RED DEER ( 660 NEWS ) — An organization based mostly in central Alberta has reached a serious milestone, 15,000 prospects throughout Canada.
Jodee Prouse formally owned a cosmetics firm that made bathtub and physique merchandise. Six months into her retirement she discovered herself losing interest.
“My son had approached me and requested if I needed to discovered an organization with him down within the states,” Prouse explains, including “So we began one other firm collectively, making the identical sort of merchandise.”
Two and a half years into operating their new firm, the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“It was like, ‘how are we going to outlive this?’” Jodee explains that’s once they transitioned from promoting lotions, to facemask’s and got here up with their firm Service Masks Provide.
“We began off by promoting masks to colleges who weren’t in a position to get their palms on high-quality reusable masks,” Prouse instructed 660 Information.
Service Masks Provide boasts 150 distinctive designs, from breast most cancers consciousness designs to flamingos. The Prouses design all of their masks as a workforce.
LISTEN: 660’s Devon Banfield speaks with Jodee Prouse of Service Masks Provide
Every masks prices solely $5. Regardless of the low value, a portion of each sale is donated to psychological well being charities throughout Canada, a trigger that’s near the Prouse household.
“My son and I, at completely different occasions in our lives, have struggled with nervousness and despair,” Prouse explains, including “My brother misplaced his battle with alcohol and despair by taking his personal life. So that may all the time be one thing I’ll proceed to do.”
The corporate can also be female-driven, however Prouse jokes that they’ve allowed Ryan to hitch the women membership, operating the U.S. facet of the operation.
“We’ve got six ladies as members of employees, with two teenage ladies who’ve their first jobs right here,” Prouse says, explaining that in her 20 years as a enterprise proprietor, she has centered on creating a piece setting that helps ladies.
“I’m a lot an advocate for ladies with the ability to work,” she says, including “even our employees now, we schedule round kids. It’s one thing we are able to do to assist ladies nonetheless be capable of get out and work however nonetheless making their household the primary precedence.”
Regardless of their success, Jodee says that they’re trying ahead to the tip of the pandemic.
“We’re going to have fun when that is over, similar to everybody else,” Jodee provides, saying that she’s simply grateful that they’ve been in a position to give again all through the COVID-19 pandemic.