Author Archives: Michelle
I know you're a modern mom who cares about her family, has a great sense of style and loves to have fun. We already have so much in common. Don't miss a post and be sure to sign up for blog updates!
Author Archives: Michelle
Can you believe it? We still have over a month to go, but already support for the Lady Ball has been incredible. Word on the street is a feeling of hope and optimism – the momentum started last month when the federal government announced a $10-million funding commitment towards ovarian cancer research.
It’s a victory – no doubt about it. After years of lobbying the feds for research funding, we finally feel like our voices are being heard. Supporters across Canada showed their “ladyballs” through thousands of letters, signatures, photos, hashtags and donations. And, it worked. You can read the official announcement from Elisabeth Baugh, the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada.
I am honored to chair this year’s Lady Ball Gala on May 23rd in Calgary. It is a night of fun, comedy, fashion and fundraising. Yes, the $10-million funding announcement will go towards research, but we still need more funds to support patients with day-to-day programs and resources.
People are always shocked when I tell them the statistics. Ovarian cancer is THE most deadly female cancer. Most women are diagnosed in the late stages of the disease and the five-year survival rate is only 47%. My mom was diagnosed in the fall of 2013 and passed away in the summer of 2017. She fought a hell of a fight, but never even made it five years post-diagnosis. It’s a brutal disease.
I’m thrilled to announce that Calgary entrepreneur and CEO of Gabriella’s Kitchen, Margot Micallef, is our Honorary Chair. Margot is a business leader in our city and a passionate advocate for women’s health. She lost her beloved sister, Gabriella, to cancer and she knows first-hand the pain that cancer causes; how it tears families apart and leaves an irreparable hole.
She will be a fantastic addition to the evening! Some other highlights include comedian Jessica Holmes, who does some wickedly funny impressions. Calgary actress Yvonne Chapman, from CBC’s reboot of Street Legal, will walk in the fashion show, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.
We just couldn’t do this event without our generous sponsors. Kim Bogner, marketing manager, and her team at Saks, have been incredible fashion partners. The fashion show will feature the latest spring and summer trends with a Mediterranean feel. La Biostethique and MAC Cosmetics have also generously donated time and products. Antonija Klotz and The Nobles will be providing models for the evening.
Astra Zeneca, Plains Midstream Canada, Birchcliff Energy, Global Calgary and Global News Radio CHQR770 and Air Canada are some other key partners – we greatly appreciate your continued support.
Our live auction will feature the always entertaining veteran auctioneer Bill Brown of Elevate Auctions. Last year, we raised $130,000. Let’s see if we can better that this year?
I wish I could attend this event with my mom. But, I’m so grateful for the love and support of my husband and wonderful friends who will accompany me on this very special evening. I know my mom is with us as we celebrate survivors, remember those we’ve lost and look towards a more promising future.
And, one final note. This event is run almost entirely by volunteers. When the Ovarian Cancer Canada Calgary office closed two years ago, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves to make sure the event continued in YYC. Hats off to our entire committee – a wonderful group of women who are kind, generous and care deeply about creating a healthier future for the girls and women in their lives.
This article appeared first in Calgary’s Child Magazine, March/April 2018 issue.
At 14, many girls might shudder at the thought of going bra shopping with their mother. But, Kate van der Merwe believes it’s an important bonding and learning opportunity for her and her daughter, Isabelle.
Nancy Smith’s 81-year-old mother is on social media. I guess you could say it runs in the family. Smith, who spent 12 years working in social media and digital marketing, is now guiding both her son and her mom through the complex online world…in a positive way.
There have been a lot of changes recently to some our our favorite rewards and loyalty programs in Canada. The Scene program, Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ivivva have all made changes to their programs. Read on for an update to this post, which was originally published last year.
*This post does not replace medical advice. Talk to your doctor when choosing birth control methods.
Are you having this discussion with your daughter yet? It’s probably just a matter of time. Any day now she’ll come home and tell you her friend is on the pill and she wants to go on it too! What will you say? How will you react? Are you prepared for this discussion?
I don’t know about you, but there’s just something special about fresh greens during the holiday season. Having a beautiful and festive planter by the front door to welcome guests or a stunning evergreen centerpiece for those family meals simply elevates your holiday decor. And, you can do it yourself thanks to my friends at Esme Floral Bar and Eline’s Floral.
A couple of months ago my daughter had a nasty skin reaction to traditional deodorant. An itchy, painful rash that lasted for weeks was enough for me to start looking for an alternative that might be easier on her sensitive skin and contain more natural ingredients.
Calgarians love pie!! Just two years after opening its first location in the city’s southwest, the Pie Junkie has opened a second location in Kensington.