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8 Awesome Reasons You’ll Want to Join the Charity Challenge this year!

If you're deciding whether or not to join the Charity Challenge this year, here are several reasons to convince you to join!

Remy’s story

Remy’s life was on-track for success. At 20 years old, he moved from Eastern Canada to Canmore and had recently completed his Journeyman ticket as an automotive technician. He was also enrolled in the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) guiding program, and enjoyed backcountry skiing, ice climbing, and mountain biking before his stroke at age 27. The stroke caused a severe brain hemorrhage, and as a result, Remy was paralyzed on the right side of his body. Remy recovered in hospital for five months, and spent one year in a rehabilitation program. After this life-altering event, it was imperative for Remy to find an appropriate, accessible home that offered him safety and stability. “I was never homeless, but I was going to be because I had nowhere to go. My only option was the hospital. Life on the street with my condition was not an option,” said Remy. After moving into low-income housing in downtown Calgary, he was able to start gaining back his independence. Remy had to make changes to his apartment, which included attaching rope to doors so he could easily open them, and installing a temporary “super pole” in the apartment to allow him to get...Read More→

Heartwarming Generosity

The Accessible Housing team is thankful for the recent thoughtful gifts and talents for the future residents of Inclusio.

Kelly’s Story

Kelly has lived in the same home for 14 years. As a wheelchair user, her bathroom had become a dangerous place. She’d even begun to avoid brushing her teeth in the bathroom because she was afraid of the pain she’d endure trying to shift and strain herself to get into the tiny space. A vent in the middle of the floor would catch her chair’s wheels, and the bathtub was so low she had to be lifted into it by a caregiver. The RAD Renovations team, working with contractor Stephen, tripled the size of the bathroom by borrowing space from an adjacent closet, installed an accessible sink, and created a beautiful tile roll-in shower with safety temperature valves to ensure Kelly cannot be burned by too-hot water. Kelly’s beautiful new bathroom has a rolling barn door that she can easily close herself, and for the first time in years, she has been able to shower independently, something that greatly reduces the severity of her anxiety attacks and pain.