Women in the North Conference

The Let's Talk! Show

With your host Deb Kalyn!

Having grown up on a farm near Athabasca, Deb’s roots are in rural Alberta. Deb brought her passion for rural small business growth and economic development to her role as Business Officer at Community Futures Peace Country. For over 11 years, Deb assisted budding entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of owning a small business. She also assisted existing small businesses grown and expand into new markets. She helped others with succession planning and/or selling their businesses. Deb is extremely proud of the many thriving businesses in the region she has helped on their path to entrepreneurship.

Deb is an entrepreneur herself and has co-owned a construction company with her husband for over 30 years. When not knee-deep in meetings with engineers or site superintendents, she works as a business consultant, developing business plans, conducting feasibility studies and facilitating business-related workshops. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Deb is actively involved in several not-for-profit organizations. 

 

Doris Doyle

Owner/Operator of Mousse Hair Salon

Falher, Alberta

Doris was born in Quebec on February 21st, 1943. In 1948, her parents decided to move to the hamlet of Jean Cote, then to Falher in 1954. Doris was sixteen when she was hired by a family friend to work in her beauty salon and received praise as she thought Doris had a natural skill in styling hair. At 17, she went to Edmonton to attend the Marvel Beauty School and got her certificate as a hair stylist.  Doris was twenty-two when she returned to Falher with her daughter Judy and decided to open up her own salon. She married in 1970, had three sons throughout the decade and later began to dedicate herself to her family and career. Her mother inspired Doris to do good for others by organizing galas and raising money for over fifteen non-profit organizations in her community for approximately twenty-five years with a committee of five dedicated women. Doris was President of the Women’s Auxiliary for the McLennan hospital for eleven years and helped donate money to Zaire in Central Africa for five years. She decided to finish organizing galas after hosting her latest one in 2016. On November 14th, 2017, Doris received the Senate of Canada Commemorative Medal at a reception at Government House in Edmonton. Doris continues living life to the fullest by doing what she loves and she still gets asked why she continues to work at 76… she tells them it’s because it makes her feel complete.

Leah Fox

Owner/Operator of Brave Culture: Intuitive Health & Fitness

Fairview, Alberta

After losing her husband in a drunk driving accident when her daughter was 9 months old, she moved to Vancouver to spend a year focusing on herself and her daughter. During that time she found a love for moving the body and realized how much being active helped her mental health.  She lost 90lbs, won an Alberta championship in bodybuilding and became a personal trainer. Leah has had many learning lessons along the way of what true health and wellness is, and it is definitely not all about how you look on the outside. Her mission is to change the culture of the fitness industry and be a positive space in this small northern community, encouraging people to be brave in their own lives, whether that means stepping into a gym for the first time, having a hard conversation, or just asking for help.

Trina Moyles

Author of "Women Who Dig"

Peace River, Alberta

Trina Moyles is an award winning freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories about social justice and environmental issues. Her first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (2018, University of Regina Press) has been a best-seller in Edmonton and Calgary, and was nominated for several awards, including Best New Book of the 2019 High Plains Literary Awards and Best Book of the 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Moyles’s writing has been published widely in The Globe and Mail, Alberta Views Magazine, Edmonton Journal, and The Walrus. In June 2019, her essay Herd Memory won the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award at the Alberta Literary Awards. Moyles is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She is working on her second book, Lookout, a memoir about her experiences working at a fire tower in northern Alberta. Moyles lives in Peace River, Alberta.

To learn more, visit www.trinamoyles.com

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