Diane Peters

A vintage craft for the modern era

Robb Thak loved art and reading history and fantasy books growing up. “As soon as I realized blacksmiths made all the armour, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” As a teen, he discovered that one of the top blacksmiths in southern Ontario lived down the road, and he offered classes: Thak took one...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 1:30 PM

If you're lost, these pups will be there to find you

Michelle Limoges has a great day job. She’s worked for the Alberta Research Council for 30 years. She runs special events for the Edmonton-based organization. Limoges, 59, is planning to retire next year. Her other gig, meanwhile, will probably start taking up even more of her time. Originally...

Monday, June 14, 2010, 1:30 PM

A globetrotting Tupperware queen

Jennifer Schulz went from burping babies to burping Tupperware. This was not her plan. The native of Kitchener, Ont., studied early childhood education and taught in Montessori school. After getting married and having two kids and settling in nearby Waterloo, Schultz decided she wanted to be a...

Monday, June 7, 2010, 1:30 PM

The many benefits of music therapy

When we listen to or play music, we relax and express ourselves honestly. Music helps us practise language and hand-eye coordination and it builds confidence. Such is the focus of music therapy, which Rachael Finnerty, 35, has been practising for the last decade. Growing up, she played piano in...

Monday, May 31, 2010, 1:30 PM

Unlocking the healing power of hypnosis

Most of our images of what a hypnotist does come from bad TV — but in the right hands, this technique is not about making people “very sleepy” so they can squawk like chickens. For Edmonton social worker Terri Cooper, it’s a powerful but simple technique that helps people change things in their...

Monday, May 17, 2010, 1:30 PM

Too busy to stoop and scoop

James Beagle has always loved dogs. His grandparents had two border collies and his own family had a boxer. Early on, Beagle, who’s now 50, learned that these creatures make a mess. His job was to scoop up the poop from the backyard. He didn’t mind. But he did mind being bored. So when the Toronto-...

Monday, May 10, 2010, 1:30 PM

A fusion of cultures in the fusion of metals

No need to call the fire department, but John Carnes is running a homemade kiln at 1,500 degrees in the spare room in his Toronto apartment. The kiln is tiny and Carnes, 45, keeps a fire extinguisher nearby. He’s never had to use it. He’s using it to create jewellry in an ancient technique called...

Monday, May 3, 2010, 1:30 PM

Seeing life in full colour

When most of us see Michelle Obama in a yellow dress or watch the blue-green world of Avatar, we think: that looks cool. Alice Chu sees next season’s popular colours. Chu was good at art as a child and worked hard to get better so she could attend university. She was born in Shanghai and moved to...

Monday, April 26, 2010, 1:30 PM

Taking business savvy to the ballroom

Most parents want their kids to grow up to join a respectable, well-paying profession. But Robert Tang, now 46, was already on a successful career path, having got his MBA, when his parents sidetracked him with ballroom dancing. The Tangs entered their first ballroom dancing competition when Robert...

Monday, April 19, 2010, 1:30 PM

An artist finds himself at centre of sport

David Arrigo failed Grade 9 art. It bored him. Instead Arrigo, who’s now 40, used toothbrushes and any old paint he could find to decorate friends’ jean jackets. Arrigo liked art enough by the end of high school to enrol in a college program for graphic design management. But he dropped out of the...

Monday, April 12, 2010, 1:30 PM

Many diamonds in the rough

If you make a mistake at work, your boss will probably be very annoyed with you. If Jeannine Pilon makes an error, it’s instantly worth thousands of dollars.Pilon, now 38, was born in Sudbury and started her professional life doing hospice work — caring for people who were dying. Then she moved up...

Monday, March 29, 2010, 10:37 AM

The art of outfitting an NHL squad

Like so many Canadian boys, Gus Thorson of Calgary grew up playing hockey. He had no idea he’d make a career of it. Thorson played goal and quit the game at 17 — he’s now 50 — since he simply wasn’t that good. But his friends were, and they played on the University of Calgary team while he was...

Monday, March 22, 2010, 10:42 AM

The tech-savvy life of a BlackBerry guru

When anyone in Darci LaRocque’s family got a gift that required assembly — a fish tank, a piece of electronics — she’d always be the one to put it together. Her technical prowess showed up again when, as an adult, she worked at a bank and showed all her coworkers how to better use their computers’...

Monday, March 15, 2010, 10:42 AM

Ensuring wellness on a grand scale

Growing up the eldest of five gave Dr. Arlene King early experience caring for others, even when it wasn’t easy. “You get to be pretty tough when you have three younger brothers.” She started out studying nursing, but wanted more of a challenge. She switched to general science and then did a...

Monday, March 8, 2010, 10:42 AM

Forensic investigation by the numbers

If you’re looking for excitement, become an accountant like David Malamed. The 37-year-old Torontonian is a forensic accountant: He follows the money to investigate financial crimes. Malamed began his career with a business degree at York University and a stint as a business owner. Then he and his...

Monday, March 1, 2010, 10:42 AM

Using love of food to create food you love

Sita Kacker grew up eating shepherd’s pie, poutine, curry and pineapple upside down cake.That’s what happens when you come from Indian heritage and grow up in England, Montreal and Oakville, Ont. Being exposed to all this food diversity eventually influenced Kacker’s career choice, but as a young...

Monday, February 22, 2010, 10:42 AM

Sussing out the science of flavour

The first time Winnie Chiu went on a date with her future husband, she nearly wrecked the mood. “These are cultivated blueberries,” she said over the romantic dessert, and went on to explain to him how wild berries are much smaller and less uniform in shape. Years later, he’s used to being sent...

Monday, February 15, 2010, 10:42 AM

Meet the guardian of the Olympic torch

This winter, thousands of lucky Canadians have had the honour of carrying the Olympic torch for a kilometre or two. But Jeff Simpkins has travelled with the flame for thousands of kilometres across Canada and back. As one of just five torch escorts working the entire relay, this police officer...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 10:42 AM

Olympic sponsorship, years in the making

Like it or not, major sports events like the Olympics need corporate sponsors to help pay the bills. And those sponsors need someone to run the show.For Coca Cola, that person is Nicola Kettlitz, 47. From support on the torch relay to providing entertainment and refreshments at the games, Kettlitz...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 10:42 AM

Real-life CSI not quite as sexy as TV

Rod Spencer has mixed feelings about the TV phenom CSI. It’s great in that it has inspired a whole new generation of young people to do forensic work. His classes at Humber College in Toronto, which are part of the Police Foundations program, are full. But the 63-year-old former police officer isn’...

Monday, January 25, 2010, 10:57 AM