It’s hard to believe that this is the third year in a row I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Ottawa’s Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition with this group of very talented Interior Designers! It seems like it was only yesterday that we all gathered together for their makeover of the Good Companions Centre (2011) and the Foster Family Farm Homework Club (2012)!
Like the previous two years, this year most definitely did not disappoint! For 2013 the designers made over a space at the Youville Centre here in Ottawa. To read more about the Youville Centre and the incredible service they provide to young women in the community, click here.
The words ‘incredible transformation’ would not be enough to accurately describe the work these ladies accomplished this year. In such a short time they were able to raise funds and furniture donations within the community and pull together a space that is not only incredibly beautiful, but also a functional, comfortable place for the young moms at the Youville Centre to unwind while not attending their classes. By the end of it, I was a wee bit jealous that *I* couldn’t just come and hang out there!
What I think is the most touching part of this entire project is that the recipients were so genuinely excited about it. Their screams of shock and the physical excitement was tangible that day. They SO deserved this. For me personally, it’s just such a wonderful feeling to be a part of it. To capture their reactions and to know that I’m helping document a day that I’m sure the girls and the designers will never forget.
For before pictures as well as a full list of contributors to EMKE 2013, please visit the TBB’s blog and Sonya Kinkade (the lead designer)’s blog! Also be sure to become a fan of Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition on Facebook to be kept in the loop when these ladies tackle a new charity project in 2014!
Thank you again ladies for the honour of being a part of such a special project! I look forward to working with you again in 2014!
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