Season 2

Nancy O’Hare | Author, Writer & World Inspirational Traveller

Nancy O'Hare

Nancy O’Hare is the Author, Writer and World Traveller who has visited over seventy countries and lived across five continents. O’Hare coupled nearly twenty-year career in finance with her passion for diverse cultures, which propelled her to seek out unique experiences. Nancy and her husband have transitioned from a corporate career to pursue their creative pursuits and explore our planet. Finally, reaching to the greatest and writing up two fantastic books – “Dust in My Pack” & “Searching for Unique”.

  • 1:00- Short introduction to Nancy. Jason starts with asking Nancy on how she landed in Bow Alley. Nancy explains that several things made her and her husband coming back to Calmore; culture, medical system, being close to the airport.
  • 3:27 – Nancy talks through how she coped with being new to writing and how the local library and Canmore writing group helped in reaching the literature and giving feedback.
  • 5:16 – Jason dives more into Nancy’s background and having spent 18 years living abroad. Nancy talks us through her financial background, her first step abroad was atransfer over to Australia to work for Deloitte, one of the biggest corporate companies in the world. She then after went to Asia, Africa and the UK.
  • 8:37 – Nancy continues on her travelling experiences. She mentions that interactions with people helped her in her career development and reaching the places she aimed to. Nancy then spent a few months in Ecuador, Qatar and ended up living in Oman.
  • 10:35 – Nancy shares her further international travelling related stories. Her next adventure was in Switzerland. Nancy punches line saying that all that travelling and living in different countries set up her writing passion.
  • 14:18 – Nancy says that her and her husband wanted that flexibility and desire of having control of the energy spent day-by-day. Nancy had the outgoing desire to go the different path and finally decided to dive into writing about dynamic, fun and travel-related stuff.
  • 15:53 – 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 – Jason asks Nancy about her transition into travel writing and passion to do so.
  • 22:28 – The whole of Nancy’s and her husband world travelling journey sounds like a dream. Jason puts a question to Nancy about where it all comes from, what was the focal point of starting this way of living. Nancy explains that it was her father, who travelled a lot for business, who implanted the desire to do so as well as a passion for challenges and exotic cultures.
  • 26:23 – Jason shares his experience on building network abroad while travelling. People are afraid to get to know you closer as of fact that they know you are going to leave.
  • 29:10 – Jason asks Nancy about her actual life in Bow Alley. Nancy is much focused on writing at the moment while still looking for occasions to travel.
  • 31:02 – Jason mentions the two publications of Nancy asking on motives for writing them. Nancy talks through her two books and touches on different chapters containing different experiences.
  • 36:18 – Jason asks Nancy talk on how she established an idea of starting to writing. Nancy shares her motives, advice and challenges she appointed.
  • 41:05 – Jason and Nancy discuss future plans. Nancy thinks it probably will be travelling and writing while commenting that “time will show”. Stay tuned for more!

In this Episode

  • Book Writing
  • Finance Career
  • Travelling the World
  • Intense life-living
  • Travel Writing
  • Self-publishing
  • “Dust in My Pack” by Nancy O’Hare
  • “Searching for Unique” by Nancy O’Hare
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
Season 2

Leigh Ann Betts | Inspirational Leader and Soulful Entrepreneur

Leigh Ann Betts

Leigh Ann Betts is an Inspirational Leader and Soulful Entrepreneur with a mission to change the world through feminine leadership and entrepreneurship. Leigh Ann is also the Canmore Branch Director for Happy Healthy Women. Here, she leads a group of entrepreneurial women based on the philosophy that Happiness + Health = Success + Wealth.

  • 2:07 – Leigh Ann Betts talks about how her career progressed. She tells the story on how she landed into a mission to help, inspire and transform women’s’ lives.
  • 4:20 – Leigh Ann goes into more detail, how she established her vision and to help people. Leigh Ann explains her curiosity and passion in the field as well as a desire to influence others for inspirational change.
  • 7:44 – Jason and Leigh Ann discuss further on breaking up barriers in being focused on passion and interests. Leigh Ann comments that it’s all about trusting ourselves and finding evidence on what we believe. You create the life you love by making over your mindset.
  • 10:50 – Leigh Ann talks about her core programs “Declutter Your Life 30 Day Challenge” and “Design Your Life 90 Day Coaching Program” mentioning it’s vital to slow down and focus on physical, mental and spiritual components of oneself.
  • 14:30 – 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 the wind-down Fridays.
  • 17:00 – Leigh Ann talks further on education and self-discovering everybody’s potential to create the life of desire and the need to go where you want to go. Leigh Ann points out that the right tools are key for us to make a change.
  • 20:11 – Jason steps into the methods and ways in which people can experience all the good practices Leigh Ann has to offer. Leigh Ann introduces Happy Healthy Women Canmore Branch which embraces the community rooted in happiness, health and success.
    23:04 – Leigh Ann discusses her reasons for choosing Canmore to join and develop community here.
  • 25:33 – Leigh Ann covers her outdoor pursuits and her desire to try new things. We also talk about how living in Canmore has an advantage – we have a variety of meet-up groups and different activities that are specific to our region.
  • 27:47 – Jason asks Leigh Ann about her goals for 2019 and upcoming initiatives.
  • 28:50 – Ways to connect with Leigh Ann. Make sure you go into to receive a free gift!

In this Episode

  • Feng Shui
  • Life Coaching
  • Business
  • Feminine Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Happy Healthy Women
  • Happiness Health and Success
Season 2

Cindy Zechel | Wildwood Physiotherapy

Cindy Zechel

After having travelled many places across Canada and the great north, Cindy and her family settled in Canmore. Cindy is the sole proprietor of Wildwood Physiotherapy and an expert in her practice of both Western and Eastern approaches to her practice. Cindy’s goal as a Physiotherapist is to maximize the function of the body while educating the community.

  • 1:35 – Introduction of Cindy. Cindy tells the story on making the final decision of moving into Canmore and establishing a business there.
  • 6:21 – Jason inquiries Cindy about other reasons for moving into Bow Alley. Cindy admits that Canmore was a place they loved from the very beginning and decided it is going to be the right and final move.
  • 10:12 – Jason asks Cindy about her career and professional background. Cindy’s goal as a Physiotherapist is to maximize the function of the body.
  • 13:38 – Cindy talks about a proactive approach to body health, giving reasons why prevention is better than curation. Cindy continues on her mission in educating the community in the field. She is really passioned and in love with the job!
  • 14:32 – 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.
  • 17:00 – Cindy lists advantages on working on her own such as flexibility and ability to spend more time with each client. It’s very important that the client receives good value for the money and time they have spent on treatments.
  • 19:13 – Cindy leads us through different approaches to Physiotherapy adding that blending therapies is what defines her treatments.
  • 23:02 – Jason asks Cindy about advice on reaching her services and reasons upon choosing the right treatments she offers.
  • 26:50 – Jason and Cindy talk about modality and machine-treatments in Physiotherapy.
  • 27:38 – Jason describes his experience with physiotherapy after suffering a sports injury.
  • 28:50 – Cindy shares the joy of having work-life balance in Canmore and mentions all favourite outdoor activities for her and her family.
  • 32:15 – Best ways to reach Cindy: Wildwood Physiotherapy website, e-mail: or phone/text: 403-493-0406.

In this Episode

  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Western medicine
  • Eastern medicine
  • Proactive approach
  • Physiotherapy education
  • Healthcare
  • Home practice
  • Modalities in therapy


  • E=MC2 – Coworking Space in Canmore
  • Wildwood Physiotherapy
Season 2

Chris Picek | Chef

Chef Picek

Chris Picek is the head chef at Tapas, a Spanish restaurant in Canmore. Chris talks about how he gave up on the culinary scene for a short time but then rekindled his love for cooking when joining James and Wendy at Tapas, a leading restaurant in the Bow Valley. His view on the restaurant industry and food is both refreshing and real.

  • 0:19 – Introduction of Chris Picek, a who is passionate simply by feeding people with a good food being Head Chef & Executive for ‘Tapas’ in Canmore.
  • 1:15 – Jason asks Chris about his history and background. Chris was born in Northern Canada but decided to leave home base and travel Europe when finally came back to Calgary to settle up.
  • 5:12 – Jason and Chris talk further on the job, commuting aspects, lifestyle decisions and distanced relationship. Chris admits that living in a different city than his partner is a sacrifice, believing that sometimes you have to take a long way around to get to where you are going.
  • 9:04 – Jason asks about Chris’ reasons behind coming to Canmore. Chris shares his story on following the desire to find the right fit and the opportunity at ‘Tapas’.
  • 10:38 – Jason inquiries about the restaurant, asking Chris about major factors that pulled Chris to make the change. Chris appreciated the honesty and natural-sense of the owners and the restaurant itself.
  • 15:17 – Chris gives us more details on the food business in Canmore, philosophy and challenges in being in cooking in the region. Chef Picek appreciates the total freedom on the menu and the food. The key is using the best ingredients and sourcing great materials from known places.
  • 19:25 – 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.
  • 22:05 – Jason and Chris talk on why a good food place has a positive impact on building community touching on the local ingredients import economy.
  • 26:08 – Jason asks Chris on the business cooking areas he is looking to explore and further testing plans on the menu.
  • 28:27 – Jason puts a question to Chris about his break on the career path and coming back. Chris comments that he realized it’s more than just a job, it’s a vocation and this was calling him more than anything else.
  • 31:09 – Chris talks through his time off work and ways of spending it, most often with dogs in the parks!
  • 33:16 – Jason asks Chris about what is this big thing about cooking for him. It is training, mentorship and leadership while treating people as they should be treated.

In this Episode

  • Culinary arts
  • Cooking
  • Chefs
  • Restaurant industry
  • Testing food
  • Growing / Buying local
  • Training and mentorship
Season 2

Melissa Mauriello | Pharmacist

Melissa Mauriello is a pharmacist and travel clinic specialist who is passionated about helping the community. Melissa has always known where her career path should go and after studying pharmacy in Australia she came back to Canada to work for a newly opened pharmacy in Canmore. Melissa talks about taking a proactive approach to health through education and of course her love for the Canmore community.

Be Sure to Listen if You are Interested in:

  • Pharmacy
  • Community
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Helping people
  • Travel Clinic
  • Needle Exchange Program

Show Notes

  • 0:17 – Introduction of Melissa Murillo and her background. Melissa is a pharmacist in Canmore, passionate about community and being a resource to educate and help.
  • 1:47 – Melissa continues on her story mentioning she always wanted to be a pharmacist. After finishing a degree in Australia she came back to Canada together with Mario, her husband, to work for a newly opened pharmacy in Canmore.
  • 4:50 – Melissa details on what living in Canmore looks like for them; having roommates keeps them sociable and happy.
  • 7:57 – Jason asks Melissa about the job opportunity that came up at Mint Health+Drugs Canmore.
  • 9:56 – Jason brings up Melissa’s ongoing desire to be a pharmacist. Melissa dives into her passion to help others by getting to know them better and helping with any ongoing health issues.
  • 11:38 – 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.
  • 14:05 – Jason asks Melissa about the work in pharmacy, its mission and values, and current healthcare projects. Melissa touches on a different approach she is taking and even tackling controversial topics people might want to talk through and get some help with. Melissa elaborates on the Needle Exchange Program which she currently develops.
  • 18:57 – Melissa walks us through her future career plans and opportunities to improve health in the community; international travelling is key when it comes to advising on healthcare.
  • 21:18 – Jason and Melissa discuss on the outdoors also summer and winter hobbies.
  • 26:00 – Connect with the Pharmacy on Facebook and Twitter @mintcanmore

People, Places, and Events Mentioned

Season 2

Tara Koenig | Yoga Instructor | CYAN

Tara Koenig is known as an authentic various yoga styles teacher, passionate about connection, creation and community development in Canmore. Tara talks about how important the 18 – 35 year-old demographic is to the Bow Valley and her work with Canmore Young Adults Network (CYAN).

Be Sure to Listen if You are Interested in:

  • Yoga
  • Teaching Yoga
  • Volunteering
  • Training
  • Connection
  • Creation
  • Community
  • Canmore Young Adults Network (CYAN)
  • Affordable Living

Show Notes

  • 0:43 – Introduction of Tara Koenig. Tara’s gives her background and her reasons for choosing the Bow Valley as home.
  • 4:24 – Tara continues talking about moving into Banff and opportunities that came along with yoga teacher training.
  • 5:19 – Tara about BanffLIFE programme being about integrating young adults into the mountain community and education on the special circumstances that come along with living in a National Park.
  • 6:57 – Jason and Tara discussing connection aspects touching on making friends locally and globally.
  • 7:53 – Tara talks about her passion for yoga, different styles she teaches and career progression.
  • 12:57 – Jason asks Tara about life in Banff and how it could be compared with living in Canmore. Tara describes Banff as a more tourist destination with a higher level of energy within the town; Canmore feels more spread out with less touristic tension although larger town population.
  • 16:05 – 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.
  • 19:51 – Jason brings up the Canmore Young Adult Network organization and asks about its role in the community. Tara continues talking about its mission, values and services offered by the organization.
  • 28:27 – Jason asks Tara for her personal motivation that connects her to the community in CYAN.
  • 29:56 – Tara details on how to connect with the organization. There are different ways to help and get involved; take part in CYAN events and reach out to the community members.
  • 34:04 – Jason and Tara discuss the outdoor activities in Bow Alley asking Tara about her and her partners’ hobbies and interests.
  • 36:29 – Tara encourages to connect with the organization on 
    Instagram and Facebook @cyancanmore or search for Canmore Young Adult Network; 
    Direct connection with Tara on social media profiles: @TaraKoenig

People, Places, and Events Mentioned