMunication By Jenni Lawrence

When we remove these barriers to communication, we build the skills we need to build a better, healthier world. Armed with the proper tools for effective communication, we can experience fewer “bad connections” and get our message out loud and clear. Did you know that one in six Canadians has a speech, language, or hearing disorder? That amounts to approximately six million Canadians. May is Speech and Hearing Awareness month. In an effort to raise awareness for communication health, Refined Saskatoon spoke with audiologist, Dr. Karen Sharpe, and speech language pathologist, Kara Broks, about the challenges caused by communication disorders and how their respective services can help. Find out more in the pages ahead.




COMMUNICATION & CONNECTION By Jenni Lawrence Photos Lisa Landrie


alking into Thrive Hearing Solutions, I receive a warm greeting from the woman behind the front desk. The bright and airy room feels more like a spa than a medical clinic with its warm, modern wooden feature wall, greenery spread throughout, and a big screen television mounted to the wall.



Off to the side, audiologist Dr. Karen Sharpe assists a client with the latest in hearing aid technology. The large television isn’t just there for entertainment; the client’s hearing aid directly connects with Bluetooth to the television, easily controlled through a mobile app available for both Apple and Android products. His hearing aids can also be remotely programmed using Telecare by Dr. Sharpe, should he need adjustments and be unable to make it back to the office. After getting him connected, the client leaves with a big smile on his face.

As Dr. Sharpe walks me through the rest of the space, she tells me her partner, Dan Acton, completely renovated the space in just three months before opening up this January. Taking the design from a napkin to a CAD drawing, Dan transformed the space into a calm, relaxing atmosphere, perfect for clients dealing with the often stressful experience of hearing loss. In addition to the literal construction of the business, Thrive has been shaped by Saskatoon native Dr. Sharpe’s family. The cheerful hello I got when I walked in? It was from her stepmom, Angelika. Not only is Thrive run by the family, but Dr. Sharpe’s initial interest in audiology was sparked by her stepbrother, who is deaf and now wears cochlear implants. Being able to offer more individualized service is a perk of the privatized practice. “The most important part of getting the best hearing device for a patient is first knowing the patient and what their needs are. That’s why we recommend bringing a significant other or ‘communication partner’ to your appointments,” Dr. Sharpe notes. “Hearing aids are not one size fits all.” Audiologists like Dr. Sharpe are health care professionals trained to evaluate and rehabilitate hearing loss and related disorders, such as tinnitus. When compared with a box store or discount retail, the quality and service won’t match what Thrive Hearing Solutions can provide. In addition to Dr. Sharpe’s individualized, expert care, Thrive clients also experience someone who truly understands what they are dealing with. Born with hearing loss, Dan is able to relate to clients, whether he is talking with clients or sharing his experience.

Dr. Karen Sharpe, Dan Acton and stepmom Angelika

“The challenge is to not feel like it’s a disability,” Dan notes, “but to feel like you’re not missing something.” When dealing with an invisible disability, it can be hard for strangers to realize a disability even exists. Dan said he often dealt with miscommunication and misunderstanding, noting that people often thought he just wasn’t listening to them. With his hearing aids in, he gets everything. Not being able to communicate with the world around you can lead to mental, physical and emotional problems. Hearing loss is linked to dementia, heightened fall risk and depression. Unfortunately, hearing loss also goes widely unacknowledged. Of the 675 million sufferers worldwide, only 10 per cent actively seek help. Starting with the relationship between doctor and client, Dr. Sharpe and her team at Thrive are increasing the quality of their clients’ lives by putting the focus where it belongs — on communication and connection. Thrive Hearing Solutions 9 - 410 Ludlow Street Saskatoon 306.700.3446






will probably cry at least once during this interview,” speechlanguage pathologist Kara Broks warns me immediately after I enter her office. It turns out her passion is contagious. We both end up teary-eyed as she tells me about Owen, a 14-year-old boy with autism she’s been working with for several years.

Non-verbal up until the age of five, Owen has been in public and private speech pathology programs for most of his life. In a letter to support Kara's SABEX Award nomination, Owen’s father noted: “No professional that had ever worked with Owen felt comfortable without having a parent of his within earshot.” Shortly after they began working together, something between Owen and Kara clicked, sparking not only an improvement in his speech and language skills, but also in his social skills through the connection they formed.

The Vision

The desire for deeper connections like these is what led Kara to start the Speech Language Network (SLN). Kara opened the doors of SLN in the Fall of 2014, aiming to create an effective therapy process that blended comprehensive diagnosis and consistent targeted therapy in an photo by Lisa Landrie




environment of acceptance. Together, with her team of four speech-language pathologists and one assistant, they offer personalized services to assist children, teens and adults overcome communication challenges. Their clients range in age from 18 months to 98 years old, working on a variety of communication challenges from stuttering and speech development delays to accent modification and social language training. Regardless of the challenge at hand, Kara aims to help her clients develop confident communication. In addition to working closely with people with speech, language and communication challenges, Kara also involves their families to ensure everyone is on the same page: “Whether I am working with a child with a learning disability or a teacher who is projecting their voice all day, it is important that their families and partners are on board.” In addition to involving families, SLN goes above and beyond individual therapy in other ways, offering communication groups that provide a low-pressure environment to interact with others. These include social language programs, a forthcoming career communication skills program, and speech language summer camps.

The Power of Communication

“Communication is with you for a lifetime,” Kara says, stressing the importance of speech language skills. As the means of how we connect with others and the world around us, it is vital to have tools in our arsenal to be able to communicate and learn effectively. Whether we are learning to communicate, recovering from an accident or injury, or utilizing our voice in a professional capacity, having the skill set to effectively communicate improves the quality of our own lives and the lives of others. Kara’s focus on accent modification has surely led to the improvement in the lives of many Canadians. Foreigntrained medical professionals often come to Canada to work. Though backed with passion and education, doctors sometimes face communication barriers when communicating with patients. In addition, they are also required to pass the Canadian Royal College Exam, including a written and oral exam, to practice in Canada. Dr.Tatjana MD. FRCPC, a Serbian doctor, sought out Kara’s help after failing the Royal Canadian College exam twice. If she failed a third time, she would not be able to practice in




BARRI RIERS RE right The Speech Language Network Team, photo by MGM Communications below SABEX Award finalist in New Business Venture category, photo by Lisa Landrie bottom right photo by Peridot Rain Photography

Canada. Together Kara and Dr. Zdravkovic worked on accent, tone of voice, body language and intonation to ensure she could better connect with the standardized patients in a short period of time. Since passing her exam in June 2016, Dr. Zdravkovic is working towards developing a new field of cancer rehabilitation at McMaster University. In a letter supporting Kara for her SABEX nomination, Dr. Zdravkovic questioned, “How many high-achieving, foreigntrained professionals with a vision are placed on the sideline because of the way we pronounce our English words?” She also noted that “having access to an accent



specialist like Kara Broks at the Speech Language Network could make a great difference not just to individual lives, but also to our society in general.” Ultimately, Kara strongly believes in three things: 1) we are all a work in progress, 2) we all have the potential to learn and communicate well, and 3) communication has the power to change lives. Letting what is on the inside out is easier for some people than it is for others. By helping clients learn the tools to connect and communicate, Kara and her team at SLN build a bridge enabling clients to achieve confident communication.

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plugged F i n d i n g A lt e r n At i v e s to s c r e e n t i m e

For most parents, it’s common knowledge that screen time is something to limit when it comes to a child’s emotional, physical and social development. From birth until three, the frontal lobe is under major neurological construction so every experience teaches both how the real world works and how to live contently in it.




Whether it’s a road trip or a transatlantic flight, it’s tempting to rely on a screen to keep a little one content, but there are other options. Pack a snack ‘n’ play bag from which you can pull building toys such as Play Doh or Lego, interactive books such as look-andfinds and mazes, drawing pads — whether magnetic, dry erase or otherwise — and of course, plenty of little snacks. Test their concentration and attention to detail with a game of eye spy, by counting cows, or by thinking of as many things as they can that start with the letter B.


o, why is it that when studies tells us that screens stifle interaction, communication, concentration and attention spans, moms and dads are handing over iPads in long lineups, popping DVDs on in the car, or turning TVs on while they get some things done around the house? DUH. (And yeah, I’m bringin’ back “duh.”)

It’s not because they don’t love their kids and want the best for them. It’s because screens are often the fastest way to keep the peace. And while I’m not suggesting we eliminate family movie nights, delete a four-yearold’s favourite educational app, or never take another puppy-dog-filter selfie, I do have some peace-keeping ideas that are entirely off the grid. Who knows? Your child might never beg for YouTube again. Anything’s possible, right?



Disconnecting, they say, makes space for real connection in each veggie that will nourish you. And if you don’t have time, pop ‘em in the shopping cart and — minus the squishy and breakable stuff — let them be the middleman between you and that cart. For vehicle-bound errands such as the car wash and oil change, turn to your travel tricks. I find the promise that my daughter can “be the one to pay” wraps any errand up on a high note.

While You neeD Time

Dishes, laundry, supper prep, returning emails, getting ready to go out — you’ve got some things to do in a day. Some of this, the laundry and supper bits, can involve your child. When she was a newborn, I used to park my daughter, Petra, by my clean laundry pile as I matched the socks in front of her, making a buzzer noise when I got it wrong and exclaiming with a “ding!” when I got it right. It wasn’t long before she could recognize the patterns and as soon as she was able, she played along, sorting my laundry for me! On the other hand, doing dishes or cleaning the cat litter aren’t exactly tasks that can involve a toddler. It’s at these times that I put on a musical and we each choose a part to be, or I ask her to perform for her baby brother and I promise we’ll be the “audience.” Other peace-keepers include tracing her on a giant sheet of paper and telling her to draw the detail, pulling out the kinetic sandbox, half-shelling peanuts and letting her work at getting them out, or breaking out the stickers and tasking her with making a scene.

Don’t underestimate the calming power of music. Before you set out on your adventure, create a playlist alongside your child to get them excited to hear their favourite songs and then — though sing-a-longs might not go over in an airplane — your kid will get a kick out of the whole family breaking into song in the car. Sick of the songs your kid loves? Try a book on CD!

During erranDs

Sitting in a cart while your dad slowly picks out produce probably would get boring, so I understand why so many little ones are holding tablets at the grocery store. As you probably know, kids love to help, even though their “help” sometimes deserves to be in quotation marks. The answer here is to just let them. If you’ve got the time, show them how to tell which fruits are ripe and talk about the nutrients



Armed with alternatives and the will to try it out, the next time you need 10 minutes to yourself and are tempted to press play on Paw Patrol, you can think outside the cable box and help your kid unplug. Disconnecting, they say, makes space for real connection and — bonus — it will make family movie night all the more special.

For more than a decade, Maygen Kardash has been a wardrobe stylist for television, music videos, print, and both artist and personal consults. She is also a musician, frequent guest on Global Morning, freelance writer, Brownie leader, and most important, loving mama to 3-year-old daughter Petra and baby boy Paris. Sneakers & Lipstick is Maygen’s personal blog on which you’ll find honest posts about motherhood, style and anything in life that piques her interest. Follow along at


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e get it. With a busy schedule, an active lifestyle and having one or more kids, life does not slow down after having a baby. We also understand there is a lot to factor in when making that major stroller purchase. At CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids, we have a wide array of strollers and accessories to accommodate infant to toddler stages, and families that have both or are planning for their growing brood. With singles, doubles and allterrain strollers, we can help you decide what is best for your family while navigating soccer games, errand running or jogging along the river trails. If you are a new parent but expecting to grow your family, Peg Perego has some innovative options, including an all-inone stroller with a bassinet that can easily be turned into a double stroller with an additional adapter. With lots of room for storage and a smooth ride, this popular brand makes outings easy on mom and dad while still enjoyable for the minis. Another popular brand with busy and growing families is UPPAbaby. With options for one to three kids, car seat adapters and all the configurations

you can imagine — not to mention plenty of storage and easy folding — it is hard not to love the efficiency and comfort UPPAbaby offers. We carry a variety of models by both of these trusted brands, and we would love to show you more at our location. Another outing friendly stroller is the Nuna brand. These contemporary stroller models are equipped with smart design features so you know they were built for busy parents in mind. Enjoy the versatility of four modes including pram, car seat, rear and forward facing seat options, letting your little one enjoy some stimulating interaction or sleeping cozy and undisturbed. With additional features including weather-resistant materials, UPF 50-plus canopy with removable eyeshades and mesh panels, large foam filled tires, flat sleeper reclining seat, smooth ride suspension and lots of storage for you and baby, this brand has you covered — indoors or out. Fitting in exercise and enjoying some fresh air can be difficult when you have some adorable little ones to hang out with at home. We say take them with you! Quick jaunts, mile runs or scenic trail blazing are easier with brands such as Baby Jogger and Thule Strollers. Both brands offer models for a variety of adventures including Baby Jogger’s hybrid stroller, Summit™ X3, which is equipped with all-wheel suspension and air-filled tires to ensure easy


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steering for you and easy riding for baby. The Thule Glide 2 is another top choice we suggest; its lightweight, aerodynamic design and large wheels work great in a variety of seasons and terrains. With lots of options to choose from — not to mention the many accessories that can make maneuvering your baby or toddler more efficient and enjoyable — we understand it can get a bit overwhelming. That is why we are here to help! At CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids, it’s our passion to make sure you are fully equipped to enjoy family time — at home or on your latest adventure. We can help cut through the clutter and noise to find the perfect stroller that works for your lifestyle and your little ones.

Cravings maternity-baby-kids 3-2105 8th Street East Saskatoon 306.477.8200




These days it seems like changes are happening everywhere for women. Each week we hear more about diversity and equal pay across a variety of industries, as well as the emergence of the powerful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Right here in Saskatchewan, women are increasingly empowered to work in non-traditional fields and occupations.

Female Strong Celebrating Women in non-traditional FieldS

By ElizaBEth irEland





Female labour participation rate in Saskatchewan is higher than the national average at 63.6%. Representing 276,700 women in the labour force.



ccording to Statistics Canada, a total of 276,700 Saskatchewan women were in the labour force as of 2017. We can be proud that the female labour participation rate is high in our province. It’s 63.6 per cent, compared to a 61.5 per cent female labour participation rate Canada-wide.

Women continue to break down gender stereotypes — and lead the next generation — in industries and professions normally dominated by men. In turn, this barrier breaking serves to close the economic gap between men and women. “Closing the economic gender gap does not just benefit women and girls, it will also enhance the economic productivity of Saskatchewan as a whole and make policies and institutions more representative,” says Prabha Mitchell, chief executive officer of WESK - Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. An Industry Canada report from 2015 found that 62 per cent of female-owned small and mediumsized businesses are in service and retail-oriented sectors. Unfortunately, these industries often have slower growth and lower profitability than more male-dominated industries such as manufacturing and mining.


Jobs in non-traditional fields are usually higher paid, more secure and more in-demand than more traditional female jobs (such as food service and retail sales). Plus, women bring new strengths and personality traits to the table in more maledominated industries.

There are the trades: women working as carpenters, electricians, machinists, plumbers and welders. There are also female emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics and police officers. The list of non-traditional occupations that women are diving into — and succeeding at — just keeps growing. It seems like a traditional, gender-based mindset can be hard to change, but think of medicine. Just a few generations ago, the field was maledominated and now medicine has a close-toequal gender balance. In fact, according to the Canadian Medical Association, in 2017 more than 40 per cent of Canadian physicians were female and two-thirds of family physicians under the age of 35 were female.


More and more young women are graduating with university degrees in non-traditional subjects such as engineering, math and the physical sciences. Experts say large shifts in the labour force tend to take place over a longer period of time. The exciting part is that these shifts actively reflect each generation of young women, the choices they make today and the businesses they build tomorrow. A 2011 RBC study found that Canadian womenowned businesses contribute $148 billion to the national economy, account for the fastest-growing segment of the small business sector, and outpace men when it comes to starting businesses. In the following pages are five amazing Saskatchewan women working in non-traditional fields, building businesses and creating opportunities for future generations.



Sheena Sinclair

Bella Vista Custom KitChens & RenoVations

Collaborating & owning HEr

Design expertise

By ElizaBEth irEland

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esign and construction manager Sheena Sinclair has been a female surrounded by males most of her life. She grew up in the town of Kyle, Saskatchewan as the older sister of three boys. Once she entered the workforce, Sheena found herself employed in typically male-dominated industries such as manufacturing and farming equipment. And, she is now the mother of a five year-old son. “I’ve always had a hands-on mentality and been surrounded by traditionally male pursuits. Having three brothers definitely shaped me, but I also like to think I bring a more collaborative approach to the table,” says Sheena.



infill project in the Montgomery Place neighbourhood of Saskatoon. The clients were a mature couple who began with a plan to renovate. After Bella Vista budgeted the project, an infill made more sense and the clients now have a beautiful new bungalow with minimal maintenance requirements and aging-in-place features. Innovative design, quality craftsmanship and personalized service are the foundations of the business and all work is overseen by Sheena and Jeremy. A Bella Vista project is a thing of function, beauty and a true fit for that client’s lifestyle. Designs are done in-house and brought to life through meticulous planning, 3D renderings, hand-finished cabinetry and attentive construction management. With a showroom in Saskatoon, Bella Vista also travels across the province to service their clients.

Bella Vista Custom Kitchens & Renovations 9-3342 Millar Ave. Saskatoon 306.979.9944

Nine years ago, Sheena and her husband, Jeremy, founded Bella Vista Custom Kitchens & Renovations in Saskatoon. Bella Vista offers custom cabinetry, major renovations and new home construction (particularly urban infills and acreage homes). The company prides itself on personalized designs that are tightly linked to the client’s budget and the ability to stick to that budget. Sheena joined Bella Vista full-time seven years ago. While it was daunting for both husband and wife to be entrepreneurs, Sheena says “I knew where my heart was and I haven’t looked back since.” “With my professional background in marketing and graphic design, home design seemed a natural progression. I deal with the same concepts of colour, balance, contrast, texture and, of course, excellent client service.” When Sheena ponders the challenges of being a woman in a nontraditional field, she believes that her main issues are the same as any working mother. “There is always that balance to achieve between a demanding career and being a mom. You think you have your week planned and then your child is sick for four days straight.” What building and renovation trends has Sheena observed in the past year or so? “We’re seeing a lot more technology incorporated into home designs, as well as clients are being more adventurous in their choices. Kitchens are becoming increasingly customized and personalized, such as a lowered baking section on an island for clients who love to bake and make pasta from scratch.” Sheena has a special fondness for older neighbourhoods with big trees (she lives with her family in Grosvenor Park). She recounts a recent



Caval OlsOn-lepage TCU WealTh ManageMenT

Women & InvestIng — Embracing Our Differences

By ElizaBEth irEland

aval Olson-Lepage has always been a detail-oriented and enthusiastic planner. This skill set is a perfect fit for her current role at TCU Wealth Management as a Qtrade Investment Advisor and Certified Financial Planner®. She is also a successful woman working in the maledominated investment industry. “After university, I began work as a teller with TCU Financial Group in Saskatoon. Coincidently, I worked beside the Wealth Management team and soon found myself with both a terrific female mentor and a supportive network,” says Caval. Her mentor is now the credit union’s Vice President of TCU Wealth Management. “While TCU Wealth Management has gender parity, that’s not the case across the investment industry. I definitely felt challenged at larger gatherings of investment advisors from all companies, where I had to focus on being seen and heard. I really had to earn my place at the table and not be intimidated by my male counterparts.” What gender differences has Caval noticed among her clients over the past six years? She notes that couples have shifted away from the man generally leading the financial planning conversation and the woman deferring to her partner. There is more engagement from both sides, which shows how far we’ve come. Canadian women are increasingly well-educated, live longer and tend to be more risk-adverse investors (which studies show actually outperforms riskier investment styles in the long-run).



“The traditional investor/advisor approach has been a focus on rate of return, as opposed to unique life goals.”

Caval’s female clients definitely want to have a say regarding the financial decisions impacting their future. And, she believes single women don’t necessarily want to wait for marriage or a partnership to get started on financial planning. Caval adds: “My approach is to work equally with all my clients and build a plan for their specific goals and objectives in retirement, estate and financial planning, rather than focusing solely on rates of return. The traditional investor/advisor approach has been a focus on rate of return, as opposed to unique life goals.” Caval’s passion for her clients and her career has earned her a Wealth Professional Young Gun Award and recognition as a Qtrade Top Advisor for three years running. In addition, Caval created a personal financial blogsite Her site is dedicated to changing people’s perceptions of wealth and success while taking control of their own finances. Topics include RRSPs, budgeting for the holidays and paying off debt versus saving money. “Overall in my career, I’ve only had one or two instances where my gender was a barrier with a potential client. I think the traditional ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ roles in financial services are changing more and more. TCU Financial Group prides itself on developing its female employees and I’ve definitely benefitted from that.” Active in her community, Caval is the current president of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Saskatoon, an organization that supports female leadership through education, awareness, advocacy and mentorship. In 2016, she was named BPW Canada’s National Chairperson for the Committee to End Violence against Women. Plus, Caval was nominated for a 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Community Building category. Securities and securities related financial planning services are offered through Qtrade Advisor, a division of Qtrade Securities Inc., Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

Caval Olson-Lepage Qtrade Advisor I Investment Advisor I Certified Financial Planner® TCU Wealth Management 306.651.6745 OPPOSITE and TOP RIGHT Photo byTamara Dayle Photography REFINEDSASKATOON& AREA


Jilaire Soucy Wagner

Maison Design + BuilD

IntegratIng DesIgn & ConstruCtIon to Create LivabLe Homes


By ElizaBEth irEland Photos d&M iMagEs

ome would say that Jilaire Soucy Wagner was destined to design and build beautiful homes. Born and raised in Leoville, Saskatchewan, as a child she loved cutting out pictures of furniture and pasting them into scrapbooks to create rooms. Jilaire’s parents owned the local lumberyard in an adjoining town and she worked there part-time as a teenager where she learned about the construction industry. Based in Saskatoon, Jilaire and her husband, Andrew, have owned the award-winning, boutique home building company Maison Design + Build for close to 10 years. Maison Design + Build provides its clients with high quality, functional custom homes that are built to last and go beyond the industry standard. Jilaire acts as the company’s client liaison and creative director. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in history and political studies, Jilaire worked for 10 years in communications and public relations in Saskatoon and Red Deer, Alberta. She

believes that her decade of experience in the public relations field was integral for her future work: “I’m able to synthesize our clients’ wish lists and inspiration boards into the overall feeling they want their new home to convey. My style is perhaps more Chel Photo reflective and optimistic than a man’s might be. I like to say, ‘find what feels right to you.’ ” Are there any specific challenges that Jilaire has faced as a woman working in a male-dominated industry? “Stamina is a key trait for anyone working in residential construction — male or female. I found that respect on the job site was gained through my own growing level of competence and knowledge. There’s no doubt that a certain level of inner confidence is necessary to begin with!”



Jilaire is the mother of two tween girls, which helps her to incorporate a family’s perspective when building a home. She thinks of design details such as where children coming home from school would put their backpacks and how a busy parent cooking dinner can keep an eye on things. “Maison Design + Build was born from an authentic desire to create not only a better home, but a better home building experience. We want our clients to love their homes, but more importantly, we want them to love building their homes. We’re creating something concrete from an idea — and that’s really special,” says Jilaire. With infills in established neighbourhoods such as Grosvenor Park and Varsity View, luxury new builds in Greenbryre, beautiful acreage estates, and family homes in the new development Brighton, Maison Design + Build usually has 10 projects in design or construction at any one time. Maison Design + Build’s services include site selection, floor plans and elevations, construction drawings, mechanical, electrical and technology integration, green building design, development of technical specifications, project management, kitchen and bathroom design, interior finishing, colour and material selection, cabinetry design and millwork selection, and space and furniture planning.

30-214 Joseph Okemasis Drive Saskatoon 306.242.3653

STEEL Naomi Smith, Remnant Steel

By ElizaBEth irEland

hat does a millennial woman with a sense of adventure and a great entrepreneurial idea for fabricating metal art do? If she’s Naomi Smith, she goes for it! “Six years ago my business partner and I got thinking about the possibilities of combining our architectural and design knowledge with the latest metal-cutting technology. I guess you could say the wheels started turning,” says Naomi. The result was Remnant Steel — a Saskatoon-based business that designs and fabricates metal feature 38



screens for indoor and outdoor decor, modern landscape accessories and timeless large-scale art pieces. Remnant Steel uses computer numerical control (CNC) technology to cut beautiful, precise designs into various types of metal. Naomi grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan with five siblings. She earned an architectural degree in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, and then went to work for architecture and homebuilding companies. Eventually the time was right to branch out on her own.

Remnant Steel hit the ground running producing wall hangings, but then began following market demand more closely. Naomi’s metal products were new and innovative since most CNC technology was being used for industrial and agricultural purposes. The curiosity and skepticism she initially encountered from her industry partners quickly gave way to respect for Remnant Steel’s ground-breaking products and aesthetic. For Naomi, working in a male-dominated field has been an overall positive experience. There are, however, some unique challenges that go along with it. “Early on in our business it took awhile for people to trust that two women could run a metal company — doing it all — including the fabrication. I think as a woman in a business that is typically male-operated, it’s important to become an expert in that field. Women often have to work harder to prove ourselves and that’s something I’ve learned to embrace.” “One of the biggest challenges that I’ve had to tackle over the years is my own desire for perfection. I think that as females we sometimes have to figure everything out before we tackle something new. Then, if we don’t meet our expectations, we either give up or revert back to what’s familiar. The reality is that the things we already know usually don’t get us very far and instead we need to push forward and just go for it! Day-by-day, I’m learning to focus on the here and now, grasp hold of the opportunities in front of me and not be controlled by circumstances outside of my control.” Naomi doesn’t hesitate when she summarizes her secret to entrepreneurial success: “Using technological innovation, creativity and good partnerships Remnant Steel provides products that are made efficiently with the highest quality. I work directly with our clients throughout the whole process. My goal is to create pieces that transform and shape spaces, and enhance home or work environments, one piece at a time!” Residential and commercial clients can make an appointment with Naomi at Remnant Steel’s Saskatoon showroom for a consultation.

Naomi Smith by Chel Photo

Remnant Steel 1719 Saskatchewan Ave. Saskatoon 306.249.4555





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Kelly Bode

WMCZ Lawyers


elly Bode is a busy woman who doesn’t make those around her feel rushed at all. She is Mom to two and a half year old Nora, a corporate commercial and securities lawyer, a partner at the Saskatoon law firm WMCZ Lawyers, and board chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.

Her law career began as a twentysomething backpacking through Europe. “I love to travel and I actually found out that I was accepted into law school at an Internet café in Istanbul,” says Kelly. A hometown gal, Kelly grew up in Saskatoon and earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. She was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2007 and became a partner at her firm in 2014. Kelly is the first person to both article at WMCZ Lawyers and become a partner there. “I was originally drawn to practicing law because I enjoy the analytical aspect. It’s like there is a puzzle to be solved and that puzzle changes every day.” Corporate law tends to be a male-oriented profession with long hours and limited flexibility. Kelly is candid that, early in her career, some clients did not expect a young female to be handling large commercial transactions. However, she remains gracious and unfazed by her experiences of the past.

WMCZ Lawyers wins 2018 SABEX Award in the category of Marketing

The one challenge in corporate law that Kelly does note is the linear ladder to climb to become partner. “The female life and career experience are often far from linear. We take time to have children and to manage conflicting domestic demands, which isn’t always compatible with a linear path.” Kelly notes that she is lucky to have spent her career at WMCZ Lawyers, where she has always received support for whatever path she needed to take. Kelly has been a board member of the influential Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce for five years and board chair for the past year. She believes leading the 16-person board and advocating for Saskatoon's business community is immensely rewarding and has provided her with amazing opportunities. Kelly was also appointed to the board of the Crown Corporation, Saskatchewan Research Council. Throughout her career, she has been active in community organizations such as The Princess Shop and YWCA Saskatoon. What traits serve her well in the corporate law profession? “I’m a detail oriented person and able to function calmly with a lot on my plate; that just comes naturally to me. I’m always my authentic self and clients appreciate that I’m a real and present team member who takes the stress out of their transactions, either by just staying on top of matters or by cracking jokes. My detail focus allows clients to spend their time concentrating on their big picture issues.” More recently, Kelly has discovered her creative side through the hobby of floral design. Flowers are particularly special and symbolical for her since her grandmother was a florist. WMCZ Lawyers is located in the River Centre building in downtown Saskatoon. Kelly’s areas of practice include business law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business succession planning. WMCZ Lawyers Suite 410, 475 2nd Ave. South Saskatoon 306.933.0004

Kelly being interviewed by Chamber on Tap host, Evan Drisner.



Calling all EntrEprEnEurs:

photos Lisa Landrie

Life Coaching Based on Personal Experience



Jacqueline Almeida is a New Yorker by birth and in her heart. She is also a dynamic and inspirational woman with a true story of heroism and success.


n 1993, Jacqueline moved to Canada as a single mother with her two children. With virtually no support, she was determined to make it in her new country. Despite the many unexpected circumstances that life presented her with (including a divorce in 2010), she held on to her unwavering beliefs. Jacqueline believes that in this life we all embark on something greater than ourselves and learning to navigate through the tough terrain is what catapults us into the path of success.

Speaking You Today Jacqueline owns and operates a Saskatoon-based career and life coaching business called Speaking You. She is also Safe + Sound Exteriors’ Brand Ambassador and team coach. Jacqueline draws from her 20 years of experience as a mentor and coach, assisting and encouraging people to find their direction and destiny in life — and to succeed. She draws insight and wisdom not only from her personal experience in overcoming struggles, but also from the growth of her own clients. One of those clients is her son, Giuseppe, whose zeal in starting his own roofing business is amazing to hear about. Jacqueline believes the great majority of people live their lives feeling trapped by their circumstances, believing “this is as good as it gets,” and letting themselves remain in a mediocre space. The idea of success seems too far-fetched or they are afraid of going after it. These people wonder “What if I fail? What if I can’t do it? What if I have no support?” These “what ifs” become loud and relentless. Jacqueline possesses an innate ability to really listen to her clients’ fears, to ask the pertinent questions, and to give the needed attention that her clients require for their individual journeys. She is gifted in helping her clients by offering to each the permission needed to grow, to doubt, to wrestle and question, with no rush and no judgment. Jacqueline brings understanding and empathy so that her clients — courageously and with self-confidence — are able to make decisions that will help them move from mediocre to outstanding!

New Program for Entrepreneurs This fall, Jacqueline will be sharing her hard-won wisdom through a new program for Saskatoon entrepreneurs and small- to mediumsized business owners in partnership with Safe + Sound Exteriors. This program will be one year long and combine monthly classes with one-on-one coaching sessions. Entrepreneurs from any industry are welcome and Jacqueline particularly encourages women to join the program. A few of the topics included in the program are: • Growing your business • Casting vision • Challenging negative self-talk • Overcoming limited beliefs Contact Jacqueline to find out more about this upcoming program for aspiring entrepreneurs and small to medium sized business owners.

Jacqueline Almeida, Brand Ambassador Safe + Sound Exteriors 306 260 7209

For more information about Speaking You's career and life coaching services, visit



Together We Grow

Her dreams make our dreams possible.

We’re working to help farmers around the world produce enough food for a growing population. And by supporting and encouraging opportunities for all people, we’ll achieve our mission of feeding the future – together.


LOCALENDAR APRIL 12 The Illusionists – Live from Broadway (Touring) SaskTel Centre APRIL 21 SSO Pops Series 4 – 9 & ¾ The Music of Harry Potter TCU Place APRIL 23 Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton SaskTel Centre MAY 5 SSO Masters Series 6 Season Finale: The Gryphon Trio TCU Place MAY 7-9 Menopause: The Musical Broadway Theatre MAY 9 Dirty Dancing SaskTel Centre MAY 12 Shania Twain: NOW SaskTel Centre MAY 16-20 Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal SaskTel Centre MAY 24 Royal Wood with Special Guests Knox United Church


MAY 30-31 The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Musical TCU Place JUNE 2 Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour SaskTel Centre

Remai modeRn


ince its grand opening on October 21, 2017, Remai Modern has won an Award of Excellence, made news around the world, created buzz in the city and beyond, and welcomed thousands of visitors through its doors. The facility might have taken slightly longer than expected to showcase its beautiful interior and diverse artworks, but visitors agree the new museum of modern and contemporary art was well worth the wait. After six months open, there is still a lot of excitement about exploring Saskatoon's Remai Modern.

What to see & hear

The simple answer is: all of it! If you go for the Pablo Picasso linocut collection, you will want to stay to explore everything else. The building interior is a stunning example of architecture and design and is just as alluring as the works on display. With art installations throughout the building, visitors can expect to


be intrigued by the unique use of materials and space. With current exhibitions by various local, national and international artists, guests are able to experience a variety of art perspectives, materials and techniques. One display includes a work by Alexine McLeod as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Series. Remai Modern also boasts a busy live events calendar. Visitors can frequent films in the SaskTel Theatre and enjoy regular performances, including music and artist talks.

What to taste

If you have yet to venture into Shift, we highly encourage you to do your taste buds a favour and make it a priority. With a beautiful view of Saskatoon's South Saskatchewan River, the ambience of the space and the unique, yet familiar, flavours on the menu, the experience will bring you back again and again. As part of the Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant Group, Shift’s menu is a contemporary spin on some Saskatchewan

By CandaCe Fox Photos Courtesy remai modern

favourites reworked to create distinct flavours that will entice guests to sample everything on the menu. Whether you are going for brunch with family, lunch with the girls or supper with your plus one, we highly encourage you try something new — or anything with perogies. No missteps there! If it's an evening of drinks, ask about their signature cocktails and don't shy away from the Strawberry Peppercorn. It's quite superb.

What to learn

Learning opportunities for all ages is a big part of Remai Modern’s mission. The museum offers tours to suit a variety of needs, including guided group tours, weekend public tours, stroller tours for families, and school tours. The museum also has a multimedia audio tour. All the options aim to expand and enhance visitors’ experiences and interactions with the museum, art and exhibits. Classes, workshops, art camps and more are offered throughout the year by Remai Modern program guides. The museum hopes to

Visitors at an event in the Atrium. The Art & Design Store at Remai Modern. Remai Modern photo Adrien Williams, 2017.

deepen participants’ understanding of their own creative abilities through practice and play. For more information or to register, visit Remai Modern online and check out their latest schedules.

What to buy

Venturing into the Art & Design Store might feel like slight déjà vu after exploring the vast exhibits and displays around Remai Modern. Choosing items with an artistic touch was a given for the store's retail collection. Keeping in tune with the backdrop and geographic area, one can also find items representative of Saskatchewan’s culture and people. With everything from jewelry, home décor pieces, educational items and child-friendly trinkets, it is the perfect store for one-of-a-kind items and Remai Modern-branded goods. For more information about Remai Modern, including free admission days, visit them online at




A Love Letter to SASkAtoon’S CuLturAL SCene By CandaCe Fox Photos stoBBe PhotograPhy



UGO returned in January and this time, in a new permanent home — Remai Modern. Presented by Nutrien, the event brought hundreds of people together on a chilly evening to experience a unique celebration of art.

opposite The always popular LUGO photo booth clockwise from top left Jon Vaughn performs at LUGO \\ LUGO attendees spread throughout the building \\ Winter Vegetable Fig & Blue Tartine from Calories Bakery and Restaurant \\ Mini Donuts from Hometown Diner \\ KSAMB Dance, Panopticon. \\ LUGO attendees dance to the music of Charly Hustle

The sold-out event was attended by an eclectic mix of people of varying ages, including artists, students, influencers, teachers, business leaders and creative minds. Mixing interest with intrigue, LUGO did not disappoint; people embraced the experience in its new habitat, prompting excitement for the future of this engaging, art-focused event.

Live Art

LUGO has gained momentum since its introduction to Saskatoon in 2010. Offering guests a unique perspective of art in various forms and formats, the event is known for its sensory stimuli, seen again at LUGO 2018. “LUGO is a moment to come together to celebrate art and have a unique encounter with the museum,” explains Alison Murawsky, Director of Marketing for Remai Modern. “It is a great way for people to engage with a dynamic program of performance, audio art and experimental music, movement-based practice, spoken word and other forms of art.” Attendees were treated to a number of performances/artistic presentations, including 3 Ninjasks, KSAMB Dance, Mehta, Tod Emel, Compact Disk, Terry Riley's ‘In-C,’ Ursa, Jon Vaughn, Charly Hustle, and Tonight It's Poetry Presents: Dialogues w/poets Sandi Martinez, Mack Daddy, Elise Pallagi and Kevin Wesaquate on the mics. Every LUGO event is unique. The planning committee tells a different story each year in its collaborations with artists and visionaries. Building on the excitement still bubbling after the opening of Remai

Modern in October, the success of LUGO 2018 was easily measured in the positive feedback, smiling faces and the upbeat flow of energy.

on the tongue

Even the food presented at LUGO is art. The mini plates served at the event were as delicious to the eye as they were to the taste buds. From sweet to salty, spicy and savory, and with every texture combination imaginable, LUGO's restaurants presented another sensory experience. Tasty plates were featured by Remai Modern's very own Shift restaurant, as well as Saskatoon favourites’ Congress Beer House, The Hollows, Night Oven Bakery, Drift Sidewalk Café & Vista Lounge, Calories, Sushiro, and Taste Restaurant Group's UNA Pizza & Wine, and their latest, Picaro restaurant in Riversdale.

Looking Ahead

Viewing LUGO as a love letter to Saskatoon’s cultural scene, organizers are already looking forward to the next year. Combining a vibrant artistic program with a fun party vibe, attendees can expect LUGO 2019 to introduce new experiences and performances that will stretch imaginations, provoke thought and engage in the moment. Keep up to date with everything LUGO at Remai Modern 1.306.975.7610



E m p o w E r i n g & S u p p o rt i n g

Deserving Women By CandaCe Fox Photos Juli laBreCque

March 8 was an important day in our city and around the world. With businesses, community leaders and many women in attendance at the Rawlco Radio Hall in the Remai Modern Arts Centre, Dress for Success hosted their 6th Annual ENSEMBLE event presented by K+S Potash Canada. Attendees were greeted with a champagne toast to kick off this empowering event that was also a celebration of International Women’s Day.



he mission of Dress for Success Worldwide is to empower women in achieving financial independence through support, development tools and professional attire, allowing women to step into the workforce confident of their ability to thrive.

"As we are a group of women supporting women in our community, we thought it was fitting to host our event on a


day that represents just that,” stated Brooke Ratzlaff and Sloane Dignean, co-chairs of ENSEMBLE. “International Women's Day is a day meant to celebrate our social, economic and cultural achievements. Why not celebrate together?” With a noticeable female- dominant audience enjoying the evening, the ambiance of the room was light and sincere — women supporting women, and men joining in the same collective movement.

As title sponsor, K+S Potash Canada has championed Dress for Success and its mission since 2016. “K+S Potash Canada knows that a strong community is essential to a sustainable future for everyone,” explained Sydney Gossard, communications specialist for the potash company. Grateful and humble for the company's support, Dress for Success recognizes the organization’s ongoing partnership as important for impacting women and creating a positive ripple effect across Saskatoon and beyond. With local restaurants on hand to support a great cause, mini menu items and treats were created by Congress Beer House, Little Bird Patisserie & Café, Odd Couple and Taste Restaurant Group's UNA Pizza + Wine, Picaro and Bar Gusto. “We have been supporting the ENSEMBLE event since its inception in Saskatoon,” said Lindsay Ogresko, general manager of Congress. “As a local business, we want to support our community, and as a female, I recognize the importance of celebrating and empowering women in the workforce and am happy to be here in some small way to do just that.” Entertainment for the evening celebrated the many talents of women. Featuring local entrepreneurs and artists, guests were treated to performances by female comics, dance troupes and musicians. Every year, this event celebrates local heroes — unique women who have come full circle in the Dress for Success program.

Celebrating their positive achievements, Doreen Helgeson and Veronica Dizon were recognized by their friends, family and supporters with loud applause and happy tears. Now champions of the program, these women are a shining example of the impact that Dress for Success has on individuals, families and the community.

As Dress for Success continues to grow and foster positive impact in the community, there are a variety of ways to support this organization, including getting involved with ENSEMBLE 2019. To learn about volunteer opportunities, how your financial support makes a difference or where you can drop off gently worn clothes or accessories, please visit the Dress for Success website, saskatoon. or call 306.343.7377.



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The 9Th AnnuAl Chefs’ GAlA & showCAse By ElizaBEth irEland Photos lisa landriE

all have our favourite romantic comedy movies. On the evening of February 10, more than 200 people were able to celebrate the collective works of Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan in a very unique way at Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park. To put on this special event, each year the Saskatoon Chefs’ Association partners with three local arts organizations — Five Independent Theatre, Little Opera On the Prairie (LOOP) and the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival. In between each food course, one of the arts groups puts on a live performance reflecting the evening’s theme.




“Tonight is a great way for us to work in teams and to get our names out there in Saskatoon’s culinary industry. As students, we get a chance to meet and work with our future employers before we graduate, and that’s invaluable,” says Michala Linklater, a second year Culinary Arts student who is originally from Redvers, Saskatchewan.

To Me, You Are PerfeCT

The evening began with an entrance through Love Actually-style poster boards held by actors posed as lovelorn suitors. The Gala’s title sponsor was Prairie Meats (who also prepared the delicious wild boar and mushroom risotto main course which was the People’s Choice for the best course). Welcome cocktails were sponsored by local olive oil and balsamic vinegar company, OLiV. During the seven-course meal, the event’s romantic comedy movie theme was referenced in witty food

names such as Spoonstruck, You’re Terrine Me Apart and Runaway Boar. The evening also featured a silent auction and a live auction for a chef ’s dinner for eight Saskatoon foodies complete with wine-pairings.

To sir, wiTh love

Appetizers served during the cocktail hour were prepared by Culinary Arts students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic led by Chef Derek Cotton. After the appetizer stations, the students gained reallife experience by helping out the professional chefs preparing the seven courses behind the scenes.

Michala noted she was especially looking forward to seeing Chef Todd Clark of Boffins Public House in action. (Chef Todd prepared a spectacular dessert for the crowd featuring blood orange, almond cardamom cake and chocolate mousse). The culinary students and professional chefs donated their time for the evening. “The pillars of the Saskatoon Chefs’ Association are competition and education and networking. By giving culinary students hands-on experience with professional chefs, we’re supporting the continued growth of Saskatoon’s culinary scene,” says Anthony McCarthy, Executive Chef of the Saskatoon Club and Western Canadian Vice-President of the Canadian Culinary Foundation (CCFCC). “Plus it’s a terrific night out. Our guests are immediately transformed as they enter the room. It’s amazing to watch,” adds Chef Anthony.



The one wiTh ross’s new Girlfriend

Throughout the night, Live Five Independent Theatre performed a threepart comedy entitled How I Met a RomCom Mash Up. Hilarious references to the television sitcom Friends, Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movies and many other romantic comedies abounded. Led by Jacqueline Woods, musicians from the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival performed beautiful ensemble pieces on the piano and cello. One particular highlight of the evening was a stunning duet by sopranos Chelsea Mahan and Laurien Gibson of the famous Sous le dôme épais (The Flower Duet) from the opera Lakmé. “We're grateful for the collective efforts of the chefs, the students and everyone from our partner arts organizations. Working together on this event, and collaborating creatively, can feel like a barn raising!” says Anastasia Winterhalt, Founder and Artistic Director of LOOP.

The shoP Around The Corner

Chef Anthony and Anastasia are actually a real-life couple and served as the evening’s emcees. They have been married for 13 years and have two sons. They have their own version of a “meet cute” when they worked at establishments across the street from each other in Brandon, Manitoba. The couple amazingly met again in Toronto five years later. Chef Anthony didn’t return to his work as a private chef on a Caribbean yacht and the two were married later that year. Overall, the Chefs’ Gala & Showcase experience was summed up by attendee Natasha Solvason: “Tonight is a unique event because we get to enjoy different types of wonderful arts performances and taste new foods that I might not think to order at a restaurant. This is the third Chef ’s Gala I’ve attended and definitely not the last!” Funds raised during the Chefs’ Gala & Showcase go towards operating the four participating non-profit organizations. For more information on the 2019 Chefs’ Gala & Showcase, watch the website






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“Before you’re a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch


PEOPLE FIRST rowing up, I was raised to believe if I worked hard, I’d succeed. This belief served me well — for a little while at least. In my careers, I’ve experienced success according to my employers’ standards — meeting targets, deadlines, adding value to the bottom line and delivering quality work. With a strong work ethic, I was afforded various opportunities which I appreciated and thrived on. As my career advanced, I took on more responsibilities, one of which was managing a team.

In the beginning stages of leading people, I often found myself wrestling with my need to control things, yet so much was beyond my control. When I was solo, it was my power alone delivering results. As a manager, it was up to my team. Thankfully, I had someone skilled in my world who helped me gain clarity with this, and helped me to focus on what was in my control and what was not. For the most part, my team’s performance was strong, until we had two quarters in a row with downward trends. This baffled me for quite some time as I tried to figure out the underlying cause and then a way back up. One day, a video entered my inbox; it was Stephen Covey on stage with a woman in a red jacket talking about “the big rocks.” Into Bucket A, Covey dumps a large amount of green pebbles that represent all the small things that fill our lives. The woman is then asked to put in some big rocks which represent what is most important in life. There is only one condition for this task; the rocks cannot go beyond the top of the bucket. Of course, she can’t fit in all the big rocks. Then Covey suggests she take a different approach; using Bucket B, she places all the big rocks in first and then adds the pebbles. Guess what? It all fits! This was a lightbulb moment for me. I realized I was placing too much of my attention on administration, reports, projects and meetings, and not on what mattered most — my team and what they needed to be successful. I made a courageous decision to do things differently. I reconfigured my priorities in my schedule, putting my people first and everything else second. I focused on eliminating or reducing many low value activities that sucked my attention. The improvement was almost immediate. People First became my new motto!

Following are some lessons learned from my People First approach: Have a vision for the team. What would a high-performance team look like? Get clear on which qualities team members need to develop to be at their best, and then make a plan for growth. Communication is key. Making cultural changes like this requires connecting the “why” to the “what” and then painting a picture of what to expect during the process. Include in the picture the other person so they can see their role and contribution to the vision. Create two-way accountability. I made a commitment to coach individuals on my team at least once every two weeks. These sessions were in both our calendars, along with agenda items that both of us contributed to. These meetings always had purpose — performance coaching, development coaching or task feedback. It’s better with boundaries. To deliver on the big rocks and my promise to put them first, it was important that everyone understood and respected boundaries. Without boundaries, time and attention would be taken away from someone else on the team who truly needed it. Utilize available resources. Like many managers, I found myself in the answer trap. I liked solving people’s problems and being their “go-to” person, but I discovered it limited my team’s potential. You’re familiar with the saying: “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I had to train my team how to be resourceful and how to access the resources available to them. What you focus on expands. By focusing my attention on the people and their development, their results improved, and they felt valued and valuable. The better they got as individuals, the better the team performed. Remember that control issue I had? As a leader, I learned to control my focus, my mindset and my priorities. By putting people first, building the relationships, adding value, and meeting their needs, the desired results followed.

Jill Poulton is a Certified Executive Coach and Founding Partner with The John Maxwell Team. She specializes in leadership and small business. Questions and comments can be directed to



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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Five Reasons WHO IS THIS TRIP You’ll SUITED FOR?Love A trip with Rocky Mountaineer would be River Cruising perfect for travellers who want to stay in



Canada due to health concerns, such as a pre-existing medical condition. The trains can accommodate wheelchairs.

This is also a great option for those travelers not keen on long flights; the flight time from Saskatoon to Vancouver is two hours and from Calgary to Saskatoon is slightly over an hour. Families with children would find this trip to be a great way to bond (internet access is spotty going through the Rockies) and there is the opportunity to see moose, bear and other critters.

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Five Reasons


River Cruising

A trip with Rocky Mountaineer would be perfect for travellers who want to stay in Canada due to health concerns, such as a pre-existing medical condition. The trains can accommodate wheelchairs. This is also a great option for those travelers not keen on long flights; the flight time from Saskatoon to Vancouver is two hours and from Calgary to Saskatoon is slightly over an hour. Families with children would find this trip to be a great way to bond (internet access is spotty going through the Rockies) and there is the opportunity to see moose, bear and other critters. For couples, comfortable and spacious seating the to train assigned two-by-two. perfect selfion e next theisstatue, without missing Additionally, it goes without saying that any information from your local guide. train enthusiasts would find this vacation to be a adream come With variety of true. dining options, shore excursions and onboard Contact me to find amenities, out more you’ll about always have theand luxury of choosing how the routes packages that Rocky to Mountaineer enjoy yourofftime – aboard! and the luxury ers. All of an unforgettable river cruise with AmaWaterways. "Lucille has given me invaluable advice over theyou last year for my travel. Shework. was “Thank for all your hard available before, during and after my many It’s a great feeling to experience trips. She has a wide range of ideas and such trust and confidence in your has had many unique travel experiences ability to provide best exploring the world.the Lucille trulytravel has a experience possible." passion for what she does." —Steve — Shelley (client of Lucille Brown)

Five Reasons You’ll Love River Cruising

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Tammy Wandzura Mortgage Broker at the Mortgage Group “Clients say the space is well put together. It’s professional, it’s easy to find, and it reflects the type of space I’ve always had. It’s newly renovated, fresh, it overlooks the river, and it’s trendy. Very well done!

Crystal Anderson MacLeod Owner and Event Specialist at RSVP Event Design “What works for me is that I didn’t need to sign a long-term lease. I recently sold my office and so I needed a space to rent — just a temporary space.

I needed a space where my clients felt comfortable dropping off sensitive documents — a secure location, with a fulltime receptionist. I needed a space easy to get to, and with parking available. I needed somewhere to hang my hat for the odd meeting — a place to meet face-to-face with clients.

This space is beautiful and new. You can rent other things for the same price in Saskatoon, but those definitely won’t appeal to the types of clients I have. There’s a contemporary feel. Definitely, they put a lot of thought into the style of this place.

The other thing I really like about it is the online calendar. If my assistant or I need to book a meeting in the future, or even last minute, we just look at the online calendar and book that time.”

The other bonus is that [the Link] has a receptionist, and that is great. She’s really friendly. She’s awesome. Clients come in, and she takes them to our offices.”

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The Metric Design team understands the subtle yet impactful elements that can take a room anywhere from ultra-whimsical to max modern, with some in-between stops along the way. Here is Metric’s personalized take on bringing together or highlighting the masculine and feminine taste palettes.









I just love this combination of design elements because it showcases femininity and masculinity in a bold way that doesn't compromise on style. The overall theme has some intriguing depth, while the brushed metallics offer a soft contrast and some brightness. I love using striking elements that balance both sharp and curved lines, which creates interest for the eye while keeping a softer touch. We see an eclectic mix of eras such as the celebration of art deco and baroque while still staying very balanced in that masculine to feminine style spectrum.

While Tamara was very much about finding balance, my combination celebrates femininity in a whimsical yet mature way. I've included softer colour palettes with pink pastel hues, a nod to Kate Spade with a demure polka dot print, and lighter tiles to create an open and airy space‌ of course flowers, because what woman doesn't love a fresh cut bouquet in the kitchen? There is still a mix of textures and materials, which creates interest for a more refined palette that remains pretty and feminine — one of the favourite things I love in a space.

My favourite materials to work with are wood, white and concrete. You see all those things incorporated in this combination, but I’m using different materials and textures to add interest and depth. Elements pulled here create a clean and nurturing space that can be enjoyed by everyone while not editing out style or unique and eclectic elements. A great note about this neutral palette is the ability to add in decor to sway it to be more masculine or feminine if desired.

Clearly, on the opposite side of feminine, what we see here is a lot of masculine elements such as metallics, a mature herringbone fabric design, and dark wood with accessories in shades of blue, silver and grey. I think it's so important to have black in any room; it brings an anchor into the space, draws the eye in, and creates a strong impact or additional drama. The materials I pulled are really the essence of a power suit translated into home dĂŠcor.

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By Courtney tait



n the last few years, a “less is more” approach has taken root in the design and lifestyle lexicon, with simple living celebrated as a path to contentment. The first step in embracing the trend is decluttering — a process some have taken on with guidance from organization gurus such as Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (Her philosophy: Keep only items that spark joy.)

But even those of us who have pared our belongings down need a place to put them. And if you live in a space with limited storage, like a condo, it can be a challenge to keep clutter at bay. The good news is that alongside the minimalist movement, another trend has emerged: storage as decor. By approaching storage solutions creatively, you can conceal or display your “stuff ” in ways that are functional and stylish.

Basket Bounty

The versatility of a basket cannot be overstated. And while these woven beauties go back to the early days of humankind (traces of baskets have been found in the Egyptian pyramids!), when styled right, they read as fresh and oh-so-organized. Baskets are ideal for corralling one of the primary clutter culprits: paper. Bills, lists, cards and random pieces of mail continually pile up, spreading

across surfaces and encroaching on our serenity (and sanity). Recycling or shredding whatever isn’t needed is important, but in the meantime, stash excess paper in a pretty lidded basket. They come in a range of sizes and shades and look lovely on a desk, console or shelf. Plus, gathering paper piles into one out-of-sight spot is an instant Zen booster. Other uses for a stylish basket? Throw blankets and pillows, magazines, craft supplies, bathroom products and remote controls. It’s like an analog app: there’s a basket for that.



Closet Close-up

If you have a small bedroom closet, organization can be tough to master. No matter what kind of hanging shelves, shoe racks and matching hangers you use in an effort to simplify, limited space can (literally) cramp your style. But what if you bring the inside contents out into the open? With an upscale garment rack, you can display your most attractive bags, shoes and outfits in a way that’s easily accessible, keeping the rest tucked away. This storage solution works well in a corner or against the wall of your bedroom or, if it’s wide enough, in a hallway. A variety of styles are available, so we recommend avoiding the basic chrome rack on wheels, as it has a factory feel that will detract from your display. Opt for one in black, white, wood or an attractive gold or rose-gold metallic. A shelf or two along the bottom designates space for shoes, while a shelf along the top (either attached or hung separately) can be used for framed art. Hooks on either side create space for bags. On the rack, hang select items that present the “best of ” your wardrobe. You might want to edit down to just two or three colours to keep the look cohesive. Rather than filling it completely, leave space between each item so the eye has a place to rest. Consider this a rotating installation, refreshing it each season with pieces you love.

shelfie showCase

If you follow any designers on Instagram, you’ve likely come across images of beautifully curated shelves with the hashtag #shelfie. But featuring books, ornaments and special trinkets in a photo-worthy way isn’t just for the professionals! Vertical shelving enables you to showcase items so they look cohesive rather than cluttered. Rather than scattering various beloved pieces on surfaces throughout your home, arrange them all on a set of three or more shelves. Shelf displays range from simple floating shelves to entire units. Before you decide on specifics, consider their purpose: what will you display? Will they double as a bookcase? Do you need them to stash office supplies as well as family heirlooms? (Some shelves come equipped with drawers or stylish crates that can pull in and out, increasing their storage capacity.) Make a list of items you need space for and find the right shelving option to suit your needs. As with your garment rack, a pared-down palette goes a long way in making shelves look thoughtfully put together. Shelfie style isn’t about displaying every sentimental piece from your past; it’s about showcasing the “greatest hits.” Place an old photograph next to a modern vase. Pop a pretty plant onto a stack of books. (To borrow from Marie Kondo, opt for items that spark joy.) However you arrange your shelves, keep in mind that they are a reflection of you — your life and your personal taste. Let them be inspired!




DARK By Courtney tait

& DREAMY Your bedroom is more than just a sleep space — it’s a sanctuary. Feeling comfortable, safe and secure as you wind down from the day is essential not only to a good night’s sleep, but for your overall wellbeing. With that in mind, we are loving the darker bedroom hues trending this season, such as inky blues and smoky charcoals. Thinking of going to the dark side? Here we share ideas for creating a cozy bedroom ambience with a touch of drama.

Play with Paint

here is no easier way to transform the look and feel of a room than through colour — especially when it’s a deep, dreamy shade. Most of us have colours we’re naturally attracted to, so start by narrowing down your colour choice to the shades you love. If blue is a favorite, explore the world of navy, indigo and dark teal. Love green? Consider forest, olive or emerald hues. A more neutral option is going grey, with slate, charcoal and warmer tones such as deep taupe creating a backdrop that works with various accent colours. The boldest paint trend for dark bedrooms is black. When done right — balanced with other hits of colour in the room — the effect is sleek and sophisticated. Not ready to commit to a total transformation? Try painting just the wall behind your bed in your chosen dark tone. This will allow you to ease into the look. If it feels right, paint the rest of the room or just keep it as an accent wall. If you’re concerned that dark walls will make your room feel smaller, don’t be! In fact, cool, dark colours make the walls recede, so they appear further back than they actually are. Another bonus of going dark (versus having white walls) — the colour will change with natural light variations throughout the day, adding interest and nuance to the space.

Light the Way

Ambient lighting is key to keeping a dark room from feeling cave-like. If your bed is flanked by nightstands on each side, they should both be topped with a lamp. (An alternative is wall-mounted lighting, also on each side.) Metallics work beautifully with dark walls, adding shine and reflecting light so it bounces around the room. With this in mind, opt for lamp bases or sconces in brass, copper or chrome. Not only will the metallic finishes balance out your moody walls, they’ll add a touch of glam.



For overhead lighting, think big. A dramatic chandelier or other luxe ceiling fixture above the bed will draw the eye up and give the room a central point of light. Here, too, metallic is your best bet, but the design options are endless. From industrial-style chandeliers with exposed bulbs and sleek lines to layered glass pendants, modern fixtures have sculptural elements that elevate them to pieces of art. Indulge your personal taste through seeking out a piece you’ll want to cherish (and gaze up at) forever.

Plush Bedding

Getting truly cozy requires a bed that envelops you in soft, thick layers of warmth. This means a top sheet over the fitted one, a duvet or heavyweight comforter, at least one throw and multiple pillows. For sheets, percale versus sateen is an ageold debate, but it really comes down to personal taste. Percale has a crisp feel (a good choice if you get overheated) while sateen is smoother and softer. In either case, 100 per cent Egyptian or pima cotton are the best quality you’ll find. For the main layer, it’s hard to beat a 100 per cent goose down duvet. Down manages to be both lightweight and incredibly warm, making it ideal for sleeping under. If you have an allergy to down, other duvet options include synthetic materials as well as cotton and wool, all which are hypoallergenic. Your duvet cover or comforter is where you get to have fun with design, choosing a colour and/or pattern that complements your newly darkened walls. While there is nothing wrong with matching the shade of your bedding to the shade of your walls (the monochromatic effect is wonderfully refined), there’s opportunity here for interesting colour combinations. Pale blush bedding, for example, is stunning against peacock blue walls. A white or cream linen duvet pairs well with black or dark grey walls, adding softness and creating a clean, polished overall look. Having pattern on the bed — whether it’s in the duvet itself or a layered throw — will break up the intensity of ultra-dark walls and bring a playfulness to the space. Whatever direction you go in, remember that the bedroom is the most personal of all the rooms in your home, so it’s a great place to experiment. Follow your instincts and be guided by the dark!




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STYLE By Courtney tait

hances are if you live in a house with an open kitchen, you spend part of each day at the island. As a multi-functional zone for everything from sipping your morning coffee to helping with homework and chopping veggies for dinner, the island is a staple of modern home design. But just because they’re everywhere, doesn’t mean they’re all the same. In fact, what started out as a way to create more storage in the kitchen has evolved into its centrepiece. If you’re updating your current kitchen or designing a new home build, consider this your 2018 guide to island style.

Function First

Deciding your island’s primary purpose will depend somewhat on the size of your kitchen; the bigger the island is, the more functions it can provide, and vice versa. You never want the island to crowd your kitchen (ensure there is at least 101 cm to 122 cm of open space surrounding it), so first determine the size of island your space can handle. If you’re going big, you may want to include one or more appliances. Do you like facing outward as you cook, engaging with family members and guests or


perhaps to enjoy the views your homes offer? Consider putting a range in the island. Same goes for clean-up; if you want to be social while dealing with dishes, add a sink and dishwasher. Or, forego all of the above and keep the island clear for prep work.

Eat at Ideas

Most modern islands double as a place to sit and eat. The question is whether you want it to become your primary dining space, serve as a breakfast bar, or something in between. Whatever you decide, ensure the design accounts for leg and elbow room. Consider seating placement, especially if you’re including any appliances. Do you want to face each other or are you fine sitting side by side? This may impact the design of the island’s sides (such as featuring an overhang) and storage elements. And give some thought to the type of seating you’d like to use. An island that’s ideal for a few simple stools may not accommodate dining chairs. The clearer your vision is, the more likely you’ll be satisfied with the outcome, rather than settling for a finished piece that doesn’t fit all your needs.

Perfect Pairings

Part of what makes a well-designed island so eye-catching is its combination of materials. As the focal point of the kitchen, it garners immediate attention, and can set the tone for how the entire room looks and feels. These base and countertop combos each reflect a different style — which one suits your taste? Wood and Marble: Warm and elegant, the pairing of a blond wood base with marble top has a timeless appeal. And whether the rest of your kitchen is all white or has elements of colour, such as on the cabinets, marble will enhance it. Painted base, butcher block top: If your taste leans rustic, a wood countertop is the ideal choice. It feels instantly inviting, and can be modernized by painting the island base in a rich dark tone like navy or charcoal. Metal and wood: For an industrial look, choose an island with either a metal base or top. (Steel and iron are both strong

options.) When combined with a rich, warm wood — perhaps a salvaged piece with built-in history — the effect is dramatic and a little bit edgy. Waterfall countertop: Sleek, modern and serene, a waterfall countertop is an excellent way to show off the detail in your chosen material. Beautiful marble veining, knots in reclaimed wood, colour variations in quartz or granite — these natural elements are highlighted when the counter continues along the island sides in a clean, continuous line. (This option can work with all of the above pairings!)

Storage Story Back to the initial reason the island was invented — storage! Of course, in 2018, storage spaces are more than just a place to stash your stuff; they’re an opportunity to blend function with beautiful form. In kitchen islands, the three main storage options are shelves, drawers and cabinets. Have attractive dishware you want to display? Simple open shelving in your island looks lovely with neatly stacked (and matching) plates and bowls. The openness of this style also creates a lighter overall aesthetic. A built-in island cabinet works well to conceal your microwave (and prevent it from taking up counter space.) Cabinets with doors are ideal for dishes and cookware that are less frequently used. And deep, wide drawers can contain everything from pots and pans to those special linens passed down from your grandmother. Island design is one of the most enjoyable parts of planning a kitchen. Find your vision, be true to your style and have fun with the process! REFINEDSASKATOON& AREA





A GlImpSE InTo TREvoR And CURTIS’ WoRld of InTERIoR dESIGn BY CandaCe Fox

chandeliers, it is easy to grasp the enormity of the design world and what that means for not only aesthetics, but also project management.

pproaching 15 years in the interior design world, Atmosphere Interior Design owners Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy reflect on the unexpected challenges, humbling recognition and many learning lessons of owning a successful company in an industry not so synonymous with prairie life. Staying relevant in a smaller market and adapting their design esthetic to be more versatile for clients has been a huge challenge, yet, it’s what continues to satisfy the pair’s creative fulfillment. Enjoying every project and the journey along the way, the recipe for success seems to be quite simple for Atmosphere — transparency, trust and happy customers. Sitting in the Atmosphere design library, it is hard not to be completely in awe of the massive space with organized wall-to-wall slots of fabric choices, wallpaper designs and upholstery samples. Anchored by large white marble tables and hanging

“I think we have done a good job of portraying the true interior design process to our clients and the public versus what they see on television. There is a lot of trust that goes into what we do on both ends, and every project is different. Generally, as long as expectations are clear and there is transparency throughout, the experience is always positive,” explains Curtis. The successful Saskatoon based design company attributes its early success and growth to their forward design style, word of mouth and clients returning with new projects. Being recognized for their work, Trevor and Curtis have been featured in national magazines, applauded by industry heavyweights with awards and have become a design force on social media. So why Saskatoon? “Trevor and I are very happy here, so the personal fulfillment we get from that is huge. We get to meet and work with people here on a much more intimate level. Projects are always changing in scope and size, clients are more willing to trust us and let us have more of an impact on their design choices, so there’s the design fulfillment as well,” explains Curtis.

Honing in on their design aesthetic as “Masculine Luxe,” the design pair and their team at Atmosphere have projects ranging from ultra-modern to classic historic and everything in between. “We are geographically in the middle where people are influenced by so many different design styles. People look at our work and they aren’t quite sure where we are located. We get calls from people in New York, London, England and even Australia, so it has been interesting to see how our work resonates with different people in various areas around the world,” explains the design duo. Always quick to note that it takes a team to execute their vision, Trevor and Curtis are most proud of the relationships built with staff, trades and clients over the years. “We have been able to build families and friendships and that’s the part we look back on now and will remember in 30 years. Those relationships were established on the creative front, allowing us to grow our business and do what we love, but truly those friendships are the ultimate paycheck,” explains Curtis. With much to celebrate for Atmosphere Interior Design, Trevor and Curtis have no plans to slow down and are excited for the future and its plentiful array of projects on the horizon.




“I remember seeing our work on the cover of a design magazine in the Toronto airport and thinking how many hundreds of thousands of people had glanced at something that the two of us had created together. It was a moment I will never forget.” —Curtis Elmy on their first national cover Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy photo by Chel Photo








Designer SecretS in the Bedroom By Jane Lockhart

Designers know all kinds of techniques and tricks when it comes to making rooms look bigger. The bedroom can really benefit from employing these simple ideas to make it feel more expansive, while maintaining a restful vibe. our master bedroom should feel like a cozy retreat, a place you want to go to at the end of the day. If it’s too cluttered with several small pieces of furniture (besides your bed) it could be the reason your room feels small. If it doesn’t belong in the bedroom, take it out. Now.

Keep furniture away from the corners

Corners are not there to be filled; don’t stack books, plants or items up against the walls in the corners. Your bed is your focal point (it’s a BED room), so keep all necessary items close to the bed. It's hard to discern the size of a room when you

can't see its corners. If you have room for a chair, don’t line it up against a wall; bring it in, angle it to the bed and make it part of a grouping.

Hardwood flooring is a great option for bedrooms

Installing hardwood floors on a diagonal fools the eye into thinking you’re in a bigger space when the pattern is not squared off with the walls.

Add an oversized area rug

If you have hardwood or hard surface floors already, add an oversized area rug. This helps to



time. In fact, side tables don’t have to be big chunky boxes flanking the head of the bed. I’ve used pedestal tables when closed storage isn’t required. Custommade and installed “floating” side tables make a room feel bigger simply by allowing the eye to see under the table.

The right lighting can make a room feel bigger

Consider hanging lamps over the bedside tables. This keeps the table surface free but still brings the light down to eye level. Add dimmers so they can be adjustable according to the needs in the room. We’re also seeing more modern, extendable wall lamps and sconces used by the bedside. They’re great for task lighting and reading. Nothing makes a bedroom look smaller than skimpy bedding and pillows on a bed. For king-sized beds, two super-king Euro pillows will fit better than three regular euro pillows. Two super-kings will fit properly, will offer great support for reading or lounging and will stay in place.

Drapery can make or break the room

make the room feel bigger. Don't make the rug slightly larger than the bed; rather make it at least 16 to 18 inches beyond the bed edge, all the way around. It’s amazing how adding some cozy texture to the floor can make a room feel bigger. If you are a person who must have a TV in the bedroom, instead of trying to make it the focal point — we’ve established that the bed is the centre of attention, right — add some art. If you add framed art around the TV it blends in, rather than letting it dominate a wall.

Mirroring doubles the view

Not everyone is a fan of mirrored side tables, but reflective surfaces can expand the room and add some sparkle at the same

Drapery should be hung from the ceiling to the floor. Short curtains tend to disrupt the flow of a whole space when your eyes move around the room. To make drapery look fuller, add heavy blackout lining rather than cotton. This makes drapes look more full and expensive looking. Even a small room can benefit from looking expensive and expansive with these designer secrets. Award winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. Familiar to TV audiences for her show, Colour Confidential, and appearances on CTV's The Marilyn Denis Show and Moving The McGillivrays on HGTV, Jane is always an engaging personality. Her professional design firm, Jane Lockhart Interior Design has focused on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail projects since 1997. In addition to her full slate of client projects, Jane has created two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.



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40 Years

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of Framing memories By ElizaBEth irEland


icture framing helps to display so much — our photos, artwork, mementos and, most importantly, our memories. For four decades, J & S Picture Frame Warehouse’s owner Sherry Morris and her highly trained team have carefully framed memories for their customers.

The business will be celebrating its 40th anniversary for the entire month of May at the same Sutherland area location that Sherry opened in 1978. “The quality of custom framing and printing across the industry has improved a lot over the past 40 years,” says Sherry. “Improvements such as acid-free papers, UV inks and large format printers mean that customers can preserve what they are framing for the next generation with confidence. Now all of our framing projects include archival matting and backing.”

What’s Trending

What are the current trends in picture framing? Sherry and her team agree that the rustic barn wood look and shabby chic are very popular. And, similar to the jewelry industry, yellow gold has made a comeback. “Now more than ever, there is a cross-section of tastes in Saskatoon. It really depends on the individual style of the home and the homeowners. I can say barn wood frames are popular, but we also get many orders for minimalist and more classic-style frames.”

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Some memories are not as easy and straightforward to frame as a photograph. Sherry estimates that about 10 per cent of their business is shadow boxes (a deep frame used to showcase mementos). What can be framed in a shadow box? The J & S team has lots of suggestions including war medals and decorations, sports memorabilia, precious china, jewelry and, in one unusual case, a real snakeskin!

Original Artwork

Attached to the J & S showroom is the gallery of well-known Saskatchewan artist Glen Scrimshaw. Glen’s paintings of nature and wildlife scenes make excellent gifts and are truly representative of the province’s beauty. J & S also has other framed original artwork for sale, including some pieces on consignment from artists. Plus, the J & S Gallery space can be rented out for art shows.

Other J & S services include printing scanned artwork (or photos) onto canvas, giclée printing for fine art digital prints and large format custom printing. In the end, Sherry’s advice for business longevity is simple: “It is essential to keep evolving and progressing. If I didn’t adapt and incorporate new ideas into this business, I’m not sure we would be here today.” J & S is proud to have served the Saskatoon community with its custom framing and printing services for so many years and Sherry looks forward to many more ahead.

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Backyard & OutdOOr design By Carson arthur

Lately I’ve done a lot of radio and television interviews around the upcoming filming of Home to Win 3 and one question really stood out. I was asked about the biggest mistakes or missed opportunities when it comes to the backyard and outdoor design. Here are a few of my favourite “no-no’s” for your outdoor spaces.

Placing OutdOOr Play areas


get the value of having an outdoor play space for children because it gets them out of the house! The pitfall here is making a permanent decision about the outdoors to meet the needs of a five-year-old. Too often, I see large jungle gyms, playhouses or even giant sandboxes and swing sets as the visual focal point in the middle of a large lawn. Being able to keep an eye on your children is definitely important, but should the swing set be the only thing anyone sees when they visit your home? Items designed for kids are usually bright and colourful and always eye-catching. When we put them in the middle of the yard in a bright sunny spot, they become the item



putting it to the side of the yard, close to the house. By turning the shed I see homeowners with a yard that is defined by a a movementtoday, towards using more natural items. Think “yoga sideways and having the door facing the deck or patio, you have easier fence on all sides, several gardens pushed up against the studio in the jungle” when trying to picture these spaces. access, and at the same time, you can create a little extra privacy for both property line and a large lawn down the middle. There is Homeowners seek to create spaces they can disappear into you and your neighbour. aboutfor a space like this. Instead, and feel at nothing one withinviting nature. Look unconventional bird consider elements to thespaces. centre of your space such as a deck feeders andadding wind mobiles in these BeWare the Mulch! and a pergola, or a small patio with chairs. By creating a your eye always travels back to. My solution is to Forayears warned homeowners to avoid the bright red mulch. 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—one Home at a time By ElizaBEth irEland Photo lisa landriE

iuseppe Almeida, owner and operator of Safe + Sound Exteriors, began the company seven years ago at the age of 23 when he found himself in a precarious life situation. Sharing custody of his two-year-old daughter, he was jobless (although experienced as a roofer) and had the added responsibility of supporting his mother who was going through a divorce. Giuseppe’s situation stirred in him the courage to try something new. Out of dire necessity came creativity. Armed with just a nail gun, an air compressor, unrelenting tenacity and compelling determination, he founded what at that time was only a roofing company. “We are grateful to our amazing customers who have supported us over the years to build what was once only a roofing company to now an all exteriors and interiors business,” says Giuseppe. After almost a decade in business, Safe + Sound Exteriors has a lot to be proud of. In our third year of existence, the company grew 100 per cent and in its fourth year, it grew another 450 per cent. Today, we are looking to continue this growth. During the construction season, the company has four crews in action (with two to four labourers per crew) at any given time. Their industry has often been challenged by a poor reputation and this has made homeowners cautious and skeptical of who they hire. At Safe + Sound Exteriors, they strive every day to change this reputation.



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OUR VALUES. Conscientiousness We are thorough, effective and transparent. Our estimates include a full cost breakdown from shingles to nails and even caulking. Excellence Our team demonstrates true craftsmanship. They truly connect to their work and it shows. Safe + Sound Exteriors strives to be different and ahead of the curve in exterior trends. Growth Each Monday, over coffee at a motivational meeting, our team refocuses on the company’s vision and values. At these meetings, everyone on the team is challenged to grow personally via a monthly book, weekly quotes and any other resources to enhance personal development. Safety Customers’ reviews note our professionalism, promptness and high level of safety awareness. By June we will be fully COR® certified by the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) for our occupational health and safety practices. COR® is endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA) and includes regular health and safety audits after certification. Out of hardship came possibility, and today we are very proud of our company’s beginnings and how far we’ve come. From the beginning, Giuseppe has had a vision for the company. We focus on our vision — to create longevity in every home we work on. Our mandate is to ensure our products, services, warranties and workmanship are always at a high standard. Book online at for your free consultation with Giuseppe and our team today.

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