Choosing an Calgary Auto Repair Shop

autorepairscalgaryWhen choosing an auto repair shop where you can have your car serviced, it is always best to ask for recommendations among friends who have personal experience with the services of a particular auto repair shop. You can ask friends, families, or relatives and they will surely be able to provide you with a good recommendation. In fact, this is actually one of the best ways to start instead of simply going around and looking for auto repair shops that seem to have the potential. Surely you have read the horrors of certain car owners on some auto repair shops and surely you would not want to be among those telling your stories.

If you are having your car repaired or checked up for maintenance it is important that you do not rush on things and making last minute decisions, unless of course you break down in the middle of nowhere or a place you are not really familiar with. Until then though, make sure you do not rush on getting just any auto repair shop.

One good way of shopping around for a potentially good auto repair shop is online. These days, nearly every business will at least have a Facebook Page that reveals their business number and addresses. In addition to this, you can read testimonials and comments within the page. This allows you to check as to whether they good at what they do or not. Aside from this, the business will also have some notes posted about their business, such as the services they provide and the policies they have involving warranties Most calgary auto repair shops have their own Facebook Page and this will allow you to contact them for more information about their business along with the prices for the services they offer.

When choosing an auto repair shop, it is in your best interest to choose one that has a very professional place. While it is true that their services may cost a little more than regular shops, the quality of services they provide means you will be getting the most out of your money. A clean, tidy, and well-organized auto repair shop is a clear sign that they are professional in this type of field and they clearly know what they are doing and how to do things properly.

Mary Spencer wins Gold at the Pan American Games !


GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Canadian boxer Mary Spencer had to wait until the championship bout before she was really tested at the Pan American Games.

When faced with an opponent who was truly in her class, she came through with flying colours.

Spencer became the first Canadian to win a Pan Am gold medal in women’s boxing Friday night when she defeated Yenebier Guillen of the Dominican Republic 15-11 at the Expo Guadalajara Arena.

Canada’s Mary Spencer ready for women’s boxing to get a turn in the spotlight

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Mary Spencer’s resume is already loaded.

The Canadian boxer has won national titles every year since 2004 and is a three-time world champion. And now she has the opportunity to take things to the highest level.

Her sport will make its debut at this month’s Pan Am Games and at the Olympics next year in London. The timing couldn’t be better — Spencer is in her prime as her sport finally takes a turn in the spotlight.

Mary Spencer Eyes Gold for Canada at Pan American Games

In October, the world will be paying close attention to the boxing matches at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Historically, the world’s next professional boxers utilize the Pan American games to showcase their ability to compete on the international stage. Not to mention, these games in Guadalajara will act as a tune-up for those that will be attending the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

Armature boxers from around the world will descend upon Guadalajara with the goal of capturing a gold medal, qualifying for the London Olympics, and making a name for themselves in the competitive world of international boxing. Yet, the Guadalajara games will take on a whole new importance for a young group of amateur fighters.

Women’s boxing gets its turn at Pan Ams

GUADALJARA, Mexico — Spencer is a three-time world champion and a medal favourite in her 75-kilogram weight class, one of three that will be used in both the Pan Am Games and the Olympics. She will have to qualify through a national event this winter, and then through the world championships next spring, but she is expected to cast a stern figure in the ring in London.

“She hits like a man,” her coach, Charlie Stewart, told The Windsor Star. “She’s a hard puncher. She’s six foot tall. She’s got lots of leverage. She can really hit.”

The Drive to Gold Olympic Fundraising Event


The Drive to Gold fundraising event for Olympic hopeful Mary Spencer held on September 17, 2011 was wildly successful. Mary won her bout in the ring against the 2010 Provincial Champion, Amber Groome from Edmonton. Hundreds of people from Windsor Essex packed the warehouse at Drive Logistics on Devon Drive to enjoy a fight night that also included live bands, auctions, and Arial Acrobatics. Mary would like to thank all of the volunteers, her sponsors and especially her main sponsor Drive Logistics for hosting and coordinating the event. Most importantly Mary would like to thank all of her fans and supporters, now dubbed “Team Spencer” who are helping her bring the Gold home to Windsor through their continued financial support, attendance at the events, and for simply cheering her on. Mary is now looking forward to the next event to be scheduled in early spring of 2012


Mary Spencer was born in Wiarton, Ontario in December 1984. She lived in Wiarton, Big Trout Lake, Detroit, and Owen Sound before settling in Windsor, Ontario. In her early years she attended Roseville Public School and played sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, track & field, and cross country. She attended high school at W.F. Herman Secondary where she played basketball, volleyball and soccer.

Mary began boxing in 2002 at the age of 17. After a few months of testing the ropes she found herself at the Windsor Amateur Boxing Club, training under 3 time Olympic coach, Charlie Stewart. 18 months later Mary won her first Canadian Championship in the 66kg weight division. It would be the first of many major accomplishments in the ring. That year, 2004, Mary went undefeated in International competitions, winning tournaments in Italy, Poland and Taiwan. She was awarded Canadian Boxer of the Year in her rookie year.

In 2005 Mary repeated as Canadian Champion and went on to have another undefeated year in International competition. She won her first Panamerican Championship in Argentina as well as her first World Championship in Russia. Mary was named the Best Boxer of the Tournament at the World Championships and later that year was also named Canadian Boxer of the Year.

In 2006 Mary won her third Canadian Championship as well as another gold at the Panamerican Championships. She attended her second World Championship later that year in New Delhi, India and although she easily won her fights to get her into the semi-finals, Mary suffered her first international loss, leaving her with a bronze medal.

Mary won her fourth Canadian Championship in 2007 and attended three international competitions. At the Ahmet Comert Cup in Istanbul, Turkey, Mary won a silver medal. At the Witch’s Cup in Hungary, Mary won a silver, and at the Panamerican Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she won a gold medal. She was named the 2007 Canadian Boxer of the Year.

2008 would prove to be a comeback year for Mary. She won her fifth Canadian Championship and did very well in international competition as well, again going undefeated internationally. She won gold at the Ahmet Comert Cup in Turkey, gold at the Panamerican Championship in Trinidad & Tobago (was also named Best Boxer of the Tournament) and gold at the World Championships in Ningbo, China. She was named Canadian Boxer of the Year for the fourth time, and was also inducted into the WF Herman Sports Hall of Fame.

2009 would see new weight divisions for female boxers and Mary decided to drop from 66 to 64kg. She won gold at the Canadian Championship in this new division. A month after her victory word was spread that the potential Olympic weight divisions would be 51kg, 54kg, 60kg, 69kg, and 75kg. Without hesitation Mary made the jump to 75kg, although walking around at the low end of the category (69.1), leaving the 69kg division to her friend and also 2 time World Champion, Ariane Fortin. She competed in her only international competition that year at 75kg in Ankara, Turkey. In the final Mary faced 75kg World Champion Jinzi Li of China and came out victorious by a score of 4-2. The rest of the year was spent preparing for this new weight division.

In August 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of women’s boxing for only 3 weight categories. They are 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg. It was bittersweet news for women boxers around the world.

In 2010 Mary faced Ariane Fortin, two time 69kg World Champion from Quebec for the Canadian Championship. Ariane came out on top by a score of 10-7. However because neither boxer was a repeat champion at this weight division, Mary was able to challenge Ariane for her spot on the National Team. That would require Mary to beat Ariane twice in a row at the Final Team Selection held a month after the Canadian Championships. After two very close, hard fought battles, Mary came out on top by scores of 11-10 and 14-14 (30-29 countback score)

That year Mary won a bronze in Turkey at the Prime Minister’s Cup, a gold in Greece at the Minoan Cup, a gold in Brazil at the Panamerican Championship, (also named Best Boxer of the Tournament) and a gold in Bridgetown, Barbados at the World Championsip. She was also named Canadian Boxer of the Year for 2010. With less than two years left before the 2012 Olympic Games, Mary is focused on training and determined to bring a gold back to Canada.

The Secret of a Worry-free Home Construction

contractorsinsurancebullfrogThere is nothing more fulfilling than finally being able to have that opportunity of investing in your own home and see it get built from the ground up. Of course, you would expect having to deal with a considerable amount of stress and effort along the way.

No homeowner should ever have to neither experience any kind of major anxiety nor have to worry too much when their home is being built. In fact, here are some tools and techniques that will help all of you home owners, whether new or going through current constructions, and go through the process with ease and convenience.

Carefully Select a Team of Professionals

Gone are the days when homeowners lifted a finger, much less a hammer to start up their own home construction, as there are a good number of companies that work through bringing a home into reality. See to it though that you check on their background, expertise, years of experience and even contractors insurance to really be certain that you are in good hands from the ground breaking up until your entire home is completed.

Work on an Excess Budget

When money matters are concerned, some homeowners do opt to get through as close to their actual budget, but of course there are particular circumstances when materials and tools needed for your home may not be priced as you had expected. To prevent any trouble when it comes to purchasing any of your home construction essentials, be certain to allot a bit more than your expected budget so that you have considerable funding to guarantee that your home will be built within the time frame.

Have a Flexible Game Plan

Much like your errands that need to be done each day, as a homeowner, you will need to plan out your home together with your chosen contractors and see to it that this works to your liking yet at the same time it can be flexible and have alternative routes along the way. This is an effective way to ensure that there are no delays when it comes to completing your entire home, plus you provide a safe backup scenario in special cases when particular designs, décor or fixtures cannot be finished as you had expected.