Marshall Vielle was sitting in his bedroom last month, vanity full of makeup, about to start preparing for his drag show at a local Forest Lawn pub.
As soon as you open the door of Tavernetta, you can already smell the fresh bread, catch laughter from the staff and hear the old R&B music on the stereo. Modern paintings and pictures from local artists are displayed on the walls. It is Thursday afternoon and the staff are getting ready for dinner.
At the age of 15, Chaz Smith entered into the care of the child welfare system.
Experiencing homelessness as a youth, he could have never imagined that 14 years later, he would be running a non-profit organization that provides outreach assistance to Calgary’s homeless population.