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Sonia Supports the Stollery

Tue, 25 Feb by Sonia Tarabay

Children's Miracle Network and Stollery Children's Hospital Logos

We all have our favourite charities and we all know how awesome it feels to give back to our community. My favourite charities are The Children’s Miracle Network and, in particular, one of their partner hospitals, The Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Last week I attended the RE/MAX Activate 14 conference in Vancouver, and I was honoured to receive recognition for my contributions to The Children’s Miracle Network. RE/MAX has been supporting this wonderful organization since 1992, and collectively RE/MAX agents have donated millions of dollars to help so many children. Just another reason why I’m proud to be part of the “RE/MAX Family”.

But for me, I have another, very personal reason for supporting The Stollery Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Miracle Network. In March of 2010, my son Lennox was 6 years old and caught what we thought was a common cold. No big deal, I thought, time to stock up on Kleenex and cough medicine. Then things started to get worse. And worse. What was diagnosed as the common cold quickly turned into a serious, life-threatening viral pneumonia. It’s a mother’s nightmare: one minute, your child has a cough, and the next he’s laying in a hospital bed.

Sonia and son Lennox

My son Lennox and I

My son Lennox spent three weeks at the Stollery Children’s Hospital at the University of Alberta, and naturally I stayed by his side the entire time. Complications from the pneumonia meant he required immediate surgery, a scary prospect for a six-year-old and his distressed parents. Throughout the entire experience, the doctors, nurses and staff at the Stollery Children’s Hospital were absolutely amazing to us, and their support helped us all through this incredibly difficult time. I am so thankful I live in Sherwood Park, where this kind of state-of-the-art children’s hospital was close at hand in nearby Edmonton. It’s likely the Stollery saved my son’s life.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving lives of children across Canada. These hospitals help families like mine through the worst times, and have been on the frontier of children’s medical technology and research.

Now, I give back to the Stollery and the Children’s Miracle Network because I know. I’ve been there. And I want all those other mothers and their children who find themselves at the Stollery to have the same steadfast support and outstanding care that was provided to my family four years ago. I’m proud to receive an award for my contributions because it means I’ve made a difference. You can bet I’ll keep donating time and money to these two amazing organizations and keep making a difference.

Ready to make a difference, too? Support the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network using the links below.

 

Passion

Thu, 06 Feb by Sonia Tarabay

Sonia sells Sherwood Park real estate
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking this lovely day is more than just about “romantic love”. I believe it’s also about passion. I live every day of my life lit by its fire: I’m passionate about the people in my life, and the work I do every day. This is how life should be! Every morning I wake up ready to take on the world because my passion for work, life and love is the ultimate drive.

What I’m Passionate About

Family

Every mother knows about unconditional love, and I’ve been blessed to know it three times now. My three beautiful children Alexa, Lennox, and Eva have brought so much joy to my life, and every day with them is a new adventure! And of course there’s also my wonderful husband and “partner in crime” Eddy. We’ve been married for almost 15 years, and I am so lucky we found each other all those years ago.

My family and the way we support and love each other is a huge source of passion for me. They keep me grounded, keep me laughing, and make every day brighter!

Sonia sold sign winter

Career

I’m incredibly passionate about my career as a Professional REALTOR®. I view my business from an entrepreneurial perspective, and take it very seriously: it’s my business! There are no “9 to 5, Monday to Friday” rules in my world: I’m available 24/7, and I take time every day to ensure my clients are take care of.

Every day, I become more and more passionate about my career and my business, and this drives me to become an even better REALTOR®. I know the benefits of investing – both professionally and personally – and I’ve seen what a difference I can make in my client’s lives. There’s no better reward than helping a client achieve a lifelong dream of home ownership.

Relationships

Creating and sustaining relationships with friends, family, and clients is hugely important to me. To be strong, relationships need to be tended and supported: you can’t ignore them for months or years then pop back in and expect them to have lasted.

This is true when it comes to both friendships and client relationships. My goal is to become your partner in real estate, someone you trust to help you through some of the most important financial decisions you will make throughout your life, and someone you’ll want to come back to across your entire real estate “lifetime”.

Hobbies

There are many things I love to fill my life with in addition to family, an amazing career, and strong relationships. I have a soft spot for the arts, including reading and music of all kinds, and I love to travel.

In the last few years I’ve discovered hot yoga and this is fast becoming a new passion of mine. Spiritually it’s very relaxing, and yet physically it can be hard work! When I’m practicing yoga I’m hyper-focused on the present and the physical demands the stances and movements place on my body, and the experience is extremely meditative. In a busy life with three kids and my own business to run, it’s so valuable to set aside this “me” time every week where I can recharge both physically and mentally.

Sonia is passionate about tigers

Tigers!

Anyone who’s met me knows I love my tiger and leopard print! It’s not just the clothes I love: my wardrobe is inspired by those beautiful, endangered big cats, and I’ve become a passionate advocate for their survival. To learn more, read my recent blog post about the endangered Tiger and what you can do to help.

Those are my passions, the people and things that are central to my life. The passions that make me who I am.

What about you? What are you passionate about?

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