A hard working and deserving Regina Family is receiving a new roof thanks to the Regina Trades and Skills Centre and Wheatland Roofing.
The Deschamps family is a family of five with only one income.
Michelle Deschamps, who was born with a rare disease that has forced her to under go numerous surgeries, has been unable to work thanks to that and various other health problems.
She said receiving the roof gives them hope moving into the future as they continue to make their home wheelchair accessible.
“It gives us hope for the future and hope for the upcoming surgeries, as we will have another surgery coming up that will require more wheelchair access to the inside of our home, so this just came as a 100 per-cent blessing to us,” Deschamps told 620 CKRM on Thursday.
Michelle has been in and out of a wheelchair thanks to her illness, forcing the family to spend thousands on upgrades to their home.
After Michelle’s last surgery her husband was on his way back to the hospital from their hotel when he was in a car accident trying to avoid a drunk driver, the cost to replace their vehicle totaled the funds they had for a new roof.
After hearing about the Deschamps from Michelle’s friend, the Regina Trades and Skills Centre and Wheatland Roofing made a new roof for the family a priority.
The two businesses team up each year to give back to the community.
Students from the Regina Trades and Skills Centre are doing all the labor while Wheatland Roofing and their partners have provided all the material.
“This is a wonderful program and we look forward to it every single year, it’s a fantastic thing to be a part of,” said Brian Shankowsky, Executive Director, Regina Trades and Skills Centre.
“A roof is a really important aspect of a home, it keeps everything together, when we have the opportunity to give back for something that we do, we were really happy to take that project on.” said Victoria Scudder, the Health and Safety Administrator and Service Manager for Wheatland Roofing.
The new roof came as a complete surprise to the family.
“It was a huge surprise and a shock, I woke up one morning and there was a group of men in a truck with a ladder. I had no idea what was going on, they basically told me we were nominated for a new roof, so it came as a big pleasant surprise,” Deschamps said.
Deschamps said spending over a decade in and out of a wheelchair gave her a new appreciation for the struggle it can be for people who spend everyday of their lives unable to walk.
She has been fighting to make businesses particularly close to their home more wheelchair accessible.