The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


As a child, Jeff Faragher was severely burned and told he would likely never hold a pencil.

Despite his physical challenges, he has established a successful career as a cellist and music teacher, recently playing as a soloist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Amateur athletes do not usually work out and practice four to five days out of the week in preparation for their sport, but self-proclaimed obsessed-amateur roller derby player Zoey Duncan has been doing this for eight years. She says this is because of the sense of community and personal empowerment that the sporty brings her.

It is almost unheard of for people to take tests outside of school, let alone to keep a job, but at Untitled Champagne Lounge, it’s a monthly event.

Before new employees begin working at Untitled, they must complete two to three weeks of training, followed by an intensive 300 question exam. Rather than firing those who don’t pass, the owner, Nathan Newman, takes the time to help the new employee become more knowledgeable in the areas they struggle with.

Danielle Gordon already has a successful career as an optometrist, but saw an opportunity to raise awareness about children’s vision issues and create a project that connects kids with books; promoting the many benefits of reading.