Ferzana Awan-Davis - Tawazaan

by GEM Magazine / Aug 03, 2016 / Comments

I feel like I've always been fighting for my place. I didn't feel or see things the way others did. I was different. It made me a target.

Fantastically Foxy - From Bartender to Business

by GEM Magazine / Sep 11, 2015 / Comments

I don’t come from a business background, I come from a creative background. When I opened my first business at 21, I didn’t think about the ‘what if's’ or dwell on the idea that it might not work.

Izzy Shafey - Zenthai Shiatsu

by GEM Magazine / Jul 09, 2015 / Comments

I grew up in destitute areas in and surrounding Toronto which were quite oppressive. There weren't many positive opportunities for the youth available and the potential to follow a very destructive path is high. It was a way of life I found myself on the edge of giving into a number of times.

Seeing the potential to go down this negative spiral, along with the devastating consequences it can entail, made me realize that it was not the life I wanted for myself. So I chose to follow a different path.

We all have a choice.

Yew Tree Yoga - Sam Goski

by GEM Magazine / Jun 13, 2015 / Comments

I had been thinking for a while about how to incorporate my physiotherapy skills into a different career. Pivotal events in my life seemed to lead me deeper into the practice of yoga

Himanshu Narang - Pedal Forward

by GEM Magazine / Jun 10, 2015 / Comments

I was having an extremely hard time finding work and I almost gave up. I asked myself: "Will things ever work out?" and "Will I ever be able to accomplish what I moved to Canada to do?" I doubted myself and yes, I stopped pedalling.

Ryan LeBlanc - The Natural Connection

by GEM Magazine / Jun 09, 2015 / Comments

Nothing made me truly happy, regardless of how amazing it really was. Sunsets were Instagram photo opportunities, hikes were for work and exercise was a chore.

LJC Art - Expression Through Sound and Colour

by GEM Magazine / May 13, 2015 / Comments

We live in a fear-based society. If you don't get a good education and a secure job, what will you amount to? I chose not to buy into that. Maybe I had a bit of a rebel in me, refusing to let my spirit be defeated by fear. I believe fear is a choice.

Gavin Henderson-Peal - The Rise After The Fall

by GEM Magazine / Apr 23, 2015 / Comments

A deathly allergic reaction left me fighting for my life in the hospital and it was the perfect storm. I lost everything. My growing business, my commercial properties and all that I'd worked hard to build... gone. However, I never turned around and said 'poor me.'

Entrepreneurship - Pushing Through Resistance

by GEM Magazine / Apr 06, 2015 / Comments

Why do people start a business? Well for us, a sister team into health and fitness, it never was about wanting to start a business when it all started. One day, we came across a problem and became passionate about creating a solution. Not everyone has what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and we're just discovering if we have what it takes ourselves.