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A passion for storytelling

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Jenn Smith Nelson

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF Susan Barber Q.C.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Prairie Gold Chorus

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I have been in the marketing and communications field for about 12 years. But, I can pinpoint when the love for storytelling through writing began. I was working at Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC) promoting the city to travel media types like writers, photographers and bloggers, urging them to come discover what we had to offer. It was through this piece of my former job that I figured out two things: First, I have a crazy amount of love and pride for my city and province Secondly, I realized through pitching stories that I was on the wrong side of the table. These were stories I wanted to tell.

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My journey into storytelling began with a personal blog. It centered on simple stories about the city and the exciting things happening here. Then I started to capture those stories in photographs, which seemed to be a natural fit. Since then I have been busy pitching and writing stories about our wonderful province for publications like Pink and Canada’s number one women’s magazine, Chatelaine. Do you freelance full time? Travel writing and photography are passions that I currently pursue in my free time. I also have a day job with a wonderful organization - one that supports a work life balance and the ability to pursue outside passions. The small successes I have experienced lately have fueled my passion to continue down this road, and my need to venture out further has grown immensely. Though I will always continue to share stories about my home, I am eager to explore the world. Luckily, I was recently afforded a grand opportunity to visit Africa, with a mission that married my job and my passion.

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Tell us about your mission to Africa. Through my job at SaskCentral, I was chosen as one of eight communicators handpicked from co-operatives across the country to take part in a volunteer mission. Our mission was to witness firsthand how IFAPI, an agricultural and finance project, is improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Uganda, and then share the stories upon our return home to Canada. So this was quite a bit different than the travel writing you have been doing? Yes, completely. The point wasn’t to sell Uganda as a destination, although it is lovely. I did, however, get to put my travel-writing lens on when it allowed for it. We wrapped up our visit with a two day stay at the amazing Murchison Falls National Park. We took in a land safari and Nile river cruise. I have shared a lot of stories on my blog and social media platforms about those experiences. So what was the rest of the mission about? What was it like?

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same status level as men in Uganda. They are often less educated and have limited access to financial resources and possessions (such as land). Through membership in SACCOS, this is changing. Women have the ability open accounts and take out loans. These loans help them to start their own small-scale farming practices such as bee keeping or growing crops like mushrooms or maize. As a result, they are able to achieve financial independence. They are really liberating themselves. The communities are finding new ways to keep it sustainable. It’s tremendously powerful. Was there any part of the mission that was difficult for you? Yes. Seeing the full extent of the dire living conditions where Ugandans (especially children) lack access to things we may take for granted here like water, sanitary services and so on was difficult. Most communities we visited had long-established Our daily routine involved driving through rural Northern Ugan-

co-operatives. Therefore, we were able to interview a lot of

da and visiting marketing co-operatives and savings and credit

Ugandans who were experiencing a decent level of success.

unions (SACCOS). While in the van, our eyes were always glued to the windows. You would see men, women and chil-

One community, in particular, demonstrated that the battle to

dren of all ages walking alongside the highway making their

climb out of poverty is still uphill. Akoloda, a village that had

way to or from their villages.

recently been devastated as the epi-centre of a recent civil war, is in rebuilding mode. During civil wars in Uganda many co-

We spent about a week on the road and stayed in the towns

operatives and credit unions were forced to disband. Now they

Masindi, Lira, Nebbi and Arua. From there, we commuted

face the challenge of having to start over.

short and long distances on very bumpy and sometimes broken roads to visit nine communities in total where we con-

Widows and orphans made up the majority of the community’s

ducted 100s of interviews. Through the interviews we found

population. These wonderful women, along with the rest of the

Ugandans were more than willing to share the stories of how

community, welcomed us and sent us off in song. The spirit of

their involvement in a co-operative changed their life.

this community was truly amazing. The team fought hard to hold back tears during our time there.

How have their lives changing as a result of their cooperative memberships?

I met two women, Mary and Prisca, who will forever shift how

The stories we heard through each village were very much

I think about ‘first world problems’. These women were in their

the same, with a few exceptions. Access to information and

early 30s and 40s. They had 11 children between them. They

knowledge, such as how to save their money, along with the

also had in common the burden of carrying the weight for each

ability access low-rate loans from credit unions have allowed

of their families.

Ugandans to start up and enhance small scale farming operations. In turn, this has provided a significant change of life-

I barely held it together as I listened to how these women

style. They are now able to provide their families with some of

struggled but remained optimistic despite their situations. I in-

life’s basic essentials: food, schooling and medical facilities.

terviewed Mary first. She spoke with poise, pride and graciousness. Becoming a farmer and joining the rural producer orga-

It is also helping women achieve equality. Women don`t hold the

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nization (RPO) has allowed her to put food on the table, take


care of her children and care for her husband, who is slowly

Akoloda will always hold a special spot in my heart but it isn’t

succumbing to AIDS.

because of the struggles or hardships I witnessed; it`s because of the positivity, hope and the strength the whole community

Prisca, a new member who is maintaining her income through

exuded. They will one day succeed. I am certain.

small-scale farming and the purchase of a goat, seemed to still be experiencing a lot of hardship. Her face was tight and

What else did you learn during your time in Africa?

her expression never changing as she described life before she

So much. While in Uganda, I learned that a quarter of the popu-

joined the co-operative. They didn’t have plates to eat on. Her

lation lives on under $1 per day and 80 percent of the popula-

children often went without clothes and food. Her struggles

tion are involved in farming.

didn’t end there. Her husband is a village wanderer, having lost all mental capacity when he was taken and beaten by rebel

Most importantly, though, I learned that things are changing

insurgents during the war.

for the better.

As a mother and a wife, I couldn’t, and still cannot, even begin

Through the IFAPI project model, the UCA (Uganda Co-opera-

to imagine the hardship and strength it takes for women like

tive Alliance, which is supported by the CCA) is helping Ugan-

Mary and Prisca not only to survive but to successfully care for

dans by providing access to training and resources through

their families. I promised them I would share their stories.

co-operatives and credit unions.

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Ugandans seem to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

The people and the culture are often the most interesting part

Members receive a variety of training through the UCA, includ-

of a destination. In this instance, selling the destination was

ing gender equality training. One of the most moving things

never the objective in the first place. Now, when I think back on

I heard during an interview came from a successful Bomido

the experience, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would do this

farmer named Deo. He said, “After 30 years of marriage, I have

trip for this purpose all over again in a heartbeat.

now learned to respect her; we now have peace; we now work together.” It was due to the gender equality training he received

I am thankful to PINK Magazine for allowing me to share this

that Deo realized he needed to change his relationship with his

story. The work that the CCA and its many volunteers are doing

wife.

is so important. We certainly have won the lottery being born in Canada, but there is a world beyond us. Ugandans have a long

Something surprising that I learned: Ugandans know how to be

way to go before they climb out of poverty and build stability in

happy. In fact, they are so good at it. I realized about halfway

their own country. They are on their way through the uprise and

through the journey that we have a lot to learn from their ap-

rebuilding of the co-operatives.

proach to life. Our work here is far easier. One image that will never leave my mind is the children’s smiling faces. As a mom, I couldn’t resist taking the time to hang out

Think globally. Love your community. Treat people with kind-

with the village children. They absolutely lit up when one of us

ness. Most importantly, be grateful for the amazing opportuni-

would take their picture or video and show it to them. Their giant

ties we are afforded.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF

SuSan BarBer Q.C. - Taking iT aS iT ComeS by Gail Jansen-Kesslar Susan Barber is one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2012, according to the Women’s Executive Network. She was the recipient of the YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award in Business in 2000. In 2007, she was named a Woman of Influence by Saskatchewan Business Magazine. This is just a sampling of the many awards and honours that have been bestowed upon her since she was called to the Bar in 1988. Barber, a lawyer and partner with the law firm of McDougall Gauley LLP in Regina says that at the end of the day, it’s less the accolades themselves, and more about the work she loves to do. “I don’t do the things that I do in order to get awards,” says Barber. “I do them because I have always enjoyed everything I’ve ever taken on.” And over the course of her career, she’s taken on a lot. No Such Thing as a Typical Day While the variety of work that Barber does on any given day ensures that there’s no such thing as a “typical day”, an average one will see her rising at 5:30 a.m., although on some days, rather reluctantly. Still, says Barber, she’s now at that stage of her life where she couldn’t sleep in even if she wanted to. Instead, she rises and heads to the gym for 6:00 a.m. most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so that she can get a physical workout in, before she begins the more exhausting mental workouts that typically mark her busy days. Heading to the office from the gym, Barber settles in behind her desk by 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. On the days she’s not travelling, she will often stay as late as 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., before packing it in for the night. On the days she is travelling, 7:00 p.m. is often the start time of the second half of her workday. Once she’s back at her hotel room, she’ll spend her evening answering emails and dealing with issues that may have cropped up during her absence. It’s a pretty steady workflow and a busy life, says Barber. She also says she always knew from the outset that the practise of law was a demanding one. While it may not have been the life she had originally envisioned for herself. She originally thought she’d become a journalist after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the University of Regina. For some unknown reason, she made the decision to take the LSAT, leading her to the University of Saskatchewan where she graduated from law school in 1987. “For me, being a lawyer was always something I equated with being a politician. Since I had no ambition to be a politician, I didn’t think law would be something I would like,” says Barber. “But my father, who was President of the University of Regina at the time, was a big supporter of academic studies and he told me you can always jump from a law degree to something else. He encouraged me to go and pursue that broad based education. If I didn’t like it, I could always choose something else.” Lucky for many, as it turned out, she did like it. 14 |

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Difficult Decisions Today, while much of her practise as a partner at McDougall Gauley LLP is focused on labour and employment law and human rights issues in the workplace, a fairly significant part of her practise since 2006 has been spent as one of about 100 adjudicators in Canada who hear and determine claims of former Indian Residential School students. “I hear stories of physical and sexual abuse at Residential Schools. I adjudicate those claims and decide whether they fall within the parameters of the mandate I’ve been given, as to whether or not they are entitled to compensation, and if so, how much.” Decisions, says Barber that at times can be “gut wrenching,” and “very difficult to hear.” Still, as difficult as those decisions can be, there’s a sense of satisfaction she gets from the work that makes it difficult for her to choose which part of her practise she enjoys more. “It’s hard to choose one over the other,” says Barber. “With the Indian Residential School claims, as corny as it may sound, it’s nice to be able to feel like you’re doing something to make a difference in an area where there was some real wrongdoing in many cases. You like to hope that you’re making a difference in righting some of those wrongs.”

lake out on the boat with her husband and family. “If I’m sitting in my office during the summer looking out longingly at a 30 degree day with no wind, I might say at 3:00 p.m., if I have no appointments and I know the pile will be there tomorrow, that I’m just done for the day. I’ll head out to the lake.” She imparts this sound advice to those young lawyers that she mentors in her own firm. “I tell them that they do have to work hard. That’s the reality of practising law. It’s the reality of the profession we’re in. It is important that you also not lose sight of your family, your partner, your kids and your health. All of those sorts of things that are so fleeting at times.” As for Barber’s own future, she says she has no set plans in place or hidden agendas. She just takes each day as it comes. “Everyday is a bit of a surprise,” says Barber. “I never know what’s going to happen when my phone rings - whether I’m going to be asked to take something else on or whether there’s some other significant challenge on a file. I just take it as it comes. I don’t look and think, “Oh, I’d like to serve on that board,” or “I’d like to do that”. I am just busy and am thankfully healthy. I have a great family and a great spouse. I just take every step as it comes and am happy that I’m able to.”

“On the other hand,” adds Barber. “With the labour and employment and other areas of my practise, I never have the same day twice. I love the variety of the work I get to do for really good clients.” And with still more than 16,000 Residential claims to be heard across Canada, Barber says it’s a busy, multi-faceted practise that she’ll be maintaining for at least another four more years. Ensuring Balance With variety in her work life, so many community commitments to boards and organizations, as well as a new appointment to the Executive Committee of her firm, maintaining a balance is something Barber says she tries really hard to incorporate, especially during the summer months when she’s a little more selfish with her time. “I think you have to maintain that balance,” says Barber. “As demanding as my practise can be, I kind of roll with it. I am more selfish with my time in the summer months. I golf in the summer time, and even though I might feel guilty leaving the office in midafternoon, I will still try and make my Ladies Business Golf group gathering on a Tuesday afternoon. You have to try and keep it all in perspective.”

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In the SpotlIght Prairie Gold Chorus: 30 Years of Harmony

by Jessica Reimer

It is no coincidence that Regina-based Prairie Gold Chorus’ 30th anniversary event this June – “Thank You for the Music: 30 Years of Harmony” – is inspired by the infamous ABBA song of the same name.

tune. From traditional Barbershop to Josh Groban, these Saskatchewan women have decades of experience refining their vocal versatility, all the while paying homage to a diverse and enduring genre of music.

ABBA’s music is laden with upbeat melodies, punchy lyrics and, above all, fun. Fun is one of the basic tenets of Prairie Gold’s female-only, unaccompanied Barbershop group. The other tenet is friendship.

The name Prairie Gold embodies the spirit of Saskatchewan, with its sprawling landscape and golden wheat fields. That’s not all, though. Lindenbach also spoke to the group’s unwavering support for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. While the parallel between a football team and a Barbershop chorus may not be obvious, it became clear in speaking with a few of the chorus members that they all adopt the same team mentality you would expect to find among athletes.

“We stand by our motto of ‘come for the music, stay for the fun,’” said Jane Pearce, a Prairie Golden Girl for over ten years, She is one of approximately 25 women currently in the group. When asked how the Barbershop genre fits into the mosaic of modern music, director and songstress Denise Lindenbach responded without hesitation. “If a song has a memorable melody, it can be written for Barbershop!” She laughed, recounting an experience at a recent workshop when a fellow chorus surprised the group with a Barbershop rendition of a popular Lady Gaga 16 |

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“I’ve met a lot of great friends along the way,” said Helen Olinik, an original member whose involvement with Prairie Gold extends all the way back to its inception in 1981. “We work together to make a better product, … and it’s a great feeling to have something in common with people around the world. [Prairie


Gold Chorus] is a personal skill-building organization.” “Many of us are [Roughrider] season ticket holders, so it’s not uncommon for a rehearsal to start with a recap of recent Rider news,” confirmed Lindenbach. They have even perfected a Roughrider medley, made complete by the group dressed in traditional green and white. “You can expect to see a few of us in jerseys at our 30th anniversary event this summer,” she revealed. Prairie Gold is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a nonprofit singing organization boasting over 30,000 members in choruses and quartets from around the world. The Regina chorus has received wide recognition for its skill and talent. Among other accomplishments, in 2009 the group was invited to compete on the international stage in Nashville, TN. They were awarded fifth place in the Division A Harmony Classic Competition. Prairie Gold will be attending a regional competition April 20 in Surrey, BC. They hope for history to repeat itself. Off the competitive stage, the chorus places an emphasis on connecting with their local communities by performing at care homes, festivals, and other events in Regina and surrounding areas. The chorus is also affiliated with the YWCA Isabel Johnson women’s shelter. They look for opportunities to empower young women through song. “Singing is therapeutic,” said Pearce, who believes involvement in a musical group is a great way to meet people from around the world and unite in a shared love of the arts.

a very young age. Pearce agreed that members come from all walks of life. When they come together to sing they “park their other lives at the door.” On June 15, 2013 at Sheldon Williams Collegiate in Regina, Prairie Gold Chorus will be honouring three decades of song in an evening performance complete with surprises and special guests. Audience members will be taken on a musical tour through the chorus’ history. The group will sample from past and present performance pieces, even showcasing music written and arranged by Prairie Gold’s first director in the 1980s. There will also be a few special “pit stops” along the way to present attendees with two song packages - the first inspired by the musical stylings of ABBA and the second to pay tribute to our Saskatchewan Roughriders. Because of Prairie Gold Chorus’ dedication to each other and to their community, the event is highly anticipated. It is expected to bring in a big, welcoming crowd from around the province. To borrow from ABBA: thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing. Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. To learn more about Prairie Gold’s history, production packages and to stay informed about when tickets for their anniversary event will become available (anticipated for the end of April 2013), please visit their website: www.prairiegoldchorus.com.

Lindenbach echoes this belief, explaining that “it is a truly rewarding experience when we touch people with our music.” She, Pearce, and Olinik all offered a heart-warming story from one of the chorus’ Christmas performances on the Palliative Care Unit at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital. The group was approached by the daughter of a palliative patient who expressed a mixture of gratitude and disbelief when her father, who had been nonresponsive for some time, suddenly clapped at the end of a song. While all three members agreed it was a difficult and emotional location to perform at, the fact that they had successfully reached out and touched somebody with their music made the experience worthwhile. For Lindenbach, what began as a love of song and an exhilaration to find a group of like-minded individuals has evolved into something she refers to as a sisterhood. “Through the good times and the bad, we’re there for each other. If it weren’t for the music, we wouldn’t know each other and I’m grateful to have these wonderful people in my life.” The group gets together from 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday evening at Cochrane High School in what is affectionately termed the ‘cafetorium’, a shared cafeteria/auditorium space. Members of the public are encouraged to come and sit in on a rehearsal, especially those who have an interest in a cappella singing they might wish to explore further. “We are always looking to add new voices to the group,” said Lindenbach. “Each and every one of us really cares about people and we want to reach out to others with our music.” The chorus has been successful in this. Their newest member is only twelve years old and has been vying to join the group on the risers since FOR SASKATCHEWAN WOMEN | VOL. 2 ISSUE 4, APRIL 2013 | 17


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Written by Sara Lindsay

Clothing designers, models, photographers, wardrobe stylists, makeup artists, hairstylists, musicians, graphic artists, painters, sculptors, writers, videographers and so many other artists are just a few of the people who make up Saskatchewan’s pool of talented creatives. There is an incredible force of passionate people here who collectively and collaboratively continue to make our province great. This year we celebrate by welcoming the 2013 JUNO Awards and the sophomore year for Saskatchewan Fashion Week. People are choosing to stay in Saskatchewan and those who have ventured elsewhere are finding themselves returning every day. So many industries are flourishing and the fashion scene is part of it all. Countless people are driving it with passion and talent and it only grows because of the people of the community who support it. After living away from home for so many years, I am proud to see what’s going on here now, especially how our communities support local business and the arts. As makeup coordinator for the first year of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, it’s exciting and my pleasure to be a part of it again for year two. It was magical to see the makeup looks come to life on the runway with the collaboration of so many artists. I was lucky enough to work with some amazing makeup artists. Tamsen Rae, Holly Decker and Lisa Hallam of Saskatoon as well as Jill Demaer, Micheil Rothwell and Lyndsay McKillican of Regina...just to name a few. There were several artists from all over the province who acted as assistants and were who really held it all together and were a huge support. There are many more artists joining the team this year and it’s a wonderful thing.

Backstage London Clothes Show

Backstage at events such as the JUNO Awards and Saskatchewan Fashion Week can be quite a spectacle of organized chaos and I thought I would share a few glimpses into backstage life (pictured). From this year’s makeup sponsor, Ellis Faas, you can expect to see some very modern, intriguing and beautiful looks at Sask. Fashion Week 2013. I’m looking forward to working backstage at the Junos with Mac Cosmetics - one of the world’s innovators and trail blazers for fashion cosmetics.

Backstage Sask Fashion Week 2012

I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of this province from Regina to Saskatoon and every small town for supporting small business, entrepreneurship, culture and the arts. Thank you for doing your very best to try to support and nurture our film industry. Saskatchewan is buzzing...and this province can be very proud. For more in depth information, I offer private makeup lessons at my studio. Sara Lindsay Makeup Studio is now open at 3420 Hill Avenue in Regina. I would like to welcome Melissa Mark to the team. As Hair Director, she offers full Aveda hair services in studio. www.saralindsay.ca | info@saralindsay.ca (306) 347-7829

Shoot for Sask Fashion Week 2012 (photo-Kiriako Iatridis, Models-Tori, Railin of Edge Agency)

About the artist... Originally from Canada, and having spent many years of her career in the United Kingdom, Sara Lindsay is a professional makeup artist, with training from some of London’s top fashion academies. Having had the opportunity to work with some of Britain’s top artists, Sara brings an edge to her hometown of Regina. Sara’s professional experience includes runway work, editorial spreads, compelling commercial campaigns, weddings and special event clients. London Fashion Week and The London Clothes Show are just some of the highlights of her career. Sara was named Canadian Makeup Artist of the Year at The Mirror Awards 2011 and most recently was named a finalist for 2012. Sara’s successful freelance career, which complimented her time as a regional associate with MAC COSMETICS UK, gave her valuable experience in working closely with clientele to consult and direct their transformation to the extraordinary. In a consultative style, Sara works to achieve a look that is uniquely your own. 18 |

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Let there be by RILey LAW Son

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style@rileylawson.com |w w w . r i l e y l a w s o n . c o m Since I was a young girl I’ve had a love for fashion. It’s always been something that provokes an inner warmth and happiness leading to overwhelming excitement and joy. Last year, in its inception, Saskatchewan Fashion Week made me feel that feeling more than I’d ever experienced before. Some of you may not even be aware that the event happened last year. Perhaps you knew but didn’t attend. I want you all to get as excited as I am about this event – not only for myself as a designer, but for our city and province and the people in it. We have a lot to be proud of and I’m so excited about the addition of another artistic and collaborative event for everyone to enjoy! This year, 28 emerging and established designers wil have professional models showing off their garments on a runway in City Square Plaza in downtown Regina. Runway shows wil begin in the evening on Thursday, May 9 and continue through to May 11, with some afternoon shows on Saturday the 11th as well. Last year I was lucky enough to have been involved on the back end of the firsttime event as a retail stylist and backstage coordinator. Tia Zelinski, a designer and stylist, as well as a good friend, and I partnered together to style the wardrobe with the retailers who showcased on the runway alongside the emerging and established designers. We did days of fittings, styling over 100 outfits to show off the local contributors and prove that great shopping absolutely does exist in our growing city. When it came to show time, Tia and I could be seen backstage with clipboards in hand instructing models and dressers on where to be and what to be doing. We made sure they were on the runway, in the correct outfit, in the correct order, at the correct time, and back to their section to get dressed for their next walk, in a total of about a minute and a half. We had so many wonderful backstage volunteers who helped models in and out of shirts and pants and dresses, helped them to change their shoes, and put on the accessories – all while maintaining the make up and hair that the expert team spent all day perfecting. If you attended the event last year you may have had no idea that this is what was going on backstage! This year wil be no different. A frenzy of models, creative hair stylists and incredible make-up artists wil come together to present a collective showcase of wearable art. If you missed the first year of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, you should be sure to catch the second. For more information about the event, to purchase tickets, or to find out about how you can get involved, please go to www.saskfashionweek.com.

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Want fresh blooming hair colour for spring? By Joy Amistad Stylist at Visions Salon and Spa, Saskatoon

Do you have long beautiful locks and want a change but don’t want to chop off all of your hair? Do you have a shorter cropped style and just feel like you keep getting the same old cut? Need a revamp? Just like the weather transforms, your hair should too! Ombre is the flourishing change that you just might need to try out. Ombre is a dynamic colouring technique that can be seen in magazines, runways and on celebrities. It is achieved when a darker colour starts at your roots then diffuses to lighter ends. It is a fantastic procedure for people that want change but do not want the maintenance of hair colouring. Ombre is ideal for students. You can get it done once and then simply let it grow out. It is great for transitioning from winter to spring. This method is incredible on any length, shade or texture of hair.

leaving your blonde light, bright and undamaged. Stay away from punky neon pinks and ask for a dusty rose or lilac. Ask your stylist for their recommendation on a colour method that would best suit you and your personality; or come visit me at Visions Salon and Spa and I will make sure to take care of you! “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are a variety of different looks and ways to achieve this fresh style. It can be anything from extremely funky to muted and sun kissed. If you are lusting for lighter hair but don’t want the structured, chunky, obvious highlighted look, the Ombre is perfect for you! This approach gives you many options depending on your personality and style. If you are more traditional and conservative, try a delicate dark chocolate base to warm chestnut on your ends for more of a natural look. Or, if you are far from reserved, try intense black to icy blonde or maybe even to fire red. Blondes, freshen up your pale locks with pastel ends. Ombre is for you as well! This look is fantastic for blondes that want a change but are afraid of commitment. These pastel tones are semi permanent stains and will simply wash out of your hair,

Joy Amistad is a passionate hairstylist who originated in Vancouver and has continued to develop her talent by further training not only in Vancouver, but as well as Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Miami and is now residing in Saskatoon. Her extended training has furthered her knowledge in precision cuts, hair colours and up styling. Hair is a fashion industry that is continually changing and growing; she truly values the importance of continually upgrading and enhancing her skills. She doesn’t believe hair dressing is just a job, it’s her passion. Joy is a stylist at Visions Salon and Spa in Saskatoon.

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Award winning actor, Amy Matysio, will host Saskatchewan Fashion Week. She’s seen in this image modeling a garment for Nadia Williamson at SFW in 2012.

In recent years Saskatchewan’s economic and destination profile has been elevated into global recognition and now Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) is endeavouring to do the same for the province’s fashion and creative design industries. SFW was created in 2012 to influence collaboration, entrepreneurship, and industry growth in Saskatchewan for fashion and creative design professionals. Its co-founders and directors, Chelsea O’Connell, Candyce Fiessel, and Chris Pritchard, were unified by a vision to celebrate and grow the fashion and creative design industries that exist in Saskatchewan. “We have uniquely different skills that if used collectively, could create not only an event, but a movement that could inspire and establish a generation of emerging talent in Saskatchewan,” says Chris Pritchard, co-creator and creative director for SFW. “There is an entrepreneurial spirit and creativity that is inspiring growth and opportunity.” SFW is preparing to bring the province’s fashion and creative design industries together, and transform City Square plaza in

ton-Remple, Mehari Clothing, Tia Zelinski, Savoir-Faire Custom Bouquets, MoonStar Designs, Riley Lawson, The Unified Theory, Kandis Ivy, Chicks & Girlies, KAZZ Clothing, Amaranth Designs, Laurie Brown, Helen Anne Designs, SEED, Luca Vero by Fashion Society and Eleganzia Couture. Spectators will be able to purchase custom tailored garments shown on the runway, immediately after the runway program ends, at the Trunk Shows, May 9-11, 2013. Thanks to a donation from Dr. Roberta MaKay and Mr. Elmer Brenner, SFW is proud to introduce the Fashion Forward award in 2013. This is a cash prize that will be awarded to one emerging designer, for the benefit of pursuing business growth and marketing, education, or professional development. Eligibility criteria will be selected by the directors. Saskatchewan born, award winning actor, producer, and creator, Amy Matysio, will host the event. Matysio’s feature credits include: playing opposite Ryan Reynolds and Anna Farris in New Line Cinema’s Just Friends, Stephen King’s Dolan’s Cadillac,

“We have uniquely different skills that if used collectively, could create not only an event, but a movement that could inspire and establish a generation of emerging talent in Saskatchewan” - Chris Pritchard Regina, SK into a fashion spectacular, May 9-11, 2013. Twentyeight emerging and established designers from British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan will show original Fall/Winter 2013 collections, in addition to six retailers who will show global style trends. Hair styling and makeup artistry will be created by Saskatchewan’s elite hair stylists and makeup artists. The runway will be an exhibition of custom motion design, interactive art instillations, and music entertainment. The list of established and emerging designers includes: Padraigin, Nik Singh, Jaycee Wall, Jamilano, 22 Fresh, Katherine Sthamann, Sara Armstrong, Nadia Williamson, Sova, Anwen Rose, Beryl Wong Designs, Hillberg & Berk, “S” by Sonja Clif26 |

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Jennifer Lynch’s Chained with Vincent D’Onofrio, and the family comedy Vampire Dog. “This is a remarkable time for fashion in the province and I’m thrilled to have been asked to contribute to Saskatchewan Fashion Week,” said Matysio. “In this growing, creative industry, I look forward to working with the SFW team on showcasing the outstanding designers and all the contributors, artists, businesses & sponsors, who have leapt in to support this exciting opportunity.” Most recently Matysio was awarded the exclusive recognition of 2013 Future 40 alumna, along with three other SFW contribu-


tors. The initiative recognizes young professionals under 40 who are leaders, builders, and change-makers in Saskatchewan, in sectors including science, politics, arts, and volunteerism. The other SFW Future 40 alumni include: Kip Simon, established designer and creator of apparel brand 22 Fresh, Rachel Mielke, established designer and founder and CEO of designer jewellery brand Hillberg & Berk, and Melissa Fiacco, public relations and communications specialist, and SFW’s public relations and communications manager. With the growth of Saskatchewan’s economy and population, the province has also experienced the resurgence of independent retailers. Retailers in Regina are collaborating with SFW with the creation of the Katwalk. From May 6-11, 2013 more than 20 independent retail destinations and specialty service providers will participate in the Katwalk by providing a premier shopping experience with exclusive promotions in celebration of SFW. The public will be able to use a printable Katwalk passport to guide their shopping experience and create incentive to visit each destination. Visit saskfashionweek.com to view the schedule of Katwalk events and to print the Katwalk passport. SFW is a grandiose production that requires the skilled dedication of event managers, photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists, public relations and marketing professionals, graphic

designers, sponsorship management, new media production, and sound technicians. More than 200 hundred volunteers are needed to produce the multi-date event that introduces fashion curious consumers, media, buyers, and visitors to the skilled talent of Canadian designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists. SFW is currently recruiting event volunteers to provide hospitality services, styling assistance, ticket handling, and event set-up during SFW. The volunteer applications can be viewed and submitted on saskfashionweek.com and previous experience is not required. The creation and production of SFW is dependent on sponsorship and fundraising dollars, so SFW is dedicated to forging relationships to influence the growth and sustainability of the event. SFW is proud to recognize the Regina Hotel Association as its presenting sponsor, along with Cornwall Centre and Dilawri Infiniti as Diamond sponsors. City of Regina and Saskatchewan Arts Boards are major funders. Visit saskfashionweek.com to view the schedule of events, designer profiles and to submit a volunteer application. SFW tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from saskfashionweek. com, or from Cornwall Centre’s Guest Services kiosk, on the main level near the Saskatchewan Dr. entrance in Regina.

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Everyday

Hero Denise Heppner By Jessica Reimer

Photo by Rob Heppner

A Prairie Girl Moves (and Climbs) Mountains As a woman balancing the dual and often competing demands of motherhood and a career as an instructor with the University of Saskatchewan, Denise Heppner is already considered both accomplished and an inspiration. This month, however, she will add ‘mountain climber’ to her list of qualifications. She and 44 other women from around the globe participate in the second annual Freedom Climb in Khumbu, Nepal. The Freedom Climb, founded through Operation Mobilization (OM), is a Christian organization committed to combating human oppression and injustice. Last year, a team of 48 climbers navigated to the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s larg-

dren each year, and modern day slavery is estimated to be higher now than at any point in human history. While media attention regarding trafficking rings typically focuses on impoverished and politically unstable nations, Heppner wishes to draw attention to the reality of what is happening on our home front. In Canada, as many as 15,000 people become victims of human trafficking each year. This statistic is a clear indication that the issue is global in nature and requires attention and action. Through her extensive research, a poignant realization crystallized for Heppner: “Each one of these millions is a real person who is suffering. By helping even one person at a time I thought maybe – just maybe – I could make a difference!”

I have been blown away by the love, encouragement, and support given to help me raise awareness and funds, the generosity has been absolutely amazing est freestanding mountain. This year, a new team will face Mount Everest, the highest and most challenging mountain in the world. Together, the group will embark on a 17-day trek to Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) before proceeding to summit nearby Kala Patthar (18,192 feet). The climb is meant to symbolize the uphill battle millions of women and children around the world experience as prisoners of the human trafficking industry. “No one ever thinks [human trafficking and slavery] will happen to their child,” reasoned Heppner. “We need to open our eyes. We need to reach out.” After an introduction to the humanitarian project through her church, Heppner immersed herself in staggering statistics and emotional, real-life stories about women and children who are resigned to a life of physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse. The human trafficking industry draws in over one million women and chil28 |

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As the sole Canadian setting out on this commendable adventure, Heppner – who currently resides in Waldheim - will proudly represent not only Canada, but also Saskatchewan. She spoke to the tremendous outpouring of financial and emotional support, having far exceeded her initial fundraising goal of $15,000. “I have been blown away by the love, encouragement and support given to help me raise awareness and funds,” said Heppner. “The generosity has been absolutely amazing.” Sources refer to March and April as “Everest season”, when the mountain is teeming with hikers from near and far attempting the arduous trek. As a born-and-raised Saskatchewanian, Heppner should have no problem acclimatizing to any inclement weather conditions. Altitude, however, may be a different story. “Nepal and Saskatchewan have very different landscapes!” said


Heppner, alluding to the province’s characteristic vastness and openness. She has braved an unusually long, cold winter to ensure she is physically and psychologically able to complete the climb. “When I am tired and don’t feel like training, I think of who I am doing it for … and it always encourages me to add on another mile or two.” For Heppner, training has involved trekking the local tobogganing hill carrying a weighted backpack, running outdoors on provincial grid roads, incline training on a treadmill and strength training. Accompanying Heppner on the climb is a plush fish toy. She offered the following explanation: “For this season of Sunday School, our church’s theme is FISH, which stands for First I Seek Him. This represents seeking God in all things.” Heppner attributes much of her perseverance and determination to a strong connection with her faith. She wishes for others to share in similar joys of peace and healing as she has. “When we stand on top of the mountain in Nepal, we will be declaring life and freedom for those who cannot speak for themselves!” exclaimed Heppner. A self-proclaimed “Mamarazzi,” Heppner and her husband joked her camera’s memory card, able to store upwards of 10,000 photos, would fall short for the number of photos she intends to take on this once-in-a-lifetime trek. At a recent Perogy Paradise fundraiser for NASHI, a Saskatoonbased organization whose trafficking awareness efforts have culminated in the completion of a fully operational safe house for young women in the Ukraine, Heppner conveyed her passion and dedica-

tion to the cause with ease. She agreed to carry a NASHI banner with her. She will be photographed with it upon summiting Kala Patthar. You can learn more about NASHI’s efforts and how you can contribute by visiting their website http://www.nashi.ca/. When asked about her objectives, expectations and continued involvement with human trafficking awareness post-climb, Heppner identified one thing with certainty: “I cannot close this door that I have opened.” She hopes to travel to visit some of the global projects supported by the Freedom Climb and to meet and speak with survivors. Heppner is a strong advocate for preventative measures. She will continue to promote education and public awareness as two particularly effective tools to achieve the goal of prevention. “Traffickers target the unsuspecting and the vulnerable,” the mother of three stated. “The more our youth know, the safer they are.” Through her own personal struggles and persistence, Heppner embodies the very message she wishes to share with men and women alike. “I am just an everyday person, but it is everyday people who make a difference and eventually change the world,” she said. She will have a country of proud supporters behind her every step of the way. To follow Heppner’s Freedom Climb or to donate, please visit the Freedom Climb website http://thefreedomclimb.net/) or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/freedomclimb. Heppner and the rest of the Freedom Climb team will commence their climb April 9, 2013 and complete the trek on April 25, 2013.

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The Power walk for Dress for success® 35 ciTies, 9 counTries, 1 Mission

The Power Walk for Dress for Success® is a fundraising walk held each May in Wascana Park and was launched as a “walking testament” to the organization’s work to help economically disadvantaged women become healthy in all aspects of their lives – careers, physical well being and emotional health. The Power Walk for Dress for Success, on Saturday, May 11, 2013, will mark Regina’s third time hosting the event and is one of only 3 walks held in Canada and in 35 international cities. “Regina has really embraced our walk as it focuses on raising funds for women, promotes health, wellness and economic independence for women while at the same time honouring those who have inspired us to achieve success in our own lives.” says Sharlene Arklie, Chair of Regina’s Power Walk since its inception.

Regina area and the need continues. It takes money to keep the doors open and that is why the Power Walk is so important. All funds raised stay here to fund these programs for our community. Can’t make it that day but still want to support the cause? You can register as a Virtual Walker online. For more information, to register or donate go to http://www.dfspowerwalk.org/regina2013 and www.dressforsuccess.org/regina . To help someone back on their feet, all you have to do is use yours!

While the event is largely supported by women, there are a number of men who choose to walk to honour the women in their lives. All registrants receive a badge they can wear during the walk as well as one to place on our Power Hero wall as a testament to those who inspired and encouraged them to achieve their own success. Over 80% of the women that Dress for Success serves are mothers, so it’s fitting that the walk occurs on Mother’s Day weekend. “Dress for Success® Regina helps women take the necessary steps to become economically independent, and living a healthy lifestyle plays an important part in that achievement. Our goal is to help women to achieve great things and it starts with confidence that can come from a suit and builds from there”, says Arklie. Since opening in 2008, Dress for Success Regina has provided career attire and a network of support to over 600 women in the FOR SASKATCHEWAN WOMEN | VOL. 2 ISSUE 4, APRIL 2013 | 31


10 Questions with Laura Pettigrew

by Gail Jansen-Kesslar

and ten. I was a single mom. I just decided that this was what I really wanted to do - to pursue my passion for music.

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Did you know you wanted to be a composer at that point?

No. I actually started in a performance degree, but then I was in a strange accident that was just me at the wrong place at the wrong time – someone fell on the table I was sitting at and crushed a glass into my hand. So, I switched my program into composition studying under Dr. Tom Schudel. I convocated in 1997. I had my first work published in 1996 as an undergrad, which is one of the highlights of my life. Then, after graduation, I went back again in 1998 to start my Masters and convocated with that in 2001.

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So what does the life of a modern day composer look like?

It’s not an easy job, but it’s a very interesting career. I have students that always say to me, “We wish we could do what you do.” It takes guts. You have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re going to live like a pauper, because there are no guarantees, and it takes a lot of hard work to establish yourself. One of an elite few women in the field, Laura Pettigrew is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music composition. Her work is as varied and intense as she is and equally as passionate. From a moving 2009 composition commemorating the Tunnels in Moose Jaw premiered by the RSO Chamber Ensemble at the Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw, to the creation of a film score for a new short arm film called “The Sky Came Down” based on the Regina Tornado of 1912, to this past December’s performance of her work Tranquillitas Animi, in Italy at the Natale Musica Concert Series in front of a sold out crowd. The doors to the music world are now starting to open for Pettigrew, proof for her of how important it is to have friends and connections along the way.

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What first got you interested in music?

When I was eight years old, my brother was in the Lion’s Band playing the trumpet. My mom asked if I wanted to play an instrument too. I said sure. My brother told me to play flute so I did! I figured he was nine so he knew what he was talking about. I was eight so what did I know? I played all the way through high school, with Master Classes after that, though I didn’t study music initially. I actually first went into nursing and got my degree in that.

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Going from studying nursing to studying music seems like a big shift, what led you to return to school?

I was in an accident so I couldn’t do nursing. My children would have been three and nine at the time, and there was a young fellow I knew at the University that wanted help with woodwind technique. Once we started working together he said, “You really should be playing at the University.” So he made the arrangements and I started playing. I loved it. So, I started back at school in the fall when my kids were four

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What kind of reception do you get as a composer in Canada?

One thing I learned from being in Europe in December is that Canada and the U.S. are young; they really don’t understand the intrinsic value that music, art, theatre, film, dance and architecture have, or understand that it’s what creates culture and chronicles history. So it is difficult, but I’ve been very fortunate because Elizabeth Raum, a composer and the former principle oboist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, has become not only a colleague but also a really good friend. A lot of the time, because of each of our professional connections, we’ve been able to connect each other with the right people. In December I had a commission for a work that was performed and premiered in Rome and other cities. That came about from a connection from Elizabeth to Dr. Karen Gustafson, who’s also originally from Saskatoon, now at the University of Alaska.

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Tell me about Italy. Were you the only Canadian composer to be invited? How did it feel to have your work played before such a large crowd?

I was, in fact, the only Canadian composer invited. It was huge, and very overwhelming, to be in a country where people understand and value the music. My work was performed in this very sacred place that’s the oldest Jesuit church in Rome. When it was over, there was this thunderous applause, a standing ovation, and compliments galore. I was overwhelmed and in tears. I hadn’t experienced that from audiences in Canada. It was just so emotional.

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Why were only women selected to play here?

It’s a mandate to ensure equality exists for women in music. If you look at composers in the world, 50 percent are men and 50 percent are women. Yet, as women, we are hard-pressed to get our works performed. That’s a reality. There’s a quote that says, “If music


is not performed, it is not perceived to exist.” So, we can write until the cows come home but if no ensembles, orchestras or soloists choose to perform our work then what? The most important thing is to have your works performed. That’s why I write. I want to share my gifts with the world.

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Is this career tougher for women?

It really is. I joined the Association for Canadian Women Composers last fall, and now I’m the Prairie representative. Why am I doing that? Because we have got to do something, to put ourselves out there, just to get equal opportunities for women. And you shouldn’t have to. But there it is. People who know me know that if I see an injustice, and I know I’m right, I’ll take it on. There are just so many amazing women composers out there whose works should be heard.

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