Overcoming a life-changing setback is something that the owner of a new Lloydminster business can speak to firsthand.
As we observe the National Day of Mourning on April 28th to recognize the impact of work related injuries and fatalities, Lorne Davidson sees the value in this observance and reflects on his journey following a workplace injury.
“That is an extremely important day that is constantly overlooked. I don’t think there is really enough information out there about some of the difficult things that people face through injury, and it’s just something that we need to talk about.”
The injury that led Davidson to switch careers happened about four years ago. He had spent ten years in the oil-patch and was working on the service rigs when he became permanently disabled with a leg injury. The last few years of his life has been a time of self-discovery. He has watched as the effects of job losses in the oil-patch took it’s toll on friends and family. He describes it as a dark time.
“Going to doctors’ offices about twice a day and spending the rest of the time filing papers which was a big mental hurdle that I had to overcome, going from a very athletic career to sitting down and being locked in a filing room of sorts.”
In overcoming those struggles and going through rehabilitation he came up with a business venture that pools innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Mid-West community.
Legacy DIY is coming up on it’s first anniversary this September. A repurposed furniture store across from the Atrium in downtown has become a brick and mortar hub to over 120 local businesses.
For Davidson, his life challenges have brought him to a place of giving back to the community and the creative ideas are still unfolding in the heart of downtown.