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.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Please direct any questions to:

Larry Mathieson, CEO

403-235-5662  ext 212



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, previous 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.”

Volunteer with Easter Seals

Did You Know Part 2

15% of the world identifies as having a disability According to the World Health Organization, 15% of the world’s population (an estimated 1.1 billion people) identify as having some form of disability. This represents the world’s largest minority, and the only minority group that any of us can become a member of at any time.