The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Profiles

Sonia Holwegner has a busy house with her seven kids, but she and her family have taken on a new responsibility: raising a guide dog puppy for the visually impaired.
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.