Chelsey Radu, a young Calgarian with a passion for traveling and a deep love of Alberta. After spending the last year living in Rome, Chelsey developed a curiosity for discovering culture wherever that may be. Throughout her travels across Europe over the last several years, one of the most important discoveries she made personally was that culture is nothing more then the people in each specific place and what they hold near and dear. Be it traditions, core values or even the basic human need of being apart of something bigger then themselves. For some this might mean a personal relationship, being valued at work or a sense of patriotism. For Chelsey however, it meant understanding that if we look at all humanity as simply humanity then Canada and more specifically Alberta along with each part of every country can hold just as rich and intrinsically important part of human culture and the role each and every one of us have to play. Culture, much like people, is made all the more special when its uniquely different and one of a kind. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson "The quote mention above has always resonated with me because although we may all come from different backgrounds, social economic advantages or even our up bringing, we are all joined by one commonality. We have all needed help at one point and have all experienced times where we haven’t been happy. The latter part of the quote unfortunately is shared less commonly. To end each day feeling as though you have positively affected someone else’s present or future along with hopefully your own is truly the only way to ensure the world goes forth in not perfect, but at least a kind and inclusive manner to all those apart of it. Gems for Gems is a local, powerful and very important way of doing my part to ensure that other women who may feel not included, or perhaps not even noticed, do not feel that way anymore, especially not around Christmas. We all know it takes very little to exclude or include, yet the difference can be monumental, this is why I am so excited to be a part of a group that does the latter. We can all feel the help given has positively affected the life of someone who needed it, what a better way to go to bed at night."