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It was 15 years ago, trying to capture the events of his son’s soccer game that first inspired Raymund to get serious about photography. Now you can find him chasing the sky, the light and the seasons of Alberta.
How fitting that Raymond's love for capturing Alberta’s beauty can be used to protect it?!
In fact, that’s just the beginning of this perfect union. Raymund’s first love is people. He is always quick to give all that he can for his family, friends, and community at Centre Street Church. Growing up in Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur, Raymund is also proud to share Impact Travel with Calgary’s Filipino community and NW Calgary. Share his photos along with Raymund’s message. Buy local, help others, protect the environment.
If anyone can entice local tourists to your neck of the woods it’s Raymund. Not to mention, you’ll have something to frame for the wall!
Local Up is excited to introduce you to one of our favourite Moms and voluntourists. Contagious smile, infectious laugh and lover of life, Rebecca Horneman. With her quirky sense of humour and appreciation of all things odd, we are excited to travel with Rebecca, her husband Mark and their three incredible children.
The Horneman family is on a mission to explore all of Alberta’s smallest museums, strangest landmarks, local festivals and most delicious roadside treats. If baker extraordinaire Rebecca says it's worth the trip you can trust it’s a treat the whole family will love, with a little side of zany.
Rebecca represents Impact Travelling families who love off the beaten track, day trip adventures and supporting local businesses.
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Small businesses build vibrant and diverse community with unique services and products. Local Up celebrates small businesses working to bring health, justice and awareness to our communities as leaders of influence, ethics and conservation.
Nicole Cordes is a trendsetter, as the proud owner of Strathmore’s Back To Good, Deli, Market and Refillery.
Born and raised on a farm in southeast Alberta, with 10 years experience operating a mixed farm with her husband, Nicole is a true country girl at heart. Where Nicole broke the mold was in the pursuit of her passion for holistic health. As a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Back to Good (est. 2015) specializes in providing fresh, flavourful local, and nutritient dense food.
She is also a local leader in the fight to keep our planet healthy by introducing a Refillery line of products and a complete line of compostable takeout containers. In her spare time, Nicole and her husband can be found mountain biking, hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and recently growing micro greens! Nicole has managed to create a lifestyle and a business that truly embraces all that Alberta has to offer.
Check out Back to Good, Market, Deli and Refillery and let Nicole introduce you to some delicious, healthful food choices, locally grown produce and products unique to Alberta.
It is the holistic, family focused approach to wellness that earns the Humblehorse Ranch its place in the Local Up Collaborative. There is a sense of family amongst the staff and an intentional theme of fun and friendship.
Specializing in Western Riding lessons, recreational horse boarding programs, summer camps, learn to ride clinics and overall family wellness. The Humblehorse Ranch is spread over 140 acres, bordering a treed canal, a 50 acre riding park, and almost 12 miles of outdoor riding trails, just 30 minutes east of Calgary.
Being certified as a Can-Fit Pro Fitness Instructor, and a Western Riding Coach, to date Becky has logged almost 17,000 coaching hours in Canada and overseas. Besides Humblehorse Ranch she has coached and taught Western riding internationally in Malaysia, Greece and the USA. Becky specializes in creating a one-of-a-kind, life changing experience through the power of horses, fitness, family fun, caring staff, a welcoming atmosphere, and a beautiful 50 acre riding park!
Becky’s passion is to enable people to experience the amazing world of horses. She has combined her extensive background in endurance racing, competitive trail, mountain riding and rodeo, to create a unique, life-changing riding experience for everyone she teaches.
Founding Entrepreneur Denise Geremia represents the type of community-focused business Owner that we encourage Albertans to seek out and support. Her entrepreneur journey began 13 years ago with co-Owner Aleesha Gosling in the creation of Newsy Neighbour Magazine, dedicated to supporting the people and businesses in Chestermere, Langdon and Strathmore.
Perhaps the most ambitious project for them in the Town of Strathmore was the 5 years running Get to Know Your Neighbour Festival. Held in downtown Strathmore, the Festival brought tens of thousands of people to the doorsteps of local businesses. They also created the Readers' Choice Best in Business Awards, held for 4 years for local businesses. It is easy to see how Aleesha, Denise and the Newsy Neighbour earned the award for Best Small Business from their local Chamber of Commerce.
Lil Hoots Consignment Boutique is half consignment and half new, kids and maternity store, becoming an extension of Denise’s commitment to her community. She continually collaborates with local businesses, like this year's repair- and donation of used bikes and this year's Christmas donations that brought in $3,000 in monies, toys, clothing and other goodies from local residents and businesses for local families struggling as a result of Covid. In addition, Denise donates clothing and items to Siksika year-round, in a program she is so proud of and loves to be a part of.
Her commitment to the children of Strathmore has also led Denise to run Munchkins Sports, a 100% free soccer and t-ball program for kids aged 3-7.
Locally sourced food and energy are key to Alberta's resiliency and prosperity moving forward. Supporting progressive farms, producers and suppliers is investing in the people, land and communities of Alberta. These Albertans work hard to maintain sustainable agriculture and preserve natural resources for our collective health and future.
Poplar Bluff Organics & Carrots By Cam
Rosemary Wotske at Poplar Bluff Organics applies her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Master’s Degree in Cellular Genetics to manage the 170 acres she organically farms on land between Strathmore and Calgary. She grows 17 kinds of potatoes, root vegetables and seasonal greens along with her partner Cam Beard, who owns Carrots by Cam.
These two entrepreneurs share a passion for producing nutrient dense food, and have built a vendor list that includes many of the best health food stores and restaurants in Calgary and area. Rosemary explains that organic farming is all about maintaining a healthy soil balance, which then produces a nutrient dense vegetable. To not just feed the consumer so that they can live well, but to nourish them so they can flourish.
Cam and Rosemary are inviting you to their picturesque farms to enjoy their remarkable produce and u-pick strawberries (seasonally). Releasing a schedule of Tours and Farm to Table Dinners throughout the summer; sharing the importance of healthy soil and its connection to healthy humans.