Shazy – A Pure Heart

Shazy

So I was heading to wards the LRT (Light Rail Transit), or Subway here in Edmonton, and I realized I didn’t have the change needed. I stopped this fellow walking by and asked him if the LRT ticket machine taked debit, as I couldn’t remember…maybe he knew. He Said, “well, if it doesn’t, I got it.” What a heart. It’s nice to see this in …

Emil Tiedemann Loves Edmonton

Emil Tiedemann

Meet Emil. He’s kind of well know around the city for loving Edmonton, honoring it in his regular blog www.iheartedmonton.org. We met each other a couple of years ago when I was getting to know the online side of Edmonton. I contacted him through twitter and the rest is history…in the making. It’s nice that we both share the idea of providing the “Good News” …

Meet Alynne

Alynne

As my day progressed I decided to hang out in the City Center Mall and learn about a few things happening in the world. I met two extra special beings today, one of them was Alynne. Seems the topic was social issues and in particular, refugees. I have to be hush hush about the organization she was volunteering for, but let’s just say it was …

Nedljko at Churchill Square

Nedljko

Today was a special day for me. As I was testing out my new photography gear at Churchill Square, the city’s living room, trying for an artistic idea, a poem and a picture. Not more than 10 minutes into testing and capturing my piece, which I thought was a good concept, Nedljko appeared with a coffee in hand and a smile showing he was familiar …

Niki Martin of Move This

Niki Martin

Dances and Sparkles. That is Niki Martin. Not only was her outfit sparkly but her whole personality was shining. From her childhood she has always been dancing, and now has turned her passion into a career. I really like that her teaching style comes from having a healthy experience rather than being good at it. Exploring movement is a great was to get out of …

On the Horizon – A New Addition

Sunset 1

There has been such a great response in town from interviewing the Gem’s of Sooke. Thank YOU! While getting to know Sooke and key people within it, one of the things that has been brought to my attention is that nobody knows who I am. Even I don’t really know that, besides that I just AM. What I do realize is that I am capable …

Lorien Arnold of Sooke Mountain Cycle

Lorien Arnold

Free flowing passion. 12 years is a good amount of time to be running a business, and one guy that’s doing it with real passion is today’s Gem, Lorien Arnold. Boy, did we have a good talk today about cycling. I love speaking to people who are really passionate about their understanding and how it can really impact the way we live, for the better. …

Marlene Barry – Reflexologist and Volunteer Coordinator

Marlene Barry

Caring for her community. Whether it’s your physical health or community spirits health, Marlene is your woman. Having lived in Sooke for around 41 years now, she has a good idea of what is going on intends to help it stay that way. Marlene came up on my “Gem radar” earlier in the summer at the Sooke Flats for Canada Day, when my mom suggested …

Deanna Brett of Love Sooke

Deanna Brett

Positively inspired. The nature here in Sooke is really something to get excited about. Deanna is someone who has really embraced this aspect, from out in the boat to walking the shore…every inch of it. How this all began is that Paul and Dan Pudwell of Sooke Coastal Explorations had Deanna out on the boat whale watching one day and loved her enthusiasm. Since then …

Kathy Russell – The Painted Piano

Kathy Russell

Helping make a difference. Kathy is a mom, wife and terrific piano player and teacher. It takes a commitment to yourself and your studies to be successful at what you do. It has been great to know that Kathy works at all the aspects of her career and life and is also committed to helping out other areas of the community. She teaches piano, performs …