Ontario artist Annette Gaffney turns trash into treasures

For as long as she can remember, Annette Gaffney has felt the urge to create. “There are kids who pick fights with their brothers just to be sent to their room so they can draw for hours… That was me.” After high school, she worked as a legal assistant in Toronto by day and took art courses … Read moreOntario artist Annette Gaffney turns trash into treasures

How one Indigenous mom builds bridges and connections through education and community

As a child, Kayla Mansfield-Brown attended monthly zone meetings for off-reserve Native communities with her mother but has little recollection of her Native identity shaping her life much in those early years. Things changed though, at nine or 10, when her mother was hired as a facilitator through the Native Council. Suddenly her mom was … Read moreHow one Indigenous mom builds bridges and connections through education and community

Nicole McKay helps youth connect with their traditional lands

Nicole McKay is standing at a picnic table in Chippewa Park, just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, rolling strips of locally caught walleye in a mix of flour and spices. Behind her, three high-school students — sisters Kay and Karlee and their friend Dazele — are plucking feathers from a Canada goose, under the supervision of Elder Bella Patayash. … Read moreNicole McKay helps youth connect with their traditional lands

Comfort & Joy: Terri Chu on the struggles and triumphs of home renovation

Long before she became a mother, Terri Chu was a committed environmentalist. As an Engineering Consultant in renewable energy projects, with a masters degree in Civil Engineering, she had definitive ideas about how she wanted to renovate her home before starting a family. Like a lot of century homes, her semi-detached — built in 1907 — was lovely but … Read moreComfort & Joy: Terri Chu on the struggles and triumphs of home renovation

How this Thunder Bay mom inspires kids to become “food literate”

Rachel Globensky with her daughter, Georgia. Food is both political and highly personal. It’s a way to feed our bodies and our souls, to sustain families and communities. Rachel Globensky is a self-described “certified foodie,” single mom to a nine-year-old daughter, and (after one too many run-ins with angry grizzly bears) a reformed forester who … Read moreHow this Thunder Bay mom inspires kids to become “food literate”

This Thunder Bay mom commutes year round by bicycle

Sebatien (l) and Felix on their bikes in downtown Thunder Bay, Ontario. Marlene Wandel grew up in a rural area outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As a kid, she recalls, “I was really jealous of all the kids who could cycle to get around. We lived too far out in the country for that to … Read moreThis Thunder Bay mom commutes year round by bicycle

How Halifax mom, Tracy McNeil, found her focus selling sustainability.

Tracy McNeil After years selling purses and bags through her Etsy store, Halifax mom and entrepreneur, Tracy McNeil found new focus with eco-friendly housewares. Now through Teebags, her home-based sewing venture, she sells reusable bowl covers, snack bags, cheese bandanas, sandwich wraps, and yes — adorable purses, to a growing list of far-flung clients. Always one concerned … Read moreHow Halifax mom, Tracy McNeil, found her focus selling sustainability.

How one mom makes periods a little easier for those experiencing homelessness in Toronto

Jana Girdauskas Everyone with a period knows the hassle of getting their period unexpectedly. For most of us, the remedy is at worst a pharmacy or corner store away, but those experiencing homelessness the hassle is often much harder to bare. For Jana Girdauskas, an unexpected run-in with her leftover postpartum menstrual products led to … Read moreHow one mom makes periods a little easier for those experiencing homelessness in Toronto

This Vancouver mom helps cushion the environmental blows of the construction industry

Kathy Wardle’s love for the environment began in her early teens. During a drive on Vancouver Island, she witnessed large swaths of land that had been clear cut out of old growth forests. Seeing the destruction that industry can do to the land led her to study how business can minimize environmental harm. After graduating … Read moreThis Vancouver mom helps cushion the environmental blows of the construction industry

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