November 7, 2016 4:05 pm
Updated: November 11, 2016 10:42 am

‘She was beaming’: Winnipeg girl gets parting gift from dying tree

Crews from Alliance Tree Care gave a Winnipeg girl a parting gift for a tree she was attached to.

Jackie Culley
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WINNIPEG — When four-year-old Shae Culley threw a tantrum over a tree, it took a team of tree removal specialists to make the little girl happy again.

Jackie Culley said tree in front of her house in St. Boniface died months ago. On Wednesday, crews came to remove it. But she said Shae was very upset seeing the old tree go.

“She was watching them cut it down from our window and was hysterically crying for the tree,” Culley said.


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She then asked Shae if she wanted to go outside and hug the tree goodbye. That’s when the four men working decided to cheer her up.

Crews from Alliance Tree Care gave Shae a parting gift.

“They told Shae they were going to make something special for her from the tree,” said Culley.

Hours later, the four men gave Shae her name made out of the tree in the form of a plaque and a stool for her to sit on.

“They were so nice to her. She went from being the most sad she’s ever been in her life, to beaming. They didn’t have to do that, but did. The four guys went above and beyond,” Culley said.

Bill Schroeder president and co-owner from Alliance Tree Care said this isn’t the first time crews from the company have gifted someone with a parting memory.

People become attached to trees – children and adults – and it can be very upsetting to see them removed, he said.

“Our crews are good at gauging stuff like this… making gestures to ease the pain for people,” Schroeder said

“We felt for this little girl… as we have families, so we can relate.”

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