Crossroads Hospice Society – Hike for Hospice

The Crossroads Hospice Society is a cause in which Canstar Restorations steadily supports year after year.  The Hospice Society provides physical, psychological, social and practical support to people living with life-threatening illness, their loved ones and the bereaved.

In these times of social distancing, we were not able to come together as we normally would for the annual Hike for Hospice which raises awareness about palliative care and funds for hospice.

Even though apart, we were still able to come together in spirit.  Some Canstar members went out for a hike or walk with their families and fur-babies in full support of the Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 3, 2020, and together, we raised/donated over $800.00.

A huge thank you to Crossroads Hospice Society for all the amazing work they do to provide compassionate care and support to people with life-limited illness and to their families.

Conquer COVID19 PPE Event

On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Canstar Restorations opened our Surrey branch to host a PPE drive in support of Conquer COVID19; an organization spearheaded by Hayley Wickenheiser and Ryan Reynolds.

A huge thank you to every donor who rolled through. Because of you, we were able to collect 2,500 N95 masks as well as pallets of diapers, wipes, formula and various other products needed at women’s shelters.

What an honour and pleasure it was working alongside our friends at Platinum Pro-Claim Restoration, Barclay Restorations DKI and the City of Surrey.

There is nothing like coming together with a greater purpose in mind; helping our front-line workers get the protection they need to keep on fighting the good fight.

(📷 Credit: Barclay, Platinum Pro-Claim & City of Surrey)

14th Annual Hike for Hospice

On May 1, 2016, the Canstar Team rallied together to show our support for the 14th Annual Hike for Hospice which took place at Port Moody Civic Centre.  The 5km walk around the Shoreline Trail at Rocky Point was accompanied by perfect, sunny weather and great company.


If you would like to learn more about Crossroads Hospice Society, please visit their website:


We thank Crossroads for organizing such a wonderful event and providing us with our team photo.  We look forward to next year’s hike!


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Children’s Wish 6th Annual Exile Island

Team Dream Big, which consisted of members from Canstar Restorations, Cunningham Lindsey and CJB Restoration, participated in the 6th Annual Children’s Wish Exile Island event on November 20th.  Each team participating in the event was given a Children’s Wish child to fundraise for and help grant their wish.

Our child, Jaidyn (7), was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.  Jaidyn’s wish was to go to Disney World Land & Sea Cruise with her family.

Team Dream Big had a fun day bonding with Jaidyn and her family.  We are excited that we have accomplished our fundraising goal and will be sending Jaidyn and her family on their cruise!

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13th Annual CIP Society Golf Tournament

The seasons first industry golf tournament opened up on June 5, 2015 which was held at Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club.

It was great to see a lot of familiar and new faces. The sun was shining, the people were smiling – we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

We thank the Institute of BC for hosting and organizing such a well attended event.  We are looking forward to next years tournament.

(Photo Credits: IIBC)




BCAA Gives Back – Zajac Ranch

On May 19th, Canstar Restorations joined in BCAA’s volunteer day at Zajac Ranch.  Over 50 BCAA staff attended at the Ranch, and renewed flower beds and trails, power washed sidewalks, and built benches and tables.  The event was remarkably well organized and a wonderful lunch was catered by the Zajac Ranch kitchen.

In the closing comments, the Zajac Ranch management expressed their appreciation of BCAA’s work, and commented that the beautification of the site helps to build confidence in the facility with the parents and children who attend the ranch each summer.

Thanks to BCAA for asking us to participate, to the Zajac Ranch for their hospitality, and to the Canstar staff who made us proud with their workmanship and hard work:  Bill Savoy, Paul Kaczmarek, Greg Chiasson, Mike Alexander, Foti Ganis, Sam Hamilton and Robby Todosichuk.

More details can be found at

(Photography credits: Roger Mahler Photography)

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An Evening with the Right Honourable Joe Clark

On March 26th, Canstar hosted a table at the Twelfth Annual Bob Vickerstaff Insurance Industry Dinner.  We were pleased to enjoy the company of MLA Linda Reimer, Counsellor Craig Hodge, and our insurance industry friends Norm Hait, Darren Berg, Pauline Kemp, and Marco Castrucci.  Congratulations to the organizing committee for another outstanding event, hosted by the always entertaining Chuck Byrne, Executive Director of IBABC.  The keynote speaker was the Right Honourable Joe Clark, who delivered a captivating talk on the need for cooperation and open minds when  dealing with domestic issues such as aboriginal rights and claims.

Thanks to our friends for joining us and to the Vickerstaff Committee for continuing the tradition of bringing us all together to hear amazing speakers.

Advanced Failure Analysis

Canstar Restorations hosted a seminar on the topic of material failure analysis.  Elvis Cepuš of RJ Waldron & Company presented a collection of case studies covering a range of insurance losses:

•Water Losses

•Fire Investigations

•Construction defects


Dr. Cepuš’ scope of work includes product liability, construction defects, machine failures, appliance fires, marine incidents, bicycle failures and all manner of property loss claims investigations.

We thank Elvis and our guests for joining us on a very educative morning!


Pink Shirt Day 2015

Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 by two grade 12 teens from Nova Scotia (David Shepherd and Travis Price) who noticed a 9th grader being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on his first day of school.

David and Travis took action and bought 50 pink shirts to distribute to students to start the “Sea of Pink” campaign.

The powerful movement did not go unnoticed, and it has morphed into the phenomenon it is today.

Canstar Restorations is taking a stand and supporting David and Travis’ movement. #PinkItForward 

“If you can get more people against them… to show that we’re not going to put up with it and support each other, then they’re not as big as a group as they think are” – David Shepherd


(David Shepherd & Travis Price)

Insurance Institute of BC Seminar – Understanding Hoarders & Managing Their Claims

Canstar Restorations had the great pleasure of taking part in a very insightful and informative seminar on the topic of Hoarders.

While it is not frequently discussed in an insurance setting, hoarding is an exposure we all need to be aware of. Hoarders now number in the millions, and like other disorders such as Alzheimer’s, it affects more than just the sufferer.

The seminar provided a look into the disease from four angles; Therapist, Law, Insurance and Restoration.



Don Collett, MDiv, RCC, RMFT – Principal, Therapeutic Services of Vancouver is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Family Therapy and a Registered Clinical Counselor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselors. Don has provided help and counsel to people in all walks of life who experience hoarding as an obstacle to their individual or family functioning. He has been instrumental in collaborating with agencies, housing providers and scholars to increase public and professional awareness of hoarding as mental health challenge.  Don regularly speaks on hoarding to a variety of professionals and interested agencies.

Marie-Anne Alward, BA, CIP, N.A.I.T. – Claims Manager, Wawanesa Insurance started in the insurance industry in 1977. She has worked in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and BC as a company and independent adjuster, an examiner, and head office Claims Admin. She moved to Vancouver in 2005 and has been Claims Manager with Wawanesa since 2009.

Nigel Trevethan, BA (Hons.), LL.B. – Partner, Harper Grey LLP chairs the insurance law group at Harper Grey. His practice encompasses legal services to multinational, national and regional insurers and brokers. Nigel’s focus is on large property losses and professional errors and omissions claims.  He has set up several professional liability programs for large organizations, and is often asked to speak about risk management at conferences and meetings.

Art Johnson, CR, WLS – CEO, Johnson Training Inc.,has been in the restoration industry since 1988. He has gained experience in all aspects of restoration and his company provides training and consulting services to the restoration industry. Art now sits on the Board of Directors of RIA. He is the proud recipient of the 2011 industry-recognized, Marty King Award for outstanding service to the industry.


A huge thank you to the Insurance Institute of British Columbia for organizing this event!