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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. 

Christian dance instructor connects two great passions in the studio

jobs holloway dancer EDthumbDance and faith are intertwined for Rachel Cheung. Two expressions not commonly seen together, but it’s a connection Cheung follows as an instructor at The Arts Abbey, a Calgary dance studio that operates on a foundation of Christianity.

Cheung fell in love with dance the minute she started at four-years-old. Now 24, it’s still one of her greatest passions. She even makes time for it despite working another job at a real-estate company and being involved in charity efforts.

“I just remember always, always being happy when I danced,” Cheung said. “When I’m dancing, I just have this huge smile on my face, and that’s how it’s always been.” 

Local fabricator breaking into the world of set design on his own terms

jobs brak robots EDthumbDespite having no technical training, Shannon Chappell has been using self-taught skills to make robotic set pieces and costumes that push the boundaries of his skills both as a builder and an artist.

In a somewhat claustrophobic workshop, nestled unassumingly in the basement of a hotel along Macleod Trail sits Chappell’s workshop, Infernal Studios. Chappell, originally a photographer, learned the basics of computer aided design and custom fabrication without the aid of a textbook or the guidance of a teacher.

A long lost art survives 70 years later

jobs yohannes dolls EDthumbDoreen Harrold lost her entire porcelain doll collection as a child during the Blitz. But more than 70 years later, she's building a similar collection for others just outside of Airdrie, using an almost time-lost art. 

“I had quite the collection,” Harrold said, remembering the dolls from when she was 12. “Two Shirley temples, three German dolls, quite big ones, and some smaller ones.”

But in April of 1942 — when Harrold lived in Norwich, England — her house was destroyed by air raids during World War II.