Thursday, March 1, 2012

Its a Wrap!

 

 

As they say in Hollywood It`s a Wrap!

 

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

 

On Friday February 24th my team and I but the finishing touches on this years Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition at the Foster Farm Family House Homework Club for the REVEAL the following day.

This years Extreme Makeover was a whirlwind of excitement. It was the second year and we were being recognized for our efforts. We received Media attention that we did not get in 2011, way more than what we expected (but secretly hoped) . I was lucky enough to be asked to go on CTV Morning Live and discuss the makeover, and put a call out for companies for donations of kind to the cause. This interview set everything in motion and the next thing you know I am being interviewed by several magazines, newspapers and TV, view one article in the Ottawa Citizen!

 

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Photo credit: Charlene Burnside Photography

This years Extreme Makeover at the Foster Family Farm Homework club was something that I felt very strongly about. The Homework club provides underprivileged kids with a space to come to do their homework and get the support they need to succeed in life. This is something these kids need and the space I saw on my first visit was not a place that I thought could make these kids feel creative or motivated in their work. They had incredible support from the staff but your environment and surroundings play a huge role in what makes you who you are…..this space was not going to do that.

I was told, I would be making over one room called Homework Room and this is what I saw……

 

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Does this look like a Homework room to you? There was a TV and cabinet, Sofa, bad lighting, bad flooring and a piano…..No tables, no chairs, nothing except a few items on the wall that were educational. This Homework club gets 30-40 kids 3 times a week!! were do they sit? when I asked this question they told me they would pull a table in from the kitchen area and some chairs…..but I guess the rest sat on the floor.

I then noticed a doorway into a room filled with computers, it was dull and uninviting but it did have computers for both the kids and the adults in the area who need to use it. 

 

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Being me I couldn't`t let this room go unnoticed, so I quickly told them I was going to do this room too……and then blurted out “And lets throw in the bathroom”

 

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Did I just say that?

 

As soon as I got back to the Office I drew up a floor plan and elevations of the space. I showed the Extreme Makeover Contractor, who just happens to be my husband (lucky guy) and sent it off to my team for viewing. Just an FYI, D.E. Kinkade Konstruction LTD supplies all the labour and construction materials for Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition, this is HUGE folks!.

Once the design plan was done it was time to start tweeting and emailing for donations. Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition starts with a ZERO budget beforehand…..yes I said ZEROOOOOO. Everything has to be donated!

The tweets and emails were sent out and the donations started pouring in. We received above and beyond what we expected to receive, Ottawa truly is a kind City and I am so proud to call it home.

I have rambled on enough and its time to REVEAL….

Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012!

 

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this years Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition at the Foster Family Farm House Homework Club. It would not be possible with the community involvement. I think we met the needs of the kids to have the best possible learning environment and  am sure the kids will enjoying it for years to come.

 

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

 

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Photo Credit: Danielle Lynn Photography

 

 

See you this time next year

for

Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2013

Thank You 2012 Contributors to Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition

The Designers

The Contractor

The Contributors

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3 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful transformation... love every element of the design! While the overall differences between before & after terrific, the one that jumps out to me is the floors. What a difference this makes! They make the spaces seem clean, fresh and contemporary and are a great support to the furnishings you brought into the rooms.
    Congrats Sonya and team!!
    Victoria

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  2. Sonya - huge congratulations to you and the entire team. Your kindness and generosity is extraordinary. And WOW the transformation of the space is really incredible, its so well done - who wouldn't want to work in this space! This is press coverage that's well deserved!!!!! ~ C

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