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DENNY MORRISON

Denny is a world class speed skater who has competed in 4 Olympic Games. His journey has not been easy. After battling a stroke and a horrific motorcycle accident, he’s back, he’s focused, and he’s ready to show the world dedicated he is to becoming the best.

Q – Outside of your sport, what is your favourite way to sweat?

Probably playing any other sport. Volleyball has always been a favourite of mine and squash is up there too. I like how different they are from speed skating but still require that high level of focus.

Q – Which Canadian athlete do you think would make the best ninja?

I think a rock climber named Aaron Sadlier could make the best ninja. He’s a speed skater turned rock climber. Who knows what Canadian athletes will turn up at the next Olympics when rock climbing is introduced though!

Q – What is the scariest thing you’ve done that was way out of your comfort zone?

Crashed my motorcycle. Other than that, probably jumping over a wide crevasse with a long, long drop in between. This, along with bungee jumping and ski diving are all things I’ve done but are still within my comfort zone though. The process of getting married might be the most accurate (but least appropriate) answer.

Q – What does community mean to you?

To me, community means being a part of something bigger than myself and my day to day tasks. Community is able to accomplish different, bigger, challenging and exciting goals that both require everyone to work together, and also bring everyone together, for the betterment of community itself.

RACHAEL MCINTOSH

Rachael is a decorated Canadian Heptathlete with big dreams. Her dedication to her sport is inspiring and we are fortunate to see that dedication in the work she does with us. The 4-time Canada West Champion hopes to one day represent Canada on the Olympic Stage.

Q – Outside of your sport, what is your favourite way to sweat?

I love to play hockey outdoors in the winter! Hockey has always been my favorite sport to watch and play.

Q – Which Canadian athlete do you think would make the best ninja?

I think Georgia Simmerling would be an awesome ninja. She has been to both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and is totally fearless! I would not want to race Georgia on a ninja course.

Q – What is the scariest thing you’ve done that was way out of your comfort zone?

I would have to say driving with my dad on his motorcycle. I am not a big fan of speed, especially when you’re just sitting on the back with no control, but it still a fun way to bond with my dad so I pretend being brave.

Q – What does community mean to you?

To me, community means to be surrounded by people who are there to help one another and lean on when you need support. A community believes in one another and works together to achieve greatness!

ANDREW HARDING 

 

Meet Andrew, one of our multi-talented Injanation employees. We are so fortunate to have Andrew on staff as he has such a wealth of experience and accomplishments like winning 2 gold medals in the Olympics, selling cold brew coffee in Calgary’s markets, and selling his own art all while maintaining an active sports life. Here are just a few details…

Andrew has been involved in sports since he was 9 with the Alberta Sports Recreation Ability for the Blind, starting to compete at 13. In the Special Olympics he won a gold medal in powerlifting in 2017 and a gold medal in snow shoeing in 2015. Andrew continues to enjoy swimming, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and powerlifting and plans to compete in the 2019 Special Olympics Provincial Games.

In 2010 Andrew joined Indefinite Arts Center, a place for people with disabilities to explore the world of art. Andrew is adept at a variety of art forms including tactile art, Plexiglas paintings, ceramics, sculpting, and fiber crafts such as knitting and crocheting. Andrew has shown and sold his paintings at the Rotary Center for the Arts in Kelowna, in Okotoks, and in Calgary at the Fishcreek Library and The Bridgeland Market.

Additionally, for 11 years Andrew has been playing the guitar, starting with an electric guitar in 2007 and now playing the ovation (which is half acoustic and half electric). He enjoys metal, pop and some country. He has also played the clarinet, xylophone and drums.

Before Injanation, Andrew worked at Café Klatch, selling cold brew coffee and in the summer doing the same at the Hillhurst Market. His employment experience began in highschool in a pet store, then on to an athletic clothing company and 5 years at Pizza Hut. Additionally Andrew started volunteering in 2001 with the Red Cross where he remained for 5 years. Currently he volunteers at the YMCA and Trico Center.

Andrew has been with Injanation since July of 2017. He has been greeting guests, handing out samples, sharing information about new promos and events, and making food for our café. Andrew is always eager to meet new people and learn new things here. So now that you know Andrew a little better please come in and introduce yourself.

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