The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Calgary’s Roy Smith grew up expecting to become a farmer but after a tragic accident that left him paralyzed, he has adapted — which has included taking up a career as a bookkeeper.

After graduating with a master's degree in social work, Mary Valentich soon realized her true passion was advocating for women and LGBTQ+ rights. However, while Valentich has seen a lot of progress in terms of women’s rights, she says there is still work to be done and is helping to do this work with her group, Social Workers for Social Justice.

Elizabeth Hall grew up loving art. Specializing in all forms of painting and sketching, including watercolours and acrylics. But after moving to Airdrie, her growing interest in the world of tattoo artistry prompted her to open her own private tattoo studio. 

“I was an artist my whole life. Like since I was a kid, I never wavered from it. I might've had a few little spots in my life that I might have not been doing as much art, especially in my beginning years of having kids,” said Hall.

Dr. Debbie Luk has been working in optometry for a decade and has won awards for her advocacy work in the field, but she says that vision is still mostly misunderstood by the public she serves.