Val Johnston’s Success Story …

For the last 50+ years, I have been a pioneer in the hockey and power-skating community here in Winnipeg. I like to refer to myself as a “hockey technician”, not a power-skating teacher. By applying my competitive figure skating knowledge to the sport of hockey, this has led me to develop a unique and time-tested approach to teaching every age group, from children to adults, how to better their skating ability.

Young or old, male or female, elite or beginner … I truly feel that hockey can be for anyone and everyone!

This is a story built around hockey …

Along with my long history in the field and ambitious sports ability, I have happily achieved a long list of career activities which have included sales, advertising and promotions which helped her along fun-filled adventure building the Dragon Lady Hockey School. Most notably, I had the pleasure of working hand-in-hand within Winnipeg’s volunteer community with establishments such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, the Variety Children’s Charity, the ALS Society of Canada, the Winnipeg Jets Fund Campaign, the Rainbow Society (now the Dream Factory), the Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund, the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society and the Heart Foundation of Canada as well as many others.

The Dragon Lady is a true staple of Winnipeg's professional and volunteer community.
We couldn't have accomplished our goals without her.

From entrepreneurial endeavor, including the Dragon Lady Hockey School, to training individuals in various workshops and coordinating programs throughout Winnipeg and the Interlake area, I truly feel as though I have pretty much seen and done it all. Including having the privileged of working with many NHL players over the years, in improving their game performance.

After a hiatus a few years back (due to health issues), I, the Dragon Lady is back in the Manitoba scene! My aim is to provide excellence in affordable instruction for individuals of all ages who have a passion for hockey and removing all barriers for families and children of all abilities.

To find out more about my story and how I got back in the game after 15+ long years, check out my story here, on the Winnipeg Free Press (posted upon return date in 2015).

Are you ready to find out more on how we can help you improve your hockey skills, no matter your age, by focusing on proper technique and new skills, in an environment that fosters teamwork?

Let our qualified and friendly instructors improve your hockey skills by focusing on proper technique. Individuals will learn new skills and drills in an environment that fosters sportsmanship, teamwork and most of all fun.

So, are you ready?

If so, then head on over to our program registration page and let’s get started!



To keep up with Val and her empowering and ever-growing entrepreneurial adventure, here are her online handles … 


If today’s entrepreneurial success story resonated with you … empowered you … and you found it to be exactly the inspiration were looking for, I would be very grateful (and so would the storyteller) if you would help it spread by sharing it on social media or emailing it to a friend. You never know whose life a passionate story, just like this one might change.

Would you like to world to hear your story? Want to shout it from the rooftop? Do you want to inspire other women to follow their passion and make their dreams a reality?

Feel free to drop me a line, connect with me on LinkedIn or post your comments on my Facebook page so we can make it happen. Together, let’s share the raw truth behind how you built your empire …!

Thank you!

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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