Wild Flowers and Whisky celebrate Strong Women in the Canadian Rockies.
Women's role in the Rockies has been hidden from society, perhaps if there is an advantage to this, it has allowed us to raise our families, build a warm community around us, and at the same time offered us the freedom to climb, ski, and explore these beautiful mountains without judgment.
We will introduce you to women from Banff who “Walk the Talk”. They are strong, resilient, and courageous and their contributions are so meaningful to the culture of the Canadian Rockies.
We believe the adventure begins with tea, so, put the kettle on and let’s celebrate women’s strength,success and find how they created beautiful connections in the face of adversity.Enjoy our conversations though video or podcast.
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Jolene Brewster founder of Jolene’s Tea House started her business here in Banff almost 20 years ago. This hard working local lady found her way to success in this tough mountain town following the path of can-do women who are community leaders, business leaders, artists, advocates, and mothers always willing to lend a helping hand or share a thread of wisdom.
Jolene will introduce you to the women from Banff.
Originally from the Northwest Territories, Reneltta now calls Banff home. Reneltta shares her view of living in different landscapes, and how they change you. How living in the mountains forces us to see a reflection of ourselves. Reneltta found her calling as an artist, but her life’s purpose has evolved to supporting Indigenous artists. She works to creates space, forging a path forward, and ensuring it is wide enough, warm enough, for others to follow.
AURORA CLAIRE BORIN
Aurora is a fierce advocate for LGBTQ2S+ folks, regularly speaking with health care providers, businesses, NGOs, and municipal governments about how to create more inclusive, equitable, and diverse spaces. She is a successful career musician and is acclaimed throughout Calgary and Banff for her abilities as a collaborative pianist and educator.Aurora lives in Banff, Alberta with her dog Cassie, who is never anything less than perfect. Aurora herself is bi/pansexual and is trans-identifying, though she prefers the label queer.
Marie-Eve Marchand is one of these rare and special humans who simply makes the world a better place. We are so lucky to have this lady in Banff bringing culture, conservation sciences, communications and policy together for nature. Among many projects, Marie-Eve successfully bought the plains bison back in Banff National Park. She is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WPCA) and received the national Golden Leaf Award for her work on protecting the last undammed river in Southern Quebec. Marie-Eve is from Lac-St-Jean, Quebec and lived, studied or worked in Jamaica, United Kingdom, Italy, Cameroon and Colorado, USA. She has a business degree, a Masters in Environmental Sciences.
Enjoy this insightful conversation with Karina Birch a long time resident of the Canadian Rockies, mother of three, and co-founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Karina shares her perspective on a work/life/parenting balance. As a leader in the natural beauty industry, Karina masterfully leads us through her approach to reach peak balance and happiness. Through her years of experience, she shares stories about how to manage expectations and build a stable bridge between family and work. Her Motto: ''Look for the patterns that have built informal expectations and take the time to unwind them and rebuild.'’ In her quiet moments outside the office, Karina enjoys animal tracking, a fascinating way to stay both grounded and present. "Self-care is not about burning yourself out and taking a day to recover… it needs to happen in small moments every day.” Enjoy this candid conversation between Jolene and Karina and be sure to tell us what you've learned and will adopt into your daily rituals in comments.
Meghan J. Ward
In our latest episode of Wildflowers and Whisky Podcast, Jolene savored a comforting cup of Vanilla Mint Chai while engaging in a heartfelt conversation with Meghan J. Ward, a prominent writer from Banff, and delving into the captivating life of Mary Schäffer Warren, a significant figure in the history of the Rockies during the early 20th century. As Meghan produces her documentary film project, "Wildflowers," she embarks on a journey to retrace the remarkable life story of Mary Schaeffer. However, this adventure goes beyond simply exploring Mary's achievements in the mountains; it also delves into the essence of identity transformation and the art of reinventing oneself in the midst of midlife. Correction: Mollie Adams was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut. And it was on a trip to the Kootenay Plains, not Ptarmigan Valley, that she and Schäffer found kindred spirits in each other.
Links:meghanjoyward.com | @meghanjwardwildflowersfilm.ca | @wildflowers.film