Natasha’s story began in 1988 in the communist country of Czechoslovakia, now known as the Czech Republic. Natasha and her husband of that time decided to make an attempt to escape to Canada. At the time, Natasha had an 8 month old son, and the added responsibility and stress of looking after such a young child while planning the escape and traveling proved a significant challenge. They traveled through to the former Yugoslavia and lived in an old run down car for two weeks while making their way to the Austrian border. A days drive from the border, the car broke down. They were out of food, out of money, and out of options. Then, a family who they never knew was kind and charitable enough to pick them up from the roadside, feed them and house them and the next day drove them to the Austrian border. This humanitarian act by total strangers set a lasting memory for Natasha.
At the Austrian border came the moment of truth. They had no VISA, and could not legally cross. The border guards patrolled the area heavily to prevent any citizens from escaping to freedom, but the decision had been made. Their only solution was to separate into two different locations and make an attempt to run for the border in the hopes that they would make it across.
With her young infant son strapped on her back, and her husband of the time carrying all the belongings they had left in the world in a back pack on his back they made a run for the Austrian side in their bid for freedom. As they ran, the border police began shooting at the family however the family was lucky enough to escape the gunfire and successfully made it to the Austrian side. Once in Austria, Natasha and her family lived in a refugee camp for 13 months. She understands what it is like to live in poverty.
Eventually the family was approved for a VISA and moved to Canada, landing in Quebec where they lived for 14 months before moving to Calgary. While in Canada, Natasha became the mother of two beautiful daughters.
Stress took its toll on the family and Natasha was divorced and left on her own with very minimal support. She was alone and needed to find some way to raise her young children on her own. Struggling to survive, and on government support, Natasha faced her newest challenge head on, teaching herself the English language by spending hours watching the television game show Jeopardy and in 1999 while managing her three children, she made a decision to enter into the real estate industry. She needed a career that would allow her the freedom and time to be able to raise her children on her own. To that end, she chose real estate as a way of supporting her family. Even with English being the challenge it was for her she passed her real estate exams on the first attempt and became a licensed real estate agent.
Anyone who knows Natasha will tell you she is a woman of integrity who is always positive, who loves life and takes any challenge she is given head on. She and her three children have lived in Chestermere, Alberta since 2000 from where she provides services to her clients from the Calgary and Chestermere area.
Natasha became friends with Bob Eden in 2008 and soon found they had common beliefs. During their courtship they found they shared many personal dreams and aspirations. Both were committed to the philosophy that “Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”
On July 4th, 2009 they were married and embarked on a journey to each develop their own businesses with the desire of sharing some of their success with those who are less fortunate and to assist worthwhile causes.
They have teamed up together to create Natasha’s House Hunting Adventures. Bob does the marketing for House Hunting Adventures and while operating his own law enforcement training business, R. Eden Consulting Group, still makes time to support Natasha’s business and charitable dreams.
Bob is a retired 28 year veteran police officer who served the citizens of Delta, British Columbia until his retirement in 2008. His specialty became police dogs, which he carried into civilian life. He has written two books on police K9 training, and has his own business where he trains police officers around the world on every aspect of police dog training and deployment. During his last few years as a police officer, Bob was assigned to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Organized Crime Agency of BC where he was a detective investigating organized crime.
Through her experiences and through the joy of raising her children, Natasha has opened her heart to many other opportunities. Since 2001 Natasha has sponsored and financially supported two children, one from Zimbabwe and another from Bangladesh. She has also provided support to organizations such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, GK777, an organization that builds homes for the underprivileged in the Philippines, the Kiwanis Club of Calgary and KIVA.
Natasha is fully dedicated to her success with her family, her work and her clients and believes that to share of herself with others is the greatest gift she can give to herself.