Custom Home Interiors Ignites It’s Imagination with Charity!

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Giving back to our community is something that is very important to Custom Home Interiors.  A few months back, we began our search for a charitable organization that would compliment what CHI does.  It was clear almost immediately that all signs pointed to Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

I actually met Habitat NCR CEO Donna Hicks in the summer at one of the Mayor’s Breakfast events held at the beautifully renovated and restored Museum of Nature.  Donna spoke about Habitat’s fall winter gala “Steel Toes & Stilettos” and I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be involved with.

I joined the “Steel Toes & Stilettos” Gala team as a Table Captain, responsible for promoting and selling a table of tickets for the event.  It was an amazing evening and I was so happy to be involved.

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Habitat for Humanity “Steel Toes & Stilettos” Gala @ The Westin, Ottawa
October 15, 2010

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CHI Commercial Sales Representative Suzy Kendrick
Proud “Table Captain”

We knew right away that Custom Home Interiors wasn’t stopping there.  We had a big event coming up and wanted Habitat for Humanity to be involved.

I set up a meeting with Myrna Beattie, Director of Retail Operations at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.  Myrna excitedly agreed to join CHI as our Official Charitable Partner.  After our discussions, we decided the best way to raise money for HFH NCR would be a Silent Auction at the Custom Home Interiors Grand Re-Opening Industry Night.

We had an overwhelming response from our industry peers and the Ottawa business community as a whole with donations for the silent auction and need to give a shout out to them all!

GE Mabe
Hot 89.9/Newcap Radio
Luc Crawford Design Planning
Artfrik Home
Leeza Distribution
Kiwi Choice
Renu Spa
Strokes of Genius Painting
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Jody Lavoie

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Custom Home Interiors Grand Re-Opening Industry Cocktail Party Silent Auction
October 28, 2010

When the evening concluded, bids were tallied and money collected, we were thrilled to see we had raised over $2300 for the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region Re-Store!

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Custom Home Interiors Directors Andrew Emmans & Tyler Dren along with Commercial Sales Representative Suzy Kendrick present Habitat for Humanity’s CEO Donna Hicks and Director of Retail Operations Myrna Beattie with the cheque.

-Suzy Kendrick
Commercial Sales Representative

… and now the whole CHI team was getting the charity itch.


Happy November… I mean Movember!!

We’re coming to the end of Movember people! The month where men of all ages, decided to grow their ‘staches’ for 30 days in hopes and dreams of achieving mustache glory.  Actually… no.  This is a cause to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

We’re pleased to see CHI Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans taking the lead in supporting to the cause for Custom Home Interiors!

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In joining the 60,000 odd men that have signed up for the cause, Andrew says

I’m doing this because 4,400 men die of prostate cancer in Canada each year and one in six men will be diagnosed during his lifetime. This is a cause that I feel passionately about and I’m asking you to support my efforts by making a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada.”

It’s been a long month for Andrew as he has endured the comments, looks, stares from people and jokes around the office that we make, which he doesn’t know about (I guess he knows now).  But it’s all for a good cause and I’m pretty sure he has enjoyed his time of crumb catchers and soup strainers.

Here are some quick facts on prostate cancer in Canada (Courtesy of

  • The most common cancer among Canadian men – it will afflict 1 in 6 men and is a greater threat for those with a family history of the disease
  • Turning up in men in their 40s
  • Going to be diagnosed in about 24,600 men this year, not including cases that go undiagnosed due to men’s unwillingness to go for annual check-ups
  • Develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors (more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease)
  • New, preliminary research suggests pharmaceuticals may help prevent prostate cancer in men at high risk of the disease
  • Often without symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – making annual testing ever more important
  • Treated by surgery, radiation and hormone therapy (among other treatments)
  • Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed

If you are still looking to donate, you can help Andrew out by clicking this link:

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit:

– Timothy Das
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

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It’s a cocktail affair at the CHI Grand Re-Opening Industry Night

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To celebrate the recent renovations that we did to our fabulous design showroom in Ottawa, we decided to have a little party with our partners from the Ottawa Housing & Design Industry!! It turned out to be an amazing night with excellent food and music as guests mingled and schmoozed with friends and partners alike.

Here is just a taste of how the evening transpired:

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The stage was set. Lights, Food, Drinks. And we were in action…The CHI Showroom was
dressed to the nines for this auspicious night.

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CHI also had a silent auction which featured sponsors from Hot899, Miele, Strokes of Genius Painting, and a host of
other hotels & spa’s. All proceeds were donated to the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

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Industry Guests from all over Ottawa had made an appearance

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CHI Sales & Marketing Director sharing a laugh with Penny Southam from Southam Design

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CHI Director of Operations Tyler Dren delivers his speech in introducing the CHI Team to the
Industry. Tyler highlighted that much of the success that CHI has enjoyed is down it’s most valuable asset, it’s employees.

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Now how can’t you have a party without a BIG CAKE!

Congratulations to the Directors of Custom Home Interiors. What was once
an idea from a business competition, is now an 8000 sq. ft reality.

On behalf at everyone at Custom Home Interiors, we would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event night to remember.

Thank You!

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