Some heroes wear capes, some make skateboards.
On Mar.31, 15-year-old Harmony Breckenridge realized her longboard had been stolen from one of Fort Saskatchewan's 7-Elevens. The board had been a Christmas gift just over a year prior.
Her mother, Cayden Knittle, posted about the theft to Facebook to ask the community to keep their eyes out for it. Instead, Shano, who is known as the Fort Saskatchewan "skateboard guy" sent her a message.
Shano makes boards out of broken or used materials and often gives them away to boarders in the community. He'd been working on a board for himself over the winter when he saw the post.
"I wouldn't have the heart riding it knowing that a young girl got hers stolen and she couldn't ride hers. I figured it would be better for her to have," he explained. "Skateboarding is one of those sports where it's more of a family-based community where we all look out after each other. When somebody loses a skateboard to theft or something like that, it angers me."
He made some modifications to the longboard, so it would work better for a beginner. According to Knittle, she was blown away by the offer and Shano refused to accept any payment.
The pair then made a plan to surprise Breckenridge with the longboard on Easter. Knittle told her daughter she needed help picking up some furniture and when they arrived, Shano gave the teen the new board.
"I was really excited to see that I got to have a longboard back," said Breckenridge.
Breckenridge ended up meeting with Shano's daughters a few days later and the two had a fun time longboarding together.
Knittle posted a video of her daughter getting the board to Fort Sask Informed, which received a hugely positive response from the community.
"I like to call him a local hero," Knittle said.
Shano accepts used gear and helmets through his Facebook page. He added it has been tough to get new materials because of COVID-19 and would be happy to take old equipment from anyone who wants to donate to a good cause.