Autism Advocate, Mother, Wife of NHL Coach Jason LaBarbera
Episode 143: Living the Life with Autism with Kodette LaBarbera
Born in Arizona, raised in Nelson, British Columbia, Kodette LaBarbera is a wife and mother who has built her life on building better communities through a healthy, active and charitable lifestyle.
Kodette is a wife to former NHL goalie Jason LaBarbera and mother to two sons, Easton and Ryder. In 2013, she began co- starring on the W Network’s hit TV show “Hockey Wives”. Through the popular docu-series, she showcased her charitable endeavors, focusing on her commitment to Autism – a cause close to her heart.
In 2012, Kodette’s eldest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Since then, Kodette has remained committed to ensuring Ryder’s success through her own education and by raising funds and awareness for research and support programs with multiple local and national organizations.
Kodette’s husband played 16 years pro hockey and met Kodette in Calgary in 2006. Since then, the couple, joined by Ryder in 2009 and Easton 2011, have lived in 6 cities. Kodette has always made it a priority to make a commitment to her new community by getting involved in local volunteer activities and charities close to her heart.
In 2011, Kodette, along with Brijet Whitney and Katerina Jokinen spearheaded a grassroots fundraising effort called “Love for Lokomotiv” that raised funds for the wives, girlfriends and families of victims of the plane crash that claimed the lives of the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Her philanthropic efforts have resulted in over $1,500,000 raised for multiple charities in Canada and the United States. Now that Jason has retired from the NHL and working as a goalie coach for the Calgary Flames and Hockey Canada, the family has made Calgary their year-round home.
Kodette loves being able to connect with her fans and other parents and families. She loves hearing from other parents with autistic children to share success stories and being able to help those trying to balance a healthy lifestyle through fitness, nutrition and social outings!
With the nomadic lifestyle of the hockey world, Kodette moved 18 times in the course of Jason's career, so she understands more than most how stressful moving can be. She prides herself on her attention to detail, knowledge of what people expect when moving and helps her clients through all aspects of the home search. Kodette is really excited to be joining Sotheby's International Realty Canada and working alongside a strong team of successful agents, where she looks forward to sharing her passion and expertise
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