All Heather Harke requests is a simple cup of coffee. 

Then, she’ll sit down and give you years of experience working as an entrepreneur in Airdrie.

“I have always been compelled in my life to give up my time, my knowledge and my resources,” says Harke.

As the owner of Shoplift Deals, Harke offers up her business as a place for local businesses to sell and expose their products. Especially for indigenous artists and creators.

Her passion for mentorship stems from her work with many organizations in Airdrie. She sits on the board for the Circle Connections for Reconciliation in Airdrie. She also mentors local entrepreneurs for SMARTstart and is a member of the Airdrie 1st Club. 

“I am grateful every day I am in a position where I can help others. I don’t take that lightly. It’s about who is in your community that can support you.”

Nominator Sarah Courneya says Harke’s mentorship was a game changer for her business. She says Harke works tirelessly to ensure entrepreneurs have the best foundation to move forward in a successful business.

“Heather is one of the ones who truly wants everyone to succeed and believes there’s enough for everyone.”