THANK YOU to all who have supported our effort in the Walk the Block for Cancer event held last week in Perth. Your generosity helped us push the bar and raise close to 6K. The event raised 14K!
From the survivors' lap to the illumination ceremony, it was a wonderful day. We're very proud of our team, Evergreen.. for LIFE!
Mark your calendar to June 16 & sponsor our team, Evergreen... for Life! in the Walk the Block 2016 event to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. If you can't join us on June 16th, in Perth, please go to the event's website to pledge your support.
Join us a the Perth Farmer's Market on Saturday May 7th. Evergreen Concepts will be selling Evergreen trees hand made wooden toys and hand crafted ceramic flowers, all proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. What a perfect Mother's Day Gift! You can help in the fight against Cancer at the same time!
Say hello to Tess, our new "office manager's assistant", the official greeter to our office. Tess was adopted from LAWS, Lanark Animal Rescue Society (our local no kill shelter) in 2008 and is proud to call Evergreen Concepts "home".
To all those who organized, attended,
donated.. a HUGE thank you!
The event was great and $4,400.00 was raised for the
Canadian Cancer Society.
Join us on August 22nd, 8 pm, for a
concert/fundraiser held to commemorate the passing
of Pat’s sister, Aline who lost her battle to cancer
20 years ago. Pat’s amazingly talented nieces and
nephews are organizing & hosting the concert,
everybody is welcome to attend. This event will be
held at Fatboy’s Southern Smokehouse (34 Murray St,
Ottawa) and is fully endorsed by the Canadian Cancer
Society. Check out their
Facebook page for more
information or to donate to the cause. Hope to see
Cats love Evergreen Concepts!
Great news for a stray we’ve been monitoring and
feeding for a while now... in the hope we could
catch her and get her spayed. She found a way into
our office garage & gave birth to 6 lovely kittens.
They have now been surrendered to LAWS where she
will care for them. These 6 kitties will be ready
for adoption late July to early August. So will the
lovely mommy (we call her Honeydew). If you want to
give a forever home to a cat or a dog, contact LAWS
lanarkanimals.ca (Lanark Animal Welfare
Society), our local NO KILL shelter.
We love animals so next time you plan on visiting
us, bring them along, we have acres of manicured
lawns & would love to meet your fur baby!
REVOLUTION... A Movie you cannot miss! Directed,
written and produced by fellow Canadian Rob Stewart.
Winner of many awards, including the Toronto
International Film Festival 2012: People's Choice
Revolution is a film about changing the world.
The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this
follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER documentary
continues his remarkable journey; one that will take
him through 15 countries over four years, and where
he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in
grave danger – it's humanity itself.
Revolution is Rob Stewart's eagerly anticipated
second documentary film about the exploration of the
dangers threatening our planet and the revolution
required to save it. Stewart journeys through 15
different countries to explore these dangers,
exposing more than just the
of sharks but also the climate, our ecosystem and
ultimately, humanity as a whole.
In an effort to uncover the secrets to saving the
ecosystems we depend on for our survival, Stewart
discovers a revolution is required to save life on
earth. This starling, beautiful and provocative film
is a call to action to revolutionize not just the
planet, but also ourselves.
This movie was released on Friday April 12... It
is absolutely awesome, moving and.. disturbing. See
trailer on the right and go see this movie, it’s a
real eye opener.
We recently found
out that it's not only humans who like our homes!
This week (Oct. 16) these 3 little tykes
were discovered in one of our Evergreen Custom Homes
presently being finished on Bob's Lake.
mother was never seen, only these 3 little fur
balls. They didn't look too wild, though a little
Pat and I went on a "rescue mission"
this morning and had a wonderful time "catching"
these guys (the tuna can really helped).
we would have loved to adopt them, we have 2 furry
kids of our own so the best decision was to
surrender them to LAWS (Lanark Animal Welfare
Society, located on Glenview Road, off Highway 43
near Port Elmsley, about 2Km west of Smiths Falls
tel: 613 283-9308).
The shelter was very
busy, as usual, and it broke my heart to have to add
3 little ones to their already high cat population.
These guys are so cute, 2 pure "tabbies" and
a perfectly grey one with a white tipped tail. This
one reminds us of our previous cat, Mica.. we used
to call this white tip his "nav. light".
3 rescue kittens need a home. They've had a rough
start but look in perfect health. They responded
well to human contact so they are definitely not
Anyone out there wanting to give a
second chance to these guys or any one of the
wonderful cats or dogs residing at LAWS, please
check out their website at
Today... for Tomorrow
“Leave what you don’t need and
you may be amazed at how far your budget will
take you…your life will also be positively
changed forever.” These are words that Celine &
Pat Shank, owners of Evergreen Concepts Inc,
live by, ever since they returned, some 20 years
ago, from a sailing sabbatical to the Bahamas
aboard their sailboat. This trip dramatically
changed their outlook on life. After working in
construction for years, Pat says the trip made
him realize he wanted to work in an environment
that promotes and supports cost efficient,
healthier and environmentally responsible homes.
years ago, Pat & Celine decided to relocate
their business to the Perth area in order to be
able to work within a community that has always
been, in their opinion, passionate about
protecting the environment.
Located east of Perth on Hwy.
7 off Leach’s Road, Evergreen Concepts is a
country home building consulting and design
company geared towards environmental
stewardship. With over 20 years experience
behind them, they offer complete home and
cottage building package systems, as well as
provide expert design consultation, project
management and various specialized products also
geared towards environmental responsibility and
Although the main thrust of
their business has always been centered around
designing and building quality and energy
efficient country homes and cottages, Evergreen
Concepts follows a simple, yet definitive,
principle...”to show people what they can easily
and economically do without sacrificing their
lifestyles”, says Pat.
latest effort, the Country Cabin concept, is
based on cost effective designs, allowing many
more property owners in the moderate to lower
budget range, to truly appreciate their natural
surroundings, as Pat and Celine experienced on
their sailing adventure all those years ago. A
second model, a small cabin, is presently being
built only meters from Hwy 7. This will clearly
show how efficient small can actually be.
“Our main goal is to
demonstrate how simple it can be for most people
to build ‘light to medium green’ while making
their environmental foot print much smaller,”
says Céline. “Lifestyles and budget concerns are
always taken into account, right from the
start”, adds Pat. The cabin kit sizes range from
800 to 1,200 sq. feet, geared to younger
families and generally anyone whose budget falls
below the $200,000 mark. “Country Cabin Getaways
was created to reach out to individuals who face
a limited budget, wanting only to connect with
nature through cabin ownership,” says Céline.
“Many options exist in order to keep cabin
budgets reasonable even with an environmentally
friendly approach,” says Pat. When each project
wraps up, the Shanks say they want to walk away
with a sense of satisfaction...“We want the
clients to say they feel good about their new
home or cottage,” Celine says. “If they feel
good about it, then so do we.”
Evergreen Concepts, the step by step approach
adapts to the clients’ needs, anywhere from
assisting the do-it-yourselfer to full turnkey
clients, through design and consulting
expertise. The couple also works to ensure a
better understanding of the green living
lifestyle. “Building Green is not a fad... it
will not go away”, says Pat. In fact, as the
couple has witnessed over the past few years,
the movement to build “greener” & healthier
homes is finally catching on. “Controlling
design, reducing waste, embracing new and more
efficient technologies to build is where this is
all going”, says Pat. The fact that the revised
2012 Ontario Building Code will encompass many
concepts that have been important to Pat &
Celine is proof that the whole industry also
sees a need for it.
With the present economic and
climactic pressures affecting our planet, their
slogan, “Building Today... for Tomorrow” has
never been more appropriate.
Celine & Pat welcome visitors
to their office & models or to their websites at
You can also reach them by
calling 613 267-6721 or toll free 1 877-267-6721
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and
operate solar-powered houses that are
cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.
The winner of the competition is the team that best
blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design
excellence with optimal energy production and
those who had visited this page before, another
Solar Decathlon took place in Washington from
September 23 & October 2nd. . The timing was not
quite right for us to attend but we have been
following all the teams’ progress online.
was, once again, represented by Team Canada:
University of Calgary. They placed 10th out of 19
teams. This year, “Team Canada has partnered with
the Native Communities of Treaty 7 to design a home
that meets their needs and interests, integrating
technology and tradition. TRTL is a unique
celebration of innovation and cultural diversity.”
find out more about TRTL and Team Canada, visit
their website at
For more information, to find out Who Won and to
see “virtual tours” of every solar house, please
check out the official Solar Decathlon website at: