Updates from DDA's local Chapters

In this brief: Alberta, GTA West, National Capital Region


Fall has been a busy one for the Alberta Chapter. We were excited to announce back in September that we will be adding in CEU courses to some of our monthly product knowledge events. These Pk events will have a small fee. Our executive team decided not only is it important to network and gather with like minded DDA members it was equally important to offer quality product knowledge events. We are hoping to see more members out to the events as well individuals interesting in joining.

We are sad to announce our Vice President, Wanda Weston, has had to step down from her position. Wanda has been an integral part of the Alberta Chapter for years and will be deeply missed. We wish her the best of luck in her new Adventures out West. With that being said we are now currently looking for someone to step into the Vice President role.

Our Executive Team:

  • President: Ana Cummings
  • Vice President: Vacant
  • Secretary: Christine Brenneis
  • Treasurer: Kim Purvis
  • Membership Director: Jennifer Procter
  • Program Director/Product Knowledge events: Julie Quinney
  • Communications Director: Kimberly Dyck
  • Student Ambassador: Stephanie Ingram

Monthly Product Knowledge Events:

October: Diamond Fireplace

AlbertaPhoto credit: Kent (Diamond Fireplace) 

We had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Diamond Fireplace, Richard, along side Vice President, Kent. While we were treated to a lovely spread our gracious hosts took us on a very informative tour of their showroom. Diamond Fireplace is a locally owned and operated company and can proudly say they have been in business for over 35 years. They are the largest showroom in Calgary and offer a wide variety of gas, wood, & electric fireplaces for all budgets.

November: Cosentino

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We had a fabulous product knowledge and CEU event at Cosentino hosted by Stephanie Ingram and Mel Meier. Our CEU course was focused on ultra compact surfaces, an amazing product that can be applied on exterior and interior surfaces. Made of all natural materials and fired at extreme heat to replicate what mother nature had already created. This material is built to last. Ultra compact surfaces are extremely strong, won’t stain or scratch, versatile for use outdoors, and is heat resistant. While touring the Cosentino shop we were introduced to the amazing Dekton slim product. Dekton slim is ultra thin at 4mm thick and offers unlimited design options. Its lightness and reduced thickness make it a durable high performance surface covering for walls, fireplaces, kitchens, and bathroom furniture, such as cabinet doors. The colors and styles are beautiful!

December our chapter is focusing on giving back to the community. We are planning to volunteer at The Magic of Christmas warehouse on December 19th. Watch for details through email and social media. All members are welcome to join and help sort and wrap gifts for families in need. We also have a product knowledge and CEU event planned for December 12 at Robinson Kitchen and Bath.

Written by:
Kimberly Dyck, D.I.D.
Owner of KLD Interiors

GTA West

  1. GTA West Board update:

    Treasurer/Secretary – Is still vacant.

    Program Co-Director – New role
  1. Upcoming Events Scheduled:

    November 28 – Holiday Gathering GTA West and Toronto Chapters

    December Date TBA – Highlights of HighPoint Market presentation by Lara Kalins

    January 2020 – No event due to driving conditions

    February 2020, TBA

    Joint PD Day with Toronto Chapter
  1. November CEU was held on the 7th at Hallmark Kitchens for Sherwin Williams
  1. Next GTA West meeting is November 14th via Skype

NCR Chapter

Fall is all about back to learning and affiliate member Marchand Electric was on-mark last month presenting information on the world of automation. Cindy Tefft, lighting designer at Marchand, presented information on the newest trends from Lutron in the motorized window treatment market. The benefits of motorization went well beyond convenience, as savvy clients want the newest technologies to help them create their personalized space. Security, energy efficiency and protection of furniture and floors are a few of the considerations. My favourite reason for motorization, the opening and closing of blinds so that our “fur children” can look out during the day.  Now let’s do a collective awe!


Submitted by Stacey Price
Stacey Price Design

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