Feature Profiles

#YYCAtWork: Ghost Tours of Calgary

Unique service offers haunted tours through some of Calgary's prominent neighbourhoods

Johanna Lane of Ghost Tours CalgaryJohanna Lane, 49, has done it all. She's been in the military, hypnotized people, overcome adversity and now she runs Ghost Tours Calgary, despite the fact that she is skeptical about the existence of ghosts.

A self-proclaimed "base brat," Lane's early life was spent living on various military bases ranging from Halifax, N.S. to Esquimalt, B.C.. Lane eventually ended up working in the military for five years as an air weapons specialist.

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#YYCAtWork: Controlling the wild

Living in a wildlife wonderland

BillAbercrombieImage thumbnailBill Abercrombie's love of animals and the outdoors led him to becoming an animal control expert. But sometimes he has clients that want him to do a lot more than just control their animal problems.

Abercrombie's love for the outdoors started at a very young age. He says he just wanted to "spend a lot of time in the bush with wildlife."

"I had an uncle who was a homesteader and trapper up in Peace River country. His story had a big influence on me."

 That led him to his own life working outdoors as a trapper, slowly moving into setting up his own business — Animal Damage Control. The biggest obstacle for him was the changeover from his life's passion, into a career.

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#YYCAtWork: Simply Nanny

Contrary to the popular movie Nanny Diaries, it does not take just "the nanny" to raise a child.

thumbnailsimplynannyNannies usually are employed to raise other people's children, but Sarah Kapcsos, 33, a former teacher, au pair and now nanny, says she's there to help the parents raise their own children.

Travelling back to the beginning of her career, Kapcsos remembers being a year out of high school when she decided to make the big move to Washington, D.C. to attend an exchange program to become an Au Pair.

"It was a totally new world," remembers Kapcsos. "I was in a different country, on the east coast in a big city, living in a home I'd never been in before."

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#YYCAtWork: Furry farewell

Pet cremation a respectful way to say goodbye

jobs stasiewich cremator EDthumbSelf-proclaimed pet lover, Art Magega, has pioneered a method to respect and honour pets who have died in Western Canada. Now Magega is still helping Calgary pet owners through the grief of a lost family member.

Magega came up with the idea in 1979, of selling cremation equipment to the Calgary Humane Society in order to address the growing problem of what to do with the remains of deceased pets.

Growing up with pets all his life, Magega thought cremation was a great way to honour the memory of a very important family member. 

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