Feature Profiles

Stanley Jones: Calgary’s first Great War enlistee

Calgarian had immense passion for soldier's life and for his wife, Lucile

Stanley-and-LucillethumbStanley Livingston Jones was standing with his wife, Lucile, in front of one of the local newspaper buildings in Calgary on Aug.5, 1914 when they discovered the news that German forces had attacked Belgium a da prior on Aug. 4. In response, Britain declared war on Germany to honour the 1839 Treaty of London — a document that stated Britain would protect Belgium in the event of war.

As soon as Lucile saw the news that Canada was joining the effort and troops were being urged to join the war-effort, she turned to her husband and saw an expression his face that made her "realize that nothing would stop him from enlisting."


Day in the Life of a Pole Junkie

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.


A journey in fearlessness

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 wondering...is this it?"


Ted Stovin: Cowboy Entrepreneur

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

StovinthumbnailThe 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.