The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon partner Synergy Strength and Conditioning in the Saskatoon Fitness, Gyms & Equipment Category.
Have you thought about getting healthier? Have you thought about making a change to your fitness routine? Did you know that Synergy Strength and Conditioning is the largest CrossFit facility in Saskatchewan and they offer numerous classes, including weightlifting, gymnastics, speed and agility, strongman, sport yoga and more! This local, family-owned fitness facility has locations in both Saskatoon and Warman and they have been providing all of this plus exceptional sports therapy services since 2008!
COMMUNITY. FAMILY. SERVICE. WORK.
These are Chad Benko’s keys to success
If you've ever met Chad, the owner and founder of Synergy, your first impression would probably be that he's a BIG strong guy. However, we can share that there is much more than meets the eye and he has a huge heart! Chad truly cares about his members and their personal health and fitness goals. He is so passionate and you are definitely not ' just a number' when you join. At Synergy you are a member of a community of like-minded friends and coaches...you are like family. In Chad's office there is a sign that has one word on it ...SERVE. That word sums up his life and what he stands for as a driven entrepreneur. Chad's door is always open, and if there is ever an issue or a problem, big or small, he will be the first to address it, find a solution and make it right. This makes him a wonderful fit for the Trusted Saskatoon Community, as it's ' how we all roll!'. Chad is passionate about making a difference in our community and in the lives of his clients and team, he is also a committed and proud family man he has a beautiful young family which recently grew to four children with the arrival of twin boys, little brothers to his adorable 2 daughters.
If you think that CrossFit is just for young athletes, think again!
Synergy has members of all ages and sizes, from men and women in their mid 70’s to junior programs with kids as young as 4! There’s a class or classes for everyone, no matter your fitness goals, fitness level or previous gym experience.
Their philosophy at Synergy Strength and Conditioning is “We build better athletes and we build better people”.
When we were speaking to some of Synergy’s members, as part of the Unique Trusted verification process, we consistently heard amazing things. Read some of the real personal testimonials from current members below.
“I am a grateful long-time member at Synergy. Not only do they take my fitness seriously by offering top level programs and coaches, but they also truly care about everyone’s personal development and goals. Synergy offers a large spectrum of programs and work to create a supportive community about overall wellness.” - G.R., Saskatoon
“The community that Chad has created has been a positive one to be a part of. It’s an inclusive and supportive one. Chad has done so much for me as an athlete.” - Jil R., Saskatoon
“Training with Synergy has allowed me to push myself not only physically but mentally. The programs available offer a variety of different training methods and are inclusive to everyone. Synergy is not just a gym, it’s a family and as soon as you walk into those doors you know you are a part of something spectacular.” - Eden Rakochy, Saskatoon
We encourage you to visit the Synergy website to see all their offerings and services, or simply visit the facility closest to you on Quebec Avenue in Saskatoon or on Industrial Road in Warman, and talk to Chad in person about your fitness goals. There is no better time than now to start your fitness journey or continue on your path to health and strength. Choose a fitness pro you can trust, check out Synergy Strength and Conditioning. Their programs are second to none and their coaches are some of the best in the province!
“Working Hard Together!”
You can read more glowing client testimonials and see all programs and services they offer by checking out the Synergy Strength and Conditioning listing by clicking here.
Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising companies, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the ongoing process we do before we promote and endorse them.
Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory?
All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you!
Mystery Shop - Western Carpet One Floor & Home
Name of Shopper: KK
1. What was the appearance of the store/showroom?
The showroom is very impressive and I was surprised at how much space and choice I had.
2. Product/industry knowledge of staff?
The sales staff were very helpful and guided me to the best flooring options for the basement reno we are doing.
3. Was the quote well laid out/clear?
4. Overall experience 1-10
5. Would you return as a customer/recommend them to a close friend?
6. Did anyone stand out as exceptional?
Everyone was helpful and friendly - I was impressed that my sales guy was also the installer! Our space has been transformed and the flooring was such a big part of that - we went from beige carpet to this awesome Vinyl plank product
Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company.
"The installation was great and done very well. Overall, I was happy with my experience and would return."
CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop, Western Carpet One! We are thrilled to have such amazing flooring retailers like you on our Saskatoon's directory of excellence!
Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned and operated flooring store servicing Saskatoon and area since 1974. Their stunning showroom offers a comfortable shopping experience for every type of flooring. Whether it is Carpet, Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, Laminate flooring, Cork, Sheet vinyl, or area rugs, you will find it at Western Carpet One Floor & Home a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store. In their latest Saskatoon flooring tip, Western Carpet discusses how hardwood is a good option even in Saskatchewan's harsh climate.
Being a business owner in the beautiful Province of Saskatchewan, I am very familiar with the extreme weather challenges that we face throughout the year. Although we are extremely resilient as a society, our homes, and the products we put in them may not always be.
A question we get quite often is “Is hardwood a good option in our climate?”
The answer is YES - but under the right circumstances. The truth is hardwood is a natural product that requires a specific temperature and humidity level to be maintained throughout the year. This can be difficult to manage in Saskatchewan with our very dry winters, humid summers, and rainstorms. Squeaking, gapping, cupping, delaminating, and splitting are all real challenges that present themselves if the right steps are not taken. With that being said, there is a way to put a beautiful hardwood floor in your home.
Why and how hardwood can be a great option in Saskatchewan:
- First and foremost, nothing can replicate the beauty, feel and texture that a real hardwood floor can provide.
- As a granite counter-top can increase the value of your home, so can the flooring you choose. Hardwood instills a value to your property that no other floor can provide. If you look at a realtor’s fact sheet, they will almost always point out if the flooring is a hardwood which creates a real and at times perceived value.
- Maintaining consistent humidity in the home is a must. To do this you need to have a high-quality humidifier installed on your furnace which allows for humidity to flow through your home as the furnace is running. We also recommend running your furnace fan throughout the summer to help with airflow and reduce humidity levels.
- Hardwood flooring has evolved over the years. For example, solid hardwood is less and less a requested product in Saskatchewan with the trend moving towards engineered hardwood. This type of hardwood provides more stability and resiliency in our climate along with longer and wider board lengths.
- The installation of hardwood has also evolved. When a hardwood floor that is wider than 5” is installed, using a glue assist method is a requirement by most manufacturers (here at Western Carpet One, we will do it on all 5” or wider boards for ALL manufacturers). Using a specific type of construction adhesive, a bead of glue is applied under the wood that creates another layer of stability.
- Not all hardwood flooring is made equal. We recommend purchasing your flooring from a reputable retailer that provides reputable brands. The fact is you get what you pay for - as in any industry there is always someone willing to try and make a product cheaper. In many cases to make something cheaper requires that something gets left out. The construction of a quality engineered hardwood is a craft that requires much skill (BUYER BEWARE).
- As not all hardwood is created equal, not all installations are equal. The knowledge and skill of a professional hardwood installer cannot easily be replicated. I recommend choosing a reputable store that can provide you with a warranty and peace of mind that your flooring will be installed as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
In closing, seek professionals to educate, recommend, and install your hardwood flooring. If done correctly you will have a floor that is natural, beautiful, and timeless. If you are looking for a knowledgeable sales team with top-end products and experienced installers for your next hardwood project then please consider our team at Western Carpet One.
Justin Bussiere - Owner/Operator of Western Carpet One
Wiegers Financial & Benefits is one of the largest private financial planning and employee benefits consulting firms in Saskatchewan. Its Saskatoon Financial Planning Division provides business owners, households, retirees, and students with expert investment and insurance planning services to help them reach their long-term financial goals. They are Trusted Saskatoon Financial Advisors
The transition from being child-free to becoming a new parent is one of the best times to evaluate how you want your baby to be raised in the future. While preparing for a baby, expectant parents should think about all possible outcomes relating to their future beyond which colour to paint the nursery.
When you’re married without children, you know that everything you have will automatically be given to your spouse should you pass away. Preparing for a baby should include initializing a plan in the event of an untimely death of one or both parents so that your child is fully supported.
Before you get into the process of writing a will, you should know what it is. A will is a legal document that outlines your final wishes and provides an action plan that details how you want them to be carried out. If you have named beneficiaries in your will, you need to ensure that they match the beneficiaries you have named on other plans like your life insurance. It is also very important that your will supports what you have established in your financial plan.
You likely haven’t written your will yet, as nearly half of all respondents to a 2016 BMO survey haven’t made a will (Advisor’s Edge). It’s easy to find reasons to put this task off – maybe you’ve never been around someone who’s died, you have no incentive to get it done, or you’d rather not think about your own mortality. But when you choose to bring a little person into your family, there’s a new element added to your life. And some parents, unfortunately, forget to write a will which leaves a mess that, for not much money, could be resolved.
Will planning is part of the financial services process. In most cases, our financial advisors will prompt clients about their will in the initial conversations around their future. The reason they do this is that your plans could be compromised based on discrepancies between your insurance and investment forms and your will. Simply put, your best intentions could be wrong or unfulfilled without having a plan in place.
How to write a will for expectant parents:
- DETERMINING YOUR BIG PICTURE
Your will is as unique to you as your life. Therefore, both you and your spouse should start the process of writing a will before the baby is born with an open conversation. Thinking through your final wishes will bring you peace of mind and leave one less thing to worry about while you’re busy raising your child.
First, you’ll brainstorm your hopes for your family’s future while considering specific details, such as type of funeral, distribution of financial assets, and healthcare preferences before putting pen to paper. Once you have an idea of your big picture, you’ll list every what-if scenario that could result from your death. If it helps, you’ll begin with the question, “if I’m not here tomorrow, what will happen to my spouse and child?” If both you and your spouse were to pass away suddenly, you must ask yourselves, “Who do we want to look after our child?” and “Can that person afford to be a guardian to our child”? Our financial advisors don’t mind if you come to your initial meeting with some uncertainty about your big picture. Like most folks, you might not have been asked about your final wishes before, so you likely won’t have an answer anyway.
Here are a few of the typical questions expectant parents should anticipate from us:
- Who would agree to be a legal guardian for your young child?
- Would the guardian of your child also be the trustee of your assets?
- Who would you feel comfortable handling your affairs (i.e. who do you want as executor)?
- Who would make medical decisions for you if you couldn’t?
Starting the will discussion early will help you answer the what-ifs you have relating to your family’s future.
- SHARING YOUR PLAN
Once you’ve built a draft idea of your big picture plan, you’re on to the next stage in will-writing for new parents: sharing your plans with those named in the will. This may seem like the easy part of the process, but it’s often overlooked either intentionally or unintentionally. Because you’ve taken the time to think through your final wishes, you’ll definitely need to share a draft of your will with your spouse. Your wills don’t have to be the same, but they should convey each of your wishes. It may seem like a heavy conversation topic leading up to or after the birth of your first child. However, having a talk about your final wishes is a gift that will keep you on the same page as partners well into the future. It’s crucial to be as open as you possibly can.
In addition, you’ll need to communicate your plans to all those named in the will, not just your spouse. Ensure everyone mentioned in the will agrees to their position as executors, trustees, legal guardians, etc. For example, one of our own financial advisors was asked if she would become a guardian to four kids from someone close to her if they passed away. She determined that while she had two kids of her own today, she wouldn’t be able to take on the responsibility of four additional children tomorrow. After giving the request some serious thought, she said, “No, I can’t do that”. Ask for feedback on your plans or be open to making changes. Your first choice regarding your final wishes may not want the responsibility.
- CONFIRMING YOUR WISHES
You’ve drafted a big picture plan, gotten approval from your family members and those named in the will, and now you want to finalize it. You can either write a handwritten (a.k.a. holographic) will, use a digital service to create one online, or report it to your lawyer to formalize one. All options are perfectly legal. However, we recommend verifying your plans with a lawyer.
Do you need a lawyer to make a will?
Hiring a lawyer to write your will ensures there are no questions asked after you’ve passed away. Handwritten wills often leave out key details, but lawyers are trained to turn over every stone to produce a document that will do what you want it to do. We can, if you like, refer you to an exceptional lawyer who can help you prepare a rock-solid will where you’ll get priceless accuracy. Plus, if you’ve followed this process from the start, you’ve done most of the work upfront.
Providing your lawyer with your nitty-gritty details will save you from lengthy consultations with them, so you can spend more time enjoying life with your new baby. Just make sure your spouse and/or executor know where you’re storing your finalized will and how they can access it. It’s important to note that this third step is ongoing. Every five years or so, both you and your spouse should read through your wills to confirm and update as needed.
Preparing for a baby is an exciting time that should include some thought about protecting them in the future should either you or your spouse pass away. Talk to your Wiegers Financial & Benefits advisor about initializing a will. If you’ve been through recent life changes, potentially including having a second child, you should review your will.
Maurice Roberge, B.A., B.Ed.
Sales Support Coordinator, Wiegers Financial and Insurance Planning Services Ltd.
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- Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible in the summer and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.
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