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Heart Truth family spotlight: Ebony Lewis and Marsina King


Marsina is a legacy designer of the Heart Truth Calgary Fashion Show. We cannot imagine the event without Marsina’s thoughtful and empathetic approach to community philanthropy. Pairing Marsina with Ebony was an easy choice. Both Marsina and Ebony capture the strength and passion that our event treasures so deeply.

The inspiration for Marsina’s design came from the idea of “many hearts coming together to make something beautiful.” Marsina’s design embodies a story that reflects her interpretation of what the fundraising campaign means to her. From this reflection, Marsina translated the many hearts coming together concept literally onto the dress as follows:

The top of the dress will be made from velvet and the skirt will be dupioni or raw silk. Marsina will create and piece together frayed heart appliqués to affix to the hem of the skirt and cascade upwards, in a reverse waterfall layout. All of the appliqués will be created by layering a number of red/metallic toned fabrics together (laces, chiffons, prints, solids) and strategically cutting the edges to create a layered and frayed look. Marsina will place these organically shaped hearts in groups to mimic floral arrangements.

The pattern on the skirt will be a multitude of ‘frayed heart appliqués’ individually stitched and constructed to come together. And although the hearts may be frayed individually, they join one another to make a beautiful and strong mosaic collectively.

By day, Marsina is a business professional spending her days working full time downtown Calgary. By night, she spends her time sewing, drawing and dreaming about evening wear. Marsina’s love for fashion began at a young age when she learned the fundamentals of sewing. From there, Marsina attained a Bachelors of Design in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto. After owning MaNoKin Design (her own clothing business) for a number of years,  she found her love of fashion aligned with the creativity and beauty of a well constructed garment and not so much with the commercial side of the business.

For that reason, she made the decision to continue her love affair with fashion on a selective basis, and only when the project spoke to her on a personal level. Evening wear design is how Marsina finds the romance in fashion. It is a fulfilling feeling for Marsina when a sketch evokes an emotional response, as if creating a personal connection to the piece. Marsina’s favourite parts of the design process are sketching ideas, sourcing fabrics, and sewing the intricate hand detailing that can almost always be seen on her pieces.

Ebony Lewis, born and raised in Calgary, is a proud mother of two. After attending YWAM in Kona, Hawaii, Ebony jumped into her career as a sales associate and remained in sales with ENMAX and later TransAlta. Ebony’s passion for people and loving relationships has created many long lasting friendships and support.  Juggling a full time career as single mom, Ebony has supported several causes that helped her develop a strong sense of community and leadership among those around her. 

Ebony has supported and raised funds for Janus Academy in Calgary for five years, and directly supported the Ride to Conquer Cancer for six years. It is very apparent to Ebony that caring for others (and yourself) is a priority.  A strong sense of faith and the belief that being kind is number one to herself and her children is always on Ebony’s mind. Ebony is passionate about enjoying life and the “now.” Ebony beleives on focusing on today, not tomorrow or yesterday.  

According to Ebony, “Be present, love yourself, stay strong and healthy – this will reveal  an inner joy that will inspire those around you.” This is a motto that we completely agree with!

Want to connect to Ebony? Reach out through LinkedIn.

Want to connect to Marsina? Reach out through Instagram.

From our hearts to yours,

Heart Truth Calgary Family

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Heart Truth family spotlight: Beth Reimer-Heck and Marina Ortman


We love the dichotomy and excitement behind our next pairing; Beth Reimer-Heck, Board Director and Queen’s Council-Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), and designer Marina Ortman. 

Beth Reimer-Heck has the rare combination of extensive experience at both the board and executive level in the business, legal, community and government realms. Beth ha14 years of experience on a variety of boards and numerous board committees including positions of Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board and Chair of various board committees. The focus of Beths board work has included governance and compliance,strategic development and oversight, and enterprise and risk management. Beth is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is accredited with their ICD.D designation. Beth has specializations in energy, governance and compliance, retail, telecommunications, and transformational change. Beth holds the pre-eminent role of counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest national law firm. Beth spent the majority of her career with TELUS where she served in both management and legal positions.

Beth has contributed her time to many not-for-profits as a board member including SAIT Polytechnic, Banff Centre Foundation, Minerva Foundation, Young President’s Organization, and Alberta Advisory Council on Womens Issues. She was nominated for the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada and for Womens Executive Network: Top 100 Most Powerful Women in CanadaShe was appointed Queens Counsel for the Province of Alberta.

“Born From Rebellion, Worn With Attitude” is the motto for the line of accessories and custom designs by Marina Ortman (DOME’). DOME’s work is unprecedented, sexy, wild and futuristic. Crafted and textured by hand, each piece is a distinct work of art moulded to an individual’s style and charisma. Marina Ortman resides and works in the City of Calgary. Marina’s work goes from a twist of design in a simple accessory to an abundance of movement and texture in sculptured leather jackets.

Marina’s love of luxury leather and most recent work is reflective of Beth’s classic style – with an edge – and Beth’s admiration for “suits.” Marina will create something that pairs glamour and elegance with Beth’s love for tailored and conservative attire. Marina’s design will be constructed of red leather, chiffon and choice gem stones. Marina is also looking to combine elements of classicism infused with a modern lifestyle.

Want to connect with Beth? Reach out through Twitter and LinkedIn.

Want to connect with Marina? Reach out through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook  and Etsy.

From our hearts to yours,

Heart Truth Calgary Family

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Heart Truth family spotlight: Danielle Lappage and Maria Orduz

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These two newcomers to the Heart Truth family are an exciting duo! Danielle Lappage grew up in the small town of Olds, Alberta, as the second oldest child of four siblings. She was involved in many different sports growing up and as a result, was always an athletic and competitive individual. Danielle was first introduced to the sport of wrestling in sixth grade when a couple of her friends joined the school’s wrestling team and convinced her to come out to a practice to try it out. Her love for the sport has been growing ever since and in 2006, Danielle made her first ‘Cadet’ national team. Since this time, she has been a member of Team Canada and has had the opportunity to represent Canada at many international events – including the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio!

Danielle moved from Olds to Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2008 to attend Simon Fraser University (SFU) and to wrestle for SFU’s varsity wrestling team. Danielle graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology in June 2013 and finished her university wrestling career as a three time WCWA national champion. Danielle decided to continue her education at SFU, and enrolled in graduate school in the fall of 2013. In September 2015 she successfully defended her thesis which focused on the topic of “gender and policing”. She is currently a full time athlete living in Vancouver and wrestling for the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club.

We are extremely excited to have Maria Orduz part of our show this year, most specifically sharing her MakeFashion creative talent with us. The opportunity to celebrate design fashion with wearable technology will be an incredible way to showcase the cause of our event, for heart health research – and perhaps the future of fashion for good health. Maria and her team have something incredible planned for Danielle. Maria Orduz is a Colombian-born fashion designer with a passion for creativity, innovation and technology.

A Fashion grad from George Brown College in Toronto, Maria has over six years of professional experience in the industry. She has worked in apparel design for major Canadian retailers including Mark’s Work Wearhouse, as well as several wearable art and wearable technology initiatives landing her shows in San Francisco, NYC and Shanghai . Her work has been highlighted in publications such as Elle Canada online, Avenue Magazine, Metro news, and several North American fashion and lifestyle blogs. Maria is happiest when involved in unconventional projects pushing her own creative boundaries, in which play and instinct are key. She is mostly inspired by music, the perfection of nature, and edgy architecture.

Want to connect to Danielle? Reach out through Twitter, Instagram and her website.

Want to connect to Maria? Reach out through LinkedInFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and her website.

From our hearts to yours,

Heart Truth Calgary Family


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Heart Truth family spotlight: Nadine Brown and Chantal Traub


Nadine and Chantal are two passionate and philanthropic women who value their communities. We are delighted to welcome back our legacy designer Chantal Traub and welcome Nadine Brown to the family.

Nadine was born and raised in Edmonton and became a dental hygienist in 1982. She married her high school sweetheart Kevin (their 32nd wedding anniversary was in May!) and moved to Calgary in 1886. Nadine worked as a hygienist for 12 years after which she chose to stay home with her three children and support her busy husband. During that time, Nadine was also involved as a volunteer training assistant in a personal development program called Choices for 10 years. Nadine was part of a mentoring program with CUPS and worked closely with an aboriginal mother and her four children for a year. Nadine and her husband have been involved with (and are big supporters) of the United way for over 25 years. Nadine is currently on the Gift Giving Cabinet of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which is Canada’s only national foundation dedicated to giving women and girls a better life by stopping violence, ending poverty and empowering young girls. Nadine is passionate about health and wellness, cares deeply about community and looks forward to becoming more engaged as she heads into the next phase of her life.

Chantal Traub handcrafts one-of-a-kind fabrics, clothing and home textiles. Thoughtfulness and care is instilled into each piece. She tells the story of our times in creations using hand painted, silkscreen printed and hand drawn designs.  Her clothing and home textiles are infused with passion and practicality to beautifully last for many seasons. The designs are playful, chic and emotive – inspiring everyone to bring colour into their lives.

Want to connect with Nadine? Reach out through the Canadian Women’s Foundation website.

Want to connect with Chantal? Reach out through Facebook, Etsy and her website.

See Nadine in Chantal’s design at the Heart Truth Fashion Show on February 11, 2017. Purchase your ticket here.

From our hearts to yours,

The Heart Truth Calgary Family


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Heart Truth family spotlight: Kathy Heffernan and Lara Presber


When we think of the heartbeat of our show, Kathy and Lara represent the very strength and dedication of what makes our event a success. Lara is one of our beloved legacy designers, having participated in our 2012 and 2014 show.

Kathy is a very proud mother of five beautiful children ages 28 through 12 and her measure for success is to get all of her children to educated adulthood. She has pursued two careers, over 20 years at TELUS as Director of Travel and is currently entering her 10th year enjoying her role at Zedi as Director of General Services. Kathy is happily married, and she and her husband enjoy summers at the lake, food, wine, travel and many laughs and good times with friends. She is passionate about her family, her health and attempts to stay physically fit! She is excited and a little nervous to participate in the Heart Truth Fashion Show.

Lara is an architect and designer that is creating the third dress for The Heart Truth Calgary Fashion Show. Lara’s remarkable talents are out shined by her philanthropic heart, and her commitment to Calgary’s community.

Lara shared a bit about the design with us; “The Renaisance-inspired dress draws from Joan of Arc and her fearlessness in leading her people to victory. I was interested in chain mail (articulated in sequin) and how it provides protection, but is still fluid and feminine. The style lines were taken from the seams of Armour from an Italian historical painting I found of her (or a historical interpretation,) says Lara.” We simply cannot wait to see this creation, and how it depicts the theme of our event experience, on the runway!

Want to connect with Kathy? Connect through LinkedIn.

Want to connect with Lara? Connect through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or through her website.

See Kathy in Lara’s creation by attending and supporting the Heart Truth Fashion Show this February 11, 2017. Purchase your ticket here.

From our hearts to yours,

The Heart Truth Calgary Family

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Heart Truth family spotlight: Lisa Murphy and Nicole Rita Tomney

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Our next duo is equal parts passion and tenacity. Lisa Murphy and Nicole Rita Tomney (NRT Fashions) are two strong women with incredible talent in their respective fields. Nicole is a legacy designer, having participated in our 2014 event. To quote Nicole, “Stand out or stand down,” – a quote that captures the unique and hardworking personalities within this pairing.

As Vice President of Alberta Private Client, Lisa is responsible for the development and evolution of this new Alberta private banking offer. Highly experienced in private wealth management, Lisa leads a team of dedicated and experienced wealth management advisors. Prior to joining ATB, Lisa spent 23 years at a major financial institution, with the last 15 years leading private banking, investment counsel and trust teams in Alberta. Community and family are important to Lisa. Juggling work and family commitments with her husband and two children, Lisa still manages to volunteer for a number of non-profit organizations. Though always willing to lend a helping hand, Lisa currently focuses on arts and animal welfare charities throughout Alberta.

NRT was founded in 2010 by Nicole after graduating from the Fashion Program at Blanche MacDonald Centre (Vancouver, Canada).  NRT is a high end women’s and men’s wear line based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. NRT mixes the facets of wearable art and everyday style to create a unique brand that catches your attention both on and off the runway.  Since starting NRT, Nicole has had the opportunity to be represented in the Calgary Fashion Industry by many different outlets including; magazines, newspapers, fashion shows, music videos, and boutiques to name a few. Nicole has kept very busy over the past few years showing her collections not only within the Calgary Fashion scene but other city’s including Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, and Mexico. Specializing in couture, NRT is not afraid to create one-of-a kind shocking pieces.

Want to connect with Lisa? Reach out through Twitter.

Want to connect with NRT? Reach out through Twitter, Instagram or her website.

Limited tickets still available to see Lisa rock NRT’s visionary design. Purchase your tickets here and join us for a night of community, health awareness and philanthropy.

From our heart to yours,

The Heart Truth Calgary Family

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Heart Truth family spotlight: Zahra Al-Harazi and Jovalene Fox


We enthusiatically annouce our second Heart Truth family pairing: Zahra Al-Harazi and Jovalene Fox. Zahra is one of our legacy models, having participated in our 2012 event. Both Zahra and Jovalene hail from Toronto, and we are honouredto have them join us in 2017. Zahra’s philanthropic heart is a perfect pair for Jovalene’s experience and passion.

Zahra is one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (2009), Business in Calgary’s “Leader of Tomorrow” (2010), Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – Chatelaine (2011), one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women -WXN (2012) and she has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubiliee medal for contributions to Canada (2012) and the RBC Top 25 Immigrants to Canada Award (2013). She has also been appointed as the Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF. Zahra is CEO, Founder and Creative Director of Foundry Communications, an multiple international award winning marketing and communications studio. Foundry offers a full range of design and marketing communication services to a solid portfolio of private and public clients and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 10 up and coming entrepreneurial companies in Profit W100 magazine (2009), and a W100 company – #82 (2011). Along with an impressive client list, Foundry has achieved international and prestigious acclaim from many global design institutions. Zahra is an internationally acclaimed Speaker across Canada and in countries around the world including Turkey, U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Germany and India. She is represented by Speakers Spotlight. She sits on the Board of Directors for Entrepreneurs Organization as the Communications Chair and on the EO Global Communications Committee, The National Make-a-Wish Foundation Board. She is a former member of The OGM Editorial Advisory Board and the former Chair of the Fund Development Committee for the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Design, Graphic Designers of Canada, Type Directors Club International, Canadian Women in Communications, Rotary Club (Downtown) Women’s Executive Network, International Women’s Forum and The Entrepreneurs Organization.

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jovalene is a recent fashion graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to moving to Toronto to pursue fashion, Jovalene obtained a diploma in fashion production at Olds College where she developed a love of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. She has been fortunate to intern and work with various Canadian designers such as Rivini, VAWK, Paul Hardy, Lucian Matis and Toronto luxury designer, Farley Chatto. In addition to studies in Fashion Design, Jovalene completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta. Throughout her nursing career, Jovalene has developed skills in Critical Care nursing working in Cardiology Intensive Care and has maintained those specialized skills in both Alberta and Ontario. In her most recent MassEx graduate collection, Jovalene took her love of couture fashion, attention to detail and love of luxury fabrics to deliver a modern interpretation of luxury bridal. Jovalene has been the winner of the People’s Choice NAFA student fur competition in 2014 and most recently was the ICFF FASH-ION (Italian Contemporary Film Festival) Competition winner in 2016. Incorporating traditional design elements and transforming them into modern ideas is what inspires Jovalene most in her designs. Jovalene is thankful for the experiences that she has gained in the healthcare field, and looks forward to the new opportunities as she endeavours to make a presence for herself in the global fashion world.

Want to connect with Zahra? Reach out through Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Want to connect with Jovalene? Reach out through Instagram.

We are thrilled to have these Toronto-living ladies return to Calgary for the event. Limited tickets still available to see Zahra walk the runway in Jovalene’s creation. Purchase your tickets here and join us for a night of community, health awareness and philanthropy.

From our heart to yours,

The Heart Truth Calgary Family