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Brenda Pelland-McIntosh's: Advocating Wellness and a Healthy Quality of Life for All

Brenda Pelland-McIntosh's: Advocating Wellness and a Healthy Quality of Life for All

In the heart of Grande Prairie, Brenda Pelland-McIntosh stands with compassion and a drive for change. With a nurturing spirit and a passion for enhancing the lives of others, Brenda's mission extends far beyond the confines of her role as a registered nurse. As the founder of Life & HEALth Care Consulting, she tirelessly advocates for seniors' (and others) health, wellness, and dignity, striving to fill the gaps in an often overlooked area of healthcare.

Brenda's roots in the Peace Region run deep, hailing from McLennan and returning to Grande Prairie after gaining her Nursing Degree in Calgary and working in various places like Seattle, Portland, and Hawaii. Her decision to establish herself here was driven not only by personal connections but also by a profound desire to make a meaningful impact in her community. "I've always wanted to make a difference," she shares, "and Grande Prairie's diverse population presented a unique opportunity to connect people with vital services."

Guided by her passion for advocacy and her commitment to bridging gaps in healthcare, Brenda founded Seniors Best Life in 2019, later evolving it into Life & HEALth Care Consulting. Her vision extends beyond providing services; it encompasses advocating for individuals of all ages and stages of life, ensuring they receive the support and resources they need to thrive.

Inspired by a multitude of individuals, Brenda's journey is marked by moments of profound connection and transformation. "I've learned that every person I encounter has something valuable to teach me," she reflects, emphasizing the importance of listening and learning from others' experiences.

Driven by a desire to create change, Brenda remains undeterred by challenges. In an environment where questioning the status quo can be daunting, she bravely advocates for those whose voices may go unheard. "It's not easy," she admits, "but I refuse to stay silent when I know I can make a difference."

Currently, Brenda is spearheading initiatives aimed at revolutionizing the way care is provided, particularly for couples facing separation due to differing healthcare needs. Her innovative approach seeks to preserve relationships and enhance quality of life, setting a precedent for compassionate care.

When asked about the qualities essential for women seeking to make an impact, Brenda emphasizes perseverance. "We must persist in the face of adversity," she asserts, urging women to trust their inner voice and support one another along the way.

Through her actions, Brenda inspires others to embrace their true selves and advocate for their needs, fostering a sense of empowerment within the community. Her journey of personal growth and purpose-driven living serves as a testament to the transformative power of resilience and determination.

As Brenda reflects on her legacy, she hopes to be remembered as a source of light, laughter, and encouragement. Her message to future generations of women is clear: unity, support, and purpose are the cornerstones of success. By empowering one another and embracing life's curves, women can illuminate the path to a brighter, more fulfilling future.

In the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and advocacy, Brenda Pelland-McIntosh stands as a guiding force, dedicated to helping others navigate life's challenges and embrace its infinite possibilities.

 

Life & HEALth Care Consulting

 

To learn more about 30 Women for 30 Years or to nominate a woman who you think has made a positive impact in our region, click here.

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Jessica Schoepp: Forging Inclusivity and Entrepreneurship in the Peace Region

Jessica Schoepp: Forging Inclusivity and Entrepreneurship in the Peace Region

In the spirit of the '30 Women for 30 Years' campaign, Jessica leaves a powerful message for future generations of women: "You can make a difference. Small acts or large acts make a difference even if it’s only one person, and that can have a ripple effect that can last generations." Indeed, Jessica Schoepp's legacy is one of resilience, compassion, and unwavering dedication to building a brighter future for all.
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‘the future is women’ we have the power in us to change the world.  Our nature is nurturing life and together we can. Just believe in the power in you and connect to your source and watch the magic.”
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Wendy Whitman Doucet: A Guiding Light in Community Service & Senior Advocacy

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"Never give up. Never let anyone take away your shine or drive. If you fall, get right back up and brush yourself off. Believe in yourself and look into others to learn more about yourself. And remember, you are the master of your destiny so get out in the world, take chances if you need to and truly believe in it and don't ever let anyone shake your confidence. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference and more and more women from all over are rising up and doing just that.”
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Val Authenac: Radiating Hope and Inspiring Positive Change for the Cancer Community

Val Authenac: Radiating Hope and Inspiring Positive Change for the Cancer Community

Val Authenac has become a beacon of positive change, leaving an indelible mark through her unwavering commitment to community service. From her early roots in Fairview, Alberta, to establishing her home in Grande Prairie, Val's journey has been intertwined with the spirit of the region and its remarkable people.

Val's relationship with the Peace Region is one of profound appreciation and connection. Having moved to Grande Prairie in 1985, she reflects on the incredible people and the unique blend of a small city feel with the amenities of a larger city. This sense of community has allowed her to fuel her passions.

"I have always loved helping people and volunteering," says Val, emphasizing the immediate benefits that extend beyond individuals to the entire community. Her altruistic spirit embodies the essence of creating a better place and, in doing so, encountering the magic of meeting amazing humans.

Val's journey took a transformative turn when she faced her cancer diagnosis. Confronting the fragility of life, she sought to spend her time making a meaningful difference. The realization of a need for breast cancer support in the region inspired her to take action. Val found her tribe in the remarkable women of the Mozart Mission and Support the Girls, organizations dedicated to breast cancer awareness and support. Inspired by these empowering women, Val decided to be the change she envisions for the world.

In acknowledging the difficulty of rallying people to give their time for fundraising and programs, Val draws inspiration from the 'Fabulous Four,' a group of women who exemplify the power of collective effort, “they give what they can, make room for everyone to help, sometimes all that was required of you was to pick something up.” Val has learned and emphasized the importance of breaking up tasks into smaller time commitments to encourage more widespread participation in community volunteering.

For Val, making a difference requires finding a cause that resonates, taking that first step, and embracing the joy it brings. 

Val generously supports the Victoria's Attic Support the Girls fundraiser and fashion show, raising money for local breast cancer initiatives. Val explains, “we were able to take support bags for breast cancer patients to the next level with the support of the GPRH Foundation and now there are support bags for all patients undergoing cancer treatment here in the Grande Prairie Cancer Centre.”

As the on-site host coordinator for the Look Good Feel Better program at the Grande Prairie Cancer Centre, Val plays a pivotal role in providing makeup and wig application classes for women undergoing cancer treatments. Val goes on to say; “we have had 2 classes so far and it is amazing to see the transformation of the attendees. I wish I had been able to attend when I was undergoing treatment.” 

Val has been an instrumental part of the Mozart Mission, contributing to the acquisition of a 3D imaging machine for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The organization, initiated by Alison Bergsma, surpassed its goal and donated over $214,000 to the Mobile Mammography Clinic. 

One of Val’s most memorable experiences in her work was the Mozart Mission Mixer. The overwhelming support from the community, with people even arriving on the night of the event to donate items for a silent auction, showcased the generosity that brings Val to tears when reminiscing about the incredible people she shares her city with.

Currently, Val is actively involved in a committee through the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation, raising funds to replace the Mobile Mammography Clinic for the North Zone; “It provides mammograms to rural indigenous and smaller communities  from Valleyview, Jasper, and up to Fort McMurray. We need to raise $1.5 million dollars and have approximately $600,000.00 raised so far.” This clinic is a life saving service for communities in the North who have less access to health care. 

Over the years, Val’s contributions have also extended to the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, local schools, the GP Soccer Association, and more.


When asked about the involvement of women in community-building and advocacy, Val expresses that it is essential and that insight from diverse perspectives is crucial to understanding and addressing the issues facing women. Drawing from her cancer journey, Val emphasizes the power of shared experiences in fostering understanding and effecting positive changes for the community's well-being; “When you can share your experience, needs and barriers with others then you can move forward and make changes for the betterment of everyone.”

Val's journey has not only shaped her personal growth but has also defined how she wants to spend the rest of her life – helping others and maximizing the time she has. 

As part of the '30 Women for 30 Years' campaign, Val's message to future generations of women is to “Remember that life is short, go for what you want and one person can truly make a difference, you never know what impact you have on people”. Every action has the potential to create a positive ripple effect. Val Authenac's legacy is one of kindness, determination, and the belief that each woman possesses the power to make a significant difference in the world.

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Carrie Robins: Illuminating Lives and Inspiring Dreams in the Peace Region

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“Believe in yourself and the power that as a woman you hold. Follow the things in life that light you up inside. Look for the spark!”
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Gail Haakstad: Spearheading Advocacy and Community Involvement in the Peace Region

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“I hope that the women that come behind us understand the importance of giving back to our community but also, the importance of looking after their mental and physical wellbeing. Looking after ourselves is the most important thing we can do in order to help others.”

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Embracing Authenticity: Jennifer Ireson's Journey of Empowerment in the Peace Region

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In the vast expanse of the Peace Region, Jennifer Ireson found more than just a geographical location—she found herself. Reflecting on over 11 years of living in Grande Prairie, Jennifer describes this region as the place where she has truly come into her own. It's a testament to the freedom the Peace Region offers—an environment that allows individuals to be who they are, grow, expand, explore, and shape the lives they desire.

A familiar face at local events and a proactive participant in Chamber activities, Jennifer's commitment to community development goes beyond attendance; she readily immerses herself in new initiatives and responsibilities. Her dedication is a testament to her genuine investment in the success, expansion, and well-being of locally owned businesses in Grande Prairie.

Jennifer's involvement in the community is simply a reflection of her belief that small, everyday actions can collectively bring about significant positive change. Her journey toward community impact began during a pivotal moment in grade 11 while working at the local fish plant. Witnessing the constrained opportunities of previous generations, she recognized the importance of education as a gateway to independence, exploration, and personal growth.

Every day presents its challenges, and for Jennifer, a unique challenge surfaced in her mid-40s—an ADHD diagnosis. Rather than viewing it as a setback, she embraces it as a superpower, a force that propels her to make quick decisions, learn rapidly, and share knowledge with others. Her journey with ADHD is a testament to the strength derived from acknowledging and embracing one's uniqueness.

Jennifer's involvement in the community extends to her role as an educator at Northwestern Polytechnic, where she witnesses women entering unsure of themselves and leaving with newfound confidence. One particular student, aspiring to start her own business, credited Jennifer's encouragement for providing the push needed to embark on that entrepreneurial journey.

The impact of Jennifer's actions on the community is evident through the admiration she receives for her bravery, independence, and willingness to try new things. Although she may not be fully aware of the extent of her influence, she believes that her courage might inspire others to find strength in their own endeavors.

Educating oneself is a key piece of advice Jennifer imparts to women aspiring to make a difference in their communities. She is a strong advocate for formal education, emphasizing its role in fostering critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication skills. Education, for Jennifer, has been a pathway to freedom, confidence, and security.

Jennifer's contributions extend beyond the academic realm, as she has actively participated in various not-for-profit boards since arriving in Grande Prairie including Habitat for Humanity, Palliative Care Society, Sexsmith & District Chamber of Commerce, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Advisory Committee Town of Sexsmith, Physician Recruitment Task Force (Town of Sexsmith), Chartered Professional in Human Resources GP Volunteer Committee, and more. 

As she reflects on her journey, Jennifer acknowledges the impact of Human Resources (HR) early in her career, providing stability and a path that allowed her to explore new territories, stay abreast of technology, and develop new skills. Her narrative challenges the notion of a "correct" career path, emphasizing the importance of adaptability in a constantly changing world.

In considering the qualities essential for making an impact in the community, Jennifer recognizes the strength in diversity. It's not about one strong voice but rather the collective contribution of individuals bringing their unique perspectives to the table.

Inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery, an author from a small town in Prince Edward Island, Jennifer sees her journey as proof that humble beginnings need not limit one's ability to make a difference. As part of the '30 Women for 30 Years' campaign, her legacy message is one of collective effort—”We give what we can when we can. Every tiny piece adds up, and over time, we can build large pyramids from which we can enjoy the view.”

Jennifer Ireson exemplifies the power of authenticity, resilience, and the collective impact of small, everyday actions.

 

To learn more about Jennifer & her work as a Human Resource Expert, check out Balanced Perspectives

 

If you know someone who you believe has made a positive impact in the Peace Region, nominate here.

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"Feel the fear and do it anyway! Never compromise your ethics or values and always trust your gut. And never be afraid to walk away from something that doesn’t feel right. Go where you are wanted and welcome. And dream big… If people aren’t laughing at your goals then they aren’t big enough!”
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