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Feel Good Friday – Elkarti

first_img How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear This column has really shown us a broad range of incredible companies making the world a better place. Some donate to charities and work remotely with local workers while others, like Elkarti work hands-on with people in need to better their lives.Based in Portland, Oregon, Ahmed Abidine is a Moroccan designer  and the founder of Elkarti and is bringing traditional Moroccan craftsmanship to contemporary men’s and women’s bags (and doing a very good job at it!). Since 2011 he has been working with artisans in Morocco utilizing high quality Moroccan leather processed in traditional chemical free tanneries. His family has a tradition of designing and he named the company after his mother’s maiden name. As he explained to us, “My mother used to design traditional Moroccan clothing.  Also my grandfather designed leather sandals and I worked at his leather bazaar at the markets of Marrakech. Working and growing up there, I established strong ties with Moroccan artisans and learned about leather craftsmanship.”His social mission is to preserve and develop Moroccan artistry sustainably. Elkarti is donating 1/3 of their profit to programs that support education and business development of artisans. To take this process another step, Ahmed has partnered with the Deaf Artisan Group of Marrakech to produce his simple, well made leather bags. Ahmed has aided the group in literacy and business education to help these great artisans to succeed. The group was founded by a woman named Souad who learned the art of leather craftsmanship from her husband, a renowned  artisan.The men’s collection has a tight little capsule group of messengers, satchels and totes. The brown leather is achieved by a process of applying  vegetable oil during tanning, and the black is hand painted from natural pigments sourced from the Atlas mountains of Morocco. The travel bags are equally masculine and we are fans of the colorful linings in the range. If you really want to set yourself apart go for the Berber Travel Satchel crafted with one-of-a-kind Berber Kilims woven by Berber women in the Atlas Mountains. The designs are reminiscent of Berber tattoos that relate the persons tribe.Looking forward, Ahmed is working with University Caddy Ayad in Marrakech (the top university in Morocco) to establish a social entrepreneurship program providing resources to entrepreneurs in Morocco. He hopes to achieve international visibility and connect them with different micro funding programs available in the US. Stay tuned and start shopping.Elkarti’s men’s line is in pre-sale stages only and will roll out in March.  15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style last_img read more

Chief Medical Officer and Chief Therapist Announced for 2011 Canada Games

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Two leaders in Nova Scotia’s medical community have been chosen as top volunteers for the 2011 Games. Dr. Sonja McVeigh of Dalhousie University and Jim MacLeod of Acadia University will be joining the medical services division as chief medical officer and chief therapist for the 2011 Games. Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Seaman, the medical services division chair, Dr. McVeigh of Chester, and Mr. MacLeod of Reserve Mines, will be on call 24 hours a day during Games time, handling everything from possible illnesses to doping control. The medical services division will oversee the care and comfort of 27-hundred young athletes coming from across Canada to Halifax to compete in 20 sports at the 2011 Canada Winter Games from February 11th to 27th, 2011. -30- Two leaders in Nova Scotia’s medical community have been chosen as top volunteers for the 2011 Games. Jean-Paul Deveau, 2011 Games chair, announced today, Sept. 29, that Dr. Sonja McVeigh has been named chief medical officer and Jim MacLeod will be chief therapist for the 2011 Games. “Our volunteers are our greatest legacy and our most valuable asset,” said Mr. Deveau. “Having professionals of this calibre leading our medical services team will help us achieve a high-level of care and comfort for the athletes, who are always our highest priority.” Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Seaman, the medical services division chair, Dr. McVeigh and Mr. MacLeod will be on call 24 hours a day during the Games to handle everything from possible illnesses to doping control. Dr. McVeigh, of Chester, is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in the division of physical medicine and rehabilitation, department of medicine. She has extensive experience with the IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, and the Skate Canada Canadian Skating Championship, as well as other international, national and regional events. A native of Reserve Mines, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Jim MacLeod is a professor with the department of kinesiology and head athletic therapist at Acadia University. He has extensive experience at multi-event games, including the role of chief therapist on Canadian health care teams at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the role of alternate chief therapist at the 2000 Olympics in Australia. The medical services division will oversee the care of 2,700 young athletes coming from across Canada to Halifax to compete in 20 sports at the 2011 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 11-27, 2011.last_img read more