Kate Sutherland is founding faculty and executive coach with Simon Fraser University’s Certificate in Social Innovation, SFU’s new certificate on Evaluation for Social Impact and Transformational Learning, and THNK School of Creative Leadership. An author, Kate’s third book is We Can Do This! 10 Tools to Unleash Our Collective Genius.

Kate has 30+ years experience in organizational and community development and on issues as diverse as food systems, recovery from substance abuse, local currencies, and newcomer settlement. Increasingly her primary focus has become capacity building for leaders and change makers, sharing what has been most helpful in her own work, and especially inner work approaches based in intention, perception, intuition and consciousness.

In this capacity building work, Kate is encouraging people from all walks of life to step up and out as “Facilitators for the Shift”. This phrase is inspired by David Korten’s naming of The Great Turning: how we are in the midst of a huge shift from an industrial growth society to a life sustaining civilization. She recently made digital copies of her latest book available for free as part of work to unleash our collective intelligence, collective wisdom and collective capacity.

Lucca and Rebecca check in with Kate to unpack what the “Shift” is, and how Kate’s past rolls in to how she is engaging with the world today.

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Deb Chaney is a contemporary abstract artist, speaker, & workshop facilitator. Recently named by Vancouver City Buzz and Culture Trip as one of the top 10 contemporary artists to watch in Vancouver, her artwork has been featured in Style At Home Magazine, The Georgia Strait, thrice on the homepage for Saatchi Online Gallery, in Rainmaker Films and on Telus TV. She teaches and speaks about the creative process and living an inspired empowered life. She stands for each of us being creative beings and aims to support others in their own process. Deb is a single mom to her teenage daughter. Her hobbies include hiking and playing guitar. Her mission is to serve others on their journey inward to connect to their joy and empowerment.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Deb’s inspirations and passions, with the intention set to equip other artists and creative souls with resources and supports as they develop their craft.

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Rhiannon Bennett is a Musqueam band member and was raised in her territory in what is now known as Ladner by her parents and grandparents. Rhiannon’s family instilled a strong sense of community in her and values of community service which lead to Rhiannon working with children, youth and families for over 20 years in a variety of roles ranging from dance, soccer, and teaching, community development. She is active in her community and volunteers her time on a variety of community organizations.

She is also very active within the BCNDP having served as President for Delta South’s Riding Association and served on the Women’s Rights Committee as well as founding the Aboriginal Commission which she now co-chairs.

Rhiannon is well known for asking the tough questions in a manner that encourages engagement and dialogue. The overarching themes of her work have been decolonization and reconciliation. Up until the birth of her daughter in 2016, she worked for the Musqueam Indian Band where she was the Family Outreach Worker. Rhiannon made history in 2014 when she was elected to the Delta School Board but was not re-elected in 2018. Rhiannon is passionately working towards creating a more equitable world for all people.

Lucca and Rebecca take time to follow the threads of Rhiannon’s life through the generations past and present, to listen to and honour this powerful soul’s transformative work!

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Winston chased after fame, money and status believing that these things would make him “somebody” in this world. He reached for the stars, sat among them and eventually fell from grace. He’s been told he’s accomplished enough to fill multiple lifetimes if he were someone else, but he didn’t believe it, because he was a prisoner to the dysfunctional stories he created, lost in the land of illusion of his own design.

He walked alone through his own personal hell, numbing and slowly killing himself until one day he looked at his reflection in the mirror and admitted that he didn’t want to die. That is when he decided to start his journey towards healing himself, doing the work and picking up the pieces of his shattered life along the way.

It took many years but he eventually got out of hell, walked out of his prison and now lives a life with purpose aligned with spirit, body and mind. The lessons and tests he experienced along his journey are where his insight, empathy, compassion and understanding are forged from. He now listens to people’s stories, feels their joy and pain and helps them craft new stories which more truly reflect who they are and serve them. For those who wish to share their story, he provides multiple platforms and the support for them to do so, and through this transformative process they elevate and empower themselves while inspiring others.

Lucca and Rebecca connect with Winston to learn firsthand about his journeys in body and mind and career, and bear witness to the changing of this story architect’s stories.

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Sue Dumais is a Global Impact Visionary Leader answering the call to heal the world. She is a best-selling author, international speaker, a divine leader of light leaders, a sacred guide, gifted intuitive healer, a miracle weaver and a global voice of HOPE and inspiration for the “Heart YES Movement.”

In 2014, she received the WOW Spirit Success and Soul Award. Sue also established the Heart Led Living Foundation, which provides emotional and financial support to women and girls in Kenya.

Her most recent book is called “Stand UP Stand OUT Stand STRONG ~ A 30 Day Guide to Navigate Life When the SHIFT Hits the Fan”. Sue brings the gifts of insight, awareness, and self-empowerment creating a shift in consciousness from head to heart. Her unique approach fosters deep healing and a profound awakening as she guides others to hear, answer, and trust the highest calling of their heart. Sue is passionate about illuminating the path for others as they discover, embrace, and embody their heart YES.

Lucca and Rebecca talk through the experiences and learning that Sue went through to spark her choices and lead her down this path.

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Leigh’s love and passion for horses was kindled when she was five years old. Her Dad took her to visit a friend’s ponies and from that day forward, horses were a part of her life. If she wasn’t dreaming of horses, she was drawing them, riding or collecting them.

As an adult, Leigh’s passion for animals continued. While her career took her into the corporate world, her home was on acreage with dogs, a donkey, and horses she adopted over the years. Leigh honed her business skills, first in law firms as a paralegal, then as an Assistant Corporate Secretary for an energy company and finally for a governance consulting business. Over the years, there were some major personal changes in her life and Leigh gradually retreated into herself and shut down her emotions. As she spent more time with her horses and became grounded Leigh started to ‘feel’ life again, with renewed mental and physical energy.

In 2016 she came across a program to become a facilitator in Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning®. Becoming a FEEL Practitioner was a life-changing journey that allowed Leigh to partner with her horses and fully develop her intuitive skills and compassion.

Lucca and Rebecca discuss the sweeping changes in Leigh’s life that caused such dramatic change, and hear wonderful stories of the wisdom of horses and how they have impacted the healing of many individuals.

 

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Tara Leduc is a peacemaker, speaker, healer and bestselling author. Making peace and spirituality accessible to “normal women”, she walks the line between the soulful and the silly. Always on the go experiencing life to the maximum and finding new ways to lift up her fellow humans, build connections, and increase inner peace – Tara is the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of Peace – and a favourite guest on our show!

Lucca and Rebecca check in with Tara about how her work has evolved over the last year, and what her latest adventures are!

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Melanie Phillips stumbled and fell before finding the strength to rise back up again. Having walked through chronic illness and extraordinary loss, Melanie embraces ayurveda, yoga and intuitive medicine as a primary means of how we can all re-emerge from darkness. As a 18 year full time yoga teacher and member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association – Melanie created The Madhuri Method, a method that effectively treats symptoms and diseases of the mind, body, and emotions leading to a truer relationship to joy, acceptance and personal empowerment. She believes that laughter is the best medicine.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Melanie’s journey across countries, into deep sickness, and back out into health and vibrancy.

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Colin believes in healing body, life, and mind. In everything Colin does, he believes in returning to love. The way he facilitates healing body, life, and mind is by activating the three keys to love: awareness, choice, and vibration. Currently, Colin leads chakra sound baths, workshops, coaching, and has books and CD’s on sound healing.

Lucca and Rebecca explore how Colin got into sound healing, what it does and how it works, and why Colin feels so passionately about it.

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Kat Wahamaa’s life work and volunteerism have spanned a passion for equality, music, dance, theatre, visual arts, social justice and more. She is an award winning international performing artist and song-writer, a facilitator and advocate for arts and social change. She has worked in many capacities from community artist to advocate at Canadian Mental Health Association, international touring musician to regional coordinator for BC Ministry of Women’s Equality, festival presenter to Provincial Emergency Program educator.

In 2013 she received the Abbotsford Arts Council Arty Award – Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate. In 2015 she went to Paris with her partner Tony Rees among 10 artists chosen for the World Citizen Artist Peace Award. In She is a graduate student in the Master of Education – Art for Social Change program at SFU. She is currently ¾ of the way through her Artist in Residency for the City of Maple Ridge, ensconced in the historic Port Haney community.

Lucca and Kat go back many years, but it’s Rebecca’s first chance to get to know this societal mover and shaker! Kat’s legacy of social activism, art as a way of building community and communicating truths – it’s all explored here. We ran out of time!

 

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