It’s likely that women you know are affected by violence – the good news is you can help

For most of us, home is our safe place. It’s a place we can go to escape the pressures of life and shelter ourselves from danger. Unfortunately, home is not a safe place for everyone. Each year, hundreds of Saskatoon women and children fall victim to domestic violence. Make no mistake, these are women that you know, because violence against women has no socioeconomic barriers. It can happen to anyone. It does happen to far too many.

There are many issues that we need to address to break this awful cycle but the first priority is to provide these women and kids with somewhere to turn. They need a safe place to stay while they rebuild their lives. They need people who understand the challenges they face. People who can help them start again and build a future that’s free of violence.

You can help them find that. You can make an immediate and profound difference in the lives of people who are suffering right now. The question is, will you?

Saskatoon’s YWCA Saskatoon Crisis Shelter and Saskatoon Interval House provide these services. Over the years, thousands of women and children have found refuge in one of these shelters.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, my wife Becky and I head for Iceland to participate in a 100 KM trek to raise funds for this great cause. 85% of the funds we raise will go to the two shelters noted above. The 15% balance will be directed towards violence prevention programs to teach young people how to deal with life’s challenges without resorting to violence.

If you’d like to support us and these great shelters, you can do so by clicking the “Make a Donation” button at Many thanks to all who have contributed.

We will be without internet access while we trek next week but look forward to updating you when we return.

Norm Fisher

P.S. The photo above was taken in 2015, on a similar trek that took us through the Peruvian Andes on a walk to Machu Picchu. This is our crew celebrating reaching our highest peak in a fundraiser that raised over half a million dollars for Canadian women’s shelters.

Royal LePage's 11th Annual Fun Spiel for Interval House – November 18

On Sunday, November 18, 2012, Royal LePage will hold its 11th annual curling Fun Spiel. Proceeds from the spiel will go to support Interval House violence intervention programs in Saskatoon, designed to end the cycle of violence.

Saskatoon Interval House is an emergency, temporary shelter for women and their children who require safe accommodation. Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate and Royal LePage Shelter Foundation support Saskatoon Interval House and its important work in our community.

We are grateful for your past support and hope you will help us again this year by making a donation of a prize or prizes to be given away at the Fun Spiel. Your donation of prizes will help both our community and your business. All proceeds from the Fun Spiel go to Saskatoon Interval House and your business will be acknowledged both at the event and in the Star Phoenix REALTOR® Showcase.

You may also choose to enter a team to participate in this fun event or members of your organization may enter as individuals and will be put on a team. There is no charge to register. Curlers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 per person or $400 per team. We are looking for a wide range of curlers and non-curlers who just want to join us for an afternoon of fun on ice, playing 3 games of 4 ends each. We expect to have fun, as the name suggests, as well as raise a substantial sum of money for Saskatoon Interval House programs. This day of fun has consistently topped the $10,000 mark for funds raised. We’d love to crack $15K this year.

If you’d like to enter a team, be added to an existing team or make a donation of either cash or prizes please connect with me. All of my contact information is here.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Grouse Grind raises over $25,000 for women's shelters

I wrote you last week about a special fundraiser that I was scheduled to participate in on Wednesday, September 19 and I wanted to let you know of the results.

A group of sixty agents, assembled in Vancouver for our company’s national sales conference joined forces to raise funds for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation by hiking the Grouse Grind. The event was organized by my colleague Sebastian Albrecht and his wife Bess. Sebastian happens to hold the world record for the most ascents of the mountain in a single day. He climbed Grouse Grind fourteen times over sixteen hours back in 2010.

Having now climbed it just once, I have some appreciation for the magnitude of Sebastian’s accomplishment. I found a single climb to be a huge challenge, one which I will never forget and one which I hope to experience again.

My thanks to Sebastian and Bess for organizing the grind and for bringing this wonderful experience to my life.

I had hoped to chronicle my climb in video snips. I didn’t get too far in before I realized I just couldn’t do that without dramatically affecting my climb time. It very quickly became difficult to operate the camera without stopping for a rest, something I really didn’t want to do. I came to give the grind my best effort. Here are the before and afters in a brief video.

My time was 1:01:13.

Speaking of time, it’s not too late to donate to this great cause. You can do that here if you’d like to.

My friends stepped up and contributed $2,400 to the event. Collectively, our group raised over $25,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Thanks to all who contributed. While I am appreciative of every bit of support, financial and otherwise, I am especially touched by the generosity of those in the Saskatoon real estate community (my competitors, essentially) who helped with the cause. Thank you all.

Pauline Perpick
Pat Tymchatyn
Patti Haubrich
Daryl Miller
Brenda and Calvin Taylor
Ed Wojcichowsky
Riel Syrenne
Lana Stark
Becky Laliberté
Regan MacNamee
Kim Newransky
Kevin Goyer
Chris Dagenais
Lyndon Neher
Kelly Kowalchuk
Lionel Betker
Maria Trakadas
Jacqueline Dolynny
Jerry Andreas
Grace Tuck
David and Julie Cortens
Heather Daverne and Dave Scharf
Brian J Taylor
Kevin Cross
Caroline Bickle
Darwin Dolgopol
Don McIvor
Barry Willick
Dean Hartley
Ron Thompson
Leo Morrison
Diane Crawford
Kerry Clarke
Joseph and Charmaine Taylor
John and Norene Penner
Sharon Cybulski
Derek Watson
Cec and Richard Willick
Don Garvie
John Stickel

Thanks again to all of you. I appreciate it so much and I promise that your contributions will be put to good use.

Norm Fisher

I'm climbing a mountain today! What are you up to?

Good morning!

I’m doing something later today that has me kind of excited and I’m hoping that it may be of interest to you. If it is, great!. If not, no worries.

Later this afternoon I, with a group of friends, will take the grueling three kilometre trek up Grouse Mountain in beautiful Vancouver, BC to raise money for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, the largest charity of its kind, dedicated to supporting shelters for women who are suffering abuse, and violence prevention programs. They call this trail “the Grind” as it’s well known for tearing legs apart. It should be fun! I feel prepared physically.

Did you know that violence against women is still a major problem, even in Canada? Every year, hundreds of women are victims of domestic violence. Some of them stay in that messy and very dangerous situation because they simply don’t feel that they have a safe place to go to get away from it. Should you choose to support my effort today, every nickel of your donation will end up at a shelter that provides safe haven to women facing these challenges.

So whadya say? If you have anything left in this year’s charity budget I’d sure appreciate the consideration. If you want to give big, do it! If you want to throw ten bucks our way we’ll be super proud to carry it to the top of Grouse Mountain on your behalf and put it to work changing lives.

Here’s what I need you to do.

Click this link
Click the “make a donation” link on the left side of the page
Fill out the form and click the “next” button at the bottom of the page
Confirm how you’d like your name to appear and write a really encouraging note to help me up the mountain, then click next.
Review the details of your donation and comfirm the transaction.

I promise, it doesn’t take nearly as long as it might seem.

If you’ve already donated to my campaign, thank you so much for the support.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


Royal LePage’s ‘Garage Sale for Shelter’ a pleasing success

Last week, I asked you for a product donation to Royal LePage’s National Garage Sale for Shelter. Many of you came through and we ended up with piles of great stuff to resell on Saturday at the local Royal LePage office . Thank you!

The wind presented the odd challenge, and the odd bit of breakage, but the sun shone and people arrived to buy. Thanks to those who participated in that way as well.

Those of us who were working the sale had a great time meeting people who generously paid for the few items they wanted to take home. By the end of the five-hour event, we were about $3,700 in the black, not a bad haul when you’re dealing with revenue that comes in as quarters, loonies and toonies. That money will be donated to the YWCA Crisis Shelter and Interval House where it will go to work helping woman and kids who have experienced abuse at home make a fresh start in a safe place. Again, thank you so much.

Similar efforts were conducted at Royal LePage offices across the country. When we have a total tally of proceeds raised, we’ll let you know.

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention and education programs. Administrative costs of operation are underwritten by Royal LePage so 100% of proceeds raised through commission based donations from agents, and community events like our garage sale and our funspiel go directly to the shelters we support. Since its inception, Royal LePage agents and brokers have contributed or raised over $14 million to help end family violence for more than 30,000 women and children who take refuge in a shelter each year.

If you missed out on the sale and would like to make a financial contribution, however large or small, you can do so at the Shelter Foundation website.

Thanks again,

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra