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Leading Cancer Researcher's Move a Coup for the U of A

She’s an attractive, 35-year-old who exudes enthusiasm with the occasional giggle. So it’s no surprise that when the accomplished scientist is asked to speak about her work in cancer research at international conferences, first impressions lead some colleagues to underestimate what she brings to the table. But attitudes change as soon as Dr. Lynne Postovit talks about her work. “I do think it’s an advantage,” says the cell biologist. “I...

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Entrepreneur Carrie Langevin Celebrates Aboriginal Culture

As a child, Carrie Langevin learned about the healing properties of native plants from her grandmother, who also loved making remedies. What wasn’t shared was any sense of pride in the aboriginal culture. It was something not to be talked about. Aboriginal pride is now a prime motivator for Langevin. She and her husband, Darrell, own Mother Earth Essentials, a unique line of 68 different organic products like teas, soaps, lotions, bath products and essential oils made with traditional healing plants grown in Alberta. The products are sold through their Edmonton...

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Capt. Patterson Keeps Our Military in Good Health

Capt. Rebecca Patterson has always loved the sea. The daughter of a Canadian submariner and a British Royal Navy nurse, she joined the Navy League at age 12. She was a cadet throughout her teenage years until going overseas as a Rotary exchange student at age 17. She also loved the popular television series, M*A*S*H, a comedy about an American medical unit in the Korean war. So, when it came time to do something with her life, she didn’t see any other path but the family tradition. Patterson is Commander of 1 Health Services Group, responsible for the delivery of...

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Sole Sisters Grow the Poppy Barley Brand

Kendall and Justine Barber always had trouble finding boots that fit. “I blame everything on running,” Kendall laughs. “My calves are bigger and my feet seem to get flatter and wider as I get older. I buy a lot online, but not footwear. And with boots, there’s a 50 per cent chance that I’m not going to be able to zip them up.” So when Justine found a pair of boots she loved while on a trip...

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Quon's the Queen of the Kitchen

The food court is small, tucked away in the basement of the Scotia Place. There are just a handful of food vendors there, but the lineup that’s more than 60 people deep is for just one of them.  This is the scene every single weekday during the noon rush hour at Chicken For Lunch. Behind the counter, frantically scooping up several portions of food into Styrofoam takeout containers so full that they’re hard to close, is owner Amy Quon. One of her staff members works the constantly ringing register in front of a sign that says “Cash Only.”...

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Edmonton's Hamilton Challenged the Mongolian Steppes

Her husband calls her Adventure Girl. Lynn Hamilton is never one to back away from a challenge. If her family is on holidays and her kids jump off a cliff into a pond, she jumps as well. When her 12-year old twins wanted to take horseback riding lessons, she enrolled in a class for adults, then took it one step further and got into competitive show jumping. And, when she turned 50 earlier this year, the mother of five, lawyer and successful business owner determined that she was not ready to grow old. So, she put herself to the ultimate test of physical, mental and emotional...

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Courteau's Vision Made Duchess Bake Shop a Reality

The National Post called it possibly the best patisserie in Canada. On any given Saturday morning, you can see people lined up around the block on 124th Street just north of 107 Avenue, waiting for the Duchess Bake Shop to open at 10 a.m. In fact, walk into this popular French pastry shop any day of the week and inevitably, the place is buzzing with customers, some perusing the hundreds of assorted pastries and pies...

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Vigeant Turns Fighters Into Champs

Shara Vigeant jokes that as a teen, the only body part she trained was her elbow through “sport drinking.” She was overweight because she didn’t exercise and she didn’t exercise because she was overweight. It was a vicious cycle. After years of struggling with body image issues, Vigeant went to the other extreme.  During her second year as a sociology major at the University of Alberta, she took up body building. It didn’t turn out to be what she was looking for. “I did a lot of damage to my body after just four competitions,...

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Meet Megan Engel, the Spiritual Scholar

Megan Engel was seven years old when she got her first science lesson from her father, a high-school physics teacher.  “My dad took it upon himself to explain general relativity to me,” says Engel, in her rapid-fire manner of speech. “He gets a Tupperware (container), covers it in Saran Wrap, puts a cantaloupe in it, and flicks a grape around it so the grape orbits the cantaloupe. He said the cantaloupe is the sun and the grape is Earth. This is how gravity works. And this blew my mind.” Her father’s passion for science rubbed off on...

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Janz: Crime Victim is an Advocate for the Disabled

When Heidi Janz was born, her parents were advised by doctors to put her into an institution and forget they ever had her. Thankfully, her mother didn’t listen. Today, at the age of 46, Dr. Janz is an award-winning playwright, author, researcher, PhD scholar and adjunct professor at the University of Alberta. She also has cerebral palsy. “I’m stubborn,” Janz laughs.  “So if people tell me, ‘I don’t think you can do it’, I’m...

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