The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Zeke Thurston was raised in Big Valley, Alberta, and has been competing in rodeos since childhood.

From a young age Zak McGurk had loved climbing and eventually turned it into business, forming a positive environment for climbers in Calgary. However, the team’s vision did more than that, breaking down barriers by creating an entire climbing community.

Jyoti Gondek didn’t always aspire to be a Calgary city councillor representing Ward 3. But, after trying to influence change through community volunteering and her work in city planning positions, she decided to take her knowledge and education to city hall.

Franjo Stvarnik and Anica Pavić knew each other from their small church in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina in former Yugoslavia, but they certainly didn’t know each other, at least, not to the extent they soon would.