Women in the North Conference

Let's Talk! Show - Thursday, April 22nd


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. 


Roxeanne Alexander

Owner/Operator of Riverside Ranch Decor

Grimshaw, Alberta

Roxeanne Alexander owns Riverside Ranch Decor in Grimshaw. She started as a home based business out of her home in Grimshaw in the fall of 2012 and also attended Fall and Christmas Markets to sell giftware.  It was then that Roxeanne realized how much interest there was from the community which got her thinking she should open up a retail store.  However, in 2013 she moved to Dawson Creek, and therefore opened up a retail store there called Country Lane Gifts.  Unfortunately there was some personal family matters that drew her back to Grimshaw in January 2014.  Roxeanne still wanted to pursue her dream of owning a business so she bit the bullet and opened a retail store in Grimshaw April 2014.  Seven years later she is still going strong!!!!  A lot has changed over the years… a new location and room to host workshops, which is not something she ever dreamed she would be doing as Roxeanne considers herself always on the shy side.   Aside from my store she is a busy mom of four children….two are grown up in their 20’s and experiencing adulthood living and working in Edmonton, and twin Boys age 11 in grade 6. Other then her passion for always wanting to own her own Business, in her free time she loves to go horseback riding, coach and play baseball and of course spend time with family and friends camping and riverboating.

Visit her online store here: Riverside Ranch Decor|Home decor shop|Grimshaw, Alberta (riversideranchanddecor.com)


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.

Find her on facebook: Brave Culture – Home | Facebook

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                                                                                                                       Follow her on Facebook – Facebook                                                                                                                            Instagram – @womenwhodig

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