Production has begun...

We are well into shooting now and what a journey it has been already!

SpinSisters

Our very first shoot was down in Calgary in October with the Spin Sisters so we could get in some mountain biking footage before the winter. The ladies showed us what they are made of… and chose this awesome ridge in Calgary that looks like it could be in the middle of nowhere.

It wasn’t til another trip down in November that we were able to interview Laura who gave us a bit of background on Spin Sisters and her love of mountain biking.

I think anyone can ride- it’s really a sport that connects you with yourself. There’s no time to worry about anything else, you have to be so focused on what you’re doing that all that other stuff just fades away.
— Laura Karl

Next- we drove up to Fort McMurray to spend a Saturday with the S.M.A.R.T. Program – a partnership between Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and the BrainSTEM Alliance. The volunteers (all female engineers of various disciplines) led the girls through Halloween themed activities like route mapping, building a structure strong enough to hold all their candy, and working in assembly lines. D’Andre told us all about her inspiration for the S.M.A.R.T Program.

When I was growing up in the Bahamas, I didn’t have much exposure to engineering- I kind of stumbled into it. I really think it’s important to expose youth especially young girls to the opportunities that they have in engineering. There’s only about 20% of engineers in Canada that are female... and that lack of diversity can make a big impact on the industry. Girls can really make a difference in the world if they choose to be engineers.
— D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika
SMART

In November we met Helen and the awesome Stardale girls down in Calgary. They let us check out a gathering where a professional dancer taught the girls some moves, and then Helen kindly hosted us at her home for her interview. When asked how Stardale has survived since 1997, Helen shared some wisdom with us.

Stardale
Stardale has evolved- you have to evolve with the times - when we started Facebook didn’t even exist! We have to come up with new strategies all the time. We listen to what the girls have to say and what is happening in our community.
— Helen McPhaden

With exciting things happening in both Edmonton and Calgary, Kelsey led the team at our next shoot – a career panel at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, part of their Global Girls program. We met female first responders (an EMT, a police officer, and a firefighter), an engineer, a project manager and more. The girls were able to ask questions about their background and experiences in their typically male-dominated workforces.

Our last shoot in December before breaking for Christmas was with the Go Girls program at an elementary school in Edmonton- put on by BGCBigs. The girls enjoyed some snacks and played “Wheel of Life"- giving their thoughts on tough questions to do with relationships, health and body image and more. We were pleasantly surprised to learn one of the volunteers is Sarah Chan who we have worked with on multiple projects now for the City and for the United Way.

That’s all for 2017… we are excited to meet more amazing women and girls making an impact in their communities! Vancouver here we come…

GoGirls