Category: People of Momentum

Putting his future in FOCUS

  In his first year of business, Caleb is already cleaning up. Though the future did not always appear so clear for the owner of Focus Window Cleaning, a small local business in Calgary. “Starting the company, I didn’t know how I was going to pull it off. It was a long shot. It was my last shot,” says Caleb in a soft but steady… Read more

Determination drives dreams forward

Jagvinder (Jag) Singh

  Jagvinder (Jag) Singh loves cars. With focus, optimism, and determination, he’s driving a straight trajectory towards his dreams. Jag originally started his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in India to learn all that he could about cars, their inner workings, and the global automotive industry. These studies were interrupted when his family moved to Canada in 2015 in search of a better life for him, his… Read more

Carrving a new path

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  Originally featured in a blog post last autumn, Momentum caught up with Michael of Carrver Creations at our annual Business Breakfast on March 1, 2019. We were fortunate at the event to receive a chainsaw-carved totem in tribute to the learning and growth Michael experienced while a part of the Self Employment program.

Birthing bigger dreams

Amber and Anna at SC Grad

Giving birth isn’t easy. Whether it’s giving birth to a child or a dream, unexpected struggles can hit anytime. Amber found this to be especially true when she developed diabetes type 1 shortly after she had her first child. “When you’re pregnant, you don’t envision having to now also pay for insulin, medical supplies, and additional health services for yourself,” she explains. Familiar with living… Read more

Book binding made breathtaking

Ksenia judges books by their covers – and then she elevates them into works of art. Hand-crafted, one of a kind, leather-bound novels line the walls of Ksenia Kopystyńska’s downtown limestone brick studio in Kingston, Ontario. The towering windows of Ars Libri Studio (latin for “the art of books”) feature her handiwork, giving passers-by the opportunity to browse beautiful hand-bound books and other leathercraft items. Even… Read more

How Michael Carr fell into chainsaw carving

Most people don’t just pick up chainsaw carving. But that’s exactly what Michael Carr did. When he was working making props for film and television, he picked up a chainsaw on a whim. “It wound up being quicker and faster to cut up the Styrofoam. And I sort of built it from there.” Chainsaw carving has always called Michael’s name. It was a whisper in… Read more

Connecting to memories through Carpentry

When Francisco Javier Cao first walked through the door of the shop he was working at in Montreal, he caught the smell of pine wood and thought, “This is awesome. This is what I want to do. I want to work in a shop where I can smell wood every time.” Francisco has always loved carpentry and has good memories of his grandfather teaching him… Read more

How Tara found her way to save

Tara was a “willy nilly” spender. “I felt bad every time I went to the salon and got my hair done. It felt and looked better, but I always wondered if there would be enough money left for the necessities.” When Tara learned about budgeting, it was helpful to learn that she didn’t need to feel guilty about getting her hair done if she made… Read more

Gaining the confidence to be entrepreneurs

Monika worked hard for 8 years to study to become a licenced Minister. She wanted to pursue a career in that industry, but she couldn’t find the time between her shifts as a bus driver in Calgary. “I thought I could do both,” she says. “I thought I could perform marriage and celebration of life ceremonies in between the other job. But it was hard.”… Read more