‘When I moved to Calgary in January 2015 my self-esteem and confidence were really low. I have been shown support, trust, guidance and friendship by so many women when I started my first job at Orangetheory Fitness Seton! Owners, trainers, coworkers and members in the gym helped me achieve what I have right now and would never think of – it’s thanks to them that I run the store today! Joining Gems for Gems means now it’s my time to pay it forward and help women in achieving their ”impossible”.’
My sister Nadia was tragically murdered in March 2018 by a man she used to see who refused to let her go.
Ever since, I vowed to help others and keep her spirit alive, so Nadia doesn’t become just another statistic.
Meeting Jordan has been an honour and incredible light to our lives since Nadia passed away.
Gems for Gems is not only helping us tell her story and keep her legacy alive, but they have also committed to their first scholarship being given in her honour.
It has been a difficult journey, but joining Gems for Gems and their hands on approach to creating change, has given hope to my family and I.
Knowing we will help stop the cycle of abuse means the world to us.
I am so looking forward to the future projects and endeavours that will come out of this organization, and can’t wait to be a part of something so positive and wonderful.
Such a pleasure to have someone with such a love of life and big heart! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!
“I have been fortunate enough to have an amazing network of women in my life for support, guidance and encouragement.
Gems for Gems is a beautiful organization that provides such a positive environment for women who may not be so lucky.
I am so honoured to be even a small part of an organization that empowers and builds women up. I look forward to encouraging change in women and helping them realize and achieve all of their capabilities and goals through Gems for Gems.”
Hannah took up martial arts as a way to get fit with her children and was soon hooked! She now does karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai and jujitsu. Hannah competes in kickboxing and has won a number of provincial and national titles. In 2016, she won gold representing Canada at the WKU World Championships in Florida and hopes to repeat that in Athens, Greece later this year. She is a mom of 2 and teaches kickboxing and self defense at 5 Elements Martial Arts.
Hannah is passionate about helping women loves that Gems for Gems is creating true change for women in need.
Kate Hutchinson grew up in Victoria B.C. but now calls Calgary home. She first moved to Calgary to work at a local TV station, now she works as a freelance videographer. Kate works closely with the Gems for Gems team to create video to bring their messaging to life and help spread the word. Kate knew from the first time she attended a Gems for Gems event, it was a charity she wanted to support. She believes when women band together wonderful things are possible.
Stacey is a born and raised Calgary girl who always dreamt of owning a fashion boutique. She is now the proud owner and operator of DNA Dresscode, a women’s clothing store located right here in yyc.
This career choice has not only allowed her to share her passion, love for fashion and people, but also allowed Stacey to be available to her beautiful son, her true purpose in life.
“Jordan and I did a fashion show together a few years ago and when she took the stage and spoke about Gems for Gems, I was truly amazed! It was obvious to me that Jordan and I share a similar love for people but she has truly taken that up an entire level.
I feel very blessed to be an ambassador for Gems for Gems and am looking forward to doing my part in contributing to this beautiful charity.”
Apryl Dawn is a yoga teacher, writer and jewelry designer in Calgary. She is passionate about sharing and teaching from a place of experience and knowledge, and has been seeking a charity to back with the same passion. Gems for gems called to her not only because of the community in which it supports, but because of the incredible team of passionate and incredible humans behind it all.
“Im happily married to my wonderful husband. We have two amazing boys, they are 12 and 8. My guys are the loves of my life.
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a heart and passion for helping and serving people in challenging life situations.
I thrive on being a light and making a difference in everyone around me. I believe that we all have immeasurable value and potential, we all have our place and purpose in this world each of us with our own gifts and talents. The more we Share, the more we Inspire, the more we Inspire, the more we Empower.
Im so thrilled , honoured and humbled all at the same time to be joining Jordan and the rest of the “Gems” on this inspiring and deeply special journey. “
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Gandhi
“I am so grateful to be a part of this organization. I’ve been looking for a place that fit my values on giving back to other women and I’ve finally found it!”
Amber Zenith is the Founder of High Fitness and is a literal and physical powerhouse!
My life began when I became a mom, I feel beyond grateful that I was lucky enough to have babies with a safe and loving husband….. not all woman are as lucky…. With Mother’s Day coming, let’s spread awareness about domestic abuse and violence by joining Gems for Gems and posting a video about those amazing mamas in your life and what you love most about them!