The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


From a young age Zak McGurk had loved climbing and eventually turned it into business, forming a positive environment for climbers in Calgary. However, the team’s vision did more than that, breaking down barriers by creating an entire climbing community.

Jyoti Gondek didn’t always aspire to be a Calgary city councillor representing Ward 3. But, after trying to influence change through community volunteering and her work in city planning positions, she decided to take her knowledge and education to city hall.

Franjo Stvarnik and Anica Pavić knew each other from their small church in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina in former Yugoslavia, but they certainly didn’t know each other, at least, not to the extent they soon would.

Local jazz pianist Egor Ukoloff left his hometown in Russia to pursue a career as a full-time musician and, despite the challenges of being self-employed, remains passionate about the work he does.