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Suit up, nerd-out, save wildlife – all in a day’s work

As a conservation biologist, Laura King isn’t just a scientist; she’s an advocate for nature and wildlife. She also has a passion for seeing more women become scientists who step out of the lab and effect change in the field. During her presentation for the Women in Science and Engineering

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Moving her way to mental health – the funky, fun way.

Cindy Butt, FarOut Fitness

For years Cindy Butt, the owner-operator of FarOut Fitness, a studio that focuses on women’s health and wellness, never thought she was athletic. She wasn’t good at team sports, so she wasn’t active. It was only when she discovered fun, non-competitive ways to get moving that her passion for fitness

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How to overcome obstacles and creatively fight the struggle

When Cynthia Ferrie landed a job as a senior consultant at a firm six months before graduation, she saw her life unfolding before her—and it looked perfect. Fast forward about a year, and the dream fizzled out. Despite making it clear to her boss during the hiring process that she

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Following her ‘happy’ and never giving up

Megan Kennedy The Healthy Vibe Health Store

Health and wellness have always played a strong role in Megan Kennedy’s life. Her Dad had her on ice skates from two years old and skiing downhill at three. Her Mom always stressed the importance of eating good real food. “People may use the excuse that healthy food costs too

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Telling stories, pushing past the pain

It’s not unusual for developmental editor Kris Windley to watch her clients cry. It’s not that she’s mean or a bully, rather, she’s determined to help people discover their voice, even it means pushing through pain points and often ends in tears. Good tears, though. “Writing is hard,” says Kris.

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Exploring and expressing love of beauty and the beauty of love

Right out of university, Dominique Hurley landed a government, nine to five job as a visual art representative and cultural programmer. It was her dream job. After a few years, however, she realized the dream job wasn’t so dreamy. She felt stuck and found herself mired in the Sunday night

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A lifetime of helping, one cup at a time

Helping people see their potential is Cheryl Barrett’s greatest joy. So much so, that when she sits down to reflect on her life and why she’s here on earth, one main answer comes to mind: to help. “Somehow, in some shape or form, to help everybody around me,” says Cheryl.

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Being present in the kitchen and in life

Jennifer Wellsman of Thyme to Dine on being present

Tunes blasting. Flavours mingling. A place to think. A place to relax. A place to get lost. Jennifer Wellsman’s kitchen is her happy place. She loves to cook, and the hours she spends in her kitchen may be solitary, but she never feels alone. “I have conversations with me, myself,

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A little stubborn goes a long way.

Michelle Marsh French For Life

If you were to meet Michelle Marsh—soft-spoken, petite, works with kids, a friendly and inviting smile—you may not guess ‘stubborn’ as one of the main traits that’s defined her life. But as she talks about important, life altering decisions—the ones that made her grow, that determined her character, that gave

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Forgetting the ‘supposed to’s’ and going for your dream

Ten years ago, Katelyn Bourgoin dreamed of being an actress, an artist, a designer. She wasn’t sure which, but felt no matter what path she chose, it would be creative, freeing and fuelled by passion. This dream felt certain, clear and deliberate. Equally certain, was the type of person she

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