BLOG 21 – Edna Jackson with Tails to Tell

Edna standing with the van purchased from the donation from 100 Men Who Give a Damn, December 2018
If you have ever met or spoke to Edna you will understand why Tails to Tell is an Airdrie non profit sweetheart. Airdrie an area is compelled to help and volunteer with Tails to Tell because the dedication of Edna is inspiring. In case you are not aware of what Tails to tell is, it’s a no-kill cat rescue shelter run 100% by donation and volunteers. This little operation that creates such huge impact is a story that needs to be told.
Edna owned Critter Pet’s Supply Shop, she started Tails to Tell, July 12th, 2010 and they rescued cats and dogs. In 2012 Edna made the decision, she closed her pet supply store and went to rescuing strickly cats to simplify the space available for the greatest impact. When Edna went over the financial obligations they need to meet every month and the fact that they are a 100% donation and volunteer run organization I was blown away. Who here could fathom raising $16k a month? I certainly can’t. I’ve been on a team that raised that in 6 months for a local festival and that was a concerted effort of a team and engagement from our local businesses. Edna ensured the rent for location is paid every month through her personal pension. If that doesn’t get you in the feels, you may need to hold a mirror under your nose and see if you’re breathing… The food, litter and vet needs of the felines is 7-12k! In order to promote responsible pet ownership Tails to Tell ensures all of their animals are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, tattooed and microchipped before they leave their shelter. Edna said there is typically more month than money left each month.
When we spoke in relation to my favourite question, If the world was your oyster what would you like to see happen with your organization? Edna expressed her desire to bring the rescue operations to be housed in Airdrie as 70% of her volunteers are from Airdrie. The current needs of Tails to Tell that Edna is scrambling to make happen is source a reliable set of washer and dryer to have on site as they launder more than you can imagine. They also have a $1600 annual renewal of their insurance coming up that is causing organization to sweat.
I was privy to a rescue of a sweet cat that was spotted in the construction site on Sierra Springs where the Montana’s just opened during the cold and dark of last winter. An injured cat was spotted and volunteers showed up with flashlights and fanned out on site. Theycaught the attention of the construction crew and with all hands on deck they found poor little Ronin with a broken hind leg suffering in the dark cold. Ronin has since healed and been rehomed. On that note Edna humbly advised that almost 4000 cats have been rehomed over the last 9 years through Tails to Tell! When I asked what she would say if she had an audience that was listening, without hesitation Edna pleaded that people would spay and neuter their cats. Cats would not be suffering to the extent Edna has witnessed if owners were responsible and got their pets fixed. I wholeheartedly agree with Edna and recognize that many owners love their cats unquestionably and yet don’t see the neutering or spaying of cat as a big a priority. Through education and consistent messaging from Edna and her army of 40 volunteers, they hope to change this for Airdrie and area. Volunteering with the organization is always welcomed and great for all ages. Jessi A has her two young daughters there every month to put in some volunteer hours and instill the habit of contributing to their community. Parenting done right in my eyes! Check Tails To Tell‘s listing if you can see anyway to help through your time, energy or donation, or you just want to see cute cat pictures!
Cat - tails to tell
Obligatory Cute Cat Pic

BLOG 20 – Moudie(son) and Radwan(father) Baroud of Moody’s Mediterranean

Logo - Moody's Mediterranean
If you have ever visited Moody’s Mediterranean in the Cooperstown Promenade, you may recognize the owners. They were the original owners of the franchise Opa in town, which they sold to pursue this original family owned restaurant. They decided they needed the flexibility to bring the flavour and variety that inspires the mediterranean cuisine with such delectable plates from Greece, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Morocco and many more.
The Baroud family planted their roots in Airdrie in 2001 with their larger than average family, 7 kids. I almost fell off my chair when they told me this as I have the utmost respect for parents raising large families. Radwan went on to explain his medical background and I can see so much desire to contribute to the betterment of his community, we had a great conversation. Moudie is one of the four boys and he graduated from George Mac in ’06 and continued on to university to major in Business Management and minor in Marketing. It is easy to see based on the social media and branding that Moudie is knowledgeble and excels because of his keen eye for detail with marketing. You’ll see a beautiful patio that is waiting for the warmth of spring to welcome us to enjoy, only a couple more months. I’m personally so done with winter at this moment. Moudie explained an absolutely brilliant collaboration occuring between Moody’s Mediterranean and the pub soon opening across the parking lot Balzac Brewery. I can’t wait to see this come alive, so stay tuned for that update.
Let’s talk about the food and the experience Moody’s Mediterranean is all about. First of all I met with Moudie before the restaurant opened one morning and the open kitchen was immaculate. I absolutely loved seeing this and with an open kitchen you are able to watch your meal being made right before you so it’s quite reassuring when cleanliness is priority. As my family enjoyed our meals one evening Radwan came over to introduce himself and offer some free Balklava and turkish coffee. I’m a huge fan of cardamon so it was amazing! We felt like guests not customers and the food was a creation of love not a stagnant menu item. Watch his social media he is constantly introducing a new item or a special based on a plate he wants to create for our enjoyment. Fresh, healthy and affordable is now possible with Moody’s Mediterranean in town. Check them out, your stomach will thank you.
Logo - Moody's Mediterranean


BLOG 19- Theresa Bowker of Best of Health

Theresa - Best of Health
I met Theresa last year at an AWBA meeting where she explained BOWEN technique. It’s relatively new to Canada, as it was brought here from Australia 15 years ago. Theresa has 20 years experience as an RMT(registered massage therapist) and added BOWEN to her repertoir 7 years ago. Her motivation to bring this therapy to everyone is a great story. Knowing what Theresa knows now and applying it to her life events, everything makes so much sense.
While Theresa was a young child in grade 2 she experienced being dropped by her good friend from the full height of the teeter-totter when the bell rang to notify them recess was over. She was sore for days but recovered without much incident, however within a month of this she experience the onset of a lifetime of pain and discomfort of debillitating migrains and sciatica. She manoevered her life with an almost constant 8 out of 10 for pain and saw some temperary relief from receiving massage therapy, which was her first reason to see others dealing with pain to get any relief she could provide them. Eight years ago she herself went through BOWEN therapy and for the first time ever she achieved a constant 1 out of 10. This was life altering and obviously why she obtained the training to provide relief for others. She not only does this through her home practice she also employs many others to bring this therapy into senior living centres in over 10 other cities and towns. As I write this I have just completed three sessions with Theresa last Friday and I highly recommend. This is a therapy you can claim through your insurance under massage, though the experience of the Bowen technique does not feel like a traditional massage.
BOHM Logo - Best of HealthSo what is Bowen technique you ask? It is the repatterning of your targetted nerves, almost a reset if you will so you can allow the body to operate as it is designed. Theresa skillfully determines where the imbalances are based on the symptoms or ailments you experience, where she applies the techniques are not always obvious. I personally learnt about the nerve issues that can arise from tailbone injuries, pelvis trauma from giving birth and other nerve related issues you can trace back to an incorrect signal from the nerves due to trauma, or built up stresses on the body that can cause chronic issues. Theresa treats many for anxiety, gut issues, fertility, sciatica and hormonal imbalances through BOWEN with great outcomes. Since this is relatively new I would suggest contacting Theresa at Best of Health to see if the Bowen technique would help you. All this time I thought of muscles and bones and never once really considered the nerves, this was quite eye opening.

BLOG 18 Jaclyn Ung of Smart Fit Personal Training

jaclyn ung - Smart Fit Personal TrainingJaclyn has been operating Smart Fit Personal Training for over 6 years and she started with helping moms with fitness as she herself had young kids and was all to familiar with the challenges. Her business has evolved as her kids independence has and she now helps moms train for obstacle course races. I personally have done Color Me Rad and FoamFest and these are fun 5k runs with obstacles, I plan to bring my 10 year old to FoamFest this year if my achilles is healed and ready. I learnt that Jaclyn does the next level of races and obstacle courses like Tough Mudder, Spartan and Rugged Maniac. Her training consists of outdoor bootcamps during the spring, summer and fall, winter she has online training, bootcamps and nutrition coaching. Her intention is to allow clients to train/exercise/ and tackle nutrition without overwhelm so they can feel confident and prepared for their race. If you plan on taking on an a challenging obstacle course race in 2019, you should consider taking advantage of her 4 week program of Bootcamps @ Home. It has workouts, accountability and nutrition coaching, so huge value for affordable cost of $47, starting the 18th of March. Please see her listing to contact her.

BLOG 17- Samantha Laycock of BeYOUtiful Box

BeYOUtiful Box Owner Samantha Laycock

Samantha was introduced to me a couple years ago through a mutual friend at an event where she spoke to her radical journey of self love. With BeYOUtiful Box the business she launched May of 2016, she delivers a monthly subscription dose of self love treats to the doorstep for women that struggle to make self care happen regularly. The treats in the box are all Canadian and or locally sourced, from bathbombs, sweets, makeup, jewelry and handcrafted items which alway include the company info if you want to replenish or explore the company’s other products. I personally purchased the BeYOUtiful advent box for my mom this Christmas and the thought and care that went into the wrapping of the gifts was extrordinary. What I especially loved about it was my mom calling me almost every day to let me know what she got that day. I will definitely purchase this again next year just based on the connection it creates between the recipient and the donor throughout the month of December. Samantha explained that the testimonials and thanks you she has received from recipents haven’t been as much about the items in the box but more the effect of regular practice of self love and what that does for the woman’s sense of self-worth and general outlook on life. Samantha’s goal is to gently remind 100 women, monthly that they are beautiful and deserving of love through her BeYOUtiful Boxes and even more women through her public speaking engagements.

Samantha is very open and honest about the realities of being a woman, a mom, a human. The daily struggles of life and the past you must leave behind are all subjects of discussed in her Facebook group The Orenda Tribe, she successfully created a safe space for women to engage.

Fitting that we post about Samantha and BeYOUtiful Box now as she just launched BeYOUtiful Bundles for this Valentines. She wants to send 20 BeYOUtiful Bundles( box of 5 gifts) to Rowan House the woman’s shelter in High River so from this Valentines on, the women needing to be in the shelter will know they are worth of love. See her website though her listing to see how you can support this compassionate initiative.

BLOG 16 Jessica and Daniel Walker of Jumble District

I have used Jumble District over this last year as a means to get work done and let kids get active and have fun, balancing the mom guilt with business building. In those visits I was able to see the family coming together behind the scenes, I saw Jessica’s mom in the kitchen, I saw Daniel manning the floor and setting the standard for the engagement needed at the climbing walls, trampolines and so forth. Meanwhile Jessica comes out from the office after completing the administration for HR, payroll, accounts receivable and payable and other fun stuff that sounds overwhelming just writing it. As I work away on my laptop I witness exactly why I knew I had to have them in the directory. Malachi and Delaih come running up to their mom and dad, red faced and speaking a mile a minute and I see exactly why they poured themselves into this business. They want families to connect, to do things together and have fun! They are living what they made their purpose. Their kids play hockey and they both stressed outside of hockey they need to stay active and have fun or else they just resort to screen time. They were aware of this challenge and wanted to create a space to fill that need. Boy did they fill that need! The space is 24101 square feet, 11000 of that is trampoline park, 5 climbing wall, a four level play structure and a Toddler District. There are 5 private rooms to accomodate birthday parties and a 4 person air hockey game central to the tables by the food counter. My kids go hours and hours and I have to stop feeding them for them to be ready to finally go. In getting to know Jessica and Daniel I can see the commitment they have to the community as they see the need for more things to do in Airdrie for teens, and adults for that matter. Watch for their monthly regular after hours Teen’s Nights and my favorite, dodgeball night. I believe we have an untapped resource in our city as schools could be using Jumble District to fill some of the outings and reward events for our kids. Support local isn’t about location but about dedication to making Airdrie and area better and Jumble District is definitely a local gem.

BLOG 15 Kent Hudson of Airdrie Furnace and Duct Cleaning

I met Kent this fall when he and his crew cleaned our duct work, getting ready for winter. They arrived when scheduled, were polite, professional and I paid  of much less than what I did the last time I got our ducts clean which was a couple years ago, based on the cost I was shy to revisit the service. I’m so glad I reached out to them, they did a fantastic job! Kent and I had a great conversation in my kitchen about the challenges of google and the hustle of local companies to show up on the first page of google searchs. SEO and P.O. boxes for companies to circumvent the actual city they are based in was just the tip of the iceberg. Naturally his participation in our directory comes from his understanding of what we are trying to accomplish for the business community. Kent is a smart business man. You can see this by the recent rebranding he did in July of 2017. Kent originally started his furnace cleaning business under Airdrie EnerClean and operated as such since 2009. This is a great collaboration story so pay attention. Both companies involved were providing such great work and service that they were referring business to each other with confidence. Based on this trusting relationship they decided to align more with name and branding. They are two seperate companies that trust each other and feel a responsibility to uphold their end of excellent service and work as its reflective of both of them. Kent had nothing but kind and glowing things to say about Jason Genovy of Airdrie Air and I admire two companies that can see their strength only grow from this collaboration.
Business is booming and Kent confirmed 500 Airdrie residential homes used their services in 2018 and are aiming for 750 next year, with that growth we see a growth in their team as well. Kent was very transparent and honest with his pricing structure. They use a flat rate based on square footage rather than by vent or such as they like streamlining the invoicing so that what they quote is exactly what you pay. He stated the only time there has ever been a variance is because the owner decided to replace a filter for furnace or a humidifier filter as well through them rather than going to purchase one themselves and install. They may have also decided to get their dryer vent done while they are there if they never have had it looked at before. My husband is a firefighter so he checks our dryer vent regularly since he is all too aware of the dangers if the vent does get blocked. PSA for you home owners, get it checked if you haven’t within the last year. Kent advised cleaning your duct work does not need to be a seasonal job, the more you avoid the busy season the greater the savings you will experience. Clean ducts in the spring and summer will be just as clean in the fall and winter when you turn furnace back on. I didn’t realize that. If you own a home and understand how duct cleanings will prolong the life of your furnace, consider Airdrie Furnace and Duct Cleaning. A little birdie may have mentioned a great sale for this service coming up real soon. 

BLOG 14- Katherine Gillan of From the Pear Tree

Katherine has an interesting niche that her business caters to, a papoose or Moses basket for dolls as well as clothing for dolls and most recently added branded vendor (human kind) solutions in the form of aprons as seen on Katherine in the above picture. When asked what she does she says she creates quality custom handcrafted items that stimulate imaginative play and support learning and communication between you and your kids. In this digital era, I can see the value of what she is doing, an alternative to screen time in needed. Katherine launched back in February 2011 almost 8 years ago, she had recently become a single, first time mom and created a part-time income through her business. Her connection within a doll community encouraged her to take on making doll clothing specifically for the Bamboletta doll because of the need and her talent, she caught the attention of Fig & Me doll producer and when they released the proprietary pattern, they gave Katherine permission to make the ever-popular papoose, as seen in the picture.
  She recently attended many markets to get her face and brand out there, quite effectively I might add. Most of her business stems from her website and social media. If you have a doll lover (18” style like American Girl) that would appreciate some accessories and clothing, please see her listing in Airdrie Exchange to explore what From the Pear Tree can do for you.

BLOG 13 Lindsey Coyle of Airdrie Exchange

Lindsey Coyle - Airdrie Exchange
It’s December 19th and I’m writting this blog but it’s also the point in time where we start to accept that the rest of the month is a write off as productivity during these holidays is almost futile. We interviewed two business owners to write about in our blog but based on timing for their promotions and such we pushed their write ups for the coming weeks. So you’re stuck with me. We further delayed publishing this post to sync up with the release of the Here’s the Scoop contribution printing. We’ve been in business 3 and a half months and we can confidently say, this is the hardest thing we’ve ever taken on. I personally was sick for a solid 3 weeks with a flu turned bronchitis and I’m currently sitting with a killer viral sinus infection. I don’t half ass anything. During this down time of not going to events, meetings or anything really, we put our heads down and did some major reality checks. Up to this point we were of the mindset that the business is slowly growing and will build momentum once the tipping point occurs. Now we’re seeing a need to do better. We’ve read books, taken courses and asked experts the questions and everything points to us not being clear in our message, our branding and our website. Kind of a hard pill to swallow but so is failure and that is not an option. We’ve decided to strip the website down to bare necessities in an effort to keep our message simple and clear. We have a vision of what we want Airdrie Exchange to be and we’ll use our blog to articulate that but as far as a stranger that jumps on our site knows, Airdrie Exchange is a business directory that looks at how the business serves the community rather that what they do. What do we mean by that? A great example of this would be Healthy Meals Made Easy, this company does healthy meal preps for you to buy. However we thought of all the times we would think to use the services would be when a new mom just gets home from the hospital with the baby, or for a recently widowed senior or when a child is sick and the family is rallying around them at the hospital. These are moments when we want to help them and we think we’ll just make them a meal. At this time we’re not afraid to admit we’re struggling to get meals on the table for our own families between activities and our new business, so taking on making another family meals isn’t really in the cards without putting ourselves into a tailspin. So a gift card for them at Healthy Meals Made Easy and they can pick what they like and fits their dietary needs. So when you look at postnatal care in our directory you will see doulas, physiotherapists and meal prep. We think when you start browsing a directory it’s for ideas and by seeing all the businesses that collectively serve in the area you’re looking you may find your answer.
We’re looking for the website to do all the heavy lifting so we can keep costs down as long as we can, as we are currently a business of one. We are rebranding site and really looking to capture all the information during the listing process. We want to have space rentals captured so we have a compiled list to use down the line. We want this site to be resource for families and businesses and non profits. At this point we are going to focus on making it the best local business directory and we will do everything we can to see the businesses that participate in it to see value and feel supported. We’re firm believers while Airdrie Exchange is young and running financially lean, we can create the value through out efforts, sweat equity in essense.
We feel very intune to the struggles of small businesses as we are one and we committed this business to helping the business community overcome those challenges based on our very own needs and financial realities. When we roll out ATown Syndicate you will see the most innovative way local companies can customize and budget their marketing plan for the year using any and all of the local advertising mediums. Airdrie Exchange’s ATown Syndicate is going to increase business for all, including all the advertising mediums of paper, radio, billboards, bus wraps and innovative cutting edge technologies not even used yet. Prepare for 2019, it’s setting up to be mindblowing!

BLOG 12 Kerrie Collingham of Kre8ing Waves

I have met Kerrie numerous times over the last year at markets and events and finally at a recent event through Gypsiella I was able to connect with her and get to know more about what she does. I found what she does so intriguing I referred my mom, she now takes her great Pyrenees Milah to Kerrie for Magna wave treatments. Big dogs are famous for arthritis and joint issues and poor Milah has already had an ACL tear and reparative surgery 3 years ago and she is only 6 years old now. I jealously call Milah my little sister, as my mom makes all pets instant family, but this big fluffy polar bear sized sweetheart is a show stopper. The magna wave therapy that Kerrie offers is a chance to offer Milah pain relief, reduced inflammation so healing can occur. I recently tore my achilles and going through the healing process so this therapy as I learned would help me as well.

Kre8ing Waves started in June of this year and Kerrie Collingham the owner listed in our directory back in October, if you want to explore PEMF therapy for yourself or your four-legged family members. Kerrie works from home and is mobile with her PEMF device which essentially increases circulation at a cellular level using magnetic waves being aimed at pain affected joints (arthritis and ACL tears). This therapy is a drug free alternative for pain control and allows the natural healing process to occur when the inflammation is reduced.

In speaking to Kerrie her passion is for pets based on her experience with supporting her own dog’s recovery from a knee injury, she wished she knew about magna wave back then. The vision for her company is to someday open a pet rehabilitation pool, in conjunction with the current magna wave therapy, could provide a fun alternative to pain relief and healing. I’d love to see her successful in this vision, many owners would do anything to offer relief from pain for their loved fur babies.