Season 2

Jane Sullivan | Coordinator and Primo Elf

Jane Sullivan

Jane Sullivan is a Coordinator & Primo Elf for the Christmas Spirit Campaign. Jane shares her experience on getting involved and encourages residents of our community to take pride in volunteering and consider helping those in need during the Christmas season.

  • 1:04 – Jane develops on her life and career background. Jane shares her thoughts on moving from Toronto to Canmore and ongoing desire to develop her career in tourism hospitality.
  • 6:00 – Jason asks Jane on her ways of coping with work activities and family life when she moved to Alberta. Jane thinks that Alberta is a really good place to look for work opportunities. The town has a lot to offer
  • 9:14 – Jane talks about her working and volunteering life in Canmore. Jane does event coordination on a contract basis and has been very involved in the Bow Valley Christmas Spirit campaign.
  • 13:25 – Jane talks more about the campaign she is working on at the moment as it incorporates personal values with professional life. She encourages listeners to volunteer or help financially. Volunteering for the program provides a great opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge
  • 16:55 – Jason reflects on Christmas, being a time of the year when we feel more sensitive and concerned for the needs of others.
  • 17:35 – Jane develops more on families who are in need and ways on how the community helps. 
  • 19:30 – There are several ways of helping: either by nominating the family that needs support or by direct support. Jane adds up and, again, puts huge pressure on involving into volunteering; fantastic volunteering example of school people delivering Christmas gifts to families (a dedicated Christmas gift-giving programme which focuses on connecting different generations by helping, donating, giving, sharing).
  • 22:56 – Jane talks on favourite ways of spending time while being semi-retired. Jane is much into cycling, skiing and of course walking and hiking.
  • 24:50 – Huge thanks and words of appreciation to Jane for the commitment, thoughts on her work on the Christmas Spirit Campaign.

In this Episode

  • Tourism hospitality
  • Volunteering
  • Olympics activities
  • Looking for career opportunities
  • Contract work
  • Event planning
  • Bow Alley Christmas Spirit Campaign
  • Charitable Work
  • Helping families in the Bow Valley
Season 1

Kymberley Hill | PR and Communications Director

Kymberley Hill

Kymberley Hill is a PR and Communications professional who runs a small Public Relations and Communications Company in Bow Alley. Being well-established PR expert in Northern England she decided to move into Calgary where she feels very passioned about the actual commitments. Kym is a life-enthusiast and adventure-seeker who adores getting creative to join the dots between brand and consumer.

  • 1:32 – Introduction of Kymberley Hill. Kim moved from Northern England to Canada and after so many years in the country, she definitely finds Bow Alley as a place to be. She goes into more detail about thinking on career opportunities and daily lifestyle in the Bow Alley.
  • 6:11 – Jason and Kym talk further on the work & culture differences between London and Calgary. Kym compares different approaches to work, daily lifestyle habits, human relations.
  • 12:34 – Kym develops more on her work in the Bow Alley. She runs a small Communications company where she focuses on PR communications brand storytelling.
  • 14:08 – Kym and Jason talk on the client base and companies Kym works with. She tells us how much she enjoys working with ‘leisure businesses’ incorporating lodging, hospitality, tourism, restaurants overall.
  • 17:29 – Break to talk about our sponsor, the E=MC2 CoWork space in Canmore. Check us out with a free space for your first day, attend a Wednesday LunchBox lecture, or visit us for wind down Fridays.
  • 18:22 – Kym discusses the shift towards a focus on travelling. Jason and Kym develop on the different travel experiences and differences in being a tourist and a traveller.
  • 21:46 – Jason asks Kym on her last year lesson and what she learnt over the past time while living in Bow Alley.
  • 25:40 – Kym comments on her decision of moving from a big city into the Rockies.
  • 31:17 – Kym dives into outdoor activities she is into. She tells that the biggest secret is an actual desire to go out and do something. She lists all the bunch of Alberta activities including visits in Kananaskis Nordic Spa.
  • 35:20 – Get in touch with Kym via e-mail on

In this Episode

  • Communications 
  • Public Relations
  • Work and Travel
  • Tourism and Travelling
  • Canadian culture
  • Adventuring
Season 2

Rachael Meckling | Fashion Illustrator and Designer

Rachael Meckling

Rachael Meckling is an illustrator & designer with a focus on fashion communication and graphic design. She is full-time freelance fashion artist, designer & live Illustrator (portrait Sketcher). Rachael shares her rebellious life & work story in the most humblest, kindest of ways.

  • 2:30 – Jason asks Rachael to describe her vocation. Rachael talks about her work as a fashion illustrator, painter and graphic designer
  • 4:07 – Rachael describes sources she takes inspiration from. She loves drawing faces but most favourite is drawing clothing and fabrics
  • 8:44 – Jason and Rachael talk about what it’s like to have an agent and the role they can play to help artists with their business. Rachael describes how her agent works with her, works with clients, and helps in many aspects related to Rachel’s business.
  • 13:20 – Jason asks Rachael to describe how her daily routine looks like. Rachael shares her daily habits and set-up each day.
  • 16:24 – Rachael talks about why fashion illustration makes sense for her living in the mountains rather than a cosmopolitan environment
  • 21:08 – Rachael and Jason discuss on the correlation health and well being being surrounded in nature.
  • 23:08 – Break to talk about our sponsor, the E=MC2 CoWork space in Canmore. Check us out with a free space for your first day, attend a Wednesday LunchBox lecture, or visit us for wind down Fridays.
  • 25:38 –  Rachael shares details on working on commission projects. She touches on pricing her work explaining that working with her agent has allowed her to properly value her work.
  • 31:55 – Rachael talks about how she balances out the commissioned work with her own projects. Rachael gives us her strategy of being just a little bit rebellious allows her to switch between client work and personal work.
  • 35:50 – Rachael shares her favourite ways of spending time outside. It’s just healing being outdoors and it has lots of advantages in her opinion.

In this Episode

  • Fashion design or illustration
  • Freelance work
  • Portrait sketching
  • Art
  • Creativity
  • Working in style
  • How to stay motivated and creative
Season 2

Justin Deoliveira | Software Developer

Justin Deoliveira

Justin Deoliveira is a Software Developer and Engineer passionate about the computer science industry. Justin has a great story – working and travelling as well as setting up his own consulting business. Justin landed in Canmore where he feels his heart resonates the most. He shares his thoughts on work-life balance, living in the Bow Valley and his mountain biking adventures.

  • 1:39 – Jason asks Justin on his career path background. Justin tells us how he set up a company with a friend and his general career trajectory.
  • 4:40 – Jason and Justin discuss on the joy of living in Canmore and its appealing aspects. Justin talks more about the software industry and his his experience with a start-up.
  • 11:40 – We find out on how Justin landed on software development and how he worked and travelled at the same time.
  • 17:21 – Break to talk about our sponsor, the E=MC2 coworking space in Canmore. Check us out with a free space for your first day, attend a Wednesday LunchBox lecture, or visit us for wind down Fridays.
  • 19:47 – Jason asks Justin on his next career steps and areas of computer science that he was to learn more about. Justin biggest challenge now is balancing work, kids and learning new things.
  • 21:50 – Justin shares his experience on work-related matters; working with clients, looking for new clients/relying on present ones. Justin has established good relationships in the E=MC2 coworking space and is a big fan of the coworking model.
  • 25:53 – Jason and Justin talk on the outdoors. Justin enjoys mountain biking or skiing being surrounded by family. Justin is a member of LMBA – Local Mountain Bike Association where has also volunteered his time and talents.

In this Episode

  • Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Start ups
  • Working and travelling
  • Freelance life
  • Personal development
  • Mountain biking