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#EdmontonStrong features the incredible talent of @HugoSanchez


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We recently received a submission from Hugo Sanchez, and his story is fascinating. Full disclosure, Hugo gave us rights to use a number of his beautiful photos of Edmonton’s skyline on Todayville, so we were keen to help him. 

Hugo is a freelance photographer in Edmonton, and his work speaks for itself.  One of his pastimes is photographing birds. Here are a few galleries that illustrate how gifted he is.

But there’s so much more to Hugo’s story and we encourage you to read this article from the January 2020 Outside Magazine.  It’s a really well-written story that touches on Hugo’s early days as a child in the 1980’s, growing up with the horror of El Salvador’s civil war, and then follows him to Edmonton where the death of his 10 year old son sows the seeds of solace, photography, and a love of the Northern Lights.

It struck us, in reading this story, that this is a man who knows about resilience and hope. We know you will be inspired by his story.  And if you want high-quality photos shot by a ridiculously talented photographer, please get in touch with Hugo at 780-709-4360 or [email protected].  He has amazing skills, a sense of humour, and an incredible work ethic.

Here are some details about Hugo Sanchez Photography in Hugo’s own words.

Phone Number: (780)709-4360

Email Address: [email protected]

What does your business do?

I am a freelance photographer. I photograph events, weddings, family photos, wildlife, landscape and northern lights.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

It has affected me immensely, since all events are cancelled. every single wedding, national and provincial parks are closed, so it’s even hard to do landscape and wildlife photography. Elk Island, my favourite place, is closed till further notice.

What are you doing to adapt?

Right now the only photography I can do is bird photography, because i can drive rural roads where birds usually live.

What kind of help do you need?

The only way I can make money is to sell photos since there is social distancing everywhere.

What do you want the community to know?

My media name is @yeghugo and you can find me on Instagram, and Twitter. Also, Hugo Sanchez Photography on Facebook. I was recently featured in a US magazine, Outside Magazine, where they tell my life story and connection with northern lights. I have hundreds of Aurora photos including some beautiful images from Alaska. Thank you everyone for your support and stay safe, stay strong!!

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Volunteers help offset food insecurity being experienced by Edmontonians

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September 30, 2020

A new study confirms more families are experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19. The disturbing trend was offset by volunteers, who mobilized to fill the gap to help families during the health crisis.

Edmonton-AB- ​A new survey reveals a concerning trend of more Edmontonians facing food security issues because of the pandemic. Volunteers can’t keep up and a city strategy is desperately needed.

Over the past two months, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) in partnership with the Canadian Volunteers United in Action (CANAVUA) administered an online survey. Volunteers helped connect with the hard to reach population with street interviews. The survey of 127 people revealed a quarter of respondents were unable to access sufficient food for their families and more than half did not seek help with social advocacy agencies. Nearly forty percent of families also found it difficult to find culturally appropriate food.

Renee Vaugeois, Executive Director, of the John Humphrey Centre, added “The YEG Community Response to COVID19 Facebook group grew exponentially overnight, with more than 20,000 members and has served over 30,000 in the community in 6 months. Volunteers filled the need and continue to help the marginalized access much needed support. While this effort continues to fulfill basic needs it’s only a band-aid. It’s critical to develop a city-wide intentional strategy, which should include the voices of those facing food insecurity.”

The study also found barriers to food access were reported in West, Central, and North Edmonton. Many respondents reported loss of employment, reduction in support income, and rising grocery prices as reasons contributing to going witho​ut.

The findings were presented to the food distribution table, a city-led initiative including agencies dedicated to helping with food security. The Centre will conduct more research next quarter to monitor the situation and continue to inform food security efforts in the City.

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Mrdjenovich preps for fight in LA while YEG council waffles on allowing a return to the ring

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Edmonton’s leading fight personality, and clearly the city’s outstanding boxer in history, faces a chance to do “something therapeutic for myself” and shake off the effects of this everlasting coronavirus.

Of course, Jelena Mrdjenovich means returning to the ring where she has won at least 10 professional championships since she started her boxing career in 2003.

“We’re negotiating right now on a fight in Los Angeles,” she said Wednesday. “There are a lot of complications but I think everything can be done in time for a fight in November.”

Preparing for a bout in a foreign country, including the setup of a training camp, is more difficult than might be imagined. Sparring partners are always available but workout schedules often need to be adjusted. These are minor adjustments, Jelena said, “It’s important to remember there would have to be 14 days of isolation at some point.”

She reigns as women’s world featherweight title-holder in at least one of the three major international boxing regulators. Obviously, there has been little competition in her bracket — or any other boxing bracket — for the last six months or so, but she says the challenge of getting into top shape is no different for her these days.

“I always do my best to stay active,” she said. “There are always complications, but with my (downtown) boxing club, I’ve been doing quite a few virtual classes. I’m probably closer to my (126-pound) fighting weight right now than when I usually start working out for a fight.”

In every conversation about her sport for the last three or four years, the 38-year-old champion has been asked when she will give up boxing. Before the COVID-inspired interruption, she had reached the 50-bout milestone which she once openly considered her gateway to retirement, “but now I’ve got some other major issues to handle.”

One of them, obviously, is the future of her sport and the organization, KO Boxing Edmonton, that has kept the pro game alive in this city for several years.

Within the last few weeks, there has been encouragement and then discouragement. Promoter Mel Lubovac said Alberta Health Services has granted permission for boxing competitions under firm control and obviously without public involvement.

“Now, the city has refused permission,” said the daughter of Milan Lubovac, a boxing mainstay in Alberta for decades and Mrdjenovich’s trainer-manager throughout her impressive career.

“I’ve said for a long time that this city’s administration is absolutely opposed to combat sports. Some people say the council has no real interest in any sports. There is no reason for this attitude. It’s embarrassing.”


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