Most people don’t know this, but I was born and raised in Fort McMurray, AB. My husband and I survived the 2016 WildFire (along with 85,000 others) and although we didn’t lose our home… we lost something much more precious. Our sense of security.
When I became the owner of Gluten Free Calgary I was full of drive and excitement. The stars had aligned and everything seemed to be falling into place. It was going to be a new chapter for my family. A fresh start. We would be relocating to Calgary and I would get to work on something that I was extremely passionate about. Having only ever visited the YYC, we were excited to experience a new city and I couldn’t wait to navigate my way through the gluten free food scene. But unfortunately things don’t always work out the way you’d planned.
A few shorts months after acquiring GFYYC our plans changed and our move to Calgary was delayed… indefinitely. We were devastated; but we were determined to push through. We’d share when we could, recruit volunteers to help out, deliver goodie bags and make connections when we would visit. As the months went on though is became clear… it just wasn’t working.
We were frequenting Calgary once, sometime twice, a month. Driving the 8 hours there and back was a lot. We were also hand delivering the goodie bags to ensure timely service. It was becoming increasingly difficult to connect with partners because we had a short window of time every trip. It was evident that something needed to change.
At this point we decided it was time to suspend the GFYYC Goodie Bag subscription. We just couldn’t make it work the way it was operating. We were growing too quickly and didn’t know if we could continue to keep up with the demands. We reached out to several already established subscription services hoping we could partner. Nothing seemed to work out. So the subscription service was dead and so was our source of income.
So what does this mean for GFYYC.
Honestly. We don’t know.
We don’t want this valuable resource to crumble but we can’t keep it up being so far away.
So we’re reaching out to the community. We’d love to recruit some volunteers who would be willing to share their gluten free recipes, tips and dining out experiences. We’re looking for people who are interested in writing, vlogging and creating. If you think you have what it takes shoot us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
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