COVID-19 safety restrictions have made outdoor rinks very popular this winter, and that has created the perfect opportunity for a local entrepreneur.
A native of Winnipeg, MB, former competitive swimmer, and mother of three, community reporter Deb Matejicka brings over 15 years’ news experience to Global Calgary. Spanning news, sports, weather, and now community reporting, Deb’s journalism career has taken her across Canada with stops in Brandon, MB; Prince Albert, SK; Saskatoon, SK; Regina, SK; Vancouver, BC; and Calgary, AB.
Deb holds a degree in political studies and English from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in creative communications (journalism major) from Red River College.
Through meeting and profiling great people and great events happening in our community, Deb builds relationships with Global News community partners that last beyond the story.
“I love meeting people and hearing their stories. Everybody has a great story, and many aren’t even aware of it,” says Deb. “Sometimes I find gems that have never been talked about before.”
“When you give of your time, you just can’t help but get more back.” said Jan Myhre, a volunteer driver with the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society.
When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Global News Calgary’s charity clothing sale, a community partner stepped up to solve the problem of what to do with the mountain of clothes.
“Because of COVID this year and seeing the demand for help… we thought: let’s go big or go home,” Brianna Hewston said.
“Can you imagine that? Doesn’t that make you want to punch the wall? A baby aspirin per night could have saved her life.”
When medicine just doesn’t work, a Calgary psychiatrist suggests patients suffering from depression turn to repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
“If we weren’t able to have her moved quickly, and then be able to stabilize her quickly, she wouldn’t have survived. Not a chance,” Kristine Russell said.
“I was glad there was so many young kids here today, because it’s teaching them to remember,” said Dan Port, a military veteran.
A new installation at the former Currie Barracks military base in Calgary gives insight into the lives of four Canadian servicemen and women in their own words.
Like so many others, the salon Tania Mathews worked in was forced to close its doors when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Calgary.
“I was very starstruck as well and it took a minute to register,” Carya fund development manager Jennifer Moir.
Under the HEROS umbrella, a pilot project dubbed SuperHEROS was launched.
“It’s truly a silent disease,” Robin Somji
A Calgary man reunited with a CTrain driver who helped return his lost wallet to him.
A random act of kindness has created new friendships in a Calgary neighbourhood.