The Blog at Effort Trust

Jun 14 2017
The BIG BIKE

The BIG BIKE

Heart & Stroke BIG BIKE On Friday June 9, 2017, Effort Trust employees and associates within all the departments joined together to raise money and awareness for the Heart & Stroke Foundation by riding the "BIG BIKE". "The Heart & Stroke Big Bike is a team event geared towards...
May 19 2017
Denim Day!

Denim Day!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL DENIM DAY THIS WEEK!  "In May 1997, the CURE Foundation inaugurated NATIONAL DENIM DAY, its main fundraiser. This event is held annually on the Tuesday following Mother's Day. Businesses, organizations and institutions...
May 9 2017
Fundraising Concert = Success

Fundraising Concert = Success

Pride rings out once again within the Effort Trust family! This time in the form of a song. After a successful trip to Sicily, Italy last year, the talented daughter of one of the Effort Trust Superintendent couples has become a world caliber performer. Effort Trust has been proudly supporting this...
Apr 28 2017
Day of Mourning - April 28

Day of Mourning - April 28

Today we remember all those who lost their lives or have been injured in the workplace and strive to make things safer for everyone! 
Mar 31 2017
Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

Spring Is Here! Have you tested your in-suite smoke detector yet? Please report any deficiencies promptly to your Superintendent. Did you know; Smoke Alarms Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half. More than 90% of residential fires in Ontario are considered to...
Feb 28 2017
Apartment Hunting

Apartment Hunting

Looking for an apartment? Don't know where to start? Here are some tips to get you into the unit of your choice…..an Effort Trust unit that is.  1. Make contact: come to Head Office and pick up a list of vacancies (newly printed every Tuesday) or email rentals@efforttrust.ca and...
Dec 22 2016
Leaving Is Never Easy!

Leaving Is Never Easy!

Mama bear has left the cave and her cubs are a little sadder today! It seems we are bidding farewell to some very dedicated employees this year. With thirty-four years as the 'face' of Effort Trust, it is time for us to send Christine on her way. As a dedicated worker for all those years...
Dec 9 2016
Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Apartment Building Safety Tips   Every fire is dangerous. But you can survive if you know what to do. Ask yourself;   ◾Do you have working smoke alarms in your apartment? Your first line of defense in surviving a fire is a working smoke alarm. Your apartment should have a...
Nov 25 2016
Citykidz

Citykidz

Once again The Effort Trust Company along with the Law Office of Weisz, Rocchi and Scholes have chosen to support the organization CityKidz to help those less fortunate this Holiday Season.    "GIFT OF CHRISTMAS ROUTE SPONSORSHIP":   "The Gift of...
Nov 18 2016
Retirement

Retirement

We said "see you later" to a friend today. Gone from Effort Trust but never to be forgotten. It was her time to take care of things at home. Time for her to devote all of her energy to someone else who needed her more. Was she ready to retire……maybe. Was she ready to stay...
Nov 4 2016
Movember

Movember

Look out ladies and gents; it's officially Movember……. Whether you are a sports fan that believes in the luck of the "stache" or a man that thinks it makes you look appealing to your potential partner, November might be the only month in the year where it is...
Oct 31 2016
Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Wanted to share this year once again; "With Halloween upon us, please keep in mind, a lot of people will be visiting your home and neighbourhood. Be accepting. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one...
Oct 1 2016
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"[The] Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is a leading community–driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. [Their] investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and...
Sep 16 2016
Decorating Apartment Units

Decorating Apartment Units

  With September here, it's back to school for many of the tenants within The Effort Trust Community. When moving into your apartment, it can be tricky to make that space feel like your own, whether it is for your first year or an entire degree, here are some decorating tips that will...
Aug 12 2016
Left Handers' Day

Left Handers' Day

International Left Hander's Day was first celebrated on August 13, 1976.   Wishing all the lefties out there a Happy Day tomorrow!  
Jul 22 2016
Questions Frequently Asked

Questions Frequently Asked

Answers to Common Questions Asked by Potential Renters of Effort Trust;   Q. How do I find somewhere to live? A. For all of the most up-to-date vacancies please visit the Effort Trust residential rental website; effortrentals.com. This site is updated every Monday and as often as...
Jul 8 2016
Vacation VS Stay-cation

Vacation VS Stay-cation

Would you like to be on a lounger with your feet in the sand, in front of an ocean, sipping something cool and refreshing by day and touring a City for its well-known wines, art and food cultures?   Here are some top vacation spots (according to the internet); 1. Bocas del Toro,...
Jul 1 2016
BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT

Beat the Heat this Summer Without A/C Tap Into Water's Refreshing Effects Water will cool you off even faster than air. Direct contact with cold water not only provides instant relief through evaporative cooling, but also has lingering effects that can help you get through the day; 1....
Jun 24 2016
Heart & Stroke

Heart & Stroke

CONGRATULATIONS EFFORT TRUST CHAMPIONS! A note from the Heart and Stroke Foundation; "Thank you so much for participating in the 2016 Heart & Stroke Big Bike. We appreciate your hard work and efforts in raising funds for vital heart and stroke research here in Hamilton. ET...
Jun 17 2016
Father's Day

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. Whether you were blessed biologically or otherwise, you are celebrated particularly this upcoming weekend. So what are your plans? Do you have little ones that will bring you burnt toast and orange juice in bed with a macaroni tie that you will wear all...
May 11 2016
#GETLOUD

#GETLOUD

#GETLOUD Mental health, now that's a loaded topic. I have varying degrees of experience with this subject personally and professionally. With anxiety and depression to name a few in my immediate family and after many years of taking psychology and sociology courses I have come to realize one...
May 6 2016
Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Mother's Day This means so many things to so many people. Some celebrate by letting mom relax and do nothing while others take mom out on an adventure to spend quality time together. Mother's Day has certainly changed for me over the years as I am sure it has for everyone, growing from a baby...
May 2 2016
Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week

Effort Trust Proudly Supports Mental Health Week May 2-8, 2016 "CMHA's Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health...
Apr 15 2016
Apartment Spring Cleaning

Apartment Spring Cleaning

Apartment Spring Cleaning! Ok so the weather hasn't completely changed over for the good yet and Mother Nature is still getting lost at the "no more snow" fork in the road, but at least we have some sunshine! And we have started to get those April showers to bring us our beautiful May flowers...
Apr 8 2016
Spring!

Spring!

12 SIGNS SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER……… 12. Flowers start to bloom…..and how sweet the smell and beauty! 11. Robin eggs start to make an appearance…..and so do pigeon eggs so keep an eye on your balcony! 10. Babies everywhere! ….. that is,...
Apr 1 2016
Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Every year I ponder over my blog for this specific topic as it is so near and dear to my heart. Tomorrow, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. As the mother of two Autistic daughters, one who is now technically an adult, I actually find myself at a loss for words with this topic. So I might as...
Mar 25 2016
Hoppy Easter!

Hoppy Easter!

A tisket, a tasket, a pink and yellow basket - To all of you that celebrate, have a very Hoppy Easter!
Mar 11 2016
March Break

March Break

Who knew there was so much to do in and around Hamilton, Ontario for the March Break! Do you have the week off with the kiddos or are you hard at work and sending them on their own adventures this week? Either way, anything is better than letting them sit in front of the all-mighty electronic...
Mar 4 2016
Reptile Rendezvous at the RBG

Reptile Rendezvous at the RBG

Looking for something for the whole family to do in and around Hamilton this weekend? Look no further; that is if you like reptiles!   Reptile Rendezvous at the RBG DATE & TIME Start Date: Saturday, 05 March 2016 End Date: Saturday, 05 March 2016 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00...
Feb 15 2016
Family Love Day!

Family Love Day!

What a success! On Valentine's Day this year my family and I were in a charity bowling event to support the Canadian Counsel of the Blind, Junior Association. Sherwood Lanes in Hamilton hosted the event and it was a great success. The Association rose over $7,000.00 for their worthy cause and my...
Feb 5 2016
Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50

SUPERBOWL 50 – WHAT SIDE ARE YOU ON? To those of you that watch football, or just love get-togethers with great snacks, this is an exciting weekend for you. So what side are you on? Are you team-Payton or team-Cam? I can't decide really. I like both teams and they both certainly deserve to...
Jan 29 2016
Bowling for the Blind

Bowling for the Blind

When I was approached to go bowling on Valentine's Day I was a little apprehensive about saying yes. I got a text a few weeks ago that said "can you and 3 other people [my fiancé, my oldest daughter and his daughter] join me for bowling on February 14 to raise money for the...
Jan 22 2016
Happy and Healthy

Happy and Healthy

Happy and Healthy Apartment Living in the Winter Months Do you live in an apartment, a condo, or another form of housing where your neighbours are a mere sneeze away? Do you find it hard to keep busy in the winter months, with or without the kids at home? We all need to stay active, enough so to...
Jan 15 2016
Winter Fun!

Winter Fun!

Looking for something in Hamilton to do with the family this weekend…or everyday in the winter for that matter, why not take them over to "The Waterfront Outdoor Rink"? I personally have been many times and enjoyed it every time! Not into skating? That's ok to; you can sit...
Dec 30 2015
City Kidz

City Kidz

What an exciting time of year and thanks to the combined 'Efforts' of Weisz, Rocchi & Scholes and The Effort Trust Company, once again it was a special time of year for some very deserving people, young and old. This year our team of Elves (Barbara Shea, Lynne Anderson, Josie...
Dec 25 2015
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Today is a day that many of us come together and celebrate what is called Christmas. Canada, having such a variety of people, also has such a vast population of those who do and do not celebrate this tradition. I personally celebrate Christmas. I was brought up doing so and it means a lot for me to...
Dec 18 2015
Taking Time To Donate!

Taking Time To Donate!

"This is Landon, he is an amazing kid who loves trucks and cars and playing with his many cousins. He absolutely loves his big brother and he adores his baby sister. His mummy and daddy mean the world to him. On August 27th, a month before his 4th birthday Landon's eye had moved to the...
Dec 11 2015
It's a Wonderful Life! - The Musical

It's a Wonderful Life! - The Musical

It's a Wonderful Life! – The Musical "December 02, 2015 to December 27, 2015 Presented By » Theatre Aquarius, Dofasco Centre for the Arts   The world's most beloved holiday story shines in this all-new stage adaptation, which seamlessly blends the timeless...
Dec 4 2015
Hanukkah

Hanukkah

Hanukkah, did you know……. "Many people define major Jewish holidays as those that feature traditional holiday meals, kiddush, holiday candle-lighting, etc., and when all forms of work are forbidden. Only biblical holidays fit these criteria, and Chanukah was instituted some...
Nov 27 2015
Looking For An Apartment?

Looking For An Apartment?

Looking for an apartment? Don't know where to start? Here are some steps to get you into the unit of your choice…..an Effort Trust unit that is.  1. Make contact: come to Head Office and pick up a list of vacancies (newly printed every Tuesday) or email rentals@efforttrust.ca and...
Nov 20 2015
Holiday Giving!

Holiday Giving!

This year The Effort Trust Company along with the Law Office of Weisz, Rocchi and Scholes have chosen the organization CityKidz as a new endeavor to help those less fortunate this Holiday Season.    "GIFT OF CHRISTMAS ROUTE SPONSORSHIP":   "The Gift of...
Nov 13 2015
An Event For The Kids

An Event For The Kids

An Effort Trust staff member was speaking with one of the local Ministers for the MacNab Presbyterian Church, who was telling her that quite a few of his congregation, live in Effort Trust buildings. He is running a Christmas program for the children in the area. He gave her flyers to put up in...
Nov 6 2015
In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

On Remembrance Day members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) are commemorated. The other common name for this day is Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I. on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the...
Oct 30 2015
Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Here are some useful tips from the Police; Pumpkin Carving: -Do not let small children carve pumpkins.  Sharp knives and little hands are a bad combination.  Allow the children to dig out the gooey insides and then draw a face on the pumpkin with markers.  Have a parent carve...
Oct 23 2015
Halloween

Halloween

I read this somewhere and wanted to share. Not my words but I can definitely sympathize; "With Halloween upon us, please keep in mind, a lot of people will be visiting your home and neighbourhood. Be accepting. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor...
Oct 16 2015
Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Short and sweet for this week's blog..... As most of you know I am the mother of two Autistic teenage girls. Please join me in celebrating Autism Awareness in the month of October. I can tell you stories and tell you how hard it is to be an Autism mom. I can tell you stories and tell you...
Oct 9 2015
Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

To all those who celebrate this weekend we wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day! With the start of the Fall, the one thing that I am sure of is that no matter what your beliefs and celebrations entail this weekend or any other, no one who likes turkey can pass up a reason...
Oct 1 2015
Cancer Awareness

Cancer Awareness

As I sit at my desk and reflect on the week passed I feel somewhat numb. This week I was all set to write about what October is all about for so many….Breast Cancer Awareness….and while I do want to focus on Breast Cancer awareness, I also need to make you aware of so much more...
Sep 25 2015
ET Walkers

ET Walkers

Note from a Co-worker; "Once again a special THANK YOU goes out to our 'ET Walkers' - Alexandra & Ariana Kelly, Hardip Kaur, Lucy Campovari, Susan Crowley, Brittany Gingrich and our team leader Jennifer Mousseau for taking the time out to participate in the walk [last] weekend....
Sep 17 2015
Time for the Strides

Time for the Strides

On Saturday, September 19, the Hamilton General Hospital Foundation will host the fifth annual Strides for The General fundraising walk/run. This event take place at Hamilton's Bayfront Park and will feature a 5K walk as well as timed 5K and 10K runs, along with a complimentary lunch and live...
Sep 11 2015
Great Job!

Great Job!

WE ARE FAMILY! We might not ALL be blood related here at Effort Trust, but we do come together like a family when there is a worthy cause. Today I congratulate my fellow workers and second family in a job well done!   Effort Trust has registered a team to participate in the "2015...
Sep 4 2015
Ribfest Burlington

Ribfest Burlington

Head on down to Spencer Smith Park in Burlington this weekend for Canada's largest Rib Fest. There is surely something for everyone with vendors, music and plenty of fall off the bone ribs...... ......mouth watering yet? Then what are you waiting for? Enjoy! For more information please...
Aug 28 2015
The Winona Peach Festival

The Winona Peach Festival

Yes it's that time of year, Fall is almost here and the start of the Fall Fairs begins. Last weekend in August and almost time to send the kids back to school! The peaches have been harvested and I've heard, the juiciest of them all live in the local town of Winona. This festival is run by...
Aug 21 2015
TEN STEPS TO CREATING A KID-FRIENDLY HOME

TEN STEPS TO CREATING A KID-FRIENDLY HOME

TEN STEPS TO CREATING A KID-FRIENDLY HOME – IN YOUR APARTMENT   1. Cut the clutter. Families should try to set aside time to clean out the apartment before each new season.   2. More specifically, toss excessive toys. Whittling down the collection can be difficult but oh...
Aug 13 2015
Summer Sundays

Summer Sundays

Looking for something to do near Hamilton on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Summer…… "Relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Village in summertime. Why not bring a picnic and find a shady spot under a sprawling maple? Tour the historic buildings, meet costumed interpreters and...
Aug 7 2015
Lefties This Way!

Lefties This Way!

I was approached by a co-worker at Effort Trust today (who will remain anonymous) about a very special day coming up next week and was given some fun facts that I would love to share. Not a 'lefty' myself I only hope that I can relay her message to you the way she would want! Did You...
Jul 31 2015
Hamilton in August

Hamilton in August

HamJam-Jul 31 - 6:00 PM McMaster Innovation Park Grease Sing-Along-Aug 1 - 8:00 PM The Zoetic WALLY LONDON'S ACOUSTIC PATIO JAM-Aug 2 - 4:00 PM This Ain't Hollywood Jake the Snake Roberts-Aug 2 - 8:00 PM Club Absinthe Krysta Lee-Aug 3 - 7:00 PM Ivor Wynne Stadium THIS...
Jul 24 2015
What is a Blue Moon?

What is a Blue Moon?

So I was curious to find out what exactly was meant by this term "blue moon".  Was the moon going to be blue this evening, was the sky going to be lit up with blue in the regular black night sky? Well I did some digging and this is what I found out.   The term "blue...
Jul 17 2015
Apartment Building Safety Tips

Apartment Building Safety Tips

Every fire is dangerous. But you can survive if you know what to do. Ask yourself;   â—¾Do you have working smoke alarms in your apartment? Your first line of defense in surviving a fire is a working smoke alarm. Your apartment should have a smoke alarm outside the sleeping rooms...
Jul 10 2015
Big Bike Thanks

Big Bike Thanks

ET CHAMPIONS OF THE BIG BIKE IN HAMILTON 2015 FOR THE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION   "Thank you so much for participating in the 2015 Heart & Stroke Big Bike. We appreciate your hard work and efforts in raising funds for vital heart and stroke research here in Hamilton...
Jun 30 2015
Canada Day

Canada Day

Happy Birthday Canada! Did you know? "Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united...
Jun 19 2015
A LOVELY NOTE

A LOVELY NOTE

A lovely note of appreciation..... "I just wanted to thank you and Effort Trust for your wonderful donation to our Charity BBQ on behalf of the Ron Joyce Centre and McMaster Sick Kids Foundation. Due to Effort Trust's  generous donation to this very worthy cause, we were able to...
Jun 12 2015
THE BIG BIKE!

THE BIG BIKE!

A very big CONGRATS goes out to the dedicated employees of Effort Trust that helped raise money for another worthy cause! In a joint Effort by the employees with their friends and families; this group of 'bike riders' was able to raise close to $8000.00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation...
Jun 5 2015
RIBFEST YUM!

RIBFEST YUM!

Hamilton Ribfest 2015   Need something to sink your teeth into this weekend? Why not head over to Valley Park in Hamilton and enjoy a nice plate of juicy ribs…..or two…..   "Southern Comfort Rib Series features the top rib teams from across North America, serving...
May 29 2015
Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

"Drives for Lives" Golf Tournament Interval House of Hamilton is gearing up to host their 13th Annual "Drives for Lives" Golf Tournament next week. Proceeds from the tournament help abused women and children "get their lives back". Effort Trust proudly sponsors...
May 22 2015
Hamilton Children's Water Festival

Hamilton Children's Water Festival

For the fifth year in a row, Effort Trust has been a proud supporter/sponsor of a wonderful event. On May 26, 27 and 28, of this year, the City of Hamilton will once again be hosting its annual Hamilton Children's Water Festival at Pier 4 Park. "The Hamilton Children's Water...
May 15 2015
Holiday Weekend

Holiday Weekend

Happy Victoria Day Weekend! Did you know: "Victoria Day (in French: Fête de la Reine) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning...
May 8 2015
Paint the Town Red

Paint the Town Red

Last evening some of the ladies from Effort Trust got a chance to schmooze with the local celebrities of Hamilton and enjoyed a lovely dinner hosted by the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. This event was the 7th annual "Paint the Town Red" Gala to raise money for much needed Palliative Care in Greater...
May 4 2015
May The Fourth Be With You

May The Fourth Be With You

When did it all begin…."The reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster says her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in...
Apr 24 2015
ET Sponsorship Gets a Medal at Provincials

ET Sponsorship Gets a Medal at Provincials

Congratulations to the Hamilton Water Polo, 2015 – U14 COED Provincial Bronze Champions!!!!!!!! Effort Trust is one of the proud supporters of the Hamilton Water Polo, U14 COED team and what a team this is; The young men and ladies played their hearts out last weekend and triumphed with...
Apr 17 2015
Effort Trust Employees Care!

Effort Trust Employees Care!

When it was brought to my attention that a fellow Effort Trust employee was truly making a difference in our world I had to look further into this. Mr. Antonio Blanco has been a Property Manager with Effort Trust for just over 2½ years now. He holds a generous portfolio mainly in the...
Apr 10 2015
THANKS!

THANKS!

Recently Effort Trust advertised an Easter Egg hunt in the Hamilton community and helped sponsor this event. This is what the organization running it had to say....... "Thank you so much for the Support.  The event was a huge hit. We collected more food donations than ever before...
Apr 1 2015
Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to those that celebrate and don't forget to bring the whole family down to Carter Park this Saturday April 4 (rain date Sunday), from 1-3pm. The eggs drop at 2pm for some fun hunting. Remember, BYOB (bring your own basket) and if you make a monetary or non-perishable food donation...
Mar 27 2015
World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day As the official 'blogger' for Effort Trust I needed no help or research on my topic today. As the proud mother of two Autistic young ladies I am writing this from the bottom of my heart. Autism is what I call a "frustrating disorder". With my...
Mar 17 2015
Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Why Do We Wear Green? "On St Patrick's Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the "wearing of the green"). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. This story first...
Mar 13 2015
Friday The 13th

Friday The 13th

Have You Heard Of Friday the 13th At Port Dover? "In 1971 when George Simons gave his son a Rupp minibike, he never dreamt he would be instilling a life-long passion in his son Chris. Chris Simons has since owned several dozen bikes. He knows bikes inside-out and top to bottom. Chris also had a...
Mar 6 2015
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

"International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies." Did You Know; "IWD is now an official holiday in...
Mar 5 2015
Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

It's almost time for the third annual Easter egg hunt at Carter Park on Stinson St. between Victoria and Wellington. On Easter Saturday each year, all the kids from the area gather together for an Easter egg hunt. Chocolate eggs are hidden all over the park (sometimes up to 5000 eggs). At...
Feb 27 2015
In Hamilton This Weekend

In Hamilton This Weekend

What's Happening in and Around Hamilton This Weekend   February 27 & 28, 2015 Come out to the First Ontario Place (better known as Copps Coliseum) or the "Dog Pound" and support our local "Dogs" on Friday and Saturday this weekend; Hamilton Bulldogs vs....
Feb 19 2015
Lunar/Chinese New Year

Lunar/Chinese New Year

Happy Lunar New Year To those in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan and Vietnamese communities (and perhaps even more), today, February 19, is a very special day. Some may refer to it as 'Chinese New Year' and others as 'Lunar New Year'. Regardless of what you call it, to all...
Feb 13 2015
Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Love is in the air at Effort Trust! Here is what some of the employees are doing this year; "My daughter and I are spending Valentine's Day going shopping during the day and then we are going to watch a "girlie" movie and eat junk food at night.  My husband is working and then has a work...
Feb 3 2015
Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day!

The History; Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were prevalent, people in the area of Europe now known as Germany believed that the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. They watched the badger to know when to plant their crops. This tradition was brought...
Jan 30 2015
Weather Facts

Weather Facts

Weather Facts…..Did You Know….. •The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 14.6 °C (59 °F), recorded on January 5, 1974. •The most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimeters (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion, during tropical...
Jan 22 2015
What Happened In 2014?

What Happened In 2014?

Do you remember 2014? It seems so long ago now. Here are some reminders of things that happened around the globe in 2014. Some things you may know about and they may or may not have affected you personally, others may shock you and come to a complete surprise as if you were living under a rock for...
Jan 15 2015
CLEAN IT UP!

CLEAN IT UP!

Want a clean house/apartment that you don't have to spend lots of time and money to get? Of course you do. Check out these tips straight from a popular magazine article and get the job done right! In The Kitchen Circle Your Way Around: Always begin on the right side of your stove then...
Jan 7 2015
DONATIONS! DONATIONS! DONATIONS!

DONATIONS! DONATIONS! DONATIONS!

Wow, what a great season of donating we just had and I am sure it will not end there. The staff and associates here at Effort Trust have certainly been busy over the Holidays, collecting non-perishable food items, winter clothing and accessories, as well as cash donations to buy gift cards and...
Dec 31 2014
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

From all of us here at Effort Trust, we wish you all a SAFE and JOYOUS NEW YEAR!   Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. - Oprah Winfrey...
Dec 22 2014
Do YOU Celebrate Christmas?

Do YOU Celebrate Christmas?

Many People and Cultures around the World celebrate Christmas. Not all do and not all want to but if you are celebrating, Effort Trust would like to wish you a very 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Christmas' in whatever language you may speak! Some languages use different characters...
Dec 11 2014
Our EFFORT Is For YOU!

Our EFFORT Is For YOU!

The staff at Effort Trust has been extra busy this Holiday Season! We would like to take this opportunity to give a special thank-you to Danielle and her merry little Elves in our Residential department! This year the ladies in this department put together raffles and various collection boxes for...
Dec 5 2014
Winter Blahs!

Winter Blahs!

Winter is almost here! As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we could all use a little pick-me-up to put a bounce back in our step. The "winter blues" can be caused by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during the cold season....
Nov 28 2014
TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

November Friday Nov 21 Dayton Peace Agreement Day - Bosnia and Herzegovina Friday Nov 21 Dignity and Freedom Day - Ukraine Saturday Nov 22 Teacher´s Day - Costa Rica Saturday Nov 22 Special Working Day - Latvia Saturday Nov 22 Albanian Alphabet Day - (Albanian community)...
Nov 21 2014
Up and Coming.......

Up and Coming.......

FOR THE ART LOVER; Painting Hamilton - Presented By » Art Gallery of Hamilton = November 01, 2014 to February 08, 2015 http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/ 'TIS THE SEASON; The McQuesten's Childhood Christmas - Presented By » Whitehern Historic House & Garden =...
Nov 17 2014
November - “Did You Know?”

November - “Did You Know?”

In Ireland, November 1 is regarded as the first day of winter. In the Christian calendar, November 2 is All Souls Day. It is known in Mexico as el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Britain and New Zealand celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, the anniversary of the failed Gunpowder Plot, on...
Nov 11 2014
REMEMBERING TODAY AND ALWAYS

REMEMBERING TODAY AND ALWAYS

Effort Trust would like to take this time to speak to the community on a day when so many emotions are had by so many individuals. Pride, sorrow, love, tragedy, commitment and grief are to name but a few. With the horrific events on Canadian soil only a few weeks ago, we are reminded that not all...
Nov 7 2014
Random Act of Kindness Day!

Random Act of Kindness Day!

Today is Random Act of Kindness Day in Kitchener-Waterloo as well as over 25 other communities across Ontario. This special day was founded in 2008 by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and has been growing strong year after year. This is a day to simply put all of our differences...
Oct 30 2014
Trick Or Treat! Safety First!

Trick Or Treat! Safety First!

Just a friendly reminder from Effort Trust this weekend to be mindful of the many children you may see in your neighbourhood. Feel free to contribute to the Supers if they have set something up in your building. For security purposes, if your Supers are not participating in anything on Halloween...
Oct 23 2014
Halloween Beginnings

Halloween Beginnings

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest...
Oct 17 2014
Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign run by The National Breast Cancer Foundation in order to increase awareness of the disease. During this month especially, please take the time to make yourself aware of how to detect this disease in its early stages. Start by...
Oct 6 2014
GOBBLE GOBBLE!

GOBBLE GOBBLE!

With Thanksgiving weekend less than 1 week away it is sure to be a busy one. Whether you are planning to stay in and cook a turkey with all the fixings for the gang or pack up the family and head out to the nearest pumpkin patch there is something for everyone to do! If you live or are visiting in...
Sep 24 2014
Muck MS Canada

Muck MS Canada

This weekend make it a messy one! Help support the move to end multiple sclerosis by digging in and getting dirty in the Muck MS Canada Event or you can sponsor someone who is already signed up for the mess. It looks to be an exciting and dirty time for all fitness levels. Muckers will be sliding...
Sep 19 2014
The Cats Are Home!

The Cats Are Home!

EAT 'EM RAW!!!!!!!! Join Effort Trust in welcoming the Hamilton Tiger Cats home this weekend at what is anticipated to be an exciting game at our new Tim Horton's Field. Hamilton welcomes the Edmonton Eskimos!   Oskie Wee Wee Oskie Waa Waa Holy Mackinaw Tigers ......
Sep 8 2014
SUPER CRAWL

SUPER CRAWL

Supercrawl is Happening this Thursday September 11 until Sunday September 14 on James Street North in Hamilton. So much to do at Hamilton's Supercrawl, with an extra day of concerts and attractions it is sure to bring thousands to the Downtown Core. "Showcasing the intrinsic charm and...
Aug 29 2014
Decorate Your Apartment Without Causing Damages

Decorate Your Apartment Without Causing Damages

With September rolling around, it's back to school for many of the tenants within The Effort Trust Community. When moving into your apartment, it can be tricky to make that space feel like your own, whether it is for your first year or an entire degree, here are some decorating tips that will...
Aug 8 2014
Fun Facts About August

Fun Facts About August

Birthstone = Peridot   Fruit & Vegies for the Month = Peaches, Cactus Pear, Prickly Pear, Nopales Cactus, Celery, Fennel   August Flowers = Poppy & Gladiolus   Astrological Signs = Leo (till 22th) Virgo (beginning 23th) This month is also...
Aug 1 2014
Around Kitchener

Around Kitchener

HISTORICAL GHOST WALK Looking for something different to do in Kitchener this weekend? Well look no further. This Holiday (for most of us) Monday, take a bus, train, car, bike or walk to downtown Kitchener Ontario for the Cities Historical Ghost Walk. The Historical Ghost Walk is an...
Jul 25 2014
When Looking for a Senior's Residence

When Looking for a Senior's Residence

When looking for a senior's residence, there are a few things that are important to look into before making the final decision. You may want to follow these guidelines when choosing yours: 1. Location: If you do not own a vehicle, make sure the residence is located close to amenities....
Jul 18 2014
Around Hamilton

Around Hamilton

Hamilton has a reputation as an industrial town, but it has plenty of sights to see and lots to offer everyone. Read on to learn more about what the Hammer has to offer and just a few of our favourite places/areas around the city.

Jul 11 2014
Apartment Living and Tenant Rights

Apartment Living and Tenant Rights

Moving away from home for the first time can be both exhilarating and intimidating at the same time but it does not have to be.  Renting is the first choice for most newly independent people. Make sure you understand the Landlord and Tenant Act so you know your rights.

Jul 4 2014
Heart & Stroke Big Bike

Heart & Stroke Big Bike

On Friday June 6, 2014, Effort Trust employees and associates within all the departments joined together to raise money and awareness for the Heart & Stroke Foundation by riding the "BIG BIKE".

Jun 30 2014
Canada Day

Canada Day

Canada Day!

Break out your red and white, it's Canada Day! There are so many ways to celebrate in your city that you might not be able to fit it in all in one day!

Jun 24 2014
Camping Tips

Camping Tips

With the end of school and the start of summer, for many that means camping season begins.  If you are an outdoor enthusiast that likes to explore this great country of ours, here are some tips for making your camping experience a fun and safe trip.

Jun 20 2014
Summer is Here

Summer is Here

It may have been a long and tough winter, but the summer solstice of 2014 is finally here and with it, the longest day of the year!

Jun 9 2014
Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

ather's Day 2014 weekend Is Sky Fest! Here in Hamilton, Ontario, we like to take to the sky on Father's Day. If you are looking for a way to spoil dad this weekend (as we are sure he is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for) you have a couple of original options involving cool airplanes old and new.

May 26 2014
Why Renting is Smart

Why Renting is Smart

There are many reasons why renting an apartment may be a wise decision.  In today's posting, we take a look at a few of the reasons why renting is a great option for many people.

May 5 2014
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Did you remember that Mother's day is just around the corner?  Yes, Sunday, May 11th is almost here!  What does your mother mean to you?

Apr 1 2014
April Fools Day

April Fools Day

Today is April Fools Day and it is celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes on each other.  The jokes and their victims are known as "April fools".  What a strange holiday to celebrate...after all what other holiday asks us to play tricks and dupe our unsuspecting friends and acquaintances?

Mar 3 2014
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911. In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women's rights and international peace. Following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day.

Feb 19 2014
The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics

The Sochi Olympics is the first Olympics in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR. The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Feb 2 2014
Hamilton General Burn Unit Fundraiser

Hamilton General Burn Unit Fundraiser

he Hamilton General Hospital's Burn Unit is one of two in Ontario.  Burns are one of the most devastating forms of trauma.  It is essential for patients with serious burns to have immediate and specialized, expert care in order to minimize the severity of injury.

Jan 1 2014
Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Last night, as the stroke of midnight rolled across the world's time zones, people gathered in private and took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, 2014. Fireworks erupted from Sydney to Hamilton, and revelers gathered to raise a glass, to make resolutions, and to wish each other a "Happy New Year!"

Nov 29 2013
Holiday Decorating Your Apartment

Holiday Decorating Your Apartment

Ready to decorate your apartment for the holiday season?  Come on…unleash your creative spirit and realize the full potential of holiday decorating for your home at Effort Trust.  Here are a few low-cost options that can brighten your apartment:

Nov 25 2013
The History of the Grey Cup

The History of the Grey Cup

The first Grey Cup game was held on December 4, 1909 when the University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeated the Parkdale Canoe Club 26–6 before 3,800 fans. They retained the trophy in the following two years, defeating the Hamilton Tigers in 1910 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1911.

Nov 15 2013
November - Interesting Facts

November - Interesting Facts

November is the 11th month of the year and one of four months with a length of 30 days (quick...what are the other 3?). November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem meaning nine.  Effort Trust thought it would be fun to put together some other interesting tidbits about November.

Nov 8 2013
Remembrance Day Ceremonies Around Hamilton

Remembrance Day Ceremonies Around Hamilton

On Remembrance Day, November 11, 2013, Hamilton will honour and remember our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace. In Hamilton, Veterans will gather across the city in different locations to recognize the annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies.

Nov 6 2013
Remembrance Day - Why the Poppy?

Remembrance Day - Why the Poppy?

Throughout the world the poppy is associated with the remembrance of those who died in order that we may be free.  Are you aware of the reason how and why the poppy became the symbol of remembrance?

Nov 3 2013
November is Movember

November is Movember

Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.comThe goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."

Oct 31 2013
Trick or Treat - Which Candy is Best?

Trick or Treat - Which Candy is Best?

With All Hallows' Eve upon us, a number of us around Effort Trust got together and started discussing what we thought were the best candies to hand out to all those trick-or-treaters that will be knocking at our doors.  This list may cause some controversy because it's a bit biased, but here are our top 10 choices:

Oct 20 2013
Safe Trick or Treating

Safe Trick or Treating

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Take a look at some of these trick-or-treating tips before heading out.  All of us here at Effort Trust hope you have a fun-filled Halloween.

Oct 13 2013
Wellwood Walk or Run

Wellwood Walk or Run

Effort Trust is a proud sponsor and supporter of Wellwood.  Wellwood is dedicated to helping people live well with cancer and offers supportive care programs to individuals diagnosed with cancer, their family, friends, caregivers and health care providers.

Oct 5 2013
Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week runs October 6 – 12, 2013. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires and Get Cooking with Fire Safety!

Oct 1 2013
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please join the many employees, friends and families of the Effort Trust Community in taking a moment to celebrate the lives of the beautiful souls this disease has taken from us and to applaud those who have conquered and survived.

Sep 23 2013
Big Bike for Heart & Stroke

Big Bike for Heart & Stroke

Effort Trust and it's staff have been big supporters of the Big Bike Ride for the Heart & Stroke Foundation over the years.  This year was an exceptionally outstanding year for Effort Trust in support of this event.  This year was a milestone for the Heart and Stroke Foundation celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Sep 9 2013
We Want to Hear From You

We Want to Hear From You

At Effort Trust, your feedback is important to us as we strive to improve our services and overall customer experience.  This year, we launched our new website www.effortrentals.com and we have worked hard to design a site that is user friendly and functional.  As part of our newly designed website we created an interactive Contact Us Page.

Aug 27 2013
Labour Day - What to Do?

Labour Day - What to Do?

While many now use the long weekend to squeeze in one last camping trip or to relax at the cottage. For others that means plenty of closed stores and the inevitable boredom of being stuck with nothing to do during the long weekend. Fear not! The good news is that restaurants and plenty of attractions will remain open and plenty of fun to be found.

Aug 25 2013
Back to School - Getting Ready

Back to School - Getting Ready

It is time for a new school year.  With Summer winding down, many of here at Effort Rentals are getting our kids and ourselves ready! Buying notebooks and scoping out sales is the easy part. There are many other things that you can do as well to help make the transition from summer to school a little easier:

Aug 23 2013
Winona Peach Festival

Winona Peach Festival

The Winona Peach Festival kicks off this weekend!  Ranked in the ‘Top 10′ must see festival in Ontario by Festival and Events Ontario, the popular festival is one of the largest free-admission family fairs in Ontario with events and displays for everyone!  You can bet many of us from Effort Rentals will be there.

May 17 2013
Victoria Day Long Weekend

Victoria Day Long Weekend

We have a beautiful long weekend ahead of us and all of us here at Effort Rentals are thrilled that the weather looks like it is going to be sunny and warm. In addition to enjoying the sunshine, having lots of fun and perhaps seeing a fireworks show in Hamilton and the surrounding area, here's a list of activities we've found to help you get out to and have fun:

Mar 13 2013
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Kitchener!

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Kitchener!

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and even if you are not Irish, you can always find a way to celebrate! Effort Trust Apartment Rentals has put together the following list of events and celebrations to help you plan your St. Patrick's Day fun in Kitchener. We hope that the follwoing helps get you into the spirit of things and gets you thinking green.
Mar 10 2013
Spring of Hope Food Drive

Spring of Hope Food Drive

For the past 11 Years, the Spring H.O.P.E. (Housing Owners and People Everywhere) Food Drive has become one of the largest door-to-door food drive efforts in the country and food banks rely heavily on our participation to meet their targets.

Dec 23 2012
Winter Car Care & Driving Tips

Winter Car Care & Driving Tips

Here at Effort Trust Apartment Rentals, winter is quickly approaching. With the start of falling snow and icy roads upon us, now is the time to prepare your car for the winter.  The winter months can get really cold and are a frustrating time for a car to break down, so follow these few tips to help keep your car running smoothly: