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Please join us at the HOPE 4 HER Handmade and Local Gift Show-April 30, 2016

Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is proud to announce that our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope will be a vendor at this years Hope 4 Her Handmade and Local Gift Show in support of Herizon House.
   2016 Hope 4 Her Event
BE SURE TO VISIT OUR HELPING HANDS SPRING PLANT AND BAKE SALE TABLE!

 

Our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope booth will be offering a variety of baked goods and spring plants for sale. 100% of the money raised from our table will be donated to Herizon House. Everyone who purchases any of the baked goods or potted plant items at our table will also donate a Helping Hand that will be added to our second Tree of Hope which we hope to complete by December 31, 2016.

 

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Be sure to visit our Helping Hands Baked Goods and Spring Plant Table  and subscribe to our email list to receive Special Offers, Latest Updates, Tips and a chance to WIN our RAFFLE PRIZE! 

 

Helpig Hands T-SHIRTSOur Helping Hands volunteers will be easy to spot. We’ll be wearing our new t-shirts at this event!

Don Of All Trades Celebrates International Women's Day

We are pleased to announce that our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope table will offer a donation drop off bin for anyone who would like to take this opportunity to donate brand new, unopened, still in the manufactures packaging items  from the wish list to help women and their children  through the wonderful efforts of Herizon House. Every gift is a gift of hope. Click here to view our Wish List.

More Event Details
Event Date: Saturday April 30, 2016
Event Time: 10am-3pm
Event Location: Christian life Centre, 1030 Ravenscroft Rd.-Ajax
in support of Herizon House.

$2 Admission
Free Nail Painting
Spring-Themed Portraits Available
30+ Vendors
One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Sponsored by: Mount Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery

This is a great way to SHOP LOCAL and GIVE BACK to the community!

 

We have new 2016 Helping Hands additions to go on our second Tree of Hope!

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We are sending out a thank you to Rita, Angela, Rhonda, Cat, Margaret and Anna Maria who came to the event and donated the items in photo below. They not only donated a Helping Hand to Build our second Tree of Hope they made a contribution benefiting the women and children at Herizon House. We thank you all very much!

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance ServicesDon of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is so much more than a great improvement company. We’re helping people live better. Once customer at a time.

We’re Giving Back to the Community in a BIG WAY!

 

Special Moments  of Some Special Events We Hosted in 2015

 

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Don Of All Trades Celebrates International Women’s Day

 

Don Of All Trades Celebrates International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is an annual celebration on March 8 of every year showing respect, honor and appreciation towards women across the world. It is also a recognition of the economic, political and social achievements that women have fought for over the years.

Don Of All Trades Celebrates International Women's Day

Quick History of International Women’s Day

This celebrates the accomplishments (usually overlooked) of women as well as recognizing their achievements and the struggles that they have gone through.

The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 to honor to 1908 garment women’s strike in New York. The women were protesting their horrific working conditions.

 

On Saturday March 5, 2016  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  not only  wanted  to tell these women  why they  are so important, but to thank them for being there for us and for doing the great things that they do. We held an International Women’s Day Celebration luncheon in their honor. We are so happy how this event turned out that we are already planning for next year’s International Women’s Day Luncheon! We hope that  everyone who attended enjoyed this event as much as we did.

Here’s how our  wonderful afternoon unfolded below.

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We arrived early to get the tables set up for our International Women’s Day Lunch in honor of some very special women.

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After all of the hard work that went into preparing for this event, the BIG DAY was finally HERE  and we were getting excited and anxious for our guests to arrive.

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Our guests enjoying their lunch and getting to know each other a little more. Some familiar faces along with new ones!

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Taking a moment to thank  our  very  good friend Carmela  not only for volunteering to help us with setting up for the event but for also taking photos.

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Lots of tears shed and hugs given today during our speech taking the time to specifically acknowledge and thank each of these very special women for their contributions, support and sacrifices they have made in our lives, in their own and society.

This was a “caught off guard moment”  when Lisa the Events Coordinator at Herizon House presented us with this Certificate of Appreciation awarded to our Helping Hands Building Trees of  Hope Project. It was a very proud and humbling moment.

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Certificate of Appreciation reads as follows:

This certificate of appreciation is awarded to Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

In recondition of your dedication to the mission and vision of Herizon House, and for your vital role to help end violence against women and children in the Durham Region, through the  Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

Great things can happen when you work together to help make a difference in the community!

I look forward to continuing  to work in  partnership with Herizon House once again this year.

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Yolanda distributing  our little Thank You gifts to all of the special women who attended our International Women’s Day Lunch.

Thank You Gifts

We have new Helping Hands additions to go on our second Tree of Hope!

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We are sending out a thank you to Rita, Angela, Rhonda, Cat, Margaret and Anna Maria who came to the event and donated the items in photo below. They not only donated a Helping Hand to Build our second Tree of Hope they made a contribution benefiting the women and children at Herizon House. We thank you all very much!

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 On behalf of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services and our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project, we would like to thank all of  you wonderful women for taking the time out of your busy day and joining us for a complimentary lunch in YOUR HONOR being held here at the Great Moon Buffet Restaurant.
We’re Giving Back to the Community in a BIG WAY!

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

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Over the past 18 month we have been going through some big changes. We’ve been working incredibly hard behind the scenes but we know you haven’t been really been able to see the benefits of those changes yet.

Below is just one of the important commitments we’ve been working on and will continue to work on in 2016.

At Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we believe it’s important to give back to the community. We came up with an idea and created the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting a local women’s shelter in Durham Region.

Join Out Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program-Click Here
Join Out Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program-Click Here

We assembled our first Tree of Hope, a special  symbol that  our team felt  represents commitment, inspiration and community.

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Join Out Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program-Click Here

 

Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children
Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children

Our goal in 2015 was to complete our first tree by the end of  December, with Helping Hands  from clients, friends, family and local businesses who donated items from our wish list which were given directly to the women and children in the shelter.

We are extremely happy to announce that we succeeded in reaching our goal!
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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children

We held many charity events such as  Our Charity BBQ for Hope Event, Helping Hands Women’s Charity Lunch No.1, Helping Hands Thanksgiving Women’s Lunch No. 2 and our best event ever, Helping Hands Charity High Tea. and we extremely thankful and humbled by all who showed their support by  donating  items, donating their time to assist.

By supporting women shelter organizations, we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

We look forward to doing it all again  this year with more fun and exciting charity fundraiser events to give back to our  community.

 

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Watch Our Videos To Learn How We Made A Difference in 2015!

 

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

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Throughout the year, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services held a number of charitable events in Durham Region benefiting Herizon House, a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region.

We were delighted to invite our friends, family members and women in businesses to our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event held on November 14 hosted by Women's Helping Hands Lunch-Don of All Trades  Yolanda D’Orazio, Volunteer Coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Helping Hands Building Tree’s of Hope Program. This was a charming and super delicious way to spend an afternoon and help the community.  Our Goal was to  drop off 30 donated items to ensure every women and child received  something special this Christmas from the community.

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Our lovely  Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea table setting.

 

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We wanted to start off by thanking Carmela and Angela, two very special and dear friends who volunteered their time including donating their special flavoured teas,  china, food and for beautifully setting up the table arrangements for our special Helping Hands Women’s High Tea Event.

 

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Our Menu

Savory

We started things off with a variety of dainty finger sandwiches. Of course, high tea wouldn’t be complete without the traditional scones with clotted cream and preserves!

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Sweets

An assortment of mini butter tarts, mini cupcakes, cakes and cookies including the classic Dutch Butter Cookies and so much  more were beautifully displayed on our tables!

There was  no charge for this event but we asked  each guest to donate gifts for the women and children who are staying in the shelter and help  make this Christmas a little better for them.

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What an incredible experience spending a few hours together, enjoying company, delicious teas,  sweet and savory treats and helping women and children fleeing from violence have a special Christmas this year.

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Our prize table was filled with a variety of prizes donated by friends, family and local businesses from all over Durham Region. Tickets were sold at this event in order to raise funds and 100% of the proceeds went to  benefiting Herizon House.

 

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Sending out a special thank you to Don from Don Of All Trades who donated this 11 piece kitchen gift basket as a prize to help raise funds at our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea event. It took 2 people to carry this one out to the car!

 

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I just picked up my Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tote that someone is going to go home with on November 14nth!- So exciting!!! Our Helping Hands Trees of Hope represents commitment, inspiration and community. Every hand on this tree represents Everyone (our clients, local businesses, friends and family members) who have donated and continue to contribute items to our Helping Hands Building Tree of Hope Project benefiting the women and children staying at Herizon House. We are working hard to reach our goal of completing our first actual Built Helping Hands Tree with Helping Hands by December 2016! I am pleased and very proud to announce that I am donating this very special tote as another addition to our raffle prize table! I hope which ever lucky lady wins this tote shares our story and knows that so many good people have contributed to this tree benefiting Herizon House.

 

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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Tote! It’s a symbol of everyone today and past and the future who have made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting Herizon House. I’m so proud and so happy to have donated it to some truly inspirational women.

 

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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Michelle Medeiros who was the winner of Lina Cully’s Manicure and Pedicure Gift Certificate.
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Natasha Tarrant who won the Dog Pet Gift Basket donated by Sandra Howlett owner of Apple Melon Designs! Grif is going to love it!!!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Brenda Baird who won baby outfit #3 donated by Marg Stevens. Brenda was VERY happy!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Carmela D’Alessandro who won baby outfit #2 donated by Marg Stevens.
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Michelina who won Jessica Spear’s Avon Independent Sales Representative , donated Avon basket!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Angela Gazze who won the Candle Warmer Set donated by Yolanda D’Orazio.
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Amber Pendant donated by Cat Kay owner of the The Secret Lotus!
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Just wanted to mention that Carmela D’Alessandro was the prize winner of the Godiva Chocolate Gift set donated by Rhonda Lee Axhorn from Island Heritage Realty. Thank you Rhonda for donating this prize!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Natasha Tarrant who won baby outfit #1 donated my Marg Stevens!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations to the beautiful Rhonda Lee Axhorn who won the Cat Pet Gift Basket donated by Sandra Howlett owner of Apple Melon Designs. Your cat is going to LOVE IT!
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Prize Winner! Congratulations going out to Katrina Anne Dafoe who won the 11 Piece Kitchen Set Gift Basket donated by Don of All Trades. I was glad to give you a hand carry it off to the car. We hope you enjoy it!

 

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Prize Winner! Congratulations to Carmela D’Alessandro who won the Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Cottage Paint Gift Bag donated by store owner Cindy Hewitt.

 

Prize Winner! Congratulations to me( Yolanda D'Orazio) who won the Snow Flake Painting donated and created by Michelle Medeiros from House Dreamer.
Prize Winner! Congratulations to me( Yolanda D’Orazio) who won the Snow Flake Painting donated and created by Michelle Medeiros from House Dreamer.

 

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Everyone who attended our Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea Event went home with a swag bag filled with lots of goodies including a special gift donated by our team here at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

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Our November Helping Hands Women’s Charity High Tea was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!

Look what we all did to make some very special women and children and staying at Herizon House a little extra special this Christmas!

So here’s what we collected at this month’s Women’s Helping Hands Charity High Tea benefiting Herizon House:
– Body benefits foot bath with heat and vibration
– 2 women’s scarves
– 1 bag od gently used women’s clothing
– 2 Big Kids Christmas Bags stuffed with toys, pillows and Dolls and accessories, gloves, hats and construction set for boys and puzzles.
– Spring Cherry Blossom Skin nourish body cream
-St Yves pink lemon & mandarin body wash
– Spring Blossom Skin Silkening Bubble bath
– 5 scarves
– Total Relaxation lit-10 piece set
-shea butter beauty bars
– 1 Dove Set
– bottles of Finesse conditioner
-silkening body splash
-fragrance mist
Fisher Price Mega Blocks First Builders Set
-18 writing journals!!!!!
-1- 3 piece bath & body works body wash gift set
– 1- 3 piece Avon bath and body set
– 1 set of Candid Cologne Spray and shimmering body powder
–1 set of Minions Bubble bath
–fruit & passion hand soap & hand cream set
– Kirkland pre moistened towlettes
-Neutrogena all in 1 make up remover wipes
-2 bath and body works hand soaps
– Biocollasis Complex Day serum
– compact make up
-mineralized  skin finish compact
-Estee Lauder lip pencil
-Rimmell Match Perfection Foundation
-Nivea gentle eye makeup remover
-Marykay women’s hydrating skin finisher

and……..

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 we raised $185 from the raffle prize tickets!!!!

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On behalf of Don and I, we thank you so much. We look forward to doing all of this again and more in 2016 and I hope you will join us! Thank you and God bless you all!

Special Thank You to the following Local Business Owners who donated gifts for our prize table at this event:

Jessica Spear – Avon Independent Sales Representative

Michelle Medeiros – House Dreamer

Rhonda Lee Axhorn – SRES Realtor Island Heritage Reality

Don D’Orazio – Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Cindy Hewitt- Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Decor Centre

Cat Kay-The Secret Lotus

Sandra Howlett- Apple Melon Designs

Katrina Dafoe- Origami Owl By Katrina  Independent Designer

Linda Cully- Linda’s Esthetics

 

Working Together To Help Our Community!

October Helping Hands Women’s Lunch-Don Of All Trades

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To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to finish setting up and cooking on time but it all worked out in the end. I hope you all enjoyed the food and desserts. We both hope that you all had a good time connecting with each other and helping out the community. My goal was  that you all left this event feeling …. Read more

 

Septembers Helping Hands Women’s Lunch- 2 Words…HUGE SUCESS!

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This was a perfect opportunity for Women in Business to get together, have fun, connect, share, show support and enjoy good food and conversation while making a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope program benefiting Herizon House… Read more…

 

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Despite the rain, wind and cooler than normal weather and a very well- built tarp for shelter, we are very grateful to those who volunteered, attend and donated items to make this event a huge success… Read more…

 

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we’re so much more that just a great  home improvement company. Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more about our services and how we can help you with all your home repairs today!

 

 

 

 

 

October Helping Hands Women’s Lunch-Don Of All Trades

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My name is Yolanda and I am the volunteer Coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Building Trees of Hope Program.  I recently hosted  a private Women Lunch  in aid of Herizon House Women’s Shelter-a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region.

This event was held  on Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Menu

The menu for this special  Women’s Helping Hands Lunch in support of Herizon House.

Our Menu

There was a turkey lunch buffet style served with all the fixings!

We also had the deserts covered!

Home made carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
Home made carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

 

Apple pie & pumpkin pie
Apple pie & pumpkin pie

There was no charge for the lunch, instead I asked each of my guests to donate one brand new robe and a set of women’s slippers which would go directly to the shelter.

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 As we all know, networking events are great but from my past experiences, I feel there is never enough time to really get to talk and get to know each other.

This  special lunch was the perfect opportunity for women in business to spend some time together, have fun,  connect and enjoy some good food, great conversation a nd help our community.

I was excited and looking forward to being their hostess for this event and being able to reach out and assist women and children in our community who at times, need help the most.

 

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To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to finish setting up and cooking on time but it all worked out in the end. I hope you all enjoyed the food and desserts. We both hope that you all had a good time connecting with each other and helping out the community. My goal was  that you all left this event feeling good and will hopefully keep in touch with both Don and I and each other. Thank you again!

Thanking all the incredible women in business that attended made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.
Thanking all the incredible women in business that attended made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

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Giving thanks to some incredible women in business!

Thank you Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design, Rhonda Lee Axhorn, SRES, Sales Representative – Island Heritage Realty, Rita Vee and Cat Kay from The Secret Lotus, Shannon Sheppard Communicative Disorder Assistant, Karen Woolley, Sue Pitchforth owner and principal designer at Décor Therapy Plus, my wonderful friend Angela Gazze, Stephanie Atwood + Ginette Vachon owners of Tranquility Matters for joining and contributing to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program and helping our communities. I am honoured.

 

Our swag bags given to our guests who attended our Helping Hands Woman's Lunch in support of Herizon House.
Our swag bags given to our guests who attended our Helping Hands Woman’s Lunch in support of Herizon House.

We hope you all enjoy your swag bags. I love them! They are filled with so much love! Special thank you going out to Pam Little from Pam Little, CGA. Pam has always contributed to our events and helped our cause. Also, thank you going out to Doreen Foote Bradburn, Mary Kay Consultant and Michelle Medeiros owner of HOUSE DREAMER and all local businesses who donated items for the swag bags.

 

Adding a special little "something" as my way of saying thank you for these women's support.
Adding a special little “something” as my way of saying thank you for these women’s support.

Just finished putting together some special gifts to add into our swag bags from me to you! I hope you all enjoy them and they make you smile and give you inspiration ladies because you are all so wonderful and I am so blessed to know each and every one of you!

 

Special Thank You going out to Cat Kay owner of the Secret Lotus.
Special Thank You going out to Cat Kay owner of the Secret Lotus.

A very special thank you going out to Cat Kay owner of The Secret Lotus and Rita Vee who came from Markham, Ontario to attended our Helping Hands Women’s Lunch. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Thank you so much ladies!

 

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Thank you Stephanie Atwood and Ginette Vachon for showcasing some of your Tranquility Matters products at our women’s lunch. I enjoyed shopping, the fact that you both are so knowledgable  and passionate about what you do. It was a pleasure.

 

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Thank you Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design for sharing tips on hair care and important information about hair accessories and products. I love the fact that you provide a mobile service that makes it convenient for anyone! Great job Jessica, I really enjoyed it!

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Sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who attended and contributed this month to our Don Of All Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Women’s Lunch in support of Herizon House!

It was a HUGE Success!!!!

 

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Because of your generosity and support we are able to present Herizon House in aid of abused women and their children fleeing from violence the following items this month of October:

– 1 Christmas tree
-7 beautiful party lite candles displays
– 1 electric tooth-brush with replaceable heads
– 2 cases of baby wipes
– 3 bottles of baby shampoo
– 2 bottles of head & baby body wash
– 3 bottles of Johnson baby lotion
– sanitary napkins
– 12 pairs of slippers
– 8 robes

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And a beautiful and generous cash donation of $273 from Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood owners of Tranquility Matters.

I will be putting your Helping Hands on my Tree of Hope. Thank you ladies on behalf of my partner Danny and I for your support. Thank you for keeping me inspired, focused and helping us to continue moving forward by giving back to our communities and making a difference.

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Sending out a Thank You to my partner Don for helping me get ready for this event and also sponsoring this event!

Kinds words from  some of our guests…

Thank you for making The Secret Lotus, myself and Rita Vee a part of your group. You have beautiful energy Ms Yolanda . I look forward to seeing you soon and being a part of your cause. XXX!

Cat Kay

Thank you for making us a part of your group. It was a pleasure to meet all of you. Yolanda you have an amazing heart!! Thank you.

Rita Vee

It was such a wonderful afternoon Yolanda! Thank you for inviting me. It was a pleasure meeting so many amazing ladies and getting to know them. Delicious food, great ladies and conversation and all of us getting together to support a cause near and dear to us all.

Sue Pitchforth

today I think it was confirmed that you are truly an angel on earth! my mom and I just love you, we had a blast!!! If next month’s date changes…we are in!! Otherwise keep us posted for the next ones after! It was like sitting with family when I have never met 99% of those people prior to! I loved it! What an amazing day with AMAZING FOOD, FRIENDS AND CONVERSATION!!

Stephanie Atwood

THANK YOU Yolanda and Danny for all that you do to help others! Wonderful company, fabulous food and a deserving charity…a recipe for a perfect day…just wish I could have stayed longer!! 

Shannon Sheppard

Thank you Yolanda – you are a lovely, kind, gifted person – enjoyed meeting people in your network – and look forward to chatting with you again soon.

Karen Wooley

I can’t wait to do this again…

Yolanda 🙂

 

Helping Hands Buidling Trees Of Hope

Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

To find out which other businesses have donated a helping hand, please visit our community page at www.donofalltrades.ca.

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Our September’s Women’s Helping Hands Lunch

Our Helping Hands Charity BBQ for Hope

 

Septembers Helping Hands Women’s Lunch- 2 Words…HUGE SUCESS!

September Helping Hands Women’s Lunch benefiting Herizon House-Huge Success!!!

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September 12, 2015 Helping Hands Women’s Lunch Event benefiting Herizon House-Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
Yolanda D’Orazio,  founder and volunteer coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Building Trees of Hope Program hosted a small Women Lunch  in aid of Herizon House Women’s Shelter-a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region.

This was a perfect opportunity for Women in Business to get together, have fun, connect, share, show support and enjoy good food and conversation while making a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope program benefiting Herizon House.

On behalf of our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we would like to thank these powerful and inspiring business women who helped this month’s Helping Hands Women’s Lunch event a huge success!

 

Photos: Michelle Medeiros owner of House Dreamer & Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Vegetable side dishes served: Italian peas, grilled marinated eggplant, zucchini, sweet red bell peppers, onions and Italian salad.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Main course: Balsamic roasted pork loin.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Carmela D’Alessandro, Pam Little from Pam Little Accounting, Rhonda Lee Axhorn from Island Heritage Reality and our friend Angela Gazze who made a contribution to our September Helping Hands Women’s Lunch benefiting Herizon House
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Dessert: Classic Tiramisu

 

September 12, 2015 Helping Hands Womens Lunch Event in support of Herizon House
We also wanted to send out a thank you to Sales Repreststive George Zois from Island Heritage Realty who generously donated blankets and toiletries in support of our event benefiting Herizon House.

 

September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Gift bags we gave our guests in appreciation of their generosity.
September 12, 2015-Helping Hands Womens Lunch benefiting Herizon House
Thanking all of our incredible guests who made a BIG difference in the community by making a contribution to our event this month benefiting Herizon House. We thank them for their support! In this photo starting from the left: Our dear friend Angela Gazze, Rhonda Lee Axhorn: SRES, Sales Representative – Island Heritage Realty, Whitby, Michelle Medeiros: Owner & Principal Designer, Certified Staging Professional at House Dreamer, Shannon Sheppard: Hon. BA, Exceptionally in Human Learning Communicative Disorder Assistant, Pam Little CGA, Pam Little Accounting, Yolanda D’Orazio: Founder and volunteer coordinator of the Don of All Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program , Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design and our dear friend Carmela D’Alessandro.
September 12, 2015 Helping Hands Women's Lunch Event in Support of Herizon House
We collected 27 pillows, 5 fleece throws, 10 boxes of toothpaste, 8 toothbrushes, 6 bars of soap and a $30 cash donation at this month’s event. We could not have done this alone. Thank you ladies!

 

Click the links below to learn more about these incredible women in business below.

Rhonda Lee Axhorn SRES
Sales Representative (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) at Island Heritage Reality

Michelle Medeiros

Owner & Principal Designer, Certified Staging Professional at House Dreamer

 Pam Little CGA

founder of Pam Little Accounting

 Jessica Towers

founder of Jessica’s Hair Design

 

Helping Hands Buidling Trees Of Hope

 

Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

 

 

Forest Lake 2015 – Thanks For The Memories

It had been 3 years since my wife and I had actually taken any kind of holiday. The stresses of work and life  were starting to take its toll and we needed to get away for a while. Just some one on one time to stop re-connect and  recharge our batteries.

We got an incredible opportunity to spend a 1 week holiday at a friends cottage in Sundridge, Ontario.

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Sundridge and surrounding area is the hub of the Almaguin Highlands Region of Parry Sound District and is  located 2 ½ hours north of Toronto along Highway 11 on the shores of Lake Bernard with a population of approximately 1000 residents.

The village has long been known as “The Pearl of the North” to residents of central and northern Ontario.

Being a tourist destination in both winter and summer, with boating and snowmobiling as the main attractions. Algonquin Provincial Park is also accessible near by.

Visit  The Village Of Sundridge official website at www.sundridge.ca to find out more.

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 Departure Day

After a week of organizing  and packing items we would be using the entire week including books, bug spray, clothes, toiletries, food and the  hand written map our friend had made out for us (just in case),  we finally packed our car.  Our GPS system, a gift I received for my birthday from my kids earlier this year, was also programmed with the coordinates and it was the first time using it.

We left house at 9:25am, stopped for very Large Size coffees at Tim Horton’s as this would be a 3 hour drive.  Not long after 10 minutes into the  drive, our GPS system directed us to make a right onto Myrtle Road. I knew something wasn’t right so we made the decision to override these directions and follow the hand written map.

About 2 hours into the drive, I  took the wrong exit on Hwy 11 towards North Bay. We got off highway and now realized we were lost. At this point we followed the GPS directions that took us through the rough back roads. Everything came to a standstill as we were  stuck in traffic in the town of Huntsville for about 40 minutes due to a town festival going on.

Luckily, the GPS system got us back onto Hwy 11 North bound and at our final destination on Forest Lake Road.

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Graven Hurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Burk’s Falls townships we passed by as we were driving towards Sundridge, Ontario.

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We couldn’t  help but notice the incredible landscape driving north off Highway 11.

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Next Stop, Sundridge, Ontario!

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Back roads leading to the cottage.

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We finally arrived at the cottage at 1:20pm. We opened the doors and our mouths dropped at how beautiful this place truly was. The cottage had all the amenities of home and so much more including huge windows, from floor to ceiling over looking Forest Lake.

Closing my eyes and just…listening

The sounds I hear all around me…

The sound of the leaves blowing in the trees.

Waves hitting the boats on their docks.

Children in the background laughing and having fun.

Sounds of tools and machinery clearing land for new cottages to be built.

Loons on the lake

Birds-Blue Jays, Robbins, Chickadees, Cardinals, Finches

Dogs barking

Chipmunks

Boats and skidoo.

ATV, and vehicles occasionally driving by.

My Observations

What I see..

Variety of trees-maple, birch, blue spruce, pine and some 80 feet tall!

A creepy looking log cabin we call Jason’s House from the movie Friday the 13nth :), includes outhouse.

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Bugs-strange looking bugs that come out at night and attach themselves to windows that I have never seen before.

Beachfront.

Water plants-lily pads.

Fire- pit,  picnic table, seating area made from logs.

Bear Sightings

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Interesting note alerting the neighbours about bears in the area.

Fishing

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Catching up on one of my most favorite things to do…fishing.  These Small and Large Mouth Bass would have made a great dinner but I decided to release them  back into the lake.

I found out from the locals that some of the fish species in Forest Lake are Northern Pike, Small  Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Lake Trout and White Fish, just to name a few.

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Of course, then there’s the really BIG one that got away! I managed to real in a large white fish about 3 1/2 feet long.  As soon as I grabbed its tail, the fish completely lost it, broke my line and managed to swim away with my hook and leader still in its mouth. Too bad.

Dining In-Life is Good!

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Enjoying the beautiful sunny and breezy weather with some good food and good wine overlooking beautiful Forest Lake.

Sight Seeing

It was the perfect day to do some sight-seeing and as we drove into town along Main St., we stopped off to admire Beautiful Lake Bernard including the Children’s Centennial Garden, the Northern Tryp Tich Sculpture and the   Hope and Memory Garden.

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Children’s  Centennial Garden  on Lake Bernard

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Northern Tryp Tich Sculpture located at Lake Bernard

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Lake Bernard is the largest fresh water lake in the world without an island. It measures 2.5 km across and 7 km long. It is also a deep lake, charted to the depths of 150 feet but rumoured to have deeper areas of up to 400 meters, leading to speculation that the lake may have been formed by a meteor. The village of Sundridge lies on the northern shore of this clean, clear lake and is 6 km west of Alqonquin Park.

Some of the fish species include small mouth bass, lake trout, white fish, yellow perch and rock bass.

Once, many years ago, Lake Bernard was primarily used as a logging lake and today, one may still see many logs which have become waterlogged and sunk at the bottom of the lake.

Another interesting surprise to the lake  are the alleged sightings  from locals and cottagers  of the mysterious and elusive “Bernard Monster”. Though many sightings have been claimed, no one has been able to get a good photo of the Bernard Monster; however, in 2013 a photo was taken which shows the beat.

Local Shops in Town

Driving 15 minutes from the cottage to the local town was a treat as we got the opportunity to shop and admire all that this town had to offer.

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The Red Brick Cafe & Gift House, located at 93 Main St, was one of the first stops we made.  The Red Brick café offers a variety of specialty coffees, drinks and baked goods  and it’s  a great place to relax, read, or visit with friends and they are the only wireless cafe in Sundridge.

The Village Bins your Local Bulk Food Store located at 91 Main St. in Sundridge was another great place to find great goodies. This store offers a variety of products in bulk from baking ingredient’s, candy, dog biscuits, snacks and more.

Sebastian’s Meats & Delicatessen, established since 1817 offers a variety of cold meats and everything ready for the BBQ. ‘s the go-to place for fresh meat. We were met with a smile from Sabina and they offered such great customer service.

 

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Sundridge Food Land was the only grocery store in town. Located at 10 John St., we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was open 24 hours, 7 days a week. We found it to be clean and the staff were friendly. Prices of the food was a little more expensive than our own grocery store at home but they did offer hot ready-to eat items such as whole chicken and had a deli and bakery.

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Tucks Bait & Tackle Shop located at 88 Main St. is a family owned and operated bait and tackle shop located in sunny Sundridge.  They are conveniently open at 5:30am to satisfy  angler with live bait and fishing accessories setting you up for a great fishing experience. We stopped in and asked about what types of fish are in the lakes and what were the best types of bait to catch them with. I purchased some worms and was eager to get back to start some more fishing. Tucks Bait & Tackle Shop also announced that they have extended their hours to be open 24 hours on Friday’s, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Cox’s General Store, located at 21 Main Street, Sundridge is one of the only variety store in town that offers everything you need including movie rentals, (yes you don’t find these around anymore), fresh coffee, snacks, milk, lottery tickets and more. They even sell worms and they always have a special every week posted outside where anyone walking or driving by can see.  The staff give great service and are very helpful. If you’re ever in the store, check out their local community board. Here  we found cottages close by for rent, items for sale and even local events going on in the town. Residence in the area say its the best general store in town.

Happy Ending

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A small bird smashed into one of the large cottage windows and stunned itself. If was struggling to fly. Fearing it would further injure itself, I caught it in my hands and placed it into a small cardboard box for a short time so it could calm down. We are happy to say that this little bird appeared ok and we happily let it go.

An Unexpected Visitor

At approximately 3:30pm, on Monday, while on the deck, we were both a little surprised to notice a dog that casually came up the steps and walked over to us. I was a little nervous not knowing if this dog was friendly and commented to my wife not to get too close. Of course, she welcomed this dog and immediately approached it. The dog wagged it’s tail and was actually happy to meet us.

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Thinking he was lost, I called the owner’s phone number on his tag. It turns out that this dog’s name is Dexter and he lived close by. Dexter  makes frequents  visits to this cottage whenever the owners are around.  I was informed that this dog would go home when he wanted to. Well, it turns out our guest kept coming back every day, earlier and earlier and stayed later every night we were there. We both didn’t mind the company and Dexter would get up occasionally if he smelled or heard something in the bushes. My wife was extremely happy because after that note regarding bear sightings, Dexter kept an eye out for strange animals. It put her mind at ease.

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On the last evening of our holiday, Dexter stayed with us until 10pm before he finally went home. He never came back Saturday morning before we left. My wife was a little upset and she was hoping to say good-bye to Dexter before we left. We did leave a note along with some treats we bought for letting the cottage owners know that they were for Dexter. He truly is a great dog. We called him The Keeper of Forest Lake.”

Howling Sounds While Fishing

Tuesday heard strange howling sounds while fishing from one of the cottages close by. We recorded them on our I-phone and found out that it was quite possible that it was a wolf. What an experience to be able to hear something like this!

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 Board Games

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The cottage had a supply of board games and we decided to play Monopoly which lasted 3 hours with Dan winning….of course.

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My wife woke up at 4:30 in the morning and managed to witness and capture photos of the mist slowly forming on Forest Lake. It crept in slowly through the trees and onto the lake forming into a fog and slowly disappeared as mysteriously as it came just before the sun came out. Marvelous experience.

Star Gazing

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There was one particular evening where the stars were so bright and appeared so close, we could almost touch them. We even saw the Big Dipper.

Gift Shopping

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We were in search of a thank you gift for our friends for letting us stay at the cottage for a week. We drove into town and found a Huge yard sale. None of the items had prices on them. Instead all interested buyers made a donation in support of a local animal shelter in the area. I  thought this was such a great idea! We managed to find a thank you gift and some great finds for ourselves!

 Thanks for the Memories

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We had an incredible and relaxing holiday. Sad that our vacation had come to an end but are very grateful  we had an opportunity to stay here over the past week.  So many great memories to share with our friends and family. Will definitely consider coming back To Forest Lake next year.

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Dexter never came by to visit on the morning we were leaving to drive back home. We didn’t get a chance to say good-bye but we did leave a note and some treats on the counter for him as our small way of saying thank you. We are going to miss him and are glad we got a chance to meet him even if it was just for a little while.

 

If you may be considering a trip to Sundridge, Ontario I have created a list local businesses in the area along with their website information in order to provide you with some suggestions and ideas of great businesses and restaurant’s to visit while you’re in town.

Other Local Points of Interest

Places To Eat:

Marc Anthony’s Restaurant Pizzeria

Hwy 124, Sundridge, Ontario

705-384-9621

Blue Roof Restaurant

Hwy 124/Page St, Sundridge, Ontario

705-384 -7300

Patty’s Double Decker Take-Out

Hwy 124, Sundridge, Ont.,

705-384-5977

Bernard’s Bistro On The Lake

93 Main St., Sundridge, Ont.

705-707-3030

Antonio’s Grill Subs & Ice cream

South River

705-386-2002

Sherri’s Diner

Hwy 124 South River

705-386-2490

Places to stay:

Mary’s Hide Away Four Season Rental

Spring Lake Road

705-386-7578

website: www.maryshideaway.webs.com

NorthRidge Inn & Resort

Lake Bernard

705-384-2252

website: www.northridgeinn.com

Caswell Resort Hotel

77 Main St., Sundridge, Ont.

705-384-7600

website: www.caswellresort.com

Winter Activities:

ChocPaw Expeditions

Dog Sled Trips

1 Industrial Park Road

South River, Ont.,

705-386-0344

website: www.chocpaw.com