Aside from social-distancing and washing our hands for at least 20 seconds, if there is one other thing we can do during this uncertain time, it is to show our gratitude and appreciation to our frontline workers who are continuously working hard each and every day to meet our needs. So to all those who are mandatorily out at work, you have our utmost respect and a massive THANK YOU! 

However, Calgary-based clothing designers, SophieGrace and Madame Premier are going far and beyond when it comes to acknowledging the hard work of our front liners by celebrating some of Canada’s public health leaders.

Marcie Hawranik and Sarah Edler-Chamanara, Founders of Madame Premier. Image source: Madame Premier

Madame Premier and SophieGrace have teamed up with the artist, Mandy Stobo, to create limited edition tees that recognize three of Canada’s public health heroines during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stobo’s expressive art defined by watercolour and sharpie detailing illustrated each of the portraits of Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia; Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta; Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.


What makes this cause extra special is 100% of net proceeds from sales of this collection will be donated locally to support food security: Greater Vancouver Food Bank (Vancouver, BC), Fresh Routes (Calgary, Alberta), and Second Harvest (Toronto, ON).

Emma May, Founder of SophieGrace. Image source: SophieGrace.

In a statement, Emma May, Founder of SophieGrace, underscores the importance of celebrating women’s success and how these causes can lighten up such challenging times: “Seeing these incredible women of science help guide and calm us through these unprecedented times inspired us to do something to help.” 

Each t-shirt is made from 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and retails for $45 CAD

You can get your hands on these tees at and

If you fancy seeing more of Mandy’s art check out her IG: @badportraits or go to her website at 

Let’s support our local businesses in whatever way we can; it can simply be spreading the word or buying directly from them. Together, let’s do our part!