When GFYYC announced that it was looking for a new Ambassador to be involved in its day-to-day work of providing resources to Calgary’s burgeoning gluten-free committee, no fewer than three of my friends sent me the link to encourage me to apply. I guess you could say that my passion for living a gluten-free lifestyle is something that’s easy to see.

My name is Rae Lemke Sprung, and I’m pleased to be coming on board with GFYYC to help bring the Calgary gluten-free community more recipes, reviews, events and information to help lead the best gluten-free lifestyle possible. You may have read some of my work here before – I’ve contributed some restaurant reviews and participated in the Voice of GFYYC program in 2014. I live in the NW with my husband, Craig, where I work on freelance communications projects and am a nanny for my four-year-old niece.

I have celiac disease and went gluten-free in December of 2012; my family has a large number of celiac individuals, so I’ve been accustomed to gluten-free alternatives at Christmas dinners and family reunions for a long time. I’m really excited to bring my personal knowledge of living gluten-free to the community.

The thing I’m most excited for right now, though, is hearing the reasons you look to GFYYC as a resource and what we can do to grow our community and provide you with useful information. In the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing a survey to find out what you need from us and what you look forward to seeing on our website and social media. We’re also always available to hear your thoughts and suggestions on our Twitter account, Facebook page, or by email at contact [at] gfyyc [dot] com. I’m really looking forward to hearing from you!

It’s great to meet you all. Take care and enjoy your holiday season! 

Rae Lemke Sprung

About Rae Lemke Sprung

I wear a lot of hats, and one of the most important is gluten-free advocate. I love seeking out and sharing the best ways those of us living a gluten-free lifestyle can find safe and delicious options.


  • Avatar Margaret Kramer says:

    As a subscriber to this column I welcome you! I live in Medicine Hat so have no direct contact with the Celiac community in Calgary, but I do find this blog very valuable to my glutenfree lifestyle. I was diagnosed with CD in 2007 & am amazed at how much GF food products have improved! Best wishes in your new position with GFYCC!

  • Avatar Mary says:

    Welcome! This blog is not only wonderful but it is essential for living gf in Calgary. I’m sure that you will make it even better.
    I’d welcome a really good recipe for high altitude, edible gf bread.
    My main use of the blog is when I need to find restaurants that can plate a gf meal for me and stores where I can buy the various flours I need for baking.

    • Avatar Rae Sprung says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Mary! I’ll be launching a survey in the next few weeks in which I hope you’ll participate – it sounds like you’ve got some great ideas for me.

  • Avatar Cinde Little says:

    Congratulations Rae! You will be a great addition to GFYYC. I look forward to reading and tweeting with you. It is great to share and support the GF community around YYC and beyond. As a GFYYC ambassador I will invite you to a gluten free cooking class in my home and we can both blog about it. Oh what fun!

  • Avatar Morgan says:

    Thrilled to find this page as I’m constantly looking for a great community for us gluten-free folk in Calgary, especially reviews on restaurants I want to try.

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