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WORD hat is full colour, glossy and owns the coffee table? Refined Saskatoon. This is especially true of this fall issue, featuring a magnificent Modern Prairie Home on the cover. We tip our hat to the team of local businesses that collaborated on this stunning home: • Atmosphere Interior Design • Maison Design + Build • Rëdl World Class Kitchens At Refined, we focus on local businesses, people, events and organizations. In the pages that follow, discover the many businesses ready to serve you, and be inspired by stories about a young cancer survivor, a red dress tribute to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), and established female “trailblazers.” Enjoy this colourful autumn season — it really shows itself off well in Saskatoon!


Every season has a “feeling,” and while I’m grateful for all of them (yes, even winter), autumn is my favourite. Growing up on a farm in small town Saskatchewan meant all the best vegetables from my mom’s immaculately cared-for garden, DIY-ing bike ramps under the big yard lights with my brother, and tailgate parties with my dad in the field. Okay, not so much a party, but getting to eat from a cooler on the back of a pickup surrounded by freshly cut grain and open skies was fun back then. Speaking of small towns, the owners of our cover home feature started their life journey together in high school. Earning degrees, creating businesses and a family while living modestly all the way to retirement, they decided to celebrate by building the home they never had. What would be a completely daunting undertaking became the project of a lifetime for Atmosphere Interior Design, Maison Design + Build, and Rëdl World Class Kitchens. Enjoy the story and beautiful photos starting on page 44.


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Amber is an award winning Canadian designer who specializes in print design. She has over 20 years of creative experience in the industry, and has designed everything from package creative to store signage, athletic performance gear to wallpaper and everything in between.

MEGAN WAWRYK Photographer

Owner of Wawryk Photography, Megan has more than 10 years’ experience specializing in fashion, lifestyle and product photography. An artist with an entrepreneurial spirit, she wears many hats. You will find her modelling and teaching meditation as counterparts to her photography career.


Candace started her freelance writing career while co-owner of Couture Business Development Inc., a marketing and public relations firm. During the past five years, she has been a contributing writer for various publications, a freelance copywriter and blogger. She has a passion for writing about arts and culture, as well as lifestyles.

BRITAINY ZAPSHALLA Freelance Journalist/Arts Publicist Britainy has worked as a journalist with CBC, CTV, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Refined Saskatoon and She also works as a publicist and consultant with groups like Sum Theatre, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre to bring their work to the masses.


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Marketer/Entrepreneur Jacqueline is an award-winning marketer living in Saskatoon. Co-producing the largest outdoor fashion festival in Western Canada has helped her become a sought-after entrepreneur. Her creative agency, TrendBlazer Studio, helps entrepreneurs and non-profits, most notably the Nutrien WonderHub, look good online, in the media and in person.

A professional photographer and owner of Raw Photography in Saskatoon, Niki’s passion for photography was fostered travelling to Mexico and capturing musicians and beautiful views. Shooting David Wilcox, The Glorious Sons, Trooper and Danko Jones are among her career highlights. Outside of work she enjoys playing pickleball, the music scene, travelling and being a grandma.



Naomi is a freelance writer, editor and researcher based out of Saskatoon. Former Editor-in-Chief of the Sheaf, her past work has included Flow magazine, Eagle Feather News, Saskatchewan History & Folklore magazine, Narcity Media, and The Canadian Journal of History. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, bike, cook and sip on red wine or coffee.



With more than 15 years of corporate and government writing experience, Elizabeth thrives on meeting new people and experiencing new things. She believes the best stories come from immersing herself in the subject matter, whether she’s underground at a mine or attending a gala event.







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With a background in nursing, Vivienne has worked for more than three decades in hands-on senior care at LutherCare, including patients with various forms of dementia and their families. Originally from England, she calls Saskatoon home and has been living here for more than 30 years. Vivienne is a wife, a mother of three and a grandmother of four, and enjoys cooking and entertaining with friends.



Jerry is the owner of Lubrication Station and prides himself on having Saskatoon’s only 100 percent locally-owned and family-operated quick oil change. With a focus on honest and quality service, Jerry is passionate about his customers, his family, and everything automotive.

Lana Wickstrom has combined her legal, social work and mediation skill sets to offer separating and divorcing clients with non-court options to help them improve their separation stories. In addition to her 15 years’ experience in this field, Lana has also received parenting coordination training and collaborative law certification. Saskatoon is home to Lana, her husband Drew and their three young ones.

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FASHION SASKATCHEWAN FASHION ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES THIS FALL andy Pravda and Jacqueline Conway are no strangers to Saskatchewan’s fashion industry. Nine years ago, the pair co-founded the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, which ran for eight seasons. This fall, they are excited to announce the launch of the Saskatchewan Fashion Association (SFA), a provincial non-profit that aims to increase the visibility of the fashion sector within the cultural and economic identity of Saskatchewan and Canada. “The SFA has really been a nine year journey,” says Conway, who is also the founder of Saskatoon’s TrendBlazer Studio. “Mandy and I launched the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival with the purpose of starting a local community in the fashion sector. Nine years ago, there were minimal opportunities for designers to come together and showcase their work.” Through the annual festival, they were able to build up a community, bringing both attention and awareness to the fashion sector in the province. Now they are taking it one step further with the SFA, and the focus is on being able to provide resources and education year-round to all those who work in the fashion industry, including designers, models, boutique owners, hair stylists, make-up artists, photographers and more. “What we’re planning to do in the next year, with the support of the community, is come together to develop a resource platform that will help designers who need resources and want mentorship or networking opportunities,” Pravda adds. “We want to become the directory in all aspects, with a list of designers, boutiques, legal information, business development and marketing information.” Pravda is also the founder of Mane Productions in Saskatoon, and will assume the role of president with the SFA, with Conway as vice-president. Two other founding members and directors of SFA include Melissa Squire, a fashion designer and the owner of Saskatoon’s Alchemy Collective, along with Celene Dupuis, owner of Revamp Salon Company and an international Redken Artist.



The initial seed funding to the SFA has been provided by Creative Saskatchewan to analyze the state of the commercial fashion industry in Saskatchewan, and to report on the fashion sector’s potential to become eligible for investments from Creative Saskatchewan. Although Creative Saskatchewan is legislated to invest in creative sectors, the fashion sector is not currently included in their legislative or regulatory language. In addition to being a central hub for resources, Pravda says they are looking to host educational workshops around the province. “We have found that people need help with the marketing, business and branding side, especially if they have a collection or a line that they want to promote. So we’re going to provide educational workshops and visit some of the bigger rural towns as well, making it inclusive for the entire province.” Conway and Pravda are also planning to develop partnerships with Saskatchewan boutiques to feature different designers each month, and to further enhance opportunities for designers to sell in both Regina and Saskatoon. To solidify their programming plan, the SFA will host information and community feedback sessions to learn about the opportunities that best serve the needs of the province’s fashion community. There will also be a call for members in fall 2019. “We’re looking forward to getting feedback from the community,” Pravda says. “From that, we’re hoping to get a really good overview of what’s happening within the fashion sector in Saskatchewan so we can figure out the next steps.” Through expanding awareness of Saskatchewan’s incredibly talented fashion sector, they hope the SFA will facilitate business growth on a regional, national and international level. Pravda is clearly passionate about emerging opportunities: “We are really excited for the future and what’s to come, even in the next year, for Saskatchewan and everyone within our province.” Conway emphasizes: “There are amazing things happening in our province that people should know about.”

“There are amazing things happening in our province that people should know about.” left - right Jacqueline Conway and Mandy Pravda Photo by Nicole Romanoff





GOLDEN TOUCH TO CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Ask 10-year-old Roan Dahlen what it’s like to be at the end of a three-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and he’ll respond with quiet confidence. “It feels like a big thing just went away,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about it anymore.” n July, Roan marked the end his lengthy treatment plan with the removal of a port that delivered lifesaving medication. Now in remission, Roan won’t be considered cured until he reaches the five-year cancer free mark, but for Roan and his family, this was a major milestone. “It was the first time he got really emotional in this whole time,” says his mother Coralee Abbott. “He was in recovery and there were a few tears. He asked me, ‘Please mom, tell me it’s all over?’ We’ve been fighting our way through it for 1,241 days. We’re now in the PTSD phase of this, trying to figure out where we go from here. You look back and can’t believe what you went through.” In the spring of 2016, Roan was deep into hockey season. He was pale, tired and had a nagging cold that just wouldn’t go away. “We kept taking him to the doctor and they would give him antibiotics. They would help for a bit, but the cold would always return,” says Abbott. “We thought he had mono. Five hours after a blood test, we got the call that his blood counts were dangerously low and we headed to the emergency room immediately.” The diagnosis was swift and hit the family hard. “My sister had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia only eight months before Roan’s diagnosis and was given two months to live,” says Abbott. “We had to have the conversations about cancer with the kids, so Roan was really aware of how serious this was.” Abbott’s sister was



above Roan & Dad in hospital during our toughest time right Roan and his teammates

above Roan’s end of treatment Gong ceremony right Roan and Mike Babcock, Roan's first day lacing up

given a stem cell transplant and continues to receive treatment. Abbott knew Roan’s battle was just beginning. After his diagnosis, support for Roan flooded in. An employee of City Perks, the family’s Saskatoon coffee shop, created a Team Roan Facebook page. Family and friends from school, hockey and baseball rallied around them with meals, gifts and messages of encouragement. The treatments weakened Roan’s immune system, but he forged ahead bolstered by the support. When he wasn’t in hospital or receiving treatment, Roan was back on the ice. “I tried to forget about it, tried to be normal. I was bored of sitting in the house doing nothing and hockey is my favourite sport,” he says. “I was more tired, but being on the ice felt comfortable.” “Roan’s the kind of kid that the more somebody tells him he can’t do something, the more he wants to do it,” says Abbott. “His oncologist encouraged us to let Roan be the judge. They were always telling us to let him do what he felt he could, so he continued to play hockey and baseball during his treatments.” Gold is the colour for childhood cancer and when she saw gold hockey laces in the store, Abbott grabbed them and encouraged Roan to re-lace his skates. Abbott was sure it would be a sign to others facing the disease. “I didn’t want to wear them at first because I didn’t want to stand out,” says Roan. “But mom convinced me it was a good way

to show support for other kids who are fighting cancer.” What began as a small gesture, quickly caught on. Roan’s teammates along with many others in the sports community switched out their laces in support. When the news reached one of Roan’s favourites Maple Leafs coach, Mike Babcock, he laced up and sent video message of support. “After that, I got to meet him at the Maple Leafs game and he gave me a hug,” Roan explains. “He said, ‘Hey! How’s it going buddy?’ and we shook hands.” September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the start of a new hockey season. The family is hoping the gold lace movement will continue to grow and raise awareness. Abbott knows that sharing their experience and keeping the gold laces visible will encourage others facing similar diagnoses. “Cancer is a lonely experience. Maybe our story will help others and prove that your kids can do anything,” she says. “We just want to give back.” Roan shies away from being called an inspiration and explains what it feels like in the way he knows best. “It’s like when I had a game just after treatment and I scored five goals,” he explains. “I scored three top shelf and one in the five-hole. It’s an honour.” Roan’s message to kids facing a cancer diagnosis is simple, “Work on. Fight on. Just keep going!”




r. M. Ronan Conlon, founder and medical director of the Conlon Eye Institute, and his specialized team, are pleased to announce the opening of a new in-house LASIK centre. Having practiced ophthalmology in Saskatoon for 25 years, Dr. Conlon continues to bring the latest in laser technology to his downtown office. In response to the rising proportion of Canadians requiring vision correction, the need for high-quality options has increased across the country. Laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Laser eye surgery offers a solution, particularly for people between 18 and 40, who are ready to get out of their glasses. “Our treatment recommendations are highly individualized and are based on the characteristics of the patient’s eyes,” says Dr. Conlon. The Conlon Eye Institute is committed to providing the utmost in quality vision care. Now, not only does Dr. Conlon provide state-of-the-art laser cataract and refractive lens exchange surgeries, but LASIK and PRK procedures as well. With no referral necessary, determining whether laser eye surgery is right for you is one appointment away. During a free consultation, Dr. Conlon determines a personalized treatment plan that is right for each patient.

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If you choose to undergo the procedure, Dr. Conlon and his team continually cultivate a smooth journey through the procedure process. The Conlon Eye Institute also offers a robust co-management program, working with many Saskatchewan optometrists to ensure continued care. Laser eye surgery is a premium, long-term solution, allowing patients true independence from external eyewear. This surgery eliminates the hassle of contacts or glasses, whether you are getting ready in the morning, changing for the gym or driving to work. Laser eye surgery is an investment, as it frees you from the recurring expenses of glasses, contacts and/or contact solution.

A leader in his field, Dr. Conlon began his career during the infancy of refractive eye surgery in Canada. Dr. Conlon’s practice has grown in step with advancements in laser technology, ensuring he brings the best in vision care to his patients. Dr. Conlon has also grown his family in Saskatoon, as he and his wife, Susan, also a trained physician, have raised their six children here. Three of them have pursued careers in the medical field, as two are physicians and one is a nurse. The remainder have found their passion in law, as two are practicing lawyers in Saskatoon, with another starting law school this fall. Having completed more than 20,000 refractive surgeries, and having had LASIK surgery himself, Dr. Conlon is excited that the new LASIK centre will allow him an even greater ability to serve the Saskatoon community. “Our goal is to get you out of glasses in a comfortable atmosphere. We use the most advanced technology available,” says Dr. Conlon. Book a free consultation for LASIK at his website today.

Conlon Eye Institute 341-750 Spadina Crescent East Medical Arts Building, Saskatoon 306.244.4111 or toll-free 1.877.484.4111

Dr. Vicki Holmes is a retired family physician who has been active in obstetrics, palliative care and administration before becoming part of the group that created the Women’s Midlife Health Program, now situated at Saskatoon City Hospital. She is a teacher and a public speaker and is passionate about helping people find a way to better health.


Many of us don’t like to think of death — our own or our loved ones. It is a very profound experience.




t takes a community to rally around and give meaning to the last chapter of life. Most people would prefer to die at home, but 70 per cent of Western Canadians die in hospital. With the Baby Boomers reaching the time of life when they require more care, we must come up with strategies to provide appropriate, comprehensive care.

Palliative Home Care, the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, and consultative services at all the hospitals and in Long Term Care have been providing medical end-of-life care for many years. Twenty years ago, it was identified that a Hospice Unit was needed to allow people to die in a home-like setting. It has been a long time coming, but will be opening in 2020. Initiated by St Paul’s Hospital, funded by the Provincial Government and generous donations from the public, the Hospice at Glengarda is a new facility that will provide 15 beds — a welcome addition! There is another aspect to terminal illness that is earlier in the continuum of care — support that is non-medical to meet the day-today needs of those with the illness and those who care for them. Prairie Hospice Society is one of Saskatoon’s best kept “secrets.” This mighty little organization is a non-profit organization with 157 volunteers that provide compassionate non-medical care to people near the end of life in their own homes. Recently, we have reached our highest number, serving 103 clients in the community. This happens under the direction of two volunteer coordinators, an amazing parttime administrative assistant and a volunteer board. It is incredible what can be accomplished with a caring community who is willing to support others. Prairie Hospice accepts referrals from the health region CPAS (Client Patient Access Services), the people who organize home services. They also accept self-referrals from the community. Facing a terminal illness has so many facets. In addition to the symptoms that require careful management, there is the emotional and spiritual aspect of coping, and the physical limitations that may

impede your everyday enjoyment of life. This is difficult enough when you are surrounded by caring supportive family and friends, but 20 per cent of the people this organization serves have no family living in the city. Even simple chores can take on a significant role. This is where our Prairie Hospice volunteers come in. Our volunteers are carefully trained in meeting the needs of our clients. Volunteer coordinators thoughtfully match a volunteer with the client. They agree to provide four hours of care per week. If needed, this is extended to include more volunteers to meet the needs of the client. Many form close bonds as they experience this challenge together. Help is provided in many forms — delivering people to appointments, taking them out for lunch, helping with household tasks or playing cards. One little girl with cancer wanted to continue going to school, but was unable to ride on the bus and her mother was unable to take her. Volunteers took her to school. One man was providing 24-hour care to his wife and needed some personal time, so the volunteer stayed with her while he was able to continue playing with his hockey team. It was important for him to do some self-care and keep up his support team, and his wife looked forward to the visit from the volunteer. Others share their talents to enrich the lives of our clients. The Transition Choir is a group of women who volunteer and sing songs of comfort to those near death. Someone knits prayer shawls to envelop people with love and prayers to comfort them. In addition to this planned arrangement, Prairie Hospice also runs a program called Hospice Now that can provide services on an emergency basis. For instance, if you have suddenly lost your ride to your cancer clinic appointment, someone will take you. We are just starting a bereavement program for our volunteers to help them be more effective when dealing with families and friends of our clients. If further counseling is needed, they will be referred to services that offer this help. Surprisingly, Prairie Hospice Society does not receive any funding from the provincial government and relies on donations, grants, a backyard concert leading to a Diva’s Concert, and a yearly golf tournament to fund the program. If you are interested in learning more about this truly heartwarming organization or to get further information about participating in the annual Charity Golf Classic, call Prairie Hospice Society or contact them through their website. A volunteer training program will start in November. If you are interested in participating, visit their website or give them a call. 306.249.5554



EXPANSION & EDUCATION for Saskatchewan’s Premier Cosmetic & Laser Clinic, Bella Sante BY CANDACE FOX PHOTOS WAWRYK PHOTOGRAPHY

e wear it every day. It is the most exposed part of our bodies, not to mention our largest organ. Your skin requires special attention and no one knows this better than Dr. Donna Jubin, founder and medical director of Saskatchewan’s premier cosmetic and laser clinic, Bella Sante MD. With a primary focus on protecting, rejuvenating and maintaining her clients’ skin for more than 25 years, Dr. Jubin is an expert in her field and a trailblazing entrepreneur in the community. With her second clinic open in Stonebridge, this state of the art building powered by solar energy is a beautiful rejuvenation clinic and educational center for staff and physicians in training.



The Second Location in Stonebridge

When the blueprints were being drawn for her second clinic, Dr. Jubin knew the process and final product would need to align with her goals and values as a business owner, respected doctor and community member. Sustainability and organizational culture were top priority. “When you are creating a positive work environment and beautiful space, and your staff has the mental, physical and emotional stamina to give back to patients, then it’s palpable,” explains Dr. Jubin. The decision to power the facility using solar energy was an easy one for the visionary and business owner. “This goes beyond being an entrepreneur. This is the route we need to go as a society. Sustainability isn’t just a part of the Bella Sante brand; it’s a part of who I am.”

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While Dr. Jubin has to these services. Please call travelled extensively for for further details. her education, she continues to source the most advanced technology and techniques globally to ensure clients are receiving the best care right here on the Prairies. During a recent trip to Ireland, Dr. Jubin and her team were given a rare tour of the Allergan Botox Factory in Westport; the plant produces and houses the entire supply of our favourite wrinkle vanishing drug. Having the vault doors opened for Bella Sante was recognized by the team as a privilege and amazing educational experience. Understanding the benefits to her business and clients, Dr. Jubin’s investment in her team through continued education has a positive effect on the local beauty industry and raised the bar on standards and practices province-wide.

Authentic Approach to Beauty

Melding technology with a holistic approach, Bella Sante is client-focused with an emphasis on individualized services to suit each unique case. “We build a relationship with our clients and work towards their long-term skin care goals with little down time and natural looking results. Everyone deserves to look their absolute best and feel confident. That’s why I love doing this work,” explains Dr. Jubin. “It combines science with art and we have over 25 years’ experience.”

Expanding Services for Clients

Bella Sante is also expanding their services to include acute skin care with the support of three highly respected dermatologists: Dr. Kyle Cullingham, Dr. Kerry Gardner, and Dr. Monica Miliszewski. Clients can expect the same level of consideration for their more advanced skin care needs with these added specialists.

Bella Sante MD Cosmetic and Laser Clinic 518 Queen Street & 106 Wellman Crescent Saskatoon 306.652.0553



when walking, walk. when eating, eat. - Zen proverb



MINDFUL MOMENT e often visualize a meditator as someone quietly sitting in crosslegged position, eyes closed. T h is t i mel ap s e photograph of a silent and still night sky capturing the path of a shooting star reminds us that we can explore ways of engaging with our present moment experience through motion against the backdrop of our lives. The routines performed in our life are wonderful opportunities to practice present moment awareness. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are generally considered those involving mobility and personal care and include eating, meal preparation, and hygiene such as brushing the teeth, bathing and dressing. Instead of rushing through our daily “to do” list, we can explore being present with each activity as we are doing them. Waking up and stretching, savouring our first cup of coffee and noticing the feel of the warm water as we take our morning shower — all are “Adventures in Daily Living!” Do you remember the feel of the walking on the water’s edge on a beach holiday? Barefeet, warmth and texture of the sand on the soles of your feet, rising up between your toes… the coolness of the water as the waves reach you and the freshening sensations of the wind against the tops of your wet feet. The uneveness of the terrain brings our attention to our entire body so we don’t fall. Walking along the ocean’s edge between surf and sand is my favourite place to practice mindful walking. However, walking is an opportunity for tuning into the present moment whereever and whenever you are. Perhaps walking to the car for work, mind rushing ahead with the thoughts of the day and remembering all the things we didn’t get “done” this morning, we can choose instead to mindfully feel the sensations of our feet and our body — the feeling of our shoes and the surface we are standing on, subtle shifts in centre of gravity as we take each step.

When we are well, it is so very easy to take our abilities for g r ante d. Usually it is when we are ill or injured that we recognize our limitations. It is at this point, we can mindfully prac t ice our self-compassion meditations by noticing our physical limitations with kindness, acceptance and compassion rather than frustration, anger or sadness. Mindfulness also gives us space to choose to feel gratitude for whatever it is we are able to do, right now — limited or not — as well as appreciation for those who help and support us when we need it. Mindful Walking. Stand up and tune into the feeling of feet on the floor; take one step slowly with the focus of attention on the experience of walking. Notice what arises. Frustration? Boredom? Calmness? Then take the next step. Explore each step as if it is your first. Try this anytime you have to walk somewhere, whether from the kitchen to laundry room or during a walk along our beautiful riverbank. Mindful ADL. Pick one activity, such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower or getting dressed. Bring your focus of attention to the sensations that arise during the process. Noticing the scent and colour of the toothpaste or shampoo, the temperature of the water, the colour of the clothes you choose for the day. Try this with another activity and another. Mindful Exercise. Going to the gym today? Be present with the body sensations and aware of your internal/external environment. Check in with your thoughts and emotions. Tune in rather than tune out. Notice and be kind to whatever arises. Mindful Dancing. Just put on your favourite song and dance. Feel your body as you move to the music in the ocean of air that surrounds us and becomes part of us as we breathe in and out. Explore the possibility of introducing play and joyfulness into your body in motion. Choose gratitude for what your body can do.

Dr. Anita Chakravarti a physician and university professor who has been active in Anesthesiology, Pain and Integrative Medicine before focusing on health promotion. She encourages a framework for mindfulness-based wellness programming that supports the wellbeing of the individual and the organization to achieve life-work balance and as a catalyst for positive global change. Based in Saskatoon, she is a published author, international speaker and certified mindfulness teacher.

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Directions • The night before you make this recipe, chop your cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and place in the freezer.


This is one of my all time favourite hearty and super nutrient-rich dinner recipes of all time. I hope you love it! (makes 1 - 3 servings) Ingredients Cherry or grape tomatoes (1 lb/460 g) Cauliflower (1 lb/460 g) Crimini mushrooms (.75 lb/345 g) 2-3 Tomatoes (.75 lb/345 g) Hemp seeds (1/4 cup/40 g) Flax seeds (1/8 cup/19 g) 2-3 Medjool dates (.11 lb/50 g) Cilantro 1 bunch (.11 lb/50 g) 3 Green onions (.11 lb/50 g) Fresh ginger (2 Tbsp/25 g) Curry powder (1.5 Tbsp/10 g) Smoked paprika (1 Tbsp/7 g) 1 cup pure water

photo by Kamilla Jönvik @kamillasyogakitchen

Optional for a more rich and spicy flavour: Fresh turmeric (1 tsp/7 g) Mustard seed (1/4 tsp/.5 g) Black pepper (1/4 tsp/.5 g) Cumin powder (1/4 tsp/.5 g) Hot pepper to taste

• In the morning, remove the cauliflower from the freezer and thaw at room temperature, or thaw under warm water. • Slice the mushrooms into halves or quarters and place in a dehydrator for 1-2 hours at 118°F (48 °C); alternatively, place in direct sunlight for 5-6 hours or under a UVB grow light for a Vitamin D2 boost! • Slice the grape/cherry tomatoes in half and place in a large bowl, add the defrosted cauliflower and dehydrated mushrooms; mix well. • Place the hemp seeds, flax seeds, dates (be sure to pit), ginger, turmeric, white bulbs from the green onion, and all of the spices into a high speed blender, such as the Vitamix; add one cup of water and blend till smooth and creamy. • Add the remaining tomatoes and blend till smooth. • Add the tops of the green onions as well as the cilantro; blend at a low speed/pulse blend, just enough to finely chop and distribute throughout the sauce. • Pour this thick creamy sauce on top of the mixed veggies and stir until evenly coated, rejoice and dig in! (approx. 942 calories, 35 g protein)

* The original recipe is from Chris’s eBook, TRA Retreat Treats. Check it out and more in Chris’s Free app “The Raw Advantage Raw Recipes” available on iOS and Android.


t can be difficult to make water a priority, but consuming it will improve our everyday lives. Becoming a better version of ourselves starts with hydration and feeding our bodies with one of the one the most natural substances in the world —water. Here are some of the top reasons to liquid up!


Transportation Water is essential for transporting all nutrients and oxygen into your cells. When we consume vegetables and fruit, it is essential to drink enough water to get these healthy items where they belong!

Metabolism Everyone is on the hunt for that “20 year old metabolism.” Water has been proven to help bump our metabolic capacity, so kick it up with a healthy dose of H2O every day. Detoxification Water helps push out unwanted toxins. This especially shows in our skin, nails, eyes and striations in our muscles, making us look healthier and stronger. No diet pill, supplement or Dr. Oz greens miracle wrap required! Protects and moisturizes joints We want things smooth — no cracks, strains or wobbly tendencies — so get your water in to keep things working right. Of course, water also helps combat fatigue, migraines, muscle cramping, constipation, dry skin and cardiovascular issues. So take the time to drink and you will feel better!

Tips & Tricks for H2O Consumption If you struggle with water consumption, try these tips and tricks: 1. If you like cold water, add ice and drink it cold. 2. Add lemon to the water or mio as a treat. 3. If it’s chilly outside, boil the water and drink it with some lime or lemon. 4. Crush some ice and blend a minimal amount of water to create a “slushy- like” texture. Create with your favourite teas and sugar-free options!

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How much ‘should’ you drink? I recommend drinking 4 litres per day. It takes some time to adjust to this amount, but after a while it becomes part of your daily routine. How do you get it in? When I wake up, I immediately grab my water bottle and take a few large gulps. Typically, we are dehydrated when we wake up, and it feels good to rehydrate. I drink about 2 litres during the activity I choose to do that day because I am working hard and am naturally thirsty. During the day, I drink with meals and whenever I am thirsty. It will add up quick, so don’t get discouraged; your hydrated self will thank you!

A registered nurse in Saskatoon, Holly currently works at Midwest Laser as a Cosmetic Nurse Injector. A lifetime athlete, health and wellness expert, she loves empowering women and coaching them one on one. Through her work in the beauty industry, she also helps them feel good every day in their own skin. Holly was crowned Mrs. Canada Globe in 2017, and continues to be involved with the organization’s cause of eliminating domestic violence.

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Where are You Spending Your Winter? THE VILLAGE AT STONEBRIDGE

Spend Your Winter With Us ith the colder months fast approaching, now is the time to decide how you want to spend this winter. The winter season can be a difficult time of year, bringing loneliness in with the frigid cold. Why not spend the season surrounded by the warm welcome of neighbours, activities, home-cooked meals, and the convenience of knowing that everything you could possibly need is all in one place? Here at the Village at Stonebridge, we have plenty of opportunities for helping you to tackle the colder months head on, with comfort and support. Leave the snow behind with our Winter Living Packages, which are perfect for getting a head start on making the Village your permanent home. Another accessible option is our short-term stay packages, which work wonderfully for those wanting to get a taste of what the Village has to offer, meanwhile escaping the winter with ease.

Winter Living Packages

Give yourself the gift of community with our Winter Living Package promotion. Starting on September 1 and running until November, if you sign a lease to move into one of our one-bedroom suites, you will be given a $1,000 credit to use however you wish. We have an à la carte menu of options included in our packages, which you can mix and match to make up the $1,000 price (see sidebar).



The marvelous thing about our Winter Living Packages is that they allow you to choose what you want and need. Take solace in knowing that moving into a seniors residence does not mean surrendering your ability to make choices. In fact, our LutherCare Continuum of Living model ensures that residents have the ability to make their own choices, and stay engaged in how they choose to live their life, whether it’s deciding what you want to eat for dinner, what level of care you need, or how you want to spend your time. Once you sign up for the Winter Living Packages, you’ll have until February 1 to move in. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up soon, as there is limited space!

which you can participate in without having to leave the building. We have a game and activity centre, a movie theatre, a chapel, gym, golf simulator, and the Village Bistro — our on-site restaurant that is perfect for hosting family and friends without having to prepare meals. We also have seasonal-themed activities, entertainment in our dining room, and a focus on health with our many health and wellness programs aimed at keeping you active, healthy and educated on all things wellness-related. There’s a community waiting to keep you company, and plenty to occupy you over the winter and beyond! Book your stay today, and you will be on your way to a wonderful winter, filled with community, connection and top-rate care.

Short-Term Stays

If you’d like to get a taste of what the Village has to offer, book a fully furnished shortterm stay for the winter, and you’ll be able to experience the community here. Shortterm stays are excellent for the winter, especially to help alleviate loneliness and isolation during the colder months. For a short-term stay, a one week minimum is required, but you can book in for longer periods of time as well.

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The beauty of living at the Village comes from the many activities we have, all of

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“Red is the colour of fire and of lifeblood – it’s a colour of extremes.” tacey Sayer-Brabant has created a striking red dress photo series to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and to shine a light on this crucial national issue. She worked with local Regina photographer, Wayne Slinn, to document herself wearing a red dress at symbolic Regina locations — including graveyards, railway tracks and highway overpasses. Born and raised in Balcarres, Saskatchewan, Stacey earned her degree in social work from the University of Regina. In her professional life, she has been an Indigenous Education Counsellor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for several years. Her two beautiful daughters are ages 23 and 13. “I chose social work because I wanted to give back and help my community.” As well as traditional jingle dress dancing at pow wows, Stacey uses “art as a means of healing and honouring the women who went before me” through her beadwork and quillwork. “Growing up, I had a foot in both worlds,” says Stacey. Her mother is Cree and grew up in Lebret; she is both a member of the Little Black Bear First Nation and a survivor of Qu'Appelle Indian Residential School. Stacey’s father is of Scottish and French Canadian descent and owned a plumbing business. “Historically, Indigenous women have felt devalued and ignored. As an Indigenous woman, I’m at least five times



more likely to be murdered and three times more likely to live in poverty compared to a non-Indigenous woman. On average, Indigenous women and girls in Canada are 12 times more likely to be violent crime victims than those who are non-Indigenous. This is so disproportionate and, unfortunately, I’m one of those statistics,” says Stacey. The red dress photo series was inspired by the work of Winnipeg-based Métis artist, Jaime Black. Jaime’s REDress Project art installation involved collecting hundreds of red dresses through community donations. The dresses were then installed in public spaces, floating alone on hangers, as

a visual reminder of MMIWG. In March 2019, the REDress Project had its first U.S. installation at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. For her own project, Stacey collaborated with Métis makeup artist JJ Vester-Penny and the result will stop viewers in their tracks. “The hand over my mouth represents a lifetime stuck in silence for most Indigenous women and girls. I believe that art is a way to give life to the truth of our experiences.” The locations of the red dress photos are highly significant. Highway overpasses represent the Highway

of Tears — a corridor of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia where many (mostly Indigenous) women have gone missing over the past 50 years. In addition, railway tracks are a common place of the bodies of murdered women and girls to be found. Other sources of inspiration and strength for Stacey are her two daughters Shayla and Ryanna, the #MeToo movement and the song Read All About It by the British singer Emeli Sandé. “I heard that song and it really struck a chord with me — the idea of having the words to change a nation, but not speaking out.”

According to the government’s National Inquiry into MMIWG website, “Art is a powerful tool for commemoration. Public commemorations, through art, can help bring forward personal stories of colonial violence. Art as commemoration bears witness to injustice, recognizes human dignity of victims and survivors, and calls institutions, systems and structures to account.” More information on art commemorating MMIWG can be found at artists-list.





n these uncertain times, films can reflect discord brewing beneath the surface and “things not being what they seem.” This was the intention of the young Saskatoon filmmaker Tyson Poulin with his “passion project” — the short film, The Confessional.


The “no-budget” film recently premiered at the Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA), which is an impressive feat for a 23-year-old. Featured in RIFFA’s best Canadian short film category, The Confessional explores mixed-up identities and the potential for people to make mistakes. In the main roles, it stars three local actors — Sean Sperling, Liam Cummins and Stacey Tates (Stacey also co-produced the film with Tyson). The plot revolves around a high school football coach, his wife and his former student and it was filmed in Saskatoon during the winter. Tyson grew up in Saskatoon and Warman; he then graduated from the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon's Motion Picture Arts course in 2018. He volunteered at RIFFA in 2017 and 2018. “The Confessional was made purposely for RIFFA and I was so glad it was included as part of the Spotlight on Saskatchewan on the festival’s opening night. It was great that I got to be a part of RIFFA as a filmmaker this year!” says Tyson. RIFFA supports the Saskatchewan — and Canadian — filmmaking community by nurturing the province’s filmmakers. Tyson notes another source of support for emerging filmmakers is grants from Creative Saskatchewan. A crown corporation since 2013, Creative Saskatchewan encourages investment that boosts creative entrepreneurship in our province. Tyson also mentions PAVED Arts on trendy 20th Street West in Saskatoon, which offers local artists access to a media production centre, as well as an exhibition space for contemporary visual, media and new media art. In terms of who he admires in the film and television world, Tyson is a follower of famous hyphenates like writer-director Aaron Sorkin and film director-auteur Christopher Nolan. “I’m also a big fan of Marvel movies and that whole cinematic universe. All the world building that’s been done with those films over the last 10 years is incredible,” adds Tyson. Canadians that Tyson admires include actor-producer Allan Hawco of the popular CBC television series Republic of Doyle that ran until 2014. One day, Tyson would also like to work with Canadian actor Stephen Amell who plays the role of Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow on the television show Arrow (filmed in Vancouver). Reflects Tyson: “This RIFFA experience was a way to get my feet wet and a great starting route for my film career.” 30




till in his early 20s, Spencer Zimmerman is a filmmaker from Saskatoon and his short film EMILY premiered at the Regina International Film Festival in August. During the waning days of summer, Refined sat down with Spencer to talk about his film and his career so far.


How did you become interested in filmmaking? My father is a film buff and so I connected with movies at a pretty young age. The Good, the Bad and The Ugly is still a big favourite of ours. In Grade 11, I took a school semester at Evan Hardy Collegiate that focused completely on film. It was cool and a great time; people I met in that program are still my friends and colleagues today. Right now, I’m halfway through my Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts degree at Capilano University in North Vancouver. I’m also applying to other North American film festivals in the student film category for EMILY. Tell us about your short film. EMILY explores the violence in a young couple’s relationship as it boils over in public. My mother is a social worker here in the city, so I grew up hearing stories about domestic violence situations. The film deals with how the dynamics of control, intimidation and fear characterize this sort of violence. This type of situation transcends statistics and gender, but I thought it was the most efficient way of storytelling to use a young male and female couple. Delphine Menu and Kevin Trumble are the actors who star in the film and they are both amazing. What other films of yours would we recognize? I was the writer and director of Der Jude (2018) and the cinematographer and editor of The Tipping Point (2017). Aesthetics are very important to me, so the cinematographer role was a good fit, but the director’s seat is where I’m most at home. A film director should know how to do everything on a film set. The director sets the tone and needs to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, so I want to be able to buckle down and help, whether that’s as a lamp operator or a key grip. In 2012, the Saskatchewan film employment tax credit was cut. What are your thoughts? I feel strongly that we need to bring back the tax credit back to Saskatchewan! We need to take a page out of Manitoba’s book in encouraging the film industry and film production in our province. Who are your favourite film directors? Right now, my favourites are Ari Aster, and his films Midsommar and Hereditary are must-sees. The Canadians Jean-Marc Vallée and Denis Villeneuve are also favourites of mine. Villeneuve’s Polytechnic is about the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal. Yorgos Lanthimos is directing some interesting films too, like The Favourite and The Lobster. What’s next for you? I would like to tell a Saskatchewan story in the future.




f you could stand far enough down the road, the flow charts we parents create for our kids with lessons and education would be fascinating to observe. My childhood chart would end at tap dance here, pick up at track there, feature many activities leading to dead ends which shaped me nonetheless, while following music and art all the way along. As for my own kids, who knows which leads will extend the furthest? I enjoy watching them as they find where their passions lie, improve their skills, and foster a love of learning. But sometimes with activities, it’s hard to know where and when to start. Whether it’s because your kid hasn’t shown signs of a particular interest, extracurricular activities don’t seem in the budget, or the choices are simply overwhelming, I’ve had a good think on it and would like to share some ideas on how to navigate that long and winding road of lessons.

Early Childhood Education

Some people in your life might counsel you not to bother with putting your child in anything until they’re older because “they won’t remember it anyway.” Just tell them you don’t mind your child forgetting the activity so long as they enjoy the moment. Of course, the long answer is full of reasons to give children a head start in outside education: it improves confidence, exposes them to new ideas and different ways of learning, helps them find their voice — and none of that touches on the socialization aspect. Don’t tell this mama it’s not worthwhile!




When hands get bigger and feet become more certain, the options become more diverse. Around two, your child is able to register for gymnastics, Sportball, Happy Feet soccer, dance and more. Some classes are parented, some are not, but all are going to challenge and engage your child in a way that your own leadership just can’t. I know the humbled feeling of realizing my child learns differently and better from an expert and trust me, it’s worth letting go. Worried you can’t afford to squeeze a lesson into your budget? Grants through KidSport and Creative Kids, as well as assistance through many Community Associations, means cost doesn’t need to be a barrier for your family.

How to Choose

This may come as a surprise because I’m an advocate of a child’s experience being child-led, but since we are bringing our children to lessons that may lead to spending time in recitals, at arenas, or travelling for competitions, shouldn’t we be interested in the activity? These flow charts we’re kicking off are ones we’ll follow ourselves, so why shouldn’t you base lesson choices on what your child will enjoy tempered with what you’ll enjoy watching and encouraging? Have your top lessons in mind and fit them into your schedule by rank of importance, remembering to factor in other commitments, transportation time, naptimes and grumpy times (I learned the hard way that a 7:30 p.m. swimming lesson didn’t exactly match my daughter’s peak mood).

Infant Classes

Some things, like basketball, are not a perfect fit for a newborn, but there are plenty of activities you can do with your baby. Swimming offers one of the youngest starts alongside benefits like improved balance, coordination, and cognitive function. Choose what route is best for your family, whether privately with K + K, through the City, at the U of S, or at the Y. In my household, swimming is non-negotiable because water safety is so important. Music is another proven brain-booster and classes can begin at birth through Kindermusik, Music Together, or you can find free programming through community associations or the Saskatoon Public Library. One of the most game-changing baby classes for my family was sign language through Little Hands & Me, which not only gave my kids words before they were able to speak them, but still fleshes out their love of language today.

Some parents like to only do one activity per session to avoid burning their kid out, but I’m in the learning-is-fun-and-whywouldn’t-we-do-lots-of-it camp so I try to fill the week like Tetris. Especially when my kids were babies, being beholden to a few half hour commitments every week was enough to get me out of the house, talk to other parents, and feel like a part of the world again. In that way, lessons did my whole family well. I hope the same for yours. 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 4-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




LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS At Refined, we recognize the importance of local businesses in our community. They are the engine that makes our economy run — employing people, taking risks, meeting market needs, and supporting important causes. So often, we only see the business — the storefront, the products, the services — and never really get to know the business owner behind the scenes making everything happen. Refined is proud to profile two business owners who are winning at their game, and help you get to know them better with some personal and fun questions.

our clients, many of whom become friends after. Jeremy: Seeing a project come to life and the joy it brings to the customer. What is your most important characteristic? Sheena: Passion. Jeremy: Courage.



here did you grow up/ which schools did you attend? Sheena grew up in Kyle, Sask. And studied business and marketing at Medicine Hat College. Jeremy grew up in Beechy and Lucky Lake, and studied Business Administration at Saskatoon Business College. What led you into this business/career? Jeremy gutted a rental property in Swift Current, and fell in love with the project management and the design side of construction. What do you love most about your business? Sheena: Creating really unique and personalized homes; getting to know



How do you support the community/social causes? One highlight of our business careers was working with the great people at Cameco on their Touchdown for Dreams program, which grants wishes to women battling life threatening cancer. We gave a wonderful lady a full kitchen renovation and worked day and night to complete the project in four days. Words can’t describe how rewarding that experience was. We also support other fundraising events in Saskatoon and smaller communities we work in. We participate in many charity golf tournaments. What do you value in your friends? Sheena: Honesty Jeremy: Loyalty Who is the living person you admire most? Sheena: My parents. My dad battled cancer seven years ago and had a stem cell transplant. Through all the ups and downs, he kept a positive outlook. My mom put everything on hold to be by his side the entire time. They’ve taught me that attitude is everything and family comes first. What's one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Sheena: Don’t let fear of failing paralyze you from going after what you really want. Jeremy: Take the risk sooner rather than later and believe in yourself.

Let’s talk favourites: Vacation – Sheena: & Jeremy: Italy Book – Sheena: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon; Jeremy: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury Movie – Sheena: Love Actually; Jeremy: Any sports movie. Bull Durham is a classic! Song – Sheena: Forever Young, Rod Stewart; Jeremy: Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival Food – Sheena: Anything seafood and it’s even better if I’m eating it in the Maritimes! Jeremy: Steak-Frites Vehicle – Sheena: Anything I’m a passenger in; Jeremy: Dodge Challenger convertible Way to relax – Sheena: Reading or a good spa date with friends! Jeremy: Nothing beats a round of golf What is your motto? Sheena:Good things come to those who hustle; Jeremy: First things first What talent would you like to have? Sheena: I wish I was more confident at public speaking; Jeremy: Artistic. I’m blown away by people who can hand sketch. What brings you joy? Sheena & Jeremy: Family time and vacations. What would your friends say are your best/worst traits? Sheena: Best is caring; worst is I tend to run a bit late. Jeremy: Best is loyal; worst is stubborn. How did you know you were on the right path? Sheena: When I didn’t dread Mondays anymore; Jeremy: When my wife joined the company. Do you ever consider closing your doors? What business advice would you give to others? Sheena: Nope. Face your fears, find good people and learn from your mistakes; Jeremy: Never. Keep your head down, set clear goals and don’t neglect focusing on the business side of things.

Movie – My son and I decided all 23 Marvel movies are in fact one movie, so that one Song – Girl from Saskatoon by Johnny Cash. I recently discovered this song and read about its history and was fascinated by it. Food – Something I’ve never tried before Dessert – Tiramisu Vehicle – I had a 1986 Jeep Wrangler that I had to sell in law school shortly after our son was born. I see it every year in the Show and Shine and it drives me nuts! Way to relax – My guiltiest pleasure is a good cigar.



here did you grow up/which schools did you attend? I grew up in Calgary and completed criminology at Mount Royal College before completing two semesters in Victoria, BC and Guadalajara, Mexico towards a political science degree. I then moved to Saskatoon for law school. What led you into this business/career? I went through a divorce and custody battle in law school. The process taught me a lot about the law and co-parenting after separation. As a result, my son’s mom and I have a terrific co-parenting relationship. What do you love most about your business? I love the direction law is moving! Things are changing considerably. We have given all of our lawyers Richard Susskind’s book Tomorrow’s Lawyer. The direction we are taking is ground-breaking, at least in this province. For one, we are the first and only all family law firm in Saskatchewan. Second, if we’re not the only cloud-based and paperless (ish), I expect we’re one of the largest. That’s pretty exciting!

What is your most important characteristic? It’s a tie between my energy and memory. There is no way I would be able to manage and balance the number of things I’ve got going on without either. How do you support the community/ social causes? I have been involved in both the Kinsmen and Canadian Progress Clubs, both of which raise funds that go directly to those in need in our community. I am also Chair of the Remai Modern, where very exciting things are happening! What do you value in your friends? I love that we can go a year or more without seeing one another and pick up where we left off. Social media has drastically changed the dynamic of friendship. What living person do you admire most? I admire my clients and the amount of adversity they overcome. Separation and divorce is very difficult. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self? Specialize early. Find what you are good at and genuinely enjoy and run with it. Let’s talk favourites: Vacation – Mexico, but not resort Mexico, hostel Mexico Book – Tomorrow’s Lawyer by Richard Susskind

What is your motto? Never pass up an opportunity to leave your comfort zone if there’s a chance you’ll have a good story and experience to reminisce about. What talent would you like to have? I would love to know how to play a musical instrument. What would your friends say are your best/worst traits? My humor and wit is my best and worst trait; it can get me into trouble. When did you make a difference? I once introduced a friend from Colombia to his biological Canadian father he had never met before. What brings you joy? Doing anything with my son. How did you know you were on the right path? I’m not sure I’ve ever known and still wake up most days with fingers crossed. Do you ever consider closing your doors? What business advice would you give to others? From time to time, but not for reasons you'd suspect. Because we are trailblazing with our approach to an industry historically impervious to change, we often think “maybe we should have done this or that.” Sometimes it seems easier to start from a blank slate than to take a few steps back to improve inefficiencies - like changing a tire on a moving car.





THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT INVESTING When it comes to investing your hard-earned money, it’s important that you know the full scope of what investing means long-term.Your financial advisor should educate you to be money smart, so that you fully understand where your money is, and what your investments can do for you.



few years ago, I read a survey that compared people who worked with a financial advisor to those who did not. Seventy-five per cent of those who worked with an advisor were better off in the long run, meaning there is clear value in working with someone who knows your family, your needs, and provides service that you know you can trust. I’ve spent 25 years in the finance world and I’m passionate about educating people on financial security. Maxim Financial Group is my personal business, and I work with Customplan Financial Advisors Inc., which has offices across Canada, including Saskatoon and Regina. My two key guiding principles in this business are forming long-term relationships with our clients, and providing mentorship to younger advisors, helping both clients and young advisors to navigate the finance world successfully.

Below are the 10 helpful suggestions:


One of the biggest issues I’ve seen with investing is when clients feel too emotionally attached to their money, especially when the market dips, or when the media reports negative changes. Emotional attitudes towards money can impact and cloud decision making and it’s helpful to recognize that investing is a long-term process where some years you make money, and some years you don’t. It’s important to have a clear, rational mindset towards your investments, and remember they are long-term.


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I often see clients who don’t realize that investing is a long-term commitment, and if you are trying to invest for an overnight windfall, then you will be disappointed. For example, one of my clients who started with me 20 years ago had $600,000, and today those investments are worth roughly $1.2 million. Having successful investments takes time and patience!


You need to make sure your advisor is educating you about your money and investing according to your view, and not theirs, which is a key difference. Your advisor is working for you and should therefore be teaching you how to be financially smart. In my practice, this is an ongoing conversation I have with my clients about their funds, especially as the market changes over time. Many people think financial advisors are dated and not necessary in today’s world, since you can go online and invest with a roboadvisor. But the question is, who are you going to talk to if there’s a problem? If you have a question about your money, or you need help, who is on the other end of the conversation? Is it an advisor, or is it a 1-800 number? I hear people say all the time that fees are eroding their investments, but an advisor’s insight and experience is absolutely worth the fee. If you invest somewhere and there are no fees, then that’s likely a problem, because fees are a given part of investing. A lot of people go online because they think it’s less expensive, but in the long run, you lose the value and knowledge that an advisor provides. If there’s a drop in the market, a lot of people remove themselves during the drop, or after the drop, when the market corrects itself. Remember to never remove your money or do investment changes when the market is at its peak, and make sure to never invest when the market is high, either. Investing is a balancing act, and large amounts of money should be sprinkled into the market through monthly dollar-cost averaging, which works out the best in the long run.



client’s risk, I go from there. For me, a key part of investing is simplifying the list of funds so you understand your money better. Clients need to be made aware of the tax consequences of investing because in mid-life, once you’re accumulating money, there’s a tax consequence called capital gains. Large unregistered investment accounts accumulate capital gains. These are not reported on a yearly basis through tax receipts, meaning that if you have $300,000 of capital gains, it’s only taxable when you take that money out, move it, transfer it, or if you die. Your advisor needs to tell you about the tax consequences of capital gains, which can be quite high, especially if you weren’t planning for that expense. From a financial advisor’s viewpoint, it’s the client’s money, not the advisor’s money. Too often, I’ve heard of clients who put themselves into a trading position and have no idea what’s happening with their money. It’s up to the advisor to make sure they’re trading based on what the client wants and expects. The majority of financial advisors are very good and capable, so it makes sense to work with one.

Advisors are worth what they’re being paid, and the associated fees can always be negotiated. Investing is a long-term position — it always has been, and always will be. The advisor’s job is to invest money properly and protect the client, meanwhile ensuring the client knows their financial needs and what their investments are doing. Financial education goes together with financial security, and by extension, what matters most — you and your family’s long-term security and wellbeing.

It is important to not compare what you’re earning to other people. Someone else’s needs or risk assessment will be different from yours, and when you work with an advisor, they will assess your risk level with a Know Your Client assessment. I once had someone come in and say that he wanted aggressive investments, but after completing the assessment, he actually leaned more towards a balanced fund. So it’s important to remember your needs are different from another person’s, and therefore your return on investment will be, as well. One time a client came in and said to me, “I want to invest in this fund because last year it did 21 per cent.” While that sounds like a good idea, investments do change year to year and what you saw in the previous year won’t match the coming year, which is why it’s important to not base decisions on a previous year’s rate. If someone has 10 funds, it’s called diversification, which is spreading your money over different countries and sectors to get the benefit of all markets. Many funds though, will have similar companies. If you have four funds that have the same investments in the same companies, then you don’t have a diversification of funds — just a diversification of management. I’ve also seen clients with six investment accounts, all with different advisors. Naturally, there’s confusion as each advisor will have a different viewpoint. I work with six funds only, and depending on the

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ARLA GUSTAFSON’S COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH FUNDRAISING y career, and the opportunities I’ve had, would not have happened in any other sector,” says Arla Gustafson about her career in the charitable sector. Arla is CEO of the Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) and has been in this pivotal and influential role for the past 12 years raising — with her team — close to $100 million for healthcare. Arla grew up in the Saskatoon neighbourhood of Nutana (she still lives there) and she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in sociology and a major in criminology. Her first volunteer and paid not-for-profit sector role was with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan. A vulnerable population that Arla is still passionate about supporting, Elizabeth Fry provides advocacy and programs for women in the criminal justice system.

UWC-CC. Since 2007, Royal University Hospital has been that community and with close to 5,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, RUH is larger than some Saskatchewan towns!” An avid traveller, Arla has three adult sons — one lives in Montreal, one in Saskatoon and one in Victoria. She is incredibly supportive of the growth of arts, culture and the burgeoning c ulinar y scene in Saskatoon. “As an agricultural, technology, education and business hub, our city is awakening but I think we can still do so much more. I believe strongly in what we can do through collaboration and partnership with government, business and philanthropy as was accomplished with building of the Remai Modern, Nutrien Wonderhub and Merlis Belsher Place.”

She then worked for 15 years as the Executive Director of the United Way of Saskatoon, including seven years as the Vice President, Prairie Region of the United Way of Canada Centraide Canada (UWC-CC).

Arla is particularly enthusiastic about the new RUH Foundation’s Women Leading Philanthropy initiative. It’s a group of women leaders of all ages — including physicians, nurses, medical professionals and businesswomen — whose donations collectively fund innovative healthcare initiatives for women led by female physicians, practitioners and researchers at RUH.

What led Arla to take her current job with the RUH Foundation? “A very effective head-hunter,” she jokes. “I was not looking for a new position, but I missed the community aspect of a workplace when I was based from home and travelling with

“Women Leading Philanthropy has over 130 women donors who annually vote to award an impact grant of $100,000 to a female researcher or physician. We hold three experiential meetings a year and it’s a great opportunity for women to come together both



as leaders and as donors to impact healthcare. Women often give philanthropically for different reasons than men, and healthcare is very close to their hearts and they can see the impact of their donation. ” What’s next for Arla? “RUH will soon have 127,000 square feet of decanted space with the opening of the new Children’s Hospital this fall and there is an opportunity to redesign and solidify our provincial programs as centres of excellence at RUH. I look forward to working with our partners to engage donors, in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan, to advance healthcare innovation at RUH for patients and our medical teams.” RUH Foundation 306.655.1984

There is a unique generation of women in our midst. These women did it all — studied, raised families, volunteered, made their professional mark and took care of aging parents — and they did it quietly and progressively, without social media to document every moment of their journeys. These remarkable women set the stage for the younger generation of successful entrepreneurs and professionals we see today. It’s time to celebrate their quiet accomplishments and the trails they blazed in our province!

BUSINESS LAWYER NANCY HOPKINS’ REWARDING CAREER usiness law is happy law. There is a positive sum game; when the deal is complete, both parties are winners and that’s wonderful,” says Nancy Hopkins Q.C., a partner at the Saskatchewan law firm McDougall Gauley LLP. Nancy grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, which she notes was fortuitous given her future profession as a business lawyer and how significant agriculture is to our province’s economy. Today, her practice focuses on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, taxation law and IT law. A computer science major, Nancy graduated with a B.Comm. and a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked at McDougall Gauley, and its predecessor firm, since 1978 and became a partner in the law firm in the mid-1980s (she was the first female to do so). “In retrospect, computer science actually prepared me well for business law. I developed a good way of thinking and the mental processes I would need to succeed in my career,” observes Nancy.

of motherhood and maternity leave. Try to step back from external pressures. Leaving the workforce during that part of your career can lead to losing critical time. In the long-term, that lost time means a diminished career.” Supporting Nancy’s view on working mothers is a Harvard Business School paper by Kathleen McGinn. Based on two surveys from over 100,000 men and women across 29 countries, “adult daughters of employed mothers are more likely to be employed and, if employed, are more likely to hold supervisory responsibility, work more hours and earn higher incomes than their peers whose mothers were not employed.” “At McDougall Gauley, we have the ability to put together an all-female merger and acquisition team and we’re proud of that,” says Nancy.

Nancy is very proud of her two adult children. Her son is a tax lawyer in Saskatoon and her daughter is an OB-GYN resident in Toronto. Her husband is also a lawyer.

Throughout her career Nancy has received awards and recognition, including the Athena Award and a prestigious designation by Lexpert as a “Best Lawyer” in corporate law. She was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to her community, Canada and its citizens.

“My advice to young women today, particularly in law, is not to be quite so concerned about society’s expectations

It begs the question, why is one person successful and one isn’t? “I think part of it is stubbornness, an unwillingness to be

deterred.” Some long-time clients gave Nancy a piece of artwork with the Latin inscription meaning “they can because they think they can,” which she thinks is particularly apt. Finally, is Nancy thinking of retiring anytime soon? “Not a chance! I enjoy what I do. It’s a great gig.” McDougall Gauley LLP Barristers + Solicitors 306.653.1212

photo by David Stobbe




CENTRAL TO DR. VALERIE VERGE’S CAREER IS ASKING “WHY?” r. Valerie Verge grew up in a large family in the Montreal area and describes herself as being “a very curious kid.” Her inquisitive nature has led to decades of achievements as a neuroscientist and scientific researcher with a focus on nervous system repair and multiple sclerosis (MS). Valerie is a Professor of Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology in the College of Medicine and Director of the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre in Saskatoon City Hospital, a research centre of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in Saskatoon. Valerie earned her PhD with Dr. Peter Richardson at the prestigious McGill University and pursued postdoctoral studies with Professor Tomas Hökfelt at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She also has a BSc from Concordia University and a degree in computer programming from McGill University. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience and emeritus Medical Research Council of Canada Fellow and Scholar. It was Valerie’s time in Sweden that led to an unexpected life turn. On a flight back to Canada, she sat beside a handsome fellow who knew a lot more about the nervous system and, in particular, a chemical used in her research than the average person. It turned out that Ole Olson was a farmer from Plenty, Saskatchewan and the chemical was also used on farms to deal



with pests (he was in Scandinavia travelling and visiting relatives). The rest is history and Valerie moved to our province in 1992. “After meeting my future spouse on a plane, I stopped trying to predict life,” says Valerie. It was fortunate that Valerie decided to pursue a career in neurological research. “Just as I entered graduate school, my best friend growing up was diagnosed with MS and that drove my interest in the disease.” Valerie’s career-long hope is that her research into how to more effectively repair the nervous system can provide new therapeutic strategies for people with MS. Her priority is for people with MS to have a dramatically better quality of life. After moving to Saskatchewan and settling into her faculty role, Valerie had their son,

Erik Olson. “I took a six-month maternity leave. I was lucky our son was a very easy child, so I was able to take him with me to scientific talks and meetings when necessary. Just one generation before me, a woman in my position would usually have to choose between a career in science or being a mother.” Today, Erik is a 23-year old Masters student in Mechanical Engineering at the U of S. She credits Ole's mechanical expertise around the farm and scientific curiosity, combined with her own role as a professor and scientific researcher, for influencing their son’s chosen career path. Valerie has had many influential mentors. She cites Dr. Tessa Gordon (now a senior neuroscientist at SickKids in Toronto and

University of Alberta Professor Emeritus) as a pivotal female mentor in her own career. “Tessa showed me that a woman could be a world-renowned scientist and have children and a successful marriage. It’s no longer a foreign expectation for young women in science today, although there is still a paucity of female scientists in academia.” In her role, Valerie is often asked why MS is highly prevalent in Saskatchewan. “There is no easy answer to that question. We do know that MS is most common in places

farthest from the equator, with the highest incidence observed at higher latitudes and possibly influenced by a lesser ability to make vitamin D at these latitudes. As well, two to three times as many women as men are diagnosed with MS.” This year, Valerie was selected as the 2019 Women Against MS honouree. This distinction honours her remarkable MS research efforts and her leadership as Director of the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre.

Valerie plans to transition to Professor Emeritus in five years. Reflecting on her career, she says: “Research is a team effort and I’ve been privileged to work with and train a wealth of driven and gifted people. I’ve had a long and fruitful career and have more research yet to do with the goal of our findings impacting clinical practice.” MS Society of Canada

WAMS GALA LUNCHEON Inspire. Empower. Celebrate.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Prairieland Park, Saskatoon Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) is a powerful collective of professional women dedicated to building awareness and raising critical funds for MS research – a disease that disproportionately affects women. Join us at WAMS in Saskatoon for exclusive networking opportunities, an inspiring keynote speaker, and much more. ZAHRA AL-HARAZI Guest speaker, entrepreneur and transformative leadership expert

DR. VALERIE VERGE Honouree, Director of CMSNRC and dedicated MS researcher

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The Lubrication Station is proud of our loyalty program, the first oil change program in the city — six oil changes with us and the seventh is free (excluding taxes). Once a year, the completed cards are entered in a draw for a trip for two anywhere in North America. The drawing is only between the completed cards of our two stores, not province-wide, and not nation-wide, which make the odds oh so sweet.




or years, the quick oil change industry has been lumped in with repair shops, dealership service centres, or even in the all-encompassing “automotive repair” category. However, there is a huge difference between quick lubes and places that do repairs.

At the Lubrication Station, we are in the proactive business. This means we do our best to make sure our customers’ cars are maintained to a standard that all car manufacturers would approve. Any time your car is broken down and out of service (for even the shortest time frame), it can be a major inconvenience, especially if it is your only mode of transportation. Our job is to do the routine maintenance that will keep your vehicle operating in all weather, road and driving conditions. I know it may sound silly, but every time I see a car on the side of the road in difficulty, I always wonder, “Did we do something wrong?” Then I check and make sure it does not have our service reminder on the windshield.



Because Lubrication Station is in the proactive business, there is no benefit for us to find something wrong with a vehicle because we do not repair mechanical issues with our customers’ cars. As a neutral third party, we let customers know about issues if there is something wrong. Mostly we find minor stuff, but that “stuff ” can snowball into major repairs.

There’s a Benjamin Franklin quote we have adapted that fits our ethos: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remedy.” We stand by that quote with every oil change and inspection we carry out — from the tiniest bulb to the largest engine.

Then there is the reactive business — the mechanical repairs — when a car definitely has issues that require a qualified mechanic... so that the vehicle is safe and sound… so that it can keep coming into the Lubrication Station… so we can keep the fluids clean and the car is able to do its job long after the warranty has expired. No one wants to have their car in the shop for an extended period of time. Heck, that’s how quick lubes started, but the reality is that it has to happen sometimes. We at Lubrication Station want to reduce those times, shorten the pit stops, and maybe, hopefully, prevent them from happening.

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ocated in Greenbryre Estates overlooking the golf course, homeowners Gail and Garry Paulson built their amazing twobedroom bungalow to “age in place.” Even with its significant scale, what is most remarkable about the home is its incredible feeling of warmth and intimacy. Visually, the home’s exterior highlights natural stone, while white oak floors and warm quartz slabs throughout the interior offer soft colours that blend perfectly into the surrounding Prairie landscape.



The Paulsons are high school sweethearts from small town Saskatchewan. Garry sold his manufacturing business and retired 10 years ago. The couple’s children and grandchildren are now all grown, so the time seemed right to embark on an ambitious building project. The Paulsons also have homes in Elk Ridge, Saskatchewan and Maui, Hawaii. Garry is a professional engineer and built his successful business applying his high technicality and keen sense of ingenuity. As a result, a commitment to innovation became the predominant mindset of the project. The home offers a deceptively simple floor plan that’s designed for ultimate flow and function. Although the main floor alone spans 4,000 square feet, it does not feel overwhelming. The scale

and connection of the rooms is grand, but approachable. The main floor of the Paulson residence features an atrium leading into a great room with an open concept kitchen and dining room. Gail points out that the striking dining room table, which comfortably seats 10, was commissioned specifically for the space. Gail’s den is also on the main floor; complete with hand-painted wallpaper, it’s a perfect place to sit and write emails or read. Another standout feature on the main floor is the innovative Toblerone quartzite suspended above all four sides of the great room’s fireplace. The same quartzite was used as the focal point in a plethora of custom details in the home’s one-of-akind kitchen.

Photo by Raw Photography

The ground level of the bungalow includes a huge media room, Garry’s office, a home gym (complete with a steam room and spa bathroom) and a walk-out bar for entertaining that’s adjacent to the media room. The perfect guest suite is also on the ground level with a gorgeous en suite bathroom featuring custom porcelain tile. Lucky guests have their own walk-in closet and laundry facilities. The exterior of the home was designed in collaboration with Saskatoon-based architects Charles Olfert and Dallas Huard of AODBT Architecture. Gail and Garry felt AODBT contributed to many aspects of the home, especially their thorough understanding of the needs of older homeowners.




The first ones on the project, Atmosphere’s two designers and co-owners are Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona. Curtis and Trevor had previously worked with the Paulsons on several projects, including a 67,000 square foot office and their son’s Saskatoon condo. It’s immediately clear that the Paulsons and Curtis and Trevor have a close, almost familial, bond. “Gail and Garry wanted a modern aesthetic for their dream home. There is lots of space, but it’s not over-the-top. Everything has a place and ease of use was a priority throughout the home,” says Trevor. The Paulsons spend five months of the year in Maui and, while they were available through technology, the couple wasn’t physically present in Saskatoon each winter. Turning the homeowner’s vision into a reality meant that Curtis and Trevor acted as the clients’ proxy for some decisions. “Gail and Garry trust our design aesthetic and our commitment to incorporate many of their wish list items into the design, while pushing them outside of their comforts zones ever-so-slightly. It’s



hard not to be overwhelmed with the potential of a home this size. The truth is that simple, subtle details can actually take more work,” says Curtis. “The Paulson residence is up there with the largest scale projects we have ever done. We served almost as matchmakers, looking out for the best interests of our clients at all times. As designers, it isn’t always about the drawings, selections and furnishings; just as important is assisting in building a team of great players that gel well together,” adds Curtis. Garry Paulson is more direct about the role of the Atmosphere team: “Curtis and Trevor are the kingpins of it all.” What is the highlight of the residence for Curtis and Trevor? “Overall, seeing such a massive project with so many layers of complexity come together and still feel so much like Gail and Garry; that in itself is the most rewarding part. We love the simplistic layering of all of the luxurious finishes. The entire home has incredible warmth and texture.”



MAISON DESIGN + BUILD Andrew Wagner is Maison Design + Build’s founder and director of construction. He is also trained as a mechanical engineer and project manager. Andrew and his wife, Jilaire, have owned the award-winning, boutique home building company for 10 years and pride themselves on developing strong relationships with their clients to create beautiful homes. Maison was the project and construction manager for the build. The multi-disciplinary project team included architects, engineers, interior designers, technology, mechanical and electrical designers, and landscape architects. Maison achieved the complex design through a collaborative working relationship with vendors and trades on-site. “The Paulson residence was a culmination of talent, individuals doing their best work and pushing themselves to do even better. The clients were specific from the start about what they envisioned. Everything was more intricate, more layered and more integrated than previous builds I’ve worked on,” says Andrew. While there are hundreds of small details — including hidden door hinges, electrical outlets painted to look like wood or quartz, and automatic cleaning toilets with bidets that lift their lids when someone walks up — the Paulson residence also has major installations that showcase the best of design, engineering, construction coordination and craftsmanship. Innovation within the build includes the 3,000-pound floating quartzite island fireplace. This standout feature was created by building a carriage with ready rod, inserting multiple beams in multiple directions, and having the granite shop mitre a stone box to give the effect of one solid floating block of quartz. Another feature the Maison team is particularly proud of is the single spine staircase between levels. This staircase floats without

touching the walls, giving the illusion of four-inch solid blocks of oak suspended in the air. “Collaboration between Maison, Atmosphere Interior Design, our vendors and tradespeople is what made this project successful. The kitchen alone had several steps and interdependencies during the install process in order to achieve the design intent with complex layers and materials,” says Jilaire. “Overall, it looks like one person created the entire home. This is particularly amazing given that easily 200 people worked on the project over a period of four years. The Paulson residence was a oncein-a-lifetime project,” says Andrew.



RËDL WORLD CLASS KITCHENS Known for their custom details, Rëdl World Class Kitchens has been manufacturing handcrafted cabinetry in Saskatoon since 1987. The company also has dealer showrooms in Edmonton, Regina and Vancouver. Designer Kelsey Fehr has worked for Rëdl for seven years and is an interior design technician by trade. She was the lead coordinator for all the custom cabinetry and millwork in the Paulson residence and has worked with both Atmosphere Interior Design and Maison Design + Build on residential projects for several years. “I think the relationship I have with Atmosphere and Maison, as well as our attention to detail, was key for the success of the cabinetry in this home,” credits Kelsey.



Rëdl’s promotion of energy and resource conservation, as part of its corporate culture, was also a good match with the homeowners’ values. With multiple entertainment units and oodles of storage throughout the home, the Rëdl team was kept very busy throughout the build. Kelsey points out the ceiling panels in the atrium that opens into the great room as a challenging, but very rewarding, part of the project. “The end result looks truly beautiful,” says Kelsey. What is Kelsey’s favourite feature in the Paulson residence? “The ground-level media room has an integrated secret door on the side wall that leads into the audio/visual control center. That’s pretty special.”



main staircase open up to? If clients like to entertain, is the space functional for that purpose? Is the master bedroom the right distance from the children’s rooms? Does the home need a mud room? “Aligning a client’s vision with their budget is a very important part of the work that Maison does. Building a home is a partnership and that partnership needs to be a fit that’s aligned from the beginning. That said, we do appreciate when our clients challenge and push us to innovate, particularly with sustainable materials and energy efficiency,” says Andrew.

optimized flow and functionality, and a gorgeous balanced and layered appearance.

5 ★ RATING “Maison Design + Build was an absolute pleasure to work with. There is something uniquely wonderful about Maison-built homes that makes them stand out compared to others. Maison's commitment to producing beautiful, high-quality homes is evident in all that they do. Andrew and Jilaire made our first building experience stress-free and fun and the final product is better than we dreamed possible. We can't recommend them enough


Finally, is anything left to do? There are a few places where Gail would like to hang original artwork so a trip to her favourite art gallery in Victoria, British Columbia is in the works.

Jilaire explains: “Good design is about understanding both the form — which in our industry is the home and all its beauty — and also the function, which is how that home works for the people who live in it every day.” Andrew adds: “Our vision is to provide our clients with a thoughtful, integrated design process, peace of mind through construction, and a beautiful home where they can live their best life.”

Currently, their team has six homes in the construction (or renovation) phase and four homes in the design phase. Maison Design + Build’s typical clients are building their “forever home.” Projects range from an infill in the established neighbourhood of Varsity View, a luxury new build in Samantha Gillanders Greenbryre, a family home in the new development of Brighton, and an acreage estate in Saddle Ridge. Maison Design + Build is Interior for busy people who want a Atmosphere Design personalized, thoughtful home.

Designers Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona sum up the whole four-year experience: “This incredible project was a luxury for us as designers, to have such a large canvas to paint on. The Paulson residence is a true testament of an exceptional partnership among Atmosphere, Maison and Redl.



109 -Just 123a few Avenue B South, of the many thoughtful questions Saskatoon that the Maison Design + Build team consider include: Where does the home’s 306.373.3004

Maison Design + Build has built a team that is client-focused, family-oriented and cares about its mission to create both a better home and a better home building experience. Jilaire concludes: “We have an amazing team that is not only ultra-talented, but truly loves what they do. Our collective obsession with building beautiful homes starts in our design studio and runs throughout our field work. We believe in our homes and we love the families we build for.” While Maison Design + Build primarily builds luxury “forever” homes, the company also has signature floor plans that allow families to get the best of their design in 1,800 to 2,200 square feet. Maison’s newest show home is opening in Brighton on July 7.

Maison Design + Build 30-214 Joseph Okemasis Drive Saskatoon 306.242.3653

Maison Design + Build 30 - 214 Joseph Okemasis Drive, Saskatoon 306.242.3653

Rëdl World Class Kitchens 156 Jessop Avenue, Saskatoon 306.665.0806



When considering a high-end, luxurious piece of furniture, the Palliser brand might not be top of mind for most. Synonymous with quality, durability and North Americanmade furniture, the company wants to change that. Palliser’s new Pinnacle Collection has recently launched and while still giving you “all the feels” when it comes to quality and comfort, they’re adding a few more adjectives to the roster. Melding design and functionality successfully isn’t easy, but it was a challenge Palliser

wanted to take on. Creating a sensory experience for customers that would appeal to their unyielding desire to not sacrifice comfort for style (and vice versa), Palliser’s design team considered every touch point when creating the Pinnacle line. “Oftentimes, furniture doesn’t work as well as it looks. It either appeals in the way of design but then falls short on function or comfort,” explains Paul Martens, brand director for Pinnacle. “When we considered doing a luxury line, we knew we had to create, without question, something people wanted to have and display in their homes. It had to be comfortable, almost shockingly so. Last, when people touched the fabric, it needed

to be a game changer. We wanted to engage customers in a full sensory experience and I think we’ve achieved that, right down to the smell of high quality hides,” explains Paul Martens, Brand Director for Pinnacle. Looking towards European designs as inspiration for the line, Palliser was extremely particular in sourcing fabrics, choosing high-end, soft to the touch natural fibres and luxurious leather hides. The line includes contemporary sectionals, modern single seating, uniquely designed inserts and add-ons, unconventional loungers and sofas, statement rugs, and subtle accent pieces. Perfect for the modern minimalist, keen design eye or eccentric creative who



appreciates form, fabric and quality, there is certainly nothing pedestrian to see here. Staying true to their values, the company was also adamant about keeping production in Canada and sourcing materials both ethically and as close to home as possible in North America. While taking great care in those areas understandably adds to the cost of the final product, Palliser has always considered it to be added value and important to their customers. Since launching the Pinnacle Collection, exclusivity has been given to a choice number of stores to display and sell. With limited locations chosen, Tristan Rawlings and his staff of design experts have been thoroughly enjoying the beautiful additions to the Palliser Rooms / EQ3 show room in Saskatoon. Customers can experience for themselves these one-of-a-kind pieces for their homes or luxe office space while utilizing the expertise of the in-house design team to choose covers and styles perfect for their needs, lifestyle and design palette. ”I think customers will really appreciate the superior design, construction and warranty of the new line,” Rawlings adds about the new collection. “It is a lot more innovative in terms of the reclining features and functionality. The quality of the materials and construction is the best I’ve seen of any other luxury collections.” Celebrating the launch of the new Pinnacle collection with a grand re-opening, Palliser Rooms / EQ3 will be offering savings starting September 23 through to October 14 with 10 per cent off the purchase price. The design team is excited to introduce the new line to those unfamiliar with Pinnacle and get



creative with those wanting to introduce pieces into their existing living space or create new options. “Our goal at Palliser Rooms / EQ3 is to provide an exceptional shopping experience while offering great products with helpful advice from our knowledgeable team of sales consultants,” says Rawlings of his qualified team of experts. “Our team has extensive design experience and that’s really important for our customers. We also have an in-house service technician to ensure that our customers are supported long after the sale.” While excitement is still buzzing over the Pinnacle Collection, you can expect the same great quality and options with the store’s other brands, including Stressless by Ekornes. The Scandinavian company has a distinct Norwegian design, and is environmentally-conscious, reusing and recycling materials in-house as well sourcing materials from companies with the

this photo and left Palliser Rooms / EQ3 photos by Niki Hartmann, Raw Photography

same values and minimal economic footprint. Most importantly, the finished product is as comfortable as it is beautiful with decades of craftsmanship under their tool belt. To learn more about Palliser Rooms / EQ3, their products and promotions or meet the expert design team that is ready to make your experience (and home) unique to you, visit them in-store or online.

Palliser Rooms / EQ3 2125 Faithfull Ave Saskatoon 306.653.6000





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