The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Michelle Dueck, pole dancing student by day, pole dancing teacher by night.

teachpoleAs she drives in her sleek gray car, Michelle Dueck reflects on her journey into the art of pole dancing.

"I've always danced, you know? And the gym's okay, I do go, but I can only do so much in a gym. I did Baton, and I loved it. I wanted to do something as different as that," says Dueck.

How one artist does what she loves, while still getting paid for it.

painterSamantha daSilva worked in Naturopathy and Herbology for years before she realized it wasn't healthy for her to continue in the same line of work.

"[It was] incredibly fulfilling, I learned a lot but I found myself after the ten years extremely burnt out and kind of this it?"

Calgary man launches unique company to keep in touch with rodeo roots

The cowboy who was once a bull rider packs up for a weekend of rodeo and the long trip ahead to the next arena. His dark leather boots are cleaned up, his western shirts ironed, and his cowboy hat shaped. He loads up the truck for the drive but instead of a rope or saddle, this cowboy packs his laptop and video camera.

After growing up participating in rodeos for most of his life, Ted Stovin, 23, found his natural path as a bull rider. But after sustaining a shoulder injury that required surgery in 2010, Stovin found a new calling in the form of a business idea that catapulted him into the forefront of the rodeo industry.

How a man with Asperger Syndrome sees the world

Mitchell Growing up, Mitchell Roberts always knew he was different.

He had a particular way of interacting with others, and a colourful way of thinking.

"I never really considered myself that normal. You just know when you're kind of different, like cognitively, you really do. It's a prevalent thing, it affects every facet of your life, so you know," the 25-year-old University of Calgary student says.

Roberts was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) a type of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) most commonly affecting social functions.