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Taxidermist opens up about the art of reviving lost pets

JOBS lima taxidermist thumbRuss Wright had always wanted his own taxidermy shop. But after opening and then closing one when he was younger, Wright has finally found success in his retirement.

Wright traces his love of taxidermy back to his childhood, when he was first introduced to it by his father.

“My dad took me hunting when I was a kid, I started hunting when I was 14-years-old,” Wright said. “I always loved looking at different pieces of work…and hunting shops and that, I was always intrigued by it.”

Volunteer finds purpose in her life by helping others

thumbnail distress centreThe Calgary Distress Centre is often the first point of contact for those who just need somebody to listen.

Dealing with individuals in crises is what volunteers like Michelle Wise are trained for, including responding to calls that involve matters of life and death.

"Listening was crucial in these calls because if you didn't listen to what they were saying you might miss something and they may feel like they are not being heard and hang up," says Wise.

Former Calgarian makes grapes her occupation, finding passion in her new labour of love.

thumbnail terrystoneShe didn't know what to expect when her brother asked her to move to the Okanagan. Still, Terry Stone, a former Calgary business woman, packed up and headed out to pursue marketing for Anarchist Mountain Vineyard. Today, she cannot see herself doing anything else.

Everyone in the wine business is there because they love it, asserts Stone.

"It's kind of fun to grow something and then turn it into a product and enjoy the fruits of your labours," says Stone.

Tenacious designer of women’s line Bano eeMee crossed professions and borders in the pursuit of his dreams

Aleem ArifColourful tunics, created in Pakistan and carefully folded into a bag, became Aleem Arif's passport into the world of Calgary fashion.

Arif — the creative talent behind Bano eeMee — fearlessly carried his tunics onto a bus and headed to Calgary's popular shopping districts like 17th Avenue and Kensington on a mission: to sell his designs. He had just moved to Calgary, leaving his previous life working in the world of finance behind, and was determined to see his dreams come to life.