Today we had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Wilson who is the Executive Director at Life Recovery. This is an amazing home that currently houses 13 women struggling to set themselves free of drug addiction and substance abuse. 


The friendly counsellors at LIFE Recovery Home truly understand the difficult choices and issues faced by woman bound by substance additions. Confidential consultation is available to these individuals every weekday during regular working hours. Many draw from their own addiction and recovery experiences.


From the moment you step foot on the property you feel a sense of warmth. The staff greeted us with kind smiles, and the women there were equally as inviting. The space is updated and warm; the open meeting area surrounds the fireplace and combines large, comfortable furniture and lots of natural light. It truly does feel like a home.


I was amazed at what they are able to with this home! They truly have utilized every inch. Upstairs houses private rooms for it's residents, a full modern bathroom and staff and counselling offices. Downstairs the rooms are complete with their own ensuites; there is even a private space set up for children to come and visit and play with their moms. Having four daughters myself, I was really taken aback by the compassion that Life Recovery has for those struggling to balance sobriety and motherhood. The sprawling backyard is complete with a playground for kids to roam and play. 

As Patricia explained, those at the house are encouraged to maintain routine and work on life skills, at all levels. As a means of supporting the house and it's costs to maintain and keep going, they opened a Thrift Store in the Clearbrook Industrial Park on South Fraser Way. Everyone has the task of working there one day per week which allows them to gain much needed employment and customer service skills. 

Each lady gets to cook dinner once a week, and cooking for that many people is a large task but also helps encourage skills like organization and preparation. 


Forget that this is the season to give - we really should focus on giving all the time. We are blessed; we have more than we need, and it's our duty to humanity to share. This house runs completely on donations and without our support these women wouldn't have a place to turn. There's nothing else like it in our city, so please, next time you open your closets, open your heart and think of Life Recovery House.


** Linens like sheets, blankets and towels are always needed for the house but the Thrift Store will take all of your donations and even PICK THEM UP! 



We have recently moved to  larger premises in the same mall.  Our thanks to all who made this possible and we are pleased to have more room to display our goods.

The LIFE Second Chance Store, provides a valuable avenue of funding for the operations at LIFE Recovery House. Currently, the thrift store is seeking part-time volunteers for 4 to 5 hour shifts (especially on Saturdays) as well as the following items:

  • Shelving
  • Furniture/Appliances: Very Good Condition for Re-sale
  • Articles in Very Good Condition for Re-sale ie. Clothing, Shoes, Toys, Books, Misc. items

Check out LIFE Second Chance Thrift Store on

7 - 31550  South Fraser Way
Clearbrook Industrial Park
Abbotsford, BC  V2T 4C6

For more information on volunteering or for donations, please call 604-854-5928

We have a truck and are able to pick-up and deliver larger items for you.

is #7 – 31550 S. Fraserway


This is it! This is where I want to live. I'm home suite home. Why? Because this master suite is perfect. It's sweeter than all the other suites.

Just look at the cove ceilings, the quarter sawn oak floors, the fabulous panelled and architecturally detailed wall treatments. It is gorgeous, clean, organized, but warm and inviting. The antique glass doors are sensational. There are curved walls and niches designed for display.

And in the bathroom are sleek and sophisticated tiles and sconces. The floors are heated so that I can step out of a piping hot shower and still be oblivious to -15C weather outside. Not to mention, it looks like hardwood but is actually grey textured porcelain. But back to that shower; it looks divine - a glass steam shower with everything from a rain shower head to 12 jets.

Look up: 13-foot ceilings!

What's that? Oh, the ceilings are only that high because it's the developer's model. There will be other differences, too.

Be wary, condo buyer: One thing developers never skimp on is the model suite. They hire top designers to put together eye-catching mega-suites to wow any buyer.

The idea is to make the prospective owner so excited about each feature - and this new lifestyle - that he or she will sign on the dotted line.

People judge books by their covers, so why not condos by their models? Developers are very competitive about how they present the condo to the condo shopper.

When looking for a condo, make sure you are able to differentiate between the model suite and what your condo will actually look like.

Sometimes the model has 10-foot or higher ceilings, but the condo may in reality have 8.5-or 9-foot ceilings. Be careful not to feel a false sense of height and openness caused by this change in scale. So ask: Are the ceilings shown in the model suite the same height of what I will be getting in my condo?

Developers have no intention of tricking you in any way, it's just that the showroom may be a makeshift loft, trailer or commercial space. The concept is to give you an idea of what you are buying, though your unit may not be exactly what you see here. This is very important for pre-sale condo buyers, especially those who intend to reside in the building, rather than those who are investors.

Another way you may get a false sense of openness is by viewing a model that has no doors between the rooms. While this may seem obvious, you may not notice this missing feature as you are simply passing through. An absence of dividers keeps the space open, making it appear much better and even more spacious. And which way will that door open when installed?

You may also find the model space feels larger because it's de-cluttered. Remember that this is an uninhabited space so there is no teenager with clothes, dog with toys, spouse with books or gadgets. So stop, look beneath the highly organized space and think about this: Where will your clutter go? And along with that, where is your storage space?

As far as price, remember that the model does not necessarily show the base costs; it may include upgrades. For instance, if you see crown mouldings and a beautiful panelled dining room (and you love both these features), do not choose the condo based on these things unless you know that they are not upgrades or, if they are, that you are willing to pay more for them.

Another part of knowing what you are paying for is knowing the square footage and how it is measured. Many condo developers will not write the exact square footage into the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. This is because, for pre-sale condos, they will plan and then maybe re-plan how much space is needed for the elevators and emergency staircases. Then they will plan and possibly re-plan the space for the common elements. The square footage may change depending on these plans.

Remember, this measurement most always includes any balcony or balconies. The reason the square footage may be left off your contract is that, if an adjustment is made during building, you may end up with a foot or two less. The contract speaks to the idea of approximation and developers try their best to accommodate the square footage you have paid for.

Regardless of this number, get to know the space you are about to purchase. Will it work with your queen-or king-sized bed? Check out the size in the model. Make sure you are familiar enough with the space to organize a floor plan that will work for you and your family's needs.

To do this, study the space without a designer's furniture placement. The furniture placement in these diagrams are sometimes helpful but can also get in the way of creativity. You may also get caught up in how you think the space should look, forgetting convenience in day-today life. Think through how you live and try to imagine how this space will work for your lifestyle.

Finally, ensure that you get everything you want in writing. Do not assume that certain upgrades are included just because you have seen them in the model suite and the brochures.




Nothing like sitting in a class room amongst the children! This was an awesome day spent at my daughter's kindergarten class, convorting with the 5 year olds about the current market factors that have increased our monthly sales by 17% since last month.





I was lucky enough to be able to read them all a story, and thankfully the teacher wasn't within ear shot to hear me alter the plot and change the words around.

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