Remembering Our Chase

ChaseChase Andrew Kraynick

March 29, 2005 – May 24, 2011

Missing you every minute of every day!

Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts,

Mom, Dad and Coopie

Chase Made A Difference In The Lives of Every One of Us!




Submitted by Chase’s mom – Rachel Kraynick


The Chase Kraynick Pay It Forward Splash Park !!

Ecstatic, excitement and overjoyed do not even come close to describing the feelings we experienced upon receiving the news that we were one of the Grand Prize winners of the AVIVA Community Fund Competition awarding our project with $90,000!!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!  We are happy beyond words, have been drying tears for hours, and really don’t know where to begin!  Congratulations to Riehl Skate Park in Ontario for being the $150,000 Grand Prize winners!!


I know how much work went into our submission and this entire competition journey … and it was definitely well worth it! Simply amazing!  This of course, is not just our own doing, it is the good hearted people of Saskatchewan and from accross Canada that supported our project and took the time to vote, pay it forward and make a difference that can share in our victory!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!  If you missed the official announcement on Canada AM yesterday morning please click HERE to see the video clip and Jeff Hutchinson reading the amount off of our $90,000 cheque.


We would like to take this time to express our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the following:

First and foremost we MUST say a huge THANK-YOU to every single person from this community, this province, and from across this country who registered with AVIVA to vote for our project idea!   It is because of you that we have won this National competition.  Thank you for believing in our project and showing your support and encouraging others to vote!  It is because of you that we take home this win for Canora!

Our closest Cheerleaders –ALL Family, friends, and “facebookers” who kept on reminding everyone to vote!  We love you all!

Our Supporting Brokers throughout the competition:

1.  Dave Nussbaumer and Jason Forwood at Farrell Agencies, Ltd. (Yorkton, SK and Foam Lake, SK) for helping us with our submission, campaign, video and all the extra coaching throughout the competition!!  I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with!  Thank you so much for all your guidance and helping get other brokers on board for their support!  You are both amazing!

2. Western Financial Group – Network (Yorkton, SK)

3.  Hub International (Chilliwack, BC and Edmonton, AB)

4.  Crawford and Danyluk Insurance Broker (Delaware, ON)

5.  Birkett-Hassard Insurance Brokers, Ltd. (Stouffville, ON)

My talented sisters Shawna and NaomiShawna posted our blogs daily keeping everyone informed on the competition details and events, as well as posting all the “Pay it Forward” Inspirational Stories . . . and Naomi for helping me with the Facebook page and accompanying me for moral support to my school presentations!!!

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The Canora Courier and Gary Lewchuk – For writing and printing articles and information informing the public about the competition, its rules and guidelines

Ken Kravetz, Terry Dennis, Julie Mireau – for helping us develop, shoot and produce the AVIVA video submission TWICE!!  Both videos ROCKED!!!

MLA for the Canora/Pelly Constituency Ken Kravetz and Assistant Carol Sleeva For making a member statement in the Legislative Assembly asking for the province to support our project.  Your sincerity and thoughtfulness meant the world to our family!  Also thank you for including the AVIVA voting information in the constituency newsletter.

Larger organizations who were a part of our voting campaign included: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Good Spirit School Division, Regina Public Schools, Christ The Teacher Catholic School Division, Canadian Military, RCMP, CanAM and DooTalk online subscribers, and The Regina Qu’appelle and Sunrise Health Districts.

Local Businesses who were a part of our voting campaign included:  Crumbs Diner, Mr. Mikes Restaurant, Walmart, Canora Children’s Center, Gabano’s Pizza, Canora Fitness Station, Zeke’s Bar and Grill, Canora Hotel, The Blend Salon, Community Insurance, D.R. Auto Extras and Canora Gateway Co-op

Our Twitter Master – Darla Webster

Media Coverage:

Radio:  Two live-on-location radio morning shows with 98.5FM The Rock and 94.1FM The Fox, all the promo spots and/or interviews – GX94, The Fox, The Rock, CBC Radio Regina – Afternoon Edition, News Talk 980 Regina and News Talk 950 Saskatoon
TV interviews: CTV News at Noon and a CTV Feature Stories


SupermanChaseWe of course must say a HUGE thank you to AVIVA for not only supporting and sponsoring this competition but … now for allowing us, a small town in Saskatchewan, to forever remember and pay tribute to our handsome, funny, caring, thoughtful, and loveable son, Chase Andrew Kraynick.  The AVIVA win ensures that our dream of building a Splash Park in his memory WILL come true.

Last, but not least, we say THANK-YOU to the Town of Canora and surrounding area for backing this project (win or lose).  With all of the moral support you’ve shown, we can’t wait to build this park for EVERYONE TO USE! 🙂

Words cannot express our appreciation to every single person who had something to do with our advancement in the competition.  The danger of listing our Thank-You’s at this time is that we don’t want to forget about anyone.  If we have . . . please forgive us.

Chase Made A Difference . . . And So Have ALL of You!!


Pay It Forward – A Morning Drive

Today’s Pay It Forward story comes to us from an wonderfully kindhearted person who wishes to remain anonymous.  We respect you privacy and salut your thoughtfulness in doing so.  The act of paying it forward with no sense of recognition for said act is truly what the Pay It Forward philosophy is all about.  We thank you for sharing your story and know that what you have chosen to do certainly did make a difference in someone’s life.

One morning I was driving along and something caught my eye.  There was a young boy walking very slowly through the deep snow. But something wasn’t quite right…I looked down at his feet and it didn’t look like his boots were on properly.  My first thought was to stop and talk to him and see if there was anything I could do.  So I drove up beside him and rolled down the window and said, “Hey buddy, do your boots fit you okay?” He looked up at me with an embarrassed look on his little face and said “No, they’re fine” as he wiggled his feet trying to squeeze them into his boots the best he could.  As I looked closer it appeared that just over half of his feet were inside the boots. So I told him that I would take him to the store to buy him a new pair and that I didn’t expect anything in return.  He insisted he was okay so I drove away.

As the day went on I was really bothered by what I saw in that morning.  I kept thinking…”That poor little boy did not even have boots that fit his feet properly.  I have tubs full of shoes/boots that my kids have worn once or twice because I found nicer ones for them to wear…what a shame.”

After I kept having these heart-breaking thoughts I decided to phone the Elementary school and investigate…who is this little boy? what size are his feet? I just wanted to help him any way I could, whether I had a pair of boots for him in one of the tubs at home or if I had to run to the store and buy him some.

I ended up finding him some boots and in return I received a heart-warming thank-you note. I’m sure for the little boy, it felt good to receive new boots….but not as good as it felt to give them:)


Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Festively Paying It Forward at Crossroads Credit Union


A big thank you to Kim Kun at Crossroads Credit Union for sharing this story with us.  This time of year we can all use the reminder that there are many others who are not as fortunate.  It is heartwarming to know that organizations like Crossroads Credit Union will not only support local projects, funds, families, and individuals but to follow through in action, volunteerism, and commitment to ensure a difference has been made in their very own local communities.  An even bigger cheer is given is to the local recipients of this support for the gift of giving time and energy this holiday season to those in need.  Our “hats off” to you ALL this holiday season!

Community giving is an important part of what we do in Crossroads Country; and, we, along with many others, have been particularly inspired by the Paying It Forward concept this year. Paying it Forward has motivated individuals and groups in our area to look beyond their own needs, to contribute to a greater good.

In the spirit of Paying it Forward, we at Crossroads have decided, to celebrate the season by making a donation to worthy causes in each of our regions. Each region of Crossroads Country was given $500 and the regional recipients were chosen by staff in that area.

communitychristmasdinnerThe Canora branch/head office Christmas cash donation of $500 was awarded to the Canora Community Christmas. This group of community members are hosting a Christmas Eve supper for people who they know will be alone at Christmas. 150 invitations have been sent out and it is expected about 120 will attend this event at the Activity Centre. This event is completely volunteer driven and so our support will go far in ensuring a Christmas meal.

BillsOur west region (Wadena and Margo branches) have chosen the Wadena Cares Crisis Fund Board as the recipient of a $500 donation. This group aids anyone in the Wadena and district area who is in need of financial assistance (for example, fire, medical bills, transportation costs for appointments, also women who are in need of shelter, etc.).

foodboxesStaff in the north region are allocating their $500 of Christmas cheer to Filling the Gap. This project is an emergency food bank service set up through the Family Resource Centre to offer assistance in time of need. Individuals and families can request food and other needed items throughout the year in an emergency, on a short-term basis until long-term solutions can be arranged. They are also responsible for the collection and distribution of the annual Christmas hampers.

We all have so much to be grateful for, and paying it forward through the spirit of giving truly warms our hearts as we are able to put the needs of others before our own.

Merry Christmas!

Kim Kun, B. Comm, FCUIC

Marketing Coordinator

Crossroads Credit Union

Ph: 306-369-7335

Fax: 306-369-4195

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Tis’ The Season To Give


The holiday season is truly upon us.  It’s the time of year to give — whether you’re giving gifts to friends and family, donating to complete strangers, or giving yourself a break – the nature of giving is somehow, somewhere within us all.  It doesn’t matter what type of celebration we may be observing this holiday season there is usually some type of gift giving involved. We give gifts to family; we give gifts to friends; we donate to charities; and many people also offer up time, items, and energy to serve those in need. Gifts of any kind to another individual is a social bonding ritual.  We know the warm, fuzzy feeling inside of us when someone does something nice unexpectedly or out-of-the-blue that instantly makes us connected and a part of one another lives.  This connection erases skin colour, puts differences aside, and allows us to see each other as living, breathing human beings upon the same earth.

People come up with many creative and interesting ways to give gifts as well.  Donating time at a soup kitchen, organizing a toy drive, saving an allowance for months to purchase the perfect gift, helping to prepare and serve a meal at a local shelter, donating spare change to the Salvation Army . . . the list could go on and on.

A few weeks ago we received an email which told us of yet another great way to give and receive during the holiday season.


In past years we have always made a donation at Christmas time in lieu of gifts on behalf of some of our relatives that live in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.  This year we would like to make that donation to the Chase Kraynick spray park.  Would it be possible for us to get a few of Chase’s Pay It Forward Cards to put in the Christmas Card explaining the donation gift?  Thank-you!


Kyla and Kelly Adams – Regina, SK

After wiping our eyes and once again realizing how wide-spread and powerful Chase’s story had become, we quickly sent a few Pay It Forward cards to Kyla and Kelly.  We LOVE the idea of giving on behalf of someone, especially when it provides an example to others of the true generosity behind gift giving.

Its about LoveTo Kyla and Kelly – thank you for allowing us to share your email and we are so very grateful for your kindness of thought and generosity of spirit in the creative way you wish to make a difference in the world.  We look forward to hearing about how your relatives have used their Pay It Forward cards.  🙂

To all of you reading this blog today.  If you are able … we challenge you to “give” this holiday season – in any way you see fit … to a cause that is near and dear to your heart.  And whatever the gift may be … time, money, items, etc … ensure it is given with lots of love.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Thankful Thursday – A Teacher Who Made ALL The Difference

EveryDay Is a Teacher

May 24, 2011 was the day we physically started our lives without Chase.  Our lives will never be the same without our blonde-haired, blue-eyed little boy running up and down the hallways of our house with his cattle trailers, dump trucks and New Holland tractors. I still think about the times when Chase and Cooper would pull out every single quilt in the house and disassemble all the cushions from the couch to build the biggest fort in the living room.  I know that I will never get OVER this loss in our lives but we needed to find a way to get THROUGH it.

Little did Chris Danyluk know that the greatest gift she could have given our family in order to cope through all this devastation, was the lesson plan taught to her students on “Paying it Forward.”  If any of you have tried to comfort someone who is going through severe trials in their life, or experienced the death of someone close, it sometimes feels impossible to find the right words to say or solution to help them feel better.

The Pay it Forward lesson was not anything money could buy or person would have known to do, it was a concept, that when exercised, brought about such healing from our perspective.  The more people that embrace this idea and the more our community pulls together to make a difference, is the times that bring about the most healing to us.  It is a concept that brings together every background, age, gender, race, religion, socio-economic status…everyone …and it makes us question, How can I make this world a little nicer for someone else?  Now that is healing.  I will never stop missing our Chase but I do feel a little better knowing that our community is doing its best to pay it forward for others because of the lesson taught by our very own Canora Elementary School teacher…Chris Danyluk.Chris and PM

Chris Danyluk, Canora’s Pre-Kindergarten teacher was presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education in Ottawa on October 3, 2012.  This award is presented to exceptional early childhood educators who help build the foundation that young children need to make the best start in life.

She was selected at the school level, won at the division level and then at the provincial level before this national honor was bestowed upon her.  I could not think of a more deserving individual than Chris.

Good teachers help lay the foundation with which we interpret and navigate the world.  They make a valuable contribution to Canadians being among the brightest and most innovative citizens in the world.  It is a real privilege today to honor educators who have imparted their knowledge and inspiration to us and our children, helping all of us become the best we can be.

– Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Today’s Thankful Thursday pays tribute to our friend Chris.  Thank you Chris for giving our family a gift like no other . . . the gift of healing.  To us this is the gift that does not stop giving!

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?

Submitted by Chase’s mom – Rachel Kraynick

A Deserving Family and a Surprise of a Lifetime!

WOW is all we have to say after reading today’s Pay It Forward story that was  submitted by Michelle Jerred of Whitewood, SK.  Cole and Michelle, you are amazing people who have done something for amazing people!

So I have a quick little story for you about my best friend who lives in Winnipeg. Her and her husband haven’t been able to have kids of their own. About 3 years ago they decided to be foster parents. They took in a little 2 year old girl with fetal alcohol syndrome and just fell in love with her. They now have 4 foster kids and dedicate their lives to them. The ages now are 9, 5, 1, and a 1 month old. My friend is a stay at home mom for these kids and her husband is a Teacher’s Aid but goes to school in the evenings and weekends to get his degree in education in hopes of becoming a teacher.

I recently went to visit them and they just amazed me with how they “Pay it Forward” everyday by giving these kids the best home. They bought a bigger house in Winnipeg just so they can take in more foster kids in the future. Their finances are tight and can only afford one vehicle at this time.  My friend appeared exhausted with driving her husband to and from work and school, dropping kids off and picking them up from school all the while trying to take care of 2 babies. She would never complain though. Her heart, like Chases’, is made of pure gold.

I told Cole about it when I got home and he decided that as his “Pay it Forward” he would buy them a second vehicle. We just got the van today and have not told my friend and her husband about it yet. Their story really warms my heart and they’ve inspired us to Pay It Forward in memory of Chase.  This was for an amazing couple in Winnipeg who made such a difference in the world for four little people.

Cole and Michelle
Cole Raiwet and Michelle and Ava Jerred


Thank you Michelle for sharing your story.  We know that your generosity will make a huge impact on a family that demonstrates such love and dedication for others in need.

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You??