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Congratulations to Preferred Collision and Glass -celebrating 10 years as a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop


In this series of articles, we continue to shine a bright spotlight on the businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon partners for over ten years. This year, we recognize the Trusted Saskatoon Partners that joined us in 2013. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing ten years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! The latest article celebrates and recognizes Preferred Collision & Glass Repair. 

Three Decades of Outstanding Service and Dedication!  

In the north end of Saskatoon on 51st,  a shining example of exceptional auto body and glass repair service has been quietly and consistently serving the community for a remarkable thirty years. Preferred Collision & Glass Repair is a testament to dedication, expertise, and a commitment to excellence, making them a perfect Trusted Saskatoon auto body & collision repair partner.

A History of Excellence

Preferred Collision and Glass Repair's journey began in 1993. There have been a few name changes since then. In 2008, it became Preferred Collision and Glass when two individuals with a shared passion for the auto industry and a vision for unparalleled customer service joined forces. Russ and Doug brought their wealth of collision repair experience and industry knowledge to create a Saskatoon auto body shop that would set new standards in quality and customer satisfaction.

Since its inception, the business has steadily grown from a modest workshop to a state-of-the-art collision repair center while preserving the core values defining its success. With a dedication to continuous improvement and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in autobody and Collision repair, Preferred Collision has consistently evolved to meet the changing needs of its clients and the industry.

Their unwavering commitment to outstanding service is What sets Preferred Collision and Glass Repair apart. When a client's vehicle enters their facility, it is met with the utmost care and attention. Their team of skilled technicians, armed with years of experience and industry certifications, ensures that each repair is executed precisely and perfectly. Preferred Collision & Glass is your best choice when filing an insurance claim. They work with SGI and other insurers every day. If you are paying for repairs yourself, they help their customers by presenting alternatives to save them money.

Preferred Collision's commitment to excellence extends beyond the repair process. The facility boasts a welcoming and customer-friendly atmosphere where clients are treated respectfully and transparently. The team understands that navigating the complexities of insurance and the auto body and glass repair can be overwhelming, and they go the extra mile to explain each step of the process and answer any questions, allowing clients to make informed decisions about their vehicle's repair. Check out the full range of services offered on the website here:

The Russ and Doug Experience

At the end of the day, people buy from people, and at the heart of Preferred Collision and Glass Repair are Russ and Doug. Their combined expertise and shared passion for automobiles has been instrumental in shaping the company's success. With decades of experience in the auto body industry, they bring a unique blend of technical knowledge and personal dedication to the table.

Russ and Doug's hands-on approach ensures that their values are woven into every aspect of the business. Their experience has taught them the importance of building lasting relationships with clients, and they take pride in being actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the repair center. Their presence not only instills a sense of trust but also serves as a reminder of the genuine care and commitment that underpin Preferred Collision's services. Doug is generally handling the reception and always meets you with a big smile; they understand their customers' stress, and their main goal is to be proactive, not reactive, throughout the repair process. Doug and Russ are also proud supporters of the Children Wish Foundation and have supported many of their fundraisers and events over the years.  

A Decade of Trust

As Preferred Collision and Glass Repair celebrates ten years of dedicated service as a Trusted Saskatoon Autobody shop, they can look back with pride on a decade filled with success stories, repaired vehicles, and satisfied clients. From minor dents to major collision repairs, Preferred Collision has consistently delivered results that exceed expectations. Their reputation as a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body and Glass repair partner is well-deserved, and it's a testament to the values of excellence, transparency, and customer focus that Russ, Doug, and their team uphold. We have not received any complaints about them in their ten years as Trusted Saskatoon Partners!

What Preferred Collision and Glass Clients Say...

"This is a great place to go! I went in to see about replacing my windshield, and they got me in the next week! Half a day, and my SUV was done! From when I first walked in until the job was finished, it was excellent service. 5 Stars in a heartbeat! Congratulations to you and your team! I definitely recommend! Thank you for the speedy service Preferred Collision and Glass 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟" - Nathan Lepp
" ONE OF THE BEST!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If I could give this business 10 stars, I would.
Very good service. The staff are incredibly friendly. They were all incredibly professional and very easy to deal with. They did the paint repair job for my car, and after they performed the repair, the car looked like it never happened.
Pricing is also very, very competitive compared to others!!!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Preferred Collision to anybody who is looking for vehicle body repair or painting! " Anna Anna

A Message From Doug and Russ About What It Means To Be Trusted 

"With new ownership in 2008, we have been striving to change people's experience with collision repair.
We continue improving all aspects of our business and your experience with us. We are not perfect, but we learn, grow and improve on those past errors to make us better and your time with us the best experience possible. With our focus on customer care and satisfaction, we have implemented programs to facilitate the ease of what any customer must face to have vehicles repaired.
In the auto industry, few things are as valuable as trust. This sentiment holds particularly true in the auto body industry, where individuals and businesses entrust their vehicles to professionals for repair and restoration. From minor scratches to major collisions, the trust between customers and auto body shops is a cornerstone of success. With our Customer for Life philosophy, we want to make your repair process as easy on you as possible, and your future needs for your vehicle care." 

A word from Sara, the Trusted Saskatoon founder, about her personal experience with Preferred Collision & Glass

" Unfortunately, I have had reason to be a customer at Preferred Collision & Glass several times over the last ten years. When a vehicle sustains damage due to an accident, weather-related incident, or a simple parking mishap, owners often feel stressed and anxious; in such situations, trust in an auto body shop is crucial for preserving peace of mind. Preferred is a reputable and trustworthy shop. The experience is painless as Doug and Russ alleviate worries by assuring me that my vehicle is in capable hands. They communicate clearly, explaining the extent of the damage, the necessary repairs, and the estimated costs. This open dialogue has helped me make informed decisions, and it fosters a sense of confidence.  Trust within the auto body industry is closely tied to ethics and integrity. Customers can trust Preferred to accurately assess the damage and necessary repairs without any hidden agendas. As a  reputable shop, I am confident Doug & Russ will always prioritize the customer's best interests." 

In an industry where trust is paramount, Preferred Collision and Glass Repair have repeatedly proven that they are more than just a repair center – they are a partner Saskatoon residents can rely on. As they embark on the journey ahead, it's clear that Preferred Collision's dedication to outstanding service and their clients' well-being will continue to drive them forward for many more years to come. The team at Preferred Collision and Glass look forward to serving you in the future for whatever your vehicle collision repair, painting or auto glass needs.


Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop & Collision Repair Expert 

Congratulations to Saskatoon Pilates, Your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates Studio For 10 Years


In this series of articles, we continue to shine a bright spotlight on the businesses that have been Trusted Saskatoon partners for over 10 years. This year, we recognize the Trusted Saskatoon Partners that joined us in 2013. We want to thank them for TRUSTING our team, and we are identifying each of them individually for providing 10 years of OUTSTANDING service to the citizens of Saskatoon and the surrounding area! The latest article celebrates and recognizes Saskatoon Pilates and its owner, Kathy Bond!

Celebrating 10 years of trust and 25 Years of Pilates Excellence: The Inspiring Journey of Saskatoon Pilates and Owner Kathy Bond.

2023 has been a big year for Kathy Bond, founder of Saskatoon Pilates,  one of Saskatoon’s most beloved wellness establishments, reaching an incredible milestone - 25 years of shaping bodies and transforming lives through the art of Pilates. This anniversary marks a quarter-century of dedication to health and well-being, and we celebrate the studio moving to a beautiful and modern new location. We also are thrilled to commemorate a decade of distinction and integrity as a Trusted Saskatoon Partner. 
At the heart of this enduring success story is the indomitable spirit of its owner, Kathy Bond, whose journey has been nothing short of inspiring. 

It may surprise you to know that Kathy was close to closing the business and retiring in 2022. COVID was particularly difficult for the fitness and wellness sector; they were hit with lengthy restrictions. Kathy shared that 'safe class sizes' simply didn't pay the bills.  We are so grateful that a combination of fate and Kathy's well-known grit and determination combined to provide an opportunity for the business to evolve and endure!  

Saskatoon Pilates is a household name in Saskatoon, and it is synonymous with fitness, flexibility, and holistic wellness. Founded in 1998 by the visionary Kathy Bond, it started with humble beginnings as a small studio with a big dream - to introduce the people of Saskatoon & Regina to the transformative power of Pilates. At a time when Pilates was relatively unknown in the region, Kathy's dedication to spreading awareness about this unique fitness discipline laid the foundation for what would become an iconic institution.

Over the years, Saskatoon Pilates has established itself as more than just a fitness studio; it's a community hub where individuals come to rejuvenate their bodies, minds, and spirits. The studio's emphasis on personalized attention, expert instruction, and a nurturing environment has allowed clients to experience the true essence of Pilates. With a range of classes catering to various skill levels and needs, Saskatoon Pilates has become a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Kathy Bond: A Trailblazer in Wellness

At the heart of Saskatoon Pilates' success story is Kathy Bond, a trailblazer whose passion for Pilates and unwavering commitment to her clients have driven the studio's evolution. With a background in dance and a deep understanding of human movement, Kathy's approach to Pilates goes beyond just exercise - it's a holistic philosophy that promotes balance, alignment, and well-being. 

Kathy's journey in the world of Pilates is a testament to her dedication and resilience. She has shown remarkable leadership, from introducing Saskatoon residents to the benefits of Pilates to overcoming challenges and embracing innovation. Her ability to adapt to changing times while staying true to the core principles of Pilates has been instrumental in shaping the studio's legacy…. In 2012, she added TRX classes; in 2015, Fascia Release was offered; Essentrics was added in 2022.

As the studio in Saskatoon grew, Kathy needed more teachers, and so began the Teacher Training programs. 

A Decade of Trusted Partnership

In 2013, Saskatoon Pilates was nominated and passed the verification to become a Trusted Saskatoon Partner. This distinction, earned through consistently exceptional service and client satisfaction, reaffirmed the studio's commitment to upholding the highest standards in the industry. For ten years, Kathy Bond and her team have upheld the 5 Trusted guarantees with ease, and they have provided a safe and welcoming space for individuals seeking physical wellness, mental clarity, and a sense of belonging.

What Saskatoon Pilates Clients Say...

" I have taken Pilates from the owner, Kathy Bond, since she started coming to Regina in Jan. 2000. She taught 6 week mat classes at Fieldhouse for 2 1/2 years.
In 2002, she hosted a Pilates Mat Instructor Training.
Not only was this the beginning of a whole new career for me but I am happy to say that I have kept Kathy as my mentor. I have been able to continue building my Pilates repetoire.
At the age of almost 52 I was able to complete the Advanced Level training with some modifications due to MVA injuries.
Many of the woman I know who took those classes with Kathy (2000 - 2002) have become Pilates instructors. I take classes at other studios & thoroughly enjoy the instructors. I'm just kinda of hung up on Kathy. She brought Pilates to Saskatchewan. " - Karen Freitag
" Kathy Bond is truly the pilates expert in this city. She is so inspirationall and is in better shape then most of us. If anyone is having back problems, or you just want to stay flexible, book with Saskatoon Pillates. She solved my chronic back problem after years of suffering. " - Leanna Keyes

A Message From Kathy About What It Means To Be Trusted 

I am so proud to be a Trusted Saskatoon partner for 10 years. Congratulations, Sara and your team, I know for certain that the Trusted Team really cares for the small local business that are the Trusted Partners! Being "trusted" holds immense significance for my business. Trust is the foundation upon which strong relationships are built, and it plays a pivotal role in shaping a business's reputation, success, and longevity. In the context of being a Trusted Saskatoon Partner, it signifies a seal of approval and endorsement from a reputable local organization, that highlights my business's commitment to reliability, quality, and ethical practices.

A word from Sara, the Trusted Saskatoon founder, about her personal experience with Kathy Bond and Saskatoon Pilates.

" I consider myself fortunate to call Kathy Bond a valued partner and a friend; she is a special lady who is passionate about Pilates and life in general!  When I think about local business owners who embody what we seek at Trusted Saskatoon, Saskatoon Pilates is a beautiful example that is always top of mind! Kathy is simply an amazing human and a visit with her always brightens my day.
The way I see it, TRUST is about more than just offering decent products or services; it's about embodying values, building relationships, and consistently demonstrating integrity in all aspects of the business. Business owners like Kathy understand the importance of trust, and she actively works to cultivate it daily!  Unsurprisingly, after 25 years in business, Saskatoon Pilates continues to thrive, creating lasting impacts within the health & wellness industry and the wider community. Congratulations, Kathy! The Trusted team is proud to promote and support you! " 
Celebrating 25 Years and Beyond

As Saskatoon Pilates celebrates 25 years of excellence, the journey is far from over. With a gorgeous new location at #6 – 816 1st Ave N Saskatoon and a legacy built on passion, integrity and a deep-rooted commitment to well-being, Kathy Bond and her team are poised to continue transforming lives through the next chapter of their story. The studio's anniversary is a testament to the power of dedication, community, and the pursuit of a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Saskatoon Pilates' journey from its humble beginnings to its current status as a pillar of wellness in the community is a tale of resilience, inspiration, and the profound impact of dedicated community-minded individuals like Kathy Bond. As the studio marks 25 years of empowering people to achieve their best selves, it also looks ahead to a future filled with possibilities, continued growth, and the promise of transforming lives, one Pilates session at a time! 

As they say at Saskatoon Pilates…


Read more about classes and see more reviews on their listing - Saskatoon Pilates is your Trusted Saskatoon Pilates Studio

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Preferred Collision Explain The SGI Process of Insurance For A Car Repair

What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Preferred Collision and Glass Saskatoon? You can expect seamless quality repairs! A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster!!) and assistance dealing with insurance! You'll find quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert.

SGI Process-How Does The Process Of Working Through Insurance Car Repair Work

WE know this sucks, but we are here to help and support you through this process! Here is an overview of the SGI claims process when you have had an incident that involves damage to your vehicle

  1. Report the Incident: After an accident or damage to your vehicle, you need to report the incident to SGI as soon as possible. You can do this by calling their toll-free claims line or by visiting an SGI claims center.

  2. Provide Information: During the reporting process, you will need to provide details about the incident, such as the date, time, and location of the accident, a description of what happened, and the contact information of all parties involved. You may also need to provide your policy details.

  3. Assigning an Adjuster: SGI will assign an adjuster to your claim. The adjuster will review the information provided, assess the damages, and determine if the claim is eligible for coverage based on your policy.

  4. Evaluation and Estimate: The adjuster may arrange for your vehicle to be inspected by an authorized repair facility or request photographs of the damages. They will evaluate the extent of the repairs needed and provide an estimate of the costs.

  5. Coverage Determination: Once the adjuster completes their assessment, they will determine the coverage under your policy. This could include coverage for repairs, replacement, or reimbursement based on the terms of your policy and the adjuster's findings.

  6. Choosing a Repair Shop: If your claim is approved for repairs, you can choose a repair shop that is approved by SGI. SGI has a list of accredited repair facilities you can select from- of course we say you should choose to bring  it to Your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Preferred  Collision and Glass on 51st

  7. Repair Process: Contact us and book in a time that suits you to bring your vehicle to Preferred. You will need to provide us with the necessary information, including your claim number. We  will work directly with SGI to coordinate the repairs and billing! 

  8. Payment and Deductible: Depending on your policy, you may need to pay a deductible. SGI will cover the remaining approved costs directly with the repair shop.

  9. Additional Information: Throughout the process, you can contact your SGI adjuster or claims representative to get updates on the progress of your claim or if you have any questions.

Remember, this is a general overview, and the specific details and steps may differ based on your policy and the circumstances of your claim. It's always advisable to review your policy documents or contact SGI directly for precise information regarding your claim and coverage.

If you are in a collision, Preferred Collision and Glass will look after all your and your car’s needs, during and after, with our Customer For Life program.

Preferred Collision and Glass is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Expert. 

Trusted Saskatoon Salon Hairstyle Inn Explain how to properly care for your hair

Hairstyle Inn Salons in Saskatoon is a family run business with 3 generations of artistic hair design. The design team members have trained thousands of stylists and they are regularly used by major manufacturers to showcase their color, cut and texture design techniques. Also, impressively, the artistic design teams work has been featured in movies, theatre, hair shows, commercials, fundraisers, TV & Awards. Hairstyle Inn are Trusted Saskatoon salons. In their most recent blog, they discuss how to properly care for you hair to keep it healthy. 

How To Properly Care For Your Hair 

HSI Tips and Tricks to keep your hair healthy 

Proper hair care is essential to maintain healthy and beautiful hair. Here are some tips to help you take care of your hair and make it amazing:

  1. Wash your hair regularly: Find a balance between washing your hair too frequently, which can strip away natural oils, and not washing it enough, which can lead to a buildup of dirt and oil. Generally, washing your hair 2-3 times a week is sufficient for most people, but adjust based on your hair type and personal preference.

  1. Use the right shampoo and conditioner: Choose hair care products that are suitable for your hair type and concerns. For example, if you have dry hair, opt for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. If you have oily hair, use products designed to control oiliness. Additionally, avoid using excessive amounts of styling products as they can weigh down your hair and cause buildup.

  2. Condition your hair regularly: Conditioning helps to keep your hair moisturized, smooth, and manageable. Apply conditioner from mid-length to the ends of your hair, focusing on the areas that are prone to dryness. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly or in some cases you may need to leave it in.

  3. Protect your hair from heat: Limit the use of heat styling tools like hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons, as they can damage your hair. When you do use them, apply a heat protectant product to minimize heat damage. Additionally, allow your hair to air dry whenever possible to reduce heat exposure.

  4. Be gentle when handling wet hair: Wet hair is more vulnerable to damage, so avoid rough towel-drying or vigorous brushing when your hair is wet. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water with a soft towel and use a wide-toothed comb or a brush specifically designed for wet hair to detangle it.

  5. Protect your hair from the sun: Prolonged sun exposure can lead to dryness and damage to your hair. When spending time outdoors, protect your hair by wearing a hat or using hair products that contain UV filters. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner with SPF for added protection.

  6. Trim your hair regularly: Regular trims help to prevent split ends and keep your hair looking healthy. Aim to get a trim every 6-8 weeks, or as needed, to remove any damaged or split ends and promote hair growth.

  7. Maintain a balanced diet: Good nutrition is essential for healthy hair. Include foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and legumes, in your diet. Drinking an adequate amount of water also helps to keep your hair hydrated.

  8. Avoid excessive brushing and tight hairstyles: Brush your hair gently, starting from the ends and working your way up to avoid unnecessary breakage. Avoid tight hairstyles that pull on your hair, as they can lead to hair breakage and traction alopecia.

  9. Listen to your hair and your hairstylist: Pay attention to how your hair responds to different products and treatments. Everyone's hair is unique, so what works for others may not work for you. Experiment and adjust your hair care routine based on what makes your hair look and feel its best.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to hair care. By following these tips and establishing a regular hair care routine that suits your hair type and concerns, you can maintain healthy, vibrant hair.

Your hair is your #1 fashion accessory!

Hairstyle trends change like the weather, but Shelley, Laddie, and rest of the Hairstyle Inn team are always keeping up to date! For the best Saskatoon salon experience and Trusted customer service call Hairstyle Inn salon> today or get more Hairstyle tips Inn in our Trusted Salon Tip Library.

Trusted Saskatoon Group Benefits Professionals at Aurora Workplace Solutions Explain HSA's

Aurora Workplace Solutions are about creating brilliant futures by developing wealth security for businesses and individuals. As experts in the industry, they keep on top of recent news including changes to relevant group benefit plans, retirement savings options, and guidelines and policies. They also keep their eyes open for informative articles we think are of interest to our current and potential clients. Aurora Workplace Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Group Benefits and Insurance Professionals! 


Heard about HSA'S ?

A health spending account (HSA) is a type of employer-funded benefit plan that allows employees to use allocated funds for eligible healthcare expenses. It is designed to provide flexibility and choice in healthcare spending, allowing employees to personalize their healthcare needs. Here's how a health spending account works:

1. Funding: Employers allocate a specified amount of money toward each employee's health spending account. The allocated funds can vary based on factors such as employee classification, job position, or years of service. These funds are typically provided on an annual basis and may roll over from year to year, depending on the plan design. Typically there are no up front expenses for the employer, the employer is only required to pay for employee claims when they are submitted by each of the employees.

2. Eligible Expenses: Health spending accounts cover a wide range of eligible healthcare expenses. These may include prescription medications, dental care, vision care, paramedical services (such as physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy), medical equipment, and other health-related products or services. The eligible expenses are typically defined by the plan and may be subject to certain limits or exclusions.

3. Flexibility: Unlike traditional insurance plans with predefined coverage and limits, health spending accounts offer flexibility and choice. Employees have the freedom to allocate the funds according to their individual healthcare needs. They can decide how much to spend on specific healthcare services, treatments, or products, based on their personal circumstances.

4. Tax Advantages: Health spending accounts provide tax advantages for both employers and employees. Employer contributions to health spending accounts are typically tax-deductible as a business expense. For employees, the funds allocated to the health spending account are not subject to income tax, as long as they are used for eligible healthcare expenses.

5. Employee Empowerment: Health spending accounts empower employees to make informed decisions about their healthcare. They can choose the healthcare services or products that best meet their needs, rather than being restricted to predetermined coverage. This promotes personal responsibility and engagement in healthcare decisions.

It's important to note that the specific details and rules of a health spending account can vary depending on the plan and employer. It's advisable to review the plan documents and guidelines provided by your employer to fully understand how the health spending account works and the specific eligible expenses covered.

Health spending accounts can be a valuable benefit option that provides employees with flexibility, choice, and tax advantages for their healthcare spending. Contact Aurora to determine if a health spending account is suitable for your specific situation.

Aurora Workplace Solutions design & create custom group benefits plans that meet custom organization goals. Read more about their Group Benefits Plans or contact them today to get started!

'Creating Brilliant Futures'

Aurora Workplace Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Group Benefits and Insurance Professionals! 


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