The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Elite Calgarian bodybuilder on building mental strength through sport

Produced by OLIVIA GRECU

While in her 20s, Lynne Loiselle modeled in advertisements, catalogues and fashion shows. When she began losing jobs because of her extremely thin appearance, she started lifting weights in an attempt to add curves to her naturally slender frame. She ended up loving it so much that she stopped modeling and began bodybuilding competitively.

By focusing the lens on people he meets on the street, Jeremy Fokkens makes personal connections in order to get authentic snapshots that tell a story

Produced by JOCELYN DOLL

Jeremy Fokkens met Rubina on one of his evening treks through Dhaka, Bangladesh. She approached him and asked him for money three nights in a row. When he refused on the third night, Fokkens said the 11-year-old girl quit asking for money, but returned his greeting whenever he walked by.

Death becomes hobby after life experiences


Each year, Calgarians pursue careers in the funeral business. Some are attracted by the unusual nature of the industry, while others are drawn to it because they want to help people going through pain and loss. For 39-year-old Calgarian Cristy Fraser, her decision to pursue funeral directing has been on her radar since she was a young girl.

Growing up in Calgary, Fraser says death and the "dark side" always intrigued her. Her mother taught her not to be afraid of death and it's a normal part of life. In fact, she and her mother used to visit cemeteries often as a way to spend time with each other in peaceful places.

Fraser says being a funeral director is a "calling" and she always knew she would end up working in a funeral home.

Friendship and jealousy come with sharing everything


Imagine being with your best friend at every moment of every day.

You share your birthday.

You even share your DNA.

This is how 36-year-old Michelle Smith describes being a twin. She says it's like, "having a best friend from grade 1."