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The Trusted team is growing we are pumped to introduce 4 amazing new members

The Trusted Team ( TrustedSaskatoon directory , TrustedRegina DirectoryTrusted Marketing Services)  team are thrilled to welcome the newest team members to our impressive & very wonderful and talented team of Trusted pro's across Saskatchewan. 

Lets introduce these 4 ladies to you in alphabetical order! 

Anna Kunz - Trusted Saskatoon Marketing Consultant                    

 The Trusted Team is thrilled to welcome another WONDER WOMAN to our team of trustworthy, hardworking, passionate professionals in Saskatchewan!

Anna Kunz joined Trusted as a Trusted Saskatoon Marketing Consultant. Her role is an exciting combination of Trusted Saskatoon Directory client management and Trusted Marketing Services consulting. Anna has an impressive history of consistently exceeding client and employer expectations. She has achieved this, in part, as her personality is a rare combination of big heart and sound logic. Anna is an organized perfectionist who focuses on finding solutions for both herself and her clients! This mix is a wonderful fit for the big role that she has taken on at Trusted!

 

Originally from Saskatoon, Anna moved out of town several years ago as Regan, her husband had a wonderful career opportunity near Melfort. Now they live along with their 2 adorable children William and Carly on an acreage in between St Brieux and Melfort, Saskatchewan. Anna has a garden that anyone would be envious of, and we know from experience that she shares her delicious home grown produce with friends, co-workers AND her clients! So be nice to her!

 


In her work life, Anna has worked in everything from retail to the non-profit sector, with lots in between. This means she can relate to most of her clients, as she has had first-hand experience of the challenges they face. It was clear that Anna was determined to set herself apart and to be an asset to their organization. Most recently Anna worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation as their Community Engagement Coordinator North working with schools to run Jump Rope for Heart as well as supporting other fundraisers. She had a large territory and spent a lot of time on the road strengthening relationships and raising LOTS of money for the Foundation.  

Heart health is very personal to Anna’s family. Her youngest child, William (3), was born with a serious heart defect. Earlier this year William had open heart surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.  Marla Janzen (Trusted Saskatoon realtor) and Sara Wheelwright ( Trusted founder) organized a fundraising event to take the burden off the Kunz family. On the night, thanks to the generosity of the attendees $1000’s was raised to help with the costs associated with the travel for the surgery. We are thrilled to report that surgery went amazingly well, William is a thriving, healthy and happy little boy.

The journey a parent of a sick child takes is a tough road; Anna coped with this exceptionally well. She started a blog ‘The Heart Of A Boy ‘ www.kunzwordpress.org to record their journey. This was to both help other parents, but also to keep friends and family up to date with William’s progress. The blog is beautifully written and it showcases Anna’s ‘wordsmithery’, such an important asset in her new marketing role!  

Anna will be in Saskatoon a few days a week and home office based for the rest of the time. She will expand her client base. She has all the tools, traits and talent to build an extremely successful career at Trusted.

Subscribe to The Heart Of A Boy : www.kunzwordpress.org

Connect with Anna on Linkedin- https://ca.linkedin.com/in/anna-kunz-338693aa 


Kelly Rice - Trusted Interactive Consultant 

Our newest interactive consultant Kelly is no stranger to the Trusted team, she was a social media consultant for us for 18 months prior to her starting with us full time in June. 
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, after high school Kelly went travelling for a while around Canada. When she came home, she had decided graphic design and online was what she wanted to do! She is a creative, quirky vegetarian with a quick wit and a big grin. In addition, we speak from experience when tell you she has green fingers. She grows produce in a garden on her family farm, her canning and pickling skills are legendary. The dill pickled eggs are our favourite! 

After finishing school, she started her own home based social media and website company to hone her skills. In 2013 she created her Gluten Free Regina Facebook Page to highlight restaurants and eateries where people like her can eat safely! She has a passion for making Regina a better place for people with gluten intolerance! Kelly’s mission is to document all of the places in Regina that offer gluten free options. Now she also has a website - check it out for yourself at  www.glutenfreeregina.com
Kelly's role is with Trusted Marketing Services and she works with a base of marketing clients who's social media and content marketing the Trusted team manages. The way we do social media is very different to other marketing companies out there. At Trusted we get to know the businesses, their team and the products and services they sell well. Our aim is to promote them effectively to their local audience and we work hard to make them stand out from the crowd!  Kelly will be popping in on a regular basis to meet all of her clients in person to take pictures, find out who they are and who their ideal clients are! Kelly lives in Regina with her husband Drew, some cats and her new addition, an adorable puppy. In her spare time she like to dress her pets up in costumes....really!  Ha ha !  

Connect with Kelly on Linkedin Here: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kellyspenceregina 




Victoria Hall- Trusted Administrative Assistant


Victoria has been part of the Trusted Team since the Spring.It has been so busy at Trusted and without her help, we would have struggled to manage the growth we have been experiencing! Victoria is heading up our accounts department, this means she does all of the invoicing, maintains and enters the clients account details into Quickbooks and runs through all payments. Victoria strengths are organization and attention to detail, she takes a lot of pride in getting the job done right,the first time! Victoria also boasts computer and graphic design skills,  this was a real bonus as we continue to  grow the marketing agency side of the business - check out all we do here: www.trustedmarketingservices.com 
Victoria is hard working and brings a wonderful, quiet, calming element into our sometimes crazy office, which at time can be a marketing frenzy!! In her spare time Victoria is heavily involved in the Girl Guides of Canada, she loves her sweet kitty Ivy and also loves to garden!

It may surprise you to know that Victoria had been struggling to find a job for some time. It may also surprise you ( especially with her role at Trusted and her skills as we just outlined ) that Victoria is visually impaired and is registered disabled.  We invited her for an interview after we received her resume from the Neil Squire Society this Spring.  Never heard of them? Don't worry, neither had we .....let's tell  you all about them! 

The Neil Squire Society(new window)(new window) is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over thirty years empowered Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Through our work, we help our clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society. Specializing in education and workplace empowerment, the Society has served over 30,000 people since 1984.

They contacted Trusted as part of their WORKING TOGETHER Initiative : 

Giving Employers Access to Skilled, Job Ready Candidates with Disabilities

The Neil Squire Society will:

  • Connect employers with qualified candidates
  • Provide ongoing support
  • Identify clients who may be eligible for a wage subsidy

Advantages:

  • Experience the benefits of hiring someone with a disability
  • Experience a reduced turnover rate
  • Encourage a more diverse and inclusive working environment
  • Minimize the hiring and training cost of a new employee
Sara Wheelwright the Trusted Boss lady has this to say to other employers in Saskatchewan...

" Lets face it good people are HARD to find! I am so grateful that Neil Squires connected us to Victoria. I can say hand on heart she is a great hire and a wonderful team member. For the people who looked at her resume before we did,  and chose to focus on her obvious disability, rather than look at her many many abilities, you really did miss out!! I recommend you to contact Neil Squires if you are looking for help." 

At Trusted we pride ourselves on being inclusive, accepting and supportive of our team. In return we have a loyal, hard working passionate bunch of people! We get the job done and we have FUN!! 

Thats takes us to our 4th and final new team member ....meet Vimy our foster cat!  


Vimy just joined us in August, as you can see she is making herself  at home as the Trusted office cat!  
She is a Saskatoon SPCA rescue cat and was found on the streets of Saskatoon. The SPCA thinks she is approximately 2 years old and she's a very petite tortoiseshell. This pretty little lady has lots to say and has taken no time at all to settle herself in very nicely thank you !   
No knee is safe at Trusted HQ and even Ryan our Edward School Of Business coop student and the Trusted token male ( NOT a cat person ), has been known to let her sit on his lap after she miaowed at him 'till he gave in!  

Sara, Solange, Victoria and Leanna have enjoyed having her around and we are spoiling her like crazy. She came with the basics and now she has a scratching post, toys and this huge cat tree.  So far the clients are enjoying having her greet them at the door! 

Check out Vimy on Sara's knee- she seems engrossed in the website design and SEO she's doing . A cat with marketing smarts! 

If you are interested in finding out more about adopting Vimy, who is really an absolute sweetheart of a kitty, please contact us and we can pass on your details to SPCA . If you are interested in fostering or adopting a cat of your own, they are extending their Cat Adoption Drive which means all cats in the shelter are available for adoption for a suggested donation of $75. The shelter is still full of wonderful felines, and we’d love to help find happy homes for each and every one of them.



Thanks for reading about the Trusted team!! 

Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Brokers Your Mortgage Now Offer Their Clients Extra Value

Buying a home is one of the most important and exciting steps in your life.... now that pesky financing! Deal with people who can offer you and your family the best options for you with Your Mortgage Now! Devin Cristo and Wes Will are your Saskatoon Mortgage Experts and they have years of experience helping individuals and families finance their dreams by offering mortgages from a variety of lenders for people from all walks of life.

They are your Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Experts!


Did you know Your Mortgage Now has a trailer that it loans out for free to clients to help them with their move? Recently Victoria moved and took advantage of this great service. 

This is what Victoria had to say:

"I recently used the your Mortgage Now Trailer to move from my basement suite to a new fourth floor one bedroom apartment. Right from the time we set up to use the trailer until the day move day Devin and Wes were nothing but helpful. Wes helped us get the trailer hooked up and made sure we had a good understanding of the trailer.

 

 







Bright and Early Saturday we got to load the trailer with the furniture thinking that would be one load that was done. My dad or the organisers said to start on boxes till it was full.  We just kept going and going and before we knew it the apartment was almost empty and the trailer was still not full. In the end it came down to pretty much fitting a one bedroom apartment into that trailer. 

 


So in 1.5 trailer loads and way to many stairs to count we moved 
way up in the world(5 floor from a basement suite to 4th floor) very quickly (5 hours) and easy; Big Thanks to Your Mortgage Now!" - Victoria








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Enjoy the story of 3’N 1 Construction’s owner Ken Eade interviewed by a Saskatoon magazine

FRIENDLY, SINCERE AND HONEST...DONE BY THE BOOK ..that's what it says on the card of Ken Eade the owner of 3'n 1 construction and this truly is the philosophy he lives and does business by.

They value great relationships with their clients, and believe that this is fostered by truly listening to them. They strive to understand your needs and work with you to achieve your goals. They work hard to add a personal touch to each and every job, treating your home as though it was theirs. 


3'n 1 Construction are Trusted Saskatoon Contractors, Exteriors & Roofers!


Enjoy this latest article written about Ken Eade and his Trusted team - who are best of the best Saskatoon Roofers! 


By Erin Legg- Refined Lifestyles 2016

In a construction industry as competitive as Saskatoon’s, what can a company do to set itself apart? Seven years ago, Ken Eade founded 3 ’N 1 Construction with a golden principle in mind — raise the standards homeowners should expect. “Standards slip when people let them,” he says. “It only takes one guy to change that.”

And change it he did. 3 ’N 1 is well-known for its commitment to integrity, whether it’s with the client, a contractor or a supplier. “In the beginning, I kept wondering, ‘How will people pass along my name? How are people going to recognize me?’ ” Eade reflects. “I decided to be a catalyst for change and raise people’s standards — and exceed them in everything we do.”

3 'N 1 Construction

Whether framing homes or garages, roofing and siding, and soffits and fascia, the 3 ’N 1 team is well versed in all areas. Photo by Neek Photography.


3 ’N 1 is a diverse company that provides quality construction services for projects of any magnitude. Whether framing homes or garages, roofing and siding, and soffits and fascia, the 3 ’N 1 team is well versed in all areas. Eade, a former scientist, says this diversification is something his customers have come to appreciate. On making the leap from the world of science to that of construction, he says, “Science is cumulative. If you don’t understand the basics, you won’t understand the complexities of everything else. Construction is the same; you have to know the basics so you can evolve your company. I think doing everything has really been one secret of our success. It’s eliminated a lot of frustration for customers.”

Another component of the company’s success is its crew of reputable construction professionals. Eade has great pride in his trusted sub-contractors. “We really do work as a team,” he says. “We are very aware when we arrive at a worksite this is someone’s home, someone’s property. We always keep that in mind.”

3 'N 1 Construction

Ken Eade, owner and founder of 3 ‘N 1 Construction. Photo by Neek Photography.


Part of Eade’s leadership in the construction industry is educating homeowners about the construction process and how to choose a reputable contractor. “I always, always, always tell people: do your research!” he stresses. “Get a detailed quote. Compare apples to apples. Research a company thoroughly. Are they insured? Are they WCB certified? Do they carry liability insurance? Are they in good standing with their suppliers?” The passion he enthuses about this topic shows his commitment to homeowners and the industry by raising the level of standards that should be expected — and achieved.

Relationships are something Eade does not take for granted. He recalls a recent project in Craik where he assisted a contractor by installing a new roof on a massive barn project. “My supplier sent two extra pallets of shingles. We’re talking about $1,800 worth! So I called them up and said, ‘You sent too much!’ And I returned the extra right away. I never take the relationships I have with my suppliers lightly. They are integral to our success as a company.”

Does a business with a respected reputation happen by chance? No. When the founder sets a high standard of achievement, the company’s competitive advantage quickly becomes apparent. Recalls Eade: “My dad said, ‘In life, there will be people who will try to take things from you — your wife, your possessions. You may lose everything you have in life, but there’s one thing nobody can take from you and that is integrity. The only person who can give that up is you.’ ”

3’N1 Construction
306.229.8280
3n1construction.ca

Find more about them here in the Saskatoon Contractors , Roofing & Exteriors Category

Trusted Saskatoon Tutors discuss IQ tests

Using an IQ test for kids is an attractive tool for those looking to benchmark a child’s educational progress. With clear-cut standardized scores, IQ tests make it obvious that a child with a low score would need different instruction than one with a high score. Seems helpful, right? Unfortunately it’s not quite that easy.


While these tests have been the intelligence testing standard for the past 100 years, there has been controversy in the education world as to how effective they truly are – especially for children.

Let’s get to the bottom of the debate around IQ tests for children: what’s the problem and what’s the best alternative?


DEFINING IQ TESTS


IQ tests aim to measure mental capacity using a variety of categories – including verbal skills, visual-spatial reasoning, memory and processing speed. Children who take IQ tests are provided with a number based on how they score against their age group, which signifies whether they are considered gifted, average, or at risk of learning and behavioural issues.



THE PROBLEM WITH LABELS


Research shows that labels of all types are harmful for children – and can influence future behaviour in drastic ways. Instead of focusing on learning style, IQ tests provide children with a fixed score that teachers and parents use to determine the course of their education.


MISSING THE WHOLE PICTURE


IQ tests can be a great way to analyze specific aspects of a child’s intelligence, but they ultimately fail to look at the entire picture. Examinations of intelligence should not be fixed to a one-size-fits-all mentality. They need to consider a child’s overall pattern of strengths, weaknesses, environment, and culture.



To overcome the number of issues that come with IQ testing for children, parents and teachers should consider using programs that focus on qualitative learning and overall potential, not just quantitative scores. Instead of determining what their intelligence level is based on a few fixed categories, assessments should focus on how a child learns, and what educational tools they respond best to.




A DYNAMIC ALTERNATIVE


Dynamic tests and assessments are an effective alternative to the standard IQ test for kids. They provide children with the opportunity to work in a comfortable, open environment — one that leaves room for mistakes, exploration and creativity. This gives the administrator of the evaluation the opportunity to assess the child’s needs using a more holistic approach.

Parents and teachers should also look for tests and assessments that provide more than just a final score.





All educators and parents just want to give students what they need to thrive and succeed throughout their school years. And with different personalities, experiences, and learning styles comes a need for personalized testing.

By avoiding standardized IQ tests, and instead opting for dynamic styles of assessment, each student will be given the care and attention required for them to achieve their best throughout their educational journey.


                  

Trusted Saskatoon window, professionals Sunview Windows tip on energy loss

Sunview Windows and Doors provide new and replacement windows and doors. Featuring the worlds most energy efficient glass. We manufacture products that extend the comfort zone. The company primarily makes windows but we also offer solariums (also called sunrooms), screen rooms, conservatories and patio covers through Sunview Solariums Ltd.


Energy Loss through windows explained by Sunview team

Windows and doors are often a major factor in energy loss in your home. Single paned windows that have metal frames are not well insulated and do not keep the heat in or out very well. The edges of doors and windows account for a large amount of air leakage.  Energy loss through windows is the largest and most variable loss in buildings and has major  implications on energy consumption and peak heating and  cooling loads.



Types of Windows 

Windows only take up between 5-10% of a homes total surface area that is exposed to outside temperatures but account for as much as 53% of the heat lost in a home. Older homes are more susceptible to heat loss because of the structure of the windows. Your options to fix these heat losses are to either purchase new windows or to try some low cost efforts to repair the window. The idea is to purchase the most energy efficient windows possible given your budget and your specific needs. Double and Triple Paned Windows are designed with a trapped air space about a half an inch thick, which functions as an insulator. It works by restricting the amount of air movement, slowing down the heat loss through windows. Low Emissivity Windows have a clear coating on the window to reduce the heat loss or gain. This is an almost invisible coat of semi-conductor or metal oxide film that is applied directly to the glass or on a plastic film that is placed between the two windowpanes. 

There are two different types of Low-E coatings, hard coats and soft coats. Soft coats are the most effective at reflecting heat and are better insulators of heat. The hard coat is incorporated directly into the surface of the glass and is less likely to be mechanically damaged, so in most cases they are used in single pane storm windows. Windows that are made with low-E films are usually approximately 15-25% more costly than regular double glazed windows. They will also reduce energy loss by around 30-50%. The energy savings will pay for the higher cost of the windows in around 10 years. Argon Gas is a motionless gas that manufacturers use to fill the space between the panes of glass to reduce the heat loss. Argon gas is often used because it is a better insulator than air and has a relatively low cost compared to the alternatives. Low-conductivity spacers separate two pieces of glass when making an insulated glass unit.

Window frame

The way that the window frame is put together has a great impact on the required maintenance and life span of the window. Aluminium frames require little to no maintenance and generally have a long life spanFibreglass frames are not very available but are high in energy efficiency. Some of these models are filled with a foam insulator to better insulate heat. Vinyl frames require no maintenance and perform well thermally. Wood frames insulate well and have a long life span but they need to be protected from the weather. U-values let you know how much heat is getting through your window. Low U-values mean that there is very little heat getting through the window. Solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC) let you know how much of the sun’s energy is being transferred through the window frame. Ensure that your window is installed properly by getting a professional to install it; a poorly installed window will not work as efficiently. 

How to stop energy loss through windows you already have

If you are unable to replace your current windows, there are other ways to improve efficiency and reduce energy loss. You should install storm windows. You can install these windows on the inside or the outside. Your insulation will improve by the dead air that is trapped between the windows. There are a few different types of storm windows such as rigid plastic storm windows, which are attached to the window with a mounting strip. There are the single pane storm windows, which are to be installed each fall and removed each spring. There are the permanent storm windows, which are more convenient than the removable type and have both screening and glass in the same unit. Temporary storm windows are plastic and are attached to the frame with tightly shrunken two-sided tape. Lastly there are window coverings such as blinds and curtains that can help lower the possibility of heat loss especially at night. Make sure that your window covering does not restrict the movement of air because it can cause the window to sweat.

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Sunview Windows and Doors are Trusted Saskatoon Window, Door & Sunroom Experts

                                                         

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