The pandemic brings added stresses for police, firefighters and paramedics. “We are afraid we’ll bring COVID home to our families.”
Gil Tucker is a born and raised West Coaster, attending Vancouver Community College and BCIT before getting into broadcasting. He worked at stations in Prince George, Kelowna and Red Deer, then came to Global Calgary.
He worked as a general reporter and occasional anchor, before settling into his current role as the lucky guy who gets to regularly do “people stories.” He considers it a privilege to be able to meet so many interesting and inspiring individuals each day. None of the stories would happen without the great people who share their experiences with us.
Some the particularly memorable ones who stand out: all the players who put in all the hours at the rink in Chestermere in 2012 and 2014 to set new records for the world’s longest hockey game, raising $1 million for the Children’s Hospital. A 9-year-old girl who sold her paintings of hearts to raise $11, 000 to help the homeless. And the always enthusiastic and entertaining Herb Williams, the creator and host of the Superdogs shows.
Gil will never forget his pummelling at the hands of an 82-year-old Stu Hart, the wrestling legend responding to his scrawny opponent’s whimpering with “Oh, you sound like a goosey girl.” Replying to the pleading “I give” with “You can’t give.”
What a great lesson: “You can’t give.” No matter what you’re up against, you just have to keep going.
You’ll find a way.
An Alberta group is growing mullets to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Listening to music is easing the stress for many Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Calgary man is helping out with an event featuring seasoned performers.
A popular Calgary venue is now getting a nice boost from a movie marriage.
A 15-year-old Calgary girl is chasing her dream at virtual space camp, where she gets to meet astronauts, engineers and scientists and try out mission simulators.
There’s an emotional appeal from some Calgarians looking for help getting a furry family member back home.
The producer of a high-tech aquarium controls system is seeing opportunities for growth as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Tap dancers were selected for a prestigious U.S.-based training program after switching to online training amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Lily the cat is settling in at a supportive living building in Calgary. She’s there to offer comfort to people struggling with the isolation that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online farmer’s market, CultivatR, benefitted from customers shifting to supporting local businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic to see a major growth over the past year.
Musicians are showing support with an online fundraising show.
The Veterans Association Food Bank raffles off a custom hideaway for women that’s described as “the equivalent of a man cave.”
A Calgary non-profit agency switched gears to offer a program bringing bikes into the homes of families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her photography gets exposure all over North America: ‘It’s a real confidence-booster and it’s encouraged me to continue my photography journey
The number of young moms needing help is growing during the COVID-19 crisis, as the support they might normally have been able to count on sometimes isn’t there.