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Building castles

“If we can influence even just one life to expand their horizons as to what’s possible, then it’s completely worth it.” Doug Hamming

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<p><b>Doug Hamming</b>, Stantec Architect</p> <p>If we can influence even just one life to expand their horizons as to what’s possible, then it’s completely worth it.</p> <p>Kids in classes develop a different kind of culture from class to class. Some kids are all about digging in the sandbox, some are about running around the playground. This class wanted to build, and they were building with blocks for months and months and months. And their teacher, Ellen Petersson, has been trying to find ways to encourage them in that respect.</p> <p><b>Ellen Petersson</b>, James Ardiel Elementary School Teacher</p> <p>We have a very excited group of five-year-olds that have enjoyed building and creating structures and have since October. And they have a passion to build and design castles.</p> <p><b>Doug:&nbsp; </b>The all want to be architects some day, and their teacher has been encouraging them in that respect so one opportunity she thought she might try was to take them to an office, so we’re happy to oblige.</p> <p><b>Ellen: </b>It’s nice of Stantec to have us and be able to come here and work alongside real architects. And Doug is the one that said “absolutely.” He said “We may not build castles here, but we try.”</p> <p><b>Doug: </b>Anything you can do to encourage a little one like that whether they’re 5 or 15 or 25, our office is open.</p>

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