Ashton Caring Team is Currently Working on “Project Emily.”

Emily de Boer Emily de Boer, 12, ended up in a wheelchair after a Valentine’s Day surgery went wrong.

"Project Emily" is an initiative of the Ashton Caring Team and their many business associates and friends to help a family in Steveston build a barrier-free home for their child who suffered a spinal cord injurylast year. Here's a brief version of events that leading to this amazing project:

- In February 2011, Emily, a precocious eleven-year-old athlete, team captain and leader among herfriends, suffered a catastrophic T11 spinal cord injury during "routine" back surgery to repair scoliosis; she is now a paraplegic

- Emily and her family are well-known as community-minded difference-makers who have committed their lives to helping others

- This two-career family enjoyed a comfortable life-style prior to Emily's injury; now they are a single income family facing extraordinary expenses; they were forced to sell their beloved custom-built home they were unable to renovate, in favour of a house that can be converted for Emily's accessible needs; it was projected that renovations would take some years to complete on a project-by-project basis rather than all at once.

- After hearing the family's story from their friend Rick Hansen, who approached them to help Emily's family with a simple bathroom renovation, Brian and Julie Williams, owners of Ashton Service Group, instead decided to completely rebuild their house. They shared Emily's story with business associates and friends and received overwhelming support and offers to help.

With your support, together we can reach our goal of building a new home for this deserving family. We hope you will consider joining our team!

For further details about Project Emily and this remarkable child and her family, please read the full story.

News for Project Emily


Best of Richmond People

Best of Richmond People

Emily De Boer and Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen Relay

Rick Hansen Relay Emily and her sister, Audrey, were medal bearers in the Rick Hansen Relay. Check out the following links for the full coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jEjp5eeTi4 http://www.richmondreview.com/news/152044735.html http://www.richmondreview.com/community/152604225.html http://www.richmondreview.com/news/152043515.html

Emily, Charmis, and Brian

Richmond Review

Community gives Emily a new start By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review It started small as most things do, but having lunch with the Man in Motion quickly changed that. As Brian Williams sat across from Rick Hansen—the man who wheeled around the world raising money, awareness and hope for people with spinal cord injuries—he heard the story […]

Emily De Boer

Huffington Post

Richmond, B.C., Girl Gets New Home Thanks To Volunteers A team of volunteers are working to build a new home for a 12-year-old Richmond girl left a paraplegic during an operation two years ago. Emily De Boer had an operation to fix a curvature in her spine but an error during surgery left her a paraplegic. She […]

Brian Williams

The Globe and Mail

Paralyzed girl’s family believes in angels after man’s help Officially, Brian Williams is the long-time owner of a plumbing, heating and gas company, the man to call when your furnace is not working or your toilet is overflowing. But ask Charmis De Boer and she will call him an angel. A complete stranger just half […]

Emily de Boer

Volunteer Richmond – A Lesson In Giving

Volunteer Richmond – A Lesson In Giving Emily de Boer and her sister Audrey are two of the most inspirational people you’ll ever meet. (If you don’t believe us, just read this story.) This blog post, by volunteer writer Benjamin Yong, is about them and the Richmond Christmas Fund and how giving back to the […]

Ashton Service Group

Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Report

Read the full PDF article http://www.richmondchamber.ca/files/Business%20Report%20Nov28.pdf.

Emily with Brian from Ashton

Global BC Video News Cast

Global BC Video News Cast See the video on Global BC’s website here: http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/community+helps+with+home+renos/video.html?v=2313996116&p=1&s=dd#stories.

Emily de Boer

Richmond News Article

Building a home for Emily Business owner helps rebuild a home for wheelchair-bound child By Lauren Kramer, Special to the News – December 6, 2012 There are angels among us in Richmond, and though he may look like a regular man in jeans and shirt, Brian Williams is surely one of them. The owner of […]

Emily Boer, CBC News

CBC News Story

Richmond, B.C., Girl Gets New Home Thanks to Volunteers A team of volunteers are working to build a new home for a 12-year-old Richmond girl left a paraplegic during an operation two years ago. Emily De Boer had an operation to fix a curvature in her spine but an error during surgery left her a […]

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