”We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.Winston S. Churchill
Ronald McDonald House
In January, 2019, some of our Edmonton members got together and participated in the Meals That Mend Program. As a team, we prepared brunch for the guests at the Ronald MacDonald House Charities Alberta.
Meals That Mend is a program that offers comforting meals to families staying at the RMHCA while their children receive treatment at the hospital. Volunteer groups can get involved by providing a meal for these families so that they can focus and invest their time on what really matters the most — their children’s health journey.
Needless to say, this volunteer experience was very memorable and rewarding as we interacted with the families and were able to put smiles on their faces. Visit https://rmhcna.org/ to see how you can make a difference in your community.
Love Heart Looms
Founded by Jilliane Edwardsen
In 2017, an eight-year-old girl by the name of Jilliane Edwardsen had an idea. She wanted to find a way to share her love for art with others, while raising money for people who are in need. Jilliane created Love Heart Looms as a way to bring together friends, create meaningful crafts and give back to various charities within her community.
Who is Jilliane and what does she do?
Jilliane sells handmade jewelry, an array of multi-media crafts, and self-watering planters. It is important to note that a portion of each sale is donated to charity.
Why did Jilliane start Love Heart Looms?
“It all starts with the heart and loving what you do that inspires and brings together others who find joy in making for the sake of giving,” says Jilliane.
How has Jilliane been helping out the community?
Love Heart Looms has raised money for both the Edmonton Food Bank and the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Here are some of Jilliane’s accomplishments to date.
- With the help of Jilliane’s friends, Love Heart Looms raised $760 for the Edmonton Food Bank selling a variety of crafts at Parkview’s Community Christmas Craft Sale.
- During Candy Cane Lane’s opening weekend last year, this young entrepreneur raised an additional $700 for the Food Bank selling hot chocolate with her friends and family.
- In the summer of 2018, Jilliane and her family ran a lemonade stand where she sold her Love Heart Looms bracelets and raised close to $1200 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Way to go, Julianne! What you are doing is amazing and we wish you all the best in your business endeavours!
How can YOU help make a difference by supporting Jilliane and her business?
- If you are interested in supporting Jilliane’s business, you can make a donation directly to Jilliane’s Stollery page. Visit: http://events.stollerykids.com/goto/jillianee
- You can also visit Jilliane’s Instagram page (love.heart.looms) for more information about her initiative and view listings of the products she has for sale.
- Lastly, if you want to place a custom order and/or if you have any inquiries about Love Heart Looms, feel free to email email@example.com
Shake It Off Design
During the 2019 annual Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention, some of the Teacher’s Pet staff had the opportunity to meet a 13-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist named Evan Robson. Although Evan is young, his personal jewellery business line has already made a positive impact on the lives of many others in his community.
Let’s take a look at Evan’s success story and what he wants to share with the rest of you!
Who is Evan and what does he do?
Evan handcrafts each bracelet that he sells using unique and rare beads. A portion of each sale is donated to Tourette Canada. His goal is to spread awareness about Tourette Syndrome to the public. The most inspiring thing about Evan’s initiative is his determination to help others even though he personally faces the challenges of Tourette Syndrome on a daily basis.
How does Evan control his tics?
The majority of people who have Tourette Syndrome also have other challenges associated with it that may increase their involuntary movements. In Evan’s case, Evan also suffers from Irlen’s syndrome, anxiety and ADHD. He wears tinted glasses to help his brain process visual information. When Evan is anxious, his tics increase.
Individuals who have Tourette Syndrome, or anxiety — in general, deal with it differently. Evan finds that cuddling or playing with his needy dogs, Bauer and Molly, helps him calm down. Swimming and taking cooking classes are also great activities that ease Evan’s stress. When required, Evan may take medication to help reduce his anxiety.
Where did the idea of starting your own business come from and why jewellery?
Evan’s therapist played a large role in helping Evan create his business plan. During their therapy sessions, they were able to narrow in on Evan’s fascination and interest in crystals. When the idea of making bracelets out of crystals and/or rare beads came up, Evan said, “That’s what I want to do!”
Making bracelets was quite challenging for Evan in the beginning, but luckily, he had a lot of support from his parents and sister. He started his journey to becoming an entrepreneur when his mom enrolled him in a bracelet making workshop. As his skills improved, his confidence also grew. Eventually, Evan worked his way up to selling his bracelets online.
Where can people purchase bracelets?
Evan sets up pop-up shops in and around the Edmonton area, as well as, at Farmer’s Markets. He also attends events like conferences, conventions, and various other community events when the opportunities arise.
If there is something specific you are looking for, you can place custom orders through Evan’s social media accounts. Currently, Evan sells an assortment of bracelets made from rare beads for men, women, and even children.
What does Evan plan to do next with his business?
This young entrepreneur plans to continue building his jewelry line and start making necklaces, gemstone rings, and earrings in the near future. Evan also hopes to continue to expand his audience in regards to spreading awareness about Tourette Syndrome by speaking at more seminars and conferences.
Good luck in your future endeavors, Evan!
Kim Krupa previously worked in the TPET accounting department and is a friend for life to many of us here at Teacher’s Pet. Kim is the kindest soul you will ever meet. She lights up a room with her smile, has the most infectious laugh and is generous beyond measure. Within minutes of meeting her, you are quick to learn that her son is the light of her life.
On August 20th, 2017, Kim and her husband, Mike, experienced a parent’s worst nightmare. Their son, Tanner who had turned 19 just days earlier, was taken from them. There has been an ongoing investigation into his death and there are still many unanswered questions about what happened.
To honour their son, Kim and Mike created Tanner’s Totes which are cloth bags filled with items collected from the community to donate to those in need. And on August 14th, 2019, what would have been Tanner’s 21st birthday, friends and family gathered to hand out over 800 stuffed totes to the less fortunate.
This initiative is ongoing, and items are always needed. Here at Teacher’s Pet, we have set up a donation box for anyone to drop off items for this cause (see list below). If you would like your own totes to fill, please contact us at: hr[at]tpet.ca
New or Used for Men, Women and Children
- Winter footwear
- Thermal Underwear
- Long Sleeve Tops
- Sweatpants, Hoodies and Sweatshirts
- Hand/Foot Warmers
- Saran Wrap
- Sandwich Bags
- Paper Lunch Bags
- Paper & Styrofoam Plates and Bowls
- Plastic Cutlery
- Paper Towels
- Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
- Shampoo and Conditioner (New or Used)
- Deodorant, Razors, Toilet Paper
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Adult Underwear & Socks (S, M & L)
- Children’s Underwear & Socks
- Baby Diapers Sizes 4, 5, 6 & and all sizes of Pull-ups
- Baby Formula, Wipes, Shampoo, & Lotions
New or Used Items
- Clothing of all styles and sizes for Men, Women, and Children
- Men’s Work Gloves and Work Boots (for our Employment Services Program)
- Towels (for the showers in our Community Space)
- General Household Items (pots, pans, cutlery, small appliances)
- Blankets/Linens/Sleeping Bags
- Travel Mugs & Refillable Water Bottles
Teacher’s Pet is proud to support
True North Aid is a Canadian charity dedicated to serving and supporting northern Indigenous communities in Canada through practical humanitarian assistance. They’ve established initiatives based on eight foundational stones of support: self-determination, reconciliation, water, food, health, housing, hope and education.
If you would like more information about their projects, please check out their website.