You have five days left to check out the YWCA Calgary’s interactive installation, She Who Dares – 150 women through 150+ years.

“A one-of-a-kind interactive and creative installation which encourages the audience to discover the impacts made by women in our community. Audiences are invited to explore and uncover the stories of 150 incredible women.” You can read more here.

One of the amazing women highlighted was our industry’s own, Shannon Lenstra, CEO and Founder of Kon-strux Developments. Shannon’s installation reads, “…Shannon Lenstra has succeeded in the industry by bringing a community-first and arts-focused approach to her business. From team building events that help support vulnerable children by partnering with and benefitting Kids Cancer Care and Easter Seals, to incorporating the work of local artists and artisans in her company’s projects, Shannon has found – and nurtured – a busy intersection where business, the arts, and community-building meet.”

BILD Calgary Region could not be more proud of Shannon and her accomplishments, and we are thrilled that she has been recognized for her impactful contributions to the community. We would like to take this opportunity to describe how Shannon has made an impact on the association.

“Shannon Lenstra has been a driving force behind the promotion of BILD Calgary Region’s RenoMark™ program for more than 10 years. As a volunteer, she has been instrumental to our Renovation Advisory Committee and has volunteered as committee chair for a number of years. Shannon takes great personal pride in her business and is a staunch defender of best practices within the renovation industry,” says David Bears, Director of Programs, BILD Calgary Region.

“She is forthright in stating her opinions and in advising members of her industry, often taking time out of her demanding schedule to provide insights or guidance. She is heartily competitive in industry competitions in the local provincial and national arenas with great success with any loss taken with sportsmanship and grace but without hesitation, she set her goals to be even more competitive the following year.”

Shannon is listed with the women who are pioneers and artists. She dared to be the first and to follow her own path, all while seeing the beauty in the unexpected.

Congratulations Shannon, and thank you for helping lead the way for the young women of the future. It is crucial that young people in our industry have mentors they can look up to, so we can truly create the most liveable communities in the world.

You can view the art installation at Fort Calgary National Historic Site, 750 9 Ave SE, until December 10.

Visit the YWCA website.