“My name is Karla Gourdeau and I have lived in Calgary all my life.
I worked for an independent jewelry store for 7 years and am a Graduate Jeweller (aka I love all kinds of gems)!
I left the jewelry industry for the less glamorous world of big corporate oil and gas where I currently work as a Chartered Accountant.
I am passionate about women’s roles in a male dominated industry and hope to see more and more women in leadership roles and around boardroom tables throughout my career and never take my seat at the table for granted!
I feel very strongly about what the Gems for Gems mission and vision is, I especially love the scholarship program as I’ve always felt so privileged to have the education that I do as it’s always been my safety net and I want to see other women be able to change their life circumstances through the scholarship program.
I am excited to be apart of Gems as I truly believe in the “empowered women, empower women” quote and I have had the good fortune of a strong lady tribe to pull me up through my darkest moments and I would love the opportunity to give back and pay it forward!”
Passionate about helping women nurture their skin, beauty and soul, Dalyn takes women through her unique Goddess treatments that provide a total inner and outer journey to finding happiness, beauty and loving who they are. With her expertise, desire, and devotion, Dalyn works with you to understand your desires and provide you with an unforgettable and valued experience.
Dalyn is a Certified Professional Makeup Artist, Clinical Aesthetician, and Reiki Practitioner. She has three teenage children and lives in Calgary.
“In my teens, I had a passion for beauty and wellness. I began doing skin care
consultations, makeovers, and bridal makeup in 1988, but lacked the confidence to follow my dreams. Instead, I did what I was told was the “right” thing and went into secretarial work. This led me to becoming an HR Professional for 15 years. During those years I developed my skills building my own HR, Training & Coaching business.
I came to realize the importance of pursuing my passion after many life changing, eye opening experiences and being the target of bullying and abuse. I realized the patterns I had created in my life came from having no self-confidence and feeling of self-worth. I had to change my mindset, heal and recover for my life to change.
Listening to my heart, I began following my dreams. Tapping into my talent, skills and desire for helping women shine, Daysdream was conceived.
I am thrilled to join Gems for Gems as an ambassador because I am very passionate about helping empower women and I feel Gems for Gems and Daysdream is a perfect fit together!
I feel that me being an ambassador is powerful to have an input in making a change for the better, directly helping empower women to feel like the goddess they deserve to be, building their confidence and self-worth.”
Maeghen is an Elite Martial Artist and entrepreneur with a long track record of helping people achieve their goals and dreams in the Martial Arts.
Maeghen has 29+ years Martial Arts experience, holds multiple different Black Belts (5th Degree in Karate), and is a 11-time Gold Medal World Champion.
Maeghen started martial arts at the age of 8 and now owns and operates the largest martial arts school in Canada. She has been the WKU Western Canadian Regional Director for the last 4 years, and she has been on Team Canada and coaching Team Canada athletes since 2005, and as of 2018 is Co-President of WKU Western Canada.
“I fully believe in the work Gems for Gems is doing and I am so happy to be a part of it!”