Mortgaging to fight mortality

Mortgage company helps fight kidney disease with fundraising program

Dave Kelly set out to help his friend raise money for charity in Lethbridge.

But within a few months, his idea – the Kidney Mortgage, a fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada – had grown bigger than he ever imagined.

“It started off as something small,” said Kelly, a mortgage associate with Dominion Lending Centre Mortgage Excellence in Lethbridge. “But the idea has really been taking off.”

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Season of giving

Real estate industry steps up to help Calgarians in need

The holiday season is here, and, for many people, that means food, family, Christmas lights, a visit from Santa and piles of presents under the tree.

But not everyone is so lucky, especially given Alberta’s tough economy.

That’s why many real estate professionals are stepping up their volunteer efforts this year to put some joy into the lives of their fellow Albertans.

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Calgary real estate community steps up

CREB® Charitable Foundation increases Investing in Hope donations to $180k

For almost 30 years, Calgary real estate professionals have been making their communities a better place through the CREB® Charitable Foundation’s Investing in Hope program.

This year, they’re going to be doing even more.

In response to overwhelming need in Alberta, the CREB® Charitable Foundation has upped its annual donations through the popular program to $180,000 from $150,000. That means three additional charities, and a total of 18 organizations, will each receive $10,000 in 2016 to put toward their annual budgets.

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Not your parents’ composting

Local organizations bring it from niche to mainstream

Once considered a niche market, composting in Calgary has gone mainstream.

From grass clippings to chicken bones and leftover produce to dryer lint, urban composting has rapidly evolved over the past several years thanks to new curbside pickup capabilities, improved technology and world-class recycling centres, say local sustainability experts.

Since 2015, Hop Compost has diverted more than 900,000 kilograms of waste from local landfills thanks to a new “clean-tech” process called HotRot.

Founder and CEO Kevin Davies said the company turns waste into high-quality organic compost via a process that seals and computerizes the compost process, using live data to optimize microbe activity every 60 seconds.

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A perfect fit

Real estate career ranks tops in survey; affirmed by local professional

Ever since she was a young girl, Ronaele Pound has known that, one day, she wanted to adopt a child.

“When my husband and I got married, I told him this was on my bucket list, to adopt,” said Pound.

“Financially, though, it wasn’t in the works for us when we were in our 20s.”

Now in her late 30s, Pound is one step closer, having spent the last year with husband Darin tirelessly filling out paperwork, paying bills and meeting with social workers in the hope of adopting a child from Haiti.

She credits her career choice to providing the flexibility and financial stability she needs to, at long last, pursue her dream. Pound is a real estate professional with The Real Estate Company Ltd. in Calgary, as well as mom to Carson, 14, Grace, 12, and Graham, 9.

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