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building schools in Nepal
started her philanthropy path at age 10 when she felt the
strong need to build a school in Nepal and chose to partner
with Room to Read. During this time she discovered that her
love for public speaking and raising money went hand in hand.
Sam raised over $32,000 which was enough to build an elementary
school in Nepal with Room to Read. With this goal accomplished
the Rotarty Club of Calgary asked her to team up with them
and the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation to supply books, desks,
computers for a high school they were building in Phaplu,
Nepal. Sam readily took on the project. Sam raised over $10,000
for this project bringing her total to over $42,000 for the
education of the children of Nepal.
Some of the places Sam has had the privilege to speak at include
the Room to Read Gala Dinner in 2007 with John Wood as well
as the District Conferences of the Rotary Club in 2008, 2009
and 2010. Many individual Rotary Clubs have invited Sam to
share her story. She also has spoken at the Sir Edmund Hillary
Gala Dinners in 2010 and 2011 as well as the wind up dinner
held by the Sir Edmund Hillary and Rotary Club upon completion
of the school in Nepal in 2012. Sam shared the stage with
Room to Read co-founder Erin Ganju at the Economic Development
conference in Kananaskis in 2011. She also loves speaking
to children and has spoken to over 1000 students in Southern
Alberta about philanthropy and the importance of it.
Sam is now a Grade 11 honor student at WR Myers who loves
basketball, riding horses and hanging out with her family
and friends. Sam is excited to continue motivating people
through her speaking engagements.
was born in rural Manitoba, moved with her family to Bow
Island as a child and, in grade 8, her family moved to Lethbridge.
She graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1991
and attended the University of Lethbridge, graduating with
Dean's List recognition in 1996.
pursued her Masters Degree (Sociology of Law) at the
University of Alberta and focused her research on the relationship
between human rights and human dignity.
she was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta as a Barrister
and Solicitor and joined Davidson and Williams LLP as an
associate lawyer. Two and half years later, she was invited
to be their first ever female partner.
since returning to Lethbridge 10 years ago, Kristin has
been actively involved in the Southern Alberta community,
serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology
at the University of Lethbridge and regularly volunteering
at Lethbridge Legal Guidance.
is an instructor at the Parenting After Separation Course
offered through Alberta Justice, teaches part of the Financial
Literacy program offered at Woman-space, and also leads
first time entrepreneurs through a Business Development
Course at ExecuServe. Past president of Executive Women's
International, Past Chairperson of the Lethbridge Bar Association
100th Anniversary Committee, and former Chair of the Planned
Giving Advancement Committee at the University of Lethbridge
are also part of her resume.
Gillin, is a 22 years old university student from Lethbridge
who has ignited an after school hobby into a thriving business.
In 2008 Matt was a grade 11 student painting shirts after
school in a basement for himself and friends. The demand
for his shirts became so great Matt launched Candie Co,
his first clothing company. Over the last five years the
demand for Matt's clothing has greatly increased and formed
into a very promising company.
challenges of creating a new business are great and very
demanding for anyone. Add in being a 17 year old entrepreneuer
with very little capitol to begin with and the fact that
the business world is not familiar with a teenager entrepreneuer.
Matt has overcome many of the hurdles placed in front of
him with a dedicated work ethic and the massive support
from his family, friends, and the surrounding community.
believes having a nurturing, positive environment allowed
him to pursue his passion without risk of personal failure.
The environment that was created for and by Matt has allowed
him to "learn life through the eyes of a businessman:
Responsibilities, Leadership, and Courage." He now
looks forward to giving back to the community that assisted
him along the way..
is the owner, operator, instructor, host and hostess with
my husband Collin of Red Roof Studio Art Studio/School/Gallery/Concert
Venue, B&B. Together they built a straw bale studio
as a home for the arts in thier community on their acreage
in between Brooks and Duchess on the Hwy to Dinosaur Park.
Their Motto" Anything to do with art can happen here".
They teach photography, figure sculpting, painting, drawing,
etc .from here. Rita passion for the arts is what the place
thrives on. "I love to teach and share the knowledge
and satisfaction I have received myself from creating and
making things from nothing. The lack of professional artists
teaching art in the schools as I think it should be taught
made me want to start an art school here in the middle of
and Rita Wildschut moved to Brooks, Alberta in 1975 from
The Netherlands. She earned her BFA at the University of
Lethbridge. They have been actively involved in the community
and especially in developing awareness of the local arts
community. Not only does the Red Roof Studio have the gallery
displaying work from various local artists, it also contains
a studio for Collin's photography; teaching areas for classes;
Rita's work space for her own creations; a beautiful seating
area by the garden pond; many gardens that contain fairies,
giants and other creatures created by Rita; and an addition
to the gallery also contains Rita and Collin's own living
sanctuary. The large property has the Bed and Breakfast.
Find out more about the Bed and Breakfast at Rita's Fabulous
Blog. Their home is situated in the country and is any gardeners'
envy with 4 acres of flower gardens, sprawling lawns, trees,
and orchards. The yard contains a photographers ideal backdrop
and also is where art classes occur in the summer.
Neuberger has learned an awful lot about the business of
living after he came face to face with his mortality at
the age of 34 with a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Never one to give up, Darren faced this "experience"
as he calls it, with positivity as he endured two straight
years of treatments to get his cancer in remission. Even
though he said it was the toughest experience that he has
faced in his young life, it was also the wake up call that
has set him on his path to becoming the person that he is
today. Now almost eight years post treatments cancer free,
Neuberger continues to carry on his passion to share his
story and voice as to paint a picture of cancer that we
desperately need to see and that is not just surviving this
hideous disease but thriving in your life post cancer. Darren
became very vocal about what he went through and to this
day has been coaching young adults who feel lost and afraid
while facing their own cancer diagnosis. In January 2010
he self published a book titled let's Talk! about it. inspiring
stories from young adult cancer survivors. Darren became
a Certified Empowerment Coach through the Certified Coaches
Federation in 2011 and he is also an Inspirational Speaker
who has been inspiring audiences with his message of living
life to the fullest. One would think that having lived through
a cancer diagnosis would be enough of being associated with
cancer but not Darren, he is very passionate about being
apart of a cancer free movement and he does so by working
with the Alberta Cancer Foundation as a Development Officer.
He has been very fortunate to work with amazing volunteers,
event organizers and donors where over the past few years
have raised over $2 million dollars in events and other
fundraising initiatives that he has been involved with.
Neuberger says that it's important to leave behind a big
footprint when we leave this world and he is on a mission
to do so and inspire others to do the same!
is married to Jaylene Ulmer and they have called Lethbridge
home for the past 13 years. When he isn't raising money,
delivering speeches or coaching people, you will more than
likely find him on one of the beautiful courses in Southern
Alberta during the summer months, as he is very passionate
about the game of golf.
"If Money Was No Object
would you really behave
Cheryl Dick has been studying mindfulness and meditation
for more than 20 years. Over the past five in particular,
Cheryl has been working with Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now'
approach and she recently
completed the 'Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction' program
from the University of California, San Diego. Her TedX talk
will provide observations and pointers on the effect our
habitual mind habits have
on our ability to enjoy our success, financial and otherwise.
Prior to joining Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) in
June 2005, Cheryl spent more than 15 years working with
executive teams in publicly-traded corporations and public
institutions. She completed her MBA in 2003 through Royal
Roads University and she is an alumna of Lethbridge College.