Give a Kid a Lift

Give a Kid a Lift Program


Canwest Elevator & Lifts has partnered with Easter Seals Alberta, Garaventa Lifts, and Jim Ellison (Manson Construction) and Wayne Prothmann (Rewind Custom Homes and Renovations) to provide a residential elevator in the home of a family with a child with a disability. The Give A Kid A Lift (GAKAL) program is funded solely through community partnerships and revenue from an annual fundraising concert that is held in March of every year.

The program is open to anyone with a disability that needs residential elevator in their home.  Preference is giving to families owning their own home but all applications will be considered.

CLICK HERE to download the application form and instruction.  

Please direct any questions to:

Theresa de Waal

403-235-5662  ext 214


Give A Kid A Lift

Read on about last year’s recipients, Zek and Rem:   Zek and Rem can now go anywhere in their home.Time with Dad is much easier.

This year’s Give a Kid a Lift family is the Leviste family, Gerald (Dad), Ritzie (Mom) and their identical twin sons Ezekiel (Zek) and Jeremiah (Rem). Zek and Rem are three-years-old and were born with a Neurodegenerative Disorder that has not yet been diagnosed, but is suspected to be a Mitochondrial Disorder. They suffer from Chronic Lung Disease and seizures. They have Global developmental delays and are fully dependent for all aspects of daily living. They use oxygen and are full-time wheelchair users.

The family lives in a home where it is difficult to get to all the levels by wheelchair. A new elevator will allow the family to get from the main floor to the upper level where the boys’ bedroom is. They will also be getting access from their garage to the main level of the house. 

 “The Give a Kid a Lift program will provide accessibility for the Leviste family to access the living levels of their home safely,” says Susan Boivin, CEO of Easter Seals Alberta. “We are grateful for all the support from our partners and the community. We encourage everyone to join us for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.”

To donate specifically to the Give a Kid a Lift program or for more information please contact:

Theresa de Waal
Case Worker
Easter Seals Alberta

Ph: 403 235-5662, Ext. 214

Volunteer with Easter Seals

Did You Know Part 4

There’s a real reliance on assistive technology According to Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability, over 81% of people with disabilities reported using some kind of assistive technology or specialized equipment to help them move, communicate, learn or carry out the daily activities of life.