Calgarians We Love 2022

From a legendary Olympic swimmer to a hip-hop culture ambassador, these 10 people make our city more beautiful, more interesting, more fun and an all-around kinder and friendlier place to be.

Mark Tewksbury

Photograph by Jared Sych. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Luther.

Olympic gold medallist, motivational speaker, author, performer, TV host with the most, Mark Tewksbury makes us feel good about life, the city and everything.

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Flora Johnson

Photograph by Jared Sych.

The Indigenous artist creates murals and paintings, as well as painted hand drums and feathers featuring bold colours and motifs of animals and women.

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Leah Hennel

Photograph by Leah Hennel

The local photojournalist captures striking images and stories wherever she goes, from the Tokyo Olympics to inside hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Terry Cahill

Photograph by Ramsey Kunkel.

Twenty years after the 2002 film FUBAR, the quintessential Calgarian everyman (as portrayed by actor Dave Lawrence) is still “given’r” on a daily basis.

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Sho-Tyme

Photograph by Jared Sych.

A dancer, instructor and choreographer who’s worked on films and So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Sho-Tyme now teaches and mentors dancers and dance groups in Calgary.

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Meg Van Rosendaal

Photograph by Jared Sych.

Community-builder Meg Van Rosendaal has spent decades championing artists and art organizations in Calgary.

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Chris Hewitt

Photograph by Jared Sych.

Chris Hewitt and his team at Dickens have been ahead of the curve with safety measures during the pandemic.

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Sean Crump

Photograph by Jared Sych.

Sean Crump started Included By Design, a firm that addresses systemic gaps in disability inclusion by consulting and training businesses on how to make their spaces more inclusive.

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Evelyne Nyairo

Photograph courtesy of Ellie Bianca.

The founder of Ellie Bianca, a socially conscious skin-care line that uses natural ingredients, supports women’s success through her business.

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Annalee Coakley

Photograph by Jared Sych.

Annalee Coakley is the physician lead at the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic, where she advocates for the medical needs of her patients.

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This article appears in the January 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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