Her & Me


Real life sisters Val MacLean and Lori McGillivray relatably share how life isn’t always rosé behind the white picket fence. They trust tackling life’s highs and lows with humour is more effective than punching it in the throat.

The Sisters use the platform to champion women and causes close to their heart. After losing their Dad in 2015 and Lori’s husband in 2018, they found the best way to channel their grief (and kick cancer in the cooch) was to join the Ovarian Cancer LADY BALL organizing committee.

Val is a proud ambassador for Mealshare and Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids whose mission is to end youth hunger. Throughout the year, the Sangria sisterhood supports Women In Need and the homeless, and co-host events to support mental health.

In the fall of 2019, Kyla Brennan joined the team as writer and content contributor. With her wit, humour, and colourful language, she blends in perfectly. Our goal is to spread kindness and joy every damn day.

Lori McGillivray


Words used to describe me:

  • OMG LOL Witty
  • Sarcastic
  • Outgoing
  • Smart
  • Therapist
  • Artistic
  • Mischievous
  • Lovable (thanks Mom)
  • Stubborn (No I’m not)
  • Excellent driver

I have one kid and a dog named Martini. Sadly, my husband Scott lost his battle with cancer in October 2018.

I need yoga, chai lattes, girlfriends and a nice car.

I enjoy golfing, travel, makeup, and buying shoes.

I want more energy, comfortable jeans, patience, and a higher butt.

Val MacLean


Words used to describe me:

  • Queen Bee
  • Social
  • Peaceful
  • Strong
  • Fun loving
  • Loyal
  • Julie the cruise director
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi wise
  • Funny (apparently not witty like Lori)
  • Champion of women

I have one on-the-go hubby and two amazing boys.

I need music, girl’s night out, family, worshipping at the church of yoga.

I enjoy parties, live bands, golf, reading, travel, cooking (entertaining not every day).

I hope to use my powers for good.

Kyla Brennan

Words used to describe me:

  • Compassionate
  • Insightful
  • Loyal
  • Adventurous
  • Generous
  • Methodical
  • Extremely stubborn
  • Organized
  • Witty

I am a retired psychiatric nurse who is grateful to play instead of work. I get excited in the morning if my favourite tea mug is in the front row of the cupboard – my husband says I’m easily amused.

I have a recently retired husband and two ginger children – one of each kind.

I need family, friends, music, books, walks, yoga, a well equipped kitchen.

I enjoy cooking, entertaining, golf, travel, curling, writing, wine.

I hope to always be easily amused.