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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 landscape of the Peace Region, one individual shines brightly as a symbol of resilience and community empowerment—Jessica Schoepp. With deep roots in the Peace Region and a passion for making a positive difference, Jessica's journey is an inspiring testament to the transformative power of determination and compassion.

Jessica's connection to the Peace Region runs deep, having called it home since the age of five. Her upbringing on a farm near Huallen instilled in her a profound appreciation for the community's support and solidarity. "I learned the value of having a hand up from the people in the Peace Region," Jessica shares. "It changed my life and allowed myself and my children to have the life we do now. It’s important to give people the same opportunity."

Jessica’s formative years faced extensive adversity. She navigated through her childhood and education while facing domestic violence and family with addiction, teen pregnancy, financial hardship and homelessness as a single mother. Throughout this challenging period, Jessica found solace and support from various community resources such as food banks, programs for pregnant teens, and the Grande Spirit Foundation, "I am proud to say I have overcome many barriers with the help of the community, access to services, and those with more knowledge," she shares. "They’re hard things, but there’s also a plethora of support waiting to catch you and show you, you can be hard too." These acts of kindness and generosity not only enabled her to complete her education but also instilled in her a profound sense of gratitude and determination to make change and give back.

By day, Jessica serves as a community engagement officer at STARS Air Ambulance, where her recent initiative spearheading a fundraiser raised an astounding $600K for this essential service.

Jessica is also the proud owner of 92 Beverage Co., a new local business that not only brings vitality to downtown but also promotes alcohol-free nights, providing a welcoming space for those seeking social engagement without alcohol.

Jessica's contributions extend beyond her professional roles, as she dedicates her time and expertise to various organizations and initiatives. She has served as Vice President of the Pride Society and has been on the GALAP board for 4 years. She is co-lead for Women in Business Grande Prairie and has lots of involvement in community events like the Bear Creek Folk Festival. Her efforts to advocate for diversity and inclusion policies reflect her dedication to creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Her leadership initiatives in fostering connections within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community have been instrumental, as she spearheads efforts to bridge gaps in services and compile vital resources. Jessica's commitment to inclusivity is evident in her advocacy for gender-neutral bathrooms, both in her business and at community events. In all her endeavors, Jessica prioritizes support for women and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Whether through mentorship, advocacy, or financial contributions, she consistently champions the success, inclusivity, and well-being of others.

Despite her busy schedule, Jessica approaches every interaction with grace and respect, earning her a reputation as a compassionate and reliable community leader. Her impact is tangible, reflected in the growing attendance at Women in Business events, the success of her downtown business, and the remarkable fundraising achievements at STARS.

As Jessica continues to lead by example, her impact reverberates throughout the community, inspiring others to embrace their own potential for positive change. "It’s healed me. It’s helped break intergenerational trauma," Jessica reflects on her journey. "It’s made me a happier person."

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.



92 Beverage Co. 

Grande Prairie Pride Society

Grande Prairie Women in Business


To learn more about 30 Women for 30 Years or to nominate a woman who you think has made an impact in the Peace Region, click here