Last week, the Canadian National Holocaust Monument opened. The Monument – a stark, stylized Star of David in form — took a decade to complete at a cost of $7.2 million split between private and public donors.
“May this monument remind us to always open our arms and our hearts to those in need,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday at the opening.
The new monument is a striking set of massive concrete triangles, intended to echo the triangular patches that the Nazis made various groups wear, including “homosexuals, Roma Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses and political and religious prisoners that marked them for death.”
The six triangles in turn are laid out to “create the outline of a star — the star that millions of Jews were forced to wear… to exclude them from humanity and mark them for extermination.”
Original sketches of the design concept referred to a “Stairway of Hope”. Of course, this meant that the monument would also require an accessibility solution. We’ll call it the “LULA of Love”. Decked out with 2-speed stainless steel entrances, stainless steel ceiling and trim and Dove Grey laminate panels, this elevator is as beautiful as it is practical. Expertly installed by the fine professionals at Upper Canada Elevator, this Elvoron LULA elevator has captured the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September, 2017.
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
On June 11, 2014 The Reliable Living Centre in downtown Toronto had their Grand Opening. The facility showcases products to enhance any building and make it barrier-free. The showroom features a vertical platform lift, and inclined platform lift and a LU/LA elevator with a glass enclosure. All of these products were provided by Garaventa Lift. The Elvoron LU/LA with the Glass Enclosure has been selected as the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for June, 2014.
The installation really pops. It features a two-tone custom RAL color scheme with bright white aluminum enclosure framing and sliding doors offset by deep orange fascia around the doors.
Further information regarding The Reliable Living Centre can be obtained from their website, www.reliableliving.com
Congratulations to Garaventa Lift Ontario and to The Reliable Living Centre!