Posts Tagged ‘disabilities’

IDS in the Community – IDS “Gives a Leg Up” with Spruce Meadows Charity Competition

July 1st, 2014

A Special Cause

Operating on a weekly basis from April through September, Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding brings people and horses together to create immeasurable bonds, rider confidence, and improve physical outcomes. Founded in 1998, their goal is to provide those with disabilities the opportunity to experience horseback riding, with the added benefit of being therapeutic for the riders by using the horse’s natural gait to gently relax tight muscles and improve core strength, balance, and coordination.

Both our accounting manager, Carol Nolan, and our director of sales, Elizabeth Roney, have been heavily involved in the organization which helps provide a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with physical, social and intellectual challenges.

A Great Opportunity

This past May we had an opportunity to team up with Opening Gaits on a very special project.

As part of the Spruce Meadows National Tournament, a showjumping competition that hosts the best athletes and horses from around the world, Spruce Meadows held the “Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up” charity auction. The idea was to increase awareness and provide aid to local organizations that focus on helping others in their communities.

This year’s competition centered on 20 local organizations taking life-sized fiberglass horse sculptures and adding whatever artistic flair they could dream up to promote their business or the community.

Naturally, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on our horse and get to work. Our designers, sculptors, and painters were able to come up with the magnificent idea to add custom-made wings to turn our horse into a Pegasus. This design was inspired by the Opening Gaits’ logo of a Pegasus and its rider. We began the competition with very high hopes.

A Rewarding Experience

After the tournament’s conclusion, the results poured in, and our horse was the recipient of the very prestigious “Spruce Meadows Pegasus Club” award for first place. An award that, until this year had not even existed, but was created to celebrate our outstanding design.

Aside from the first-place ribbon, the award also came with a cash prize worth $10,000, all of which will be going to continue supporting the ‘Opening Gaits’ organization.

Opening Gaits

From June through September, Spruce Meadows will be auctioning off all 20 horses, with the proceeds of each sale going to the organization responsible for each entry.

 

IDS in the Community – In-Definite Arts – Supporting Artists with Special Needs

January 29th, 2014

IDS is a company that is proud to be part of our local community as well as a company that shows support for local art and artists. In 2012 we were introduced to an organization called the In-Definite Arts Society.

In-Definite Arts is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities come together to create, exhibit and sell artwork. Since its beginnings in 1975, In-Definite Arts has continually been a leader and innovator in Calgary’s art and disability sectors, playing a significant role in supporting artists with disabilities, promoting their artwork and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice.

An example of the work being done by the artists at IDAS. From: https://www.facebook.com/InDefiniteArts 

Here at Imagination Dental Solutions we were truly inspired by this wonderful organization and asked how we could be a part of the great work they are doing. In-Definite Arts Society was excited by this opportunity and asked if we could help them create a new website so that they could reach more people and present their artists’ work in the best possible way online. Although IDS is a company well known for our high quality and creative sculptures, we are also recognized for creating excellent marketing materials for our customers. Thanks to the talented IDS marketing team, In-Definite Arts now has a wonderful website to show off.

You can view their site at www.indefinitearts.com

After this successful partnership, David Nolan, president of IDS, was asked to join the In-Definite Arts Society board of directors. Many new projects are now on the go to support the IDAS, including a new 3D parade float, which will later double as building signage, to help promote their name throughout the city.

Currently, IDS is combining talents with In-Definite Arts Society to create 3D awards for Calgary’s Award for Accessibility. This award recognizes businesses and facilities in Calgary that have significantly exceeded the requirements for accessibility by persons with disabilities. This includes an award for transportation, building access design, and advocacy in the community. IDS drew the initial concept sketches, created the bases and faux bronze hands, while artists at the In-Definite Arts Society created the unique centerpieces. The final pieces are a special award sure to be cherished by those who receive them.

Process PhotosFor our part of the awards, hands were molded from the hands of a volunteer, cast in plastic, and painted in a faux bronze finish.

 

“As a proud parent of a child with disabilities I couldn’t be more excited in joining the IDAS family. 2014 will be an exciting year for indefinite arts when they unveil their new parade float built by IDS parent company Studio Y Creations. We look forward to a long and exciting future with IDAS. We hope we can bring this amazing organization more exposure and in doing so help the wonderful artists and IDAS.”

– IDS President David Nolan

 

Congratulations to the winners of Calgary’s Award for Accessibility – Winners posing with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

IDS in the Community – Dreams Take Flight – Creating Magical Memories for Special Kids

November 7th, 2013

IDS is passionate about helping children by making a visit to the dentist a little less stressful and a lot more fun. Our enthusiasm for helping children, however, doesn’t stop at the dentist’s office. Many members of the IDS Team are personally involved in charities aimed at helping children in need.

This October our Pre-Production Manager, April Gilbert, took a very special trip with the children’s charity Dreams Take Flight.

Hear from April what make Dreams Take Flight so important to her.

“I am the Pre-Production Manager at IDS and I love that everyday I can be part of a team that is focused on designing and building theming elements for children. At IDS it is part of our core values to focus on community. I have been involved with many charities in the past so I decided to take on a new opportunity and volunteer my time with the children’s charity Dreams Take Flight. This is a national non-profit organization that raises money throughout the year to provide the trip of a lifetime to children experiencing medical, intellectual, physical, social or emotional challenges. And where is the best place a that child could go… Disneyland of course!

The money that is raised is used to pay for all the expenses of the children (admission to the park, spending money, souvenirs, gifts and clothing). Air Canada, for whom my husband works, donates a Boeing 767 for the day to fly the children, medical team, and volunteers to Disney. Over the past 20 years Dreams Take Flight Calgary has taken 2845 children on this adventure.

This trip was a life changing experience for me. To see the enormous struggles and trials some of these kids go through on a daily basis is a really hard thing to wrap your head around. To know what these kids have gone through but to still see them laughing and having the time of their life in Disneyland is an amazing feeling. Even if it is for just one day, these kids are on a fantastic adventure where they can connect with other children that may have similar circumstances and experiences. I witnessed so many of the kids form instant bonds with one another.

This charity enabled 138 deserving children to enjoy a day where they could forget about their struggles and just be kids. I am so happy that I was lucky enough to share this day with so many amazing people and I look forward to participating for many years to come.”

If you would like to see more about the inspiring trip April took, please visit these news sites:

Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Global News, CTV News