“I have seen countless examples of women pulling each other down because they felt another woman’s success made theirs less. This is not only entirely unnecessary but so incredibly damaging as well. I am motivated and passionate to make this change both for the sake of my children, and ‘woman kind’.
One woman is capable of so much… Imagine all of us together! Wow…
Gems for Gems is a terrific movement to create that change and I’m so excited/ grateful to have the team we do! The sky is truly the limit!”
With a career ranging from retail to manufacturing, to distribution to marketing and sales, to career transition to executive search in oil & gas, to human resources and now international development and global fundraising, Brian Foster has a varied and highly interesting career.
I am so honoured to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization and work with this network of wonderful women.
Every woman has their story, whether yours is a fairy tail or a scary movie. Who we surround ourselves by will always be our strength to get through the good and the bad.
Kurt Ropchan is a Chartered Professional Accountant by trade. His educational background includes a bilingual diploma (2002), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Math (2007) and a CPA designation (2015). He has been in public practice since 2009 and is currently in talks to become a partner at the firm he is working at.
An adopted Calgarian, Michelle moved to Canada from the UK after completing her Joint honors MA in Law and Philosophy. From working in the Oil Sands to Co-Founding the Energy Disruptors Initiative, Michelle’s background has a solid foundation in Energy but her passion lies in all things creative.
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.
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.
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 love my work with e=mc2 events (with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto) as their Director of Marketing & Sales.
Prior to joining “e” in 2015, I was four and a half years as the Director of Marketing for RedPoint Media and Marketing Solutions, publishers of Avenue and WestJet magazines.
Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with a specialization in tax, a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, and holds a Masters in Law in Banking and Finance from Osgoode Hall in Toronto. She is a member of CPA Alberta, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the ADR Institute of Alberta.
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! #lovedoesnthurt
“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!”
“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.
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.
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.”
“Gems for Gems is a great organization that provides a positive forum for women to work together in support of each other. I am looking forward to connecting with all the wonderful women in this organization as well as paying forward all the kindness, generosity and support I was lucky enough to receive when I first moved here.”
“I grew up in the town of Okotoks just south of Calgary. In high school I was always very involved in the community. It made me happy to be a part of the change that I wanted to see. Since graduating I’ve felt as though I’m not doing my part in helping the community move forward. “
Adrianna graduated with a BA of Psychology from Laurentian University in 2007 and made the decision to move to Calgary in March 2008 for a fresh start.
‘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”.’
I am beyond honoured to work and to become a ‘Gem’ and can’t wait to see what the future of becoming a Gem has to offer. ‘Gems for Gems’ consists of a variety of hard working, caring, and amazing women who want to make a difference in other women’s lives.
“I am honoured to be a ‘Gem’ and look forward to working with amazing women who are caring, compassionate and driven! I know Gems for Gems has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of many women. I’m so proud to be a part of this team! I have been loved and supported by countless amazing women and I look at this as an opportunity to pay it forward. “
‘I am honoured and humbled to be a part of such an amazing group of women. I have always enjoyed being able to “give back” to the community whenever possible and by becoming a “Gem” this gives me the opportunity to do so on a much larger scale! Looking forward to what the future of Gems has to offer the many deserving ladies of Calgary!”
I am from Nova Scotia and have been living in Calgary for the past 3 years with my husband, son, daughter and 2 fur babies. I am a stay at home mom who runs a small local crafting business which nurtures my creative side in a way that my previous work in the corporate world didn’t.
“I am honoured to link arms with such a beautiful cause and organization.”
Angela was born in Austria and immigrated to Canada 35 years ago with 2 suitcases and dream.
We have a Nova Scotian Gem joining our ranks! I’d like to welcome Alicia Dobranowski! She is ready to lead the charge for the Christmas Jewelry Drive 2017 in Nova Scotia!
Alicia was born in Ontario and has lived in Halifax; Nova Scotia for the past 13 years. She is currently working as a Recreation Therapist in Mental Health and Addictions.
“I feel honoured to be a ‘long distance’ Gem and so lucky to always have had strong support network of wonderful women around me. It’s so wonderful to be a part of an amazing team of women focused on supporting and building women up. We all need a hand to reach our potential and I’m so happy to be a part of that for others through Gems for Gems!”
“What this group of amazing women have already done for the deserving ladies of Calgary is absolutely awesome – I cannot wait to be part of this group to see what future projects are ahead.”
“I truly believe women are strong because of our hearts, how deeply we can love, how that love can allow us to create life and do the impossible. Jordan and the other Gems are walking embodiments of the strength of love. When we feel a sense of Sisterhood we are able to step into that strength with more grace and confidence than when we feel we are standing alone…”
“I am thrilled to become a part of such an amazing organization. I currently run a program at my school that encourages young women to follow their dreams, to be confident, and to learn from talented women who live and work in their communities. When my participants move onto high school feeling empowered, and motivated- I cannot describe the feeling. I am passionate about being part of an authentic network where women lift each other up and support one another so that each of us is able to realize our goals, our worthiness, and our strength.”
Born and raised in Kelowna British Columbia, I lived out East in Halifax Nova Scotia for four years, and have recently returned to my roots back in Kelowna!
My career is in Health Insurance, in the Group Benefits Divisions for CapriCMW Insurance.
I am learning at balancing all aspects of my life but always knew I wanted to make time to give back to my community.
Being in an industry that is very male colonized, I get such pleasure and motivation to encourage woman to make the bold stand of leaving a footprint in what sometimes may feel like an unknown place.