A Spotlight on Calgary's Cultural Ambassadors:
Gisele Danis & Royce Chwin
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign, an initiative spearheaded by Fashion Calgary founders, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel, was developed to enhance the recognition of Calgary's burgeoning cultural scene and to bring appreciation to arts and culture in Calgary.
Fashion Calgary collaborates with many different Calgarians in various fields to determine what culture means to them and why Calgary is such a cultural city. Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2013 discovered many exceptional Calgarians and leaders within the community and have selected them to be this year's ambassadors.
One of those ambassadors is Gisele Danis, a born and raised Calgarian. Gisele has always shown an appreciation for her city and, naturally, promoted it. She was once a former torch bearer for Calgary's 1988 Olympic Winter Games and also performed across Canada as a "Young Canadian of the Calgary Stampede."
Gisele's remarkable career, in journalism and marketing, includes working for CBC, The Walt Disney Company, Parks Canada, the Canadian Tourism Commision and now Tourism Calgary. Although she has travelled abroad, she came back to live in Calgary, the city she loves and the city she calls home.
Gisele believes Calgary is a dynamic city that people are still discovering. Whether it's the vibrant and ever-growing dining scene, the many unexplored bike trails or the grassroots and undergound arts and culture scene, there is always something new to experience in Calgary.
Another ambassador is Royce Chwin. Royce is an accomplished marketer with experience in retail, hospitality and tourism. Royce, who is now with Travel Alberta, has previously worked for the Canadian Tourism Commission and big brands such as Starbucks and Boston Pizza International.
Royce, having moved from Vancouver, now resides in Calgary. He is constantly promoting both the city and the province, and it's not just because he's the CMO of Travel Alberta. Royce believes that Alberta is dynamic, and that the energetic Calgary is a part of the fabric that makes Alberta such an amazing province.
View their thoughts on arts and culture in Calgary in the video below.
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign is an initiative spearheaded by Fashion Calgary founders, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel. Basak and Wegiel are devoted to diligently raising the profile of arts and fashion in Calgary though innovative measures and grass roots methods.
In 2012, the campaign featured "the ambassadors" who represented various fields related to culture by presenting their portraits together with their own expressions about the meaning of culture in their life. The completion of Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2012 was the Gala event, created to celebrate its success in establishing Calgary as a cultural centre.
In creating this campaign, Basak and Wegiel hope to enhance Calgary's image in the country while encouraging Calgarians to take part in the many arts activities our city has to offer. In the long-term, Fashion Calgary has a strong desire to spread the idea of highlighting the appreciation of art & culture throughout the country of Canada.