Today, we name the 4th annual lift installation for the Give A Kid A Lift program as our Project of the Month for September 2014. This year, Give A Kid A Lift (GAKAL) is a collaboration between Canwest Elevator & Lifts, Easter Seals, Garaventa Lift and Enhance Your Home Renovations. The recipient is 16 year-old Wilfredo Aleman. Wilfredo waqs born in Colombia with cerebral palsy. This presented enormous difficulties for his family. Their luck began to turn when they were sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods and were able to emigrate to Canada, eventually winding up in Calgary.
Once they moved to Calgary, they discovered an excellent level of support from community groups such as the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Family Support for Children with Disabilities, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary Cerebral Palsy and Easter Seals. Wilfredo’s mother Sofia expresses her gratitude, “I am very grateful to Easter Seals for their generosity, to Canwest for putting their heart, work and time along with Enhance Your Home Renovations and Garaventa Lift for making this dream come true.”
The Aleman Family
A few weeks ago our partners in Alberta, Canwest Elevator & Lifts, had the pleasure of turning over a home elevator to this year’s recipient of the Give a Kid a Lift program, Juliana Alexson. The entire family was beaming when the elevator was commissioned.
Chrissy, Juliana’s mother, could not emphasize enough what a difference it will make in Juliana’s life, not to mention the rest of the family. They were all incredibly happy, and had plenty of praise for the contractors who worked in their home.
Garaventa Lift is extremely proud to be associated with this excellent program.
My name is Vanessa and I currently work for Garaventa Lift. We are a manufacturer of accessibility lifts, home elevators and portable wheelchair lifts that are sold all over the world. I got involved with this company in a large part because I believe very strongly in making the world more accessible.
I have had a lot of personal experiences in my life seeing how inaccessibile many places are given the fact that both my best friend and my grandmother are handicapped.
I am excited to participate in this blog as a resource for those who are frustrated by barriers which can hamper access to wheelchairs on a daily basis. I am also going to blog about the different advancements in accessibility equipment globally.
Caitlin (one of my greatest friends) has cerebral palsy and for the most part spends her life outside of her parents’ home in a wheelchair. While she can walk with a specially designed cane, she feels much safer in her chair. I have, countless times, carried her wheelchair up or down stairs so that we can get from point A to point B. Lucky for me she can walk while holding onto a railing, and her wheelchair isn’t too heavy!
My grandma has been struck by a bit of unfortunate luck in her right leg, and can only walk with a walker. I say unfortunate luck because she broke her knee cap running into a store to tell one of her friends that I had been born twenty five years ago. So as a kind of penance, and well because I just plain love her; I carry her walker wherever we need to go if there isn’t an accessible option.
Having recently graduated from university, I am looking forward to providing a resource for those who are looking at the different types of devices needed to make buildings or areas accessible for everyone.
If you have a question about the different types of accessibility lifts available on the market today, please send me a note and I will do my best to provide you the information to help you decide on what type of lift is best for your situation.