Charlotte is a lifelong learner who has been teaching “something or the others” since 2nd grade. She has lived and is sharing her “Pillows to Pillars” (tear-soaked Pillows to Pillars of Strength) transformational journey through poetry writing, recordings, performances, and workshops. She is exploring the acronym STAR to explain what she does and to promote her new (Canada-US) business: Speaker-Teacher- Author who Revitalizes peoples stories or projects into written or digital media. Former Health Promotion officer for City of Toronto, Globe and Mail columnist – she crashed out after MVA and returned to the US for healing and Revitalization. She is now back in Canada and vivacious Vancouver.

Lucca and Rebecca find the threads through Sista C’s varied work and projects, and are treated to a couple of spoken-word pieces original to her!

 

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Angela grew up the 7th of 11 children in Southern Indiana in the Worldwide Church of God, a doomsday apocalyptic church. After spending two years in Israel, she ultimately converted to Judaism. She wrote a memoir about my experience, “A River Could Be a Tree,” and hopes that her words serve as a bridge of understanding between cultures and religions.

Rebecca grew up in the same Christian cult as Angela, and this conversation is a delightful exploration through territory that is familiar yet different… listen in as Lucca and Rebecca find out what influenced Angela’s path and what she’s creating now!

 

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Sharon Selby has been counselling children and teens for over twenty years, and she specializes in the treatment of anxiety.   She combines a warm, and creative approach with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help children and teens regain their power from the worries and/or anxiety.  She is the author of the children’s book: Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave ~ Empowering Children ages 5-10yrs. to understand and overpower anxiety.  She has written over 250 articles on her popular blog and is an active public speaker who has been featured on Breakfast Television, TEDx, St. John Ambulance, and many podcasts and magazines.  Her goal is to allow more joy and less stress and angst into the lives of all the children and teens she has the pleasure of supporting on their journey.

Lucca and Rebecca chat with Sharon to learn how her focus on childhood anxiety came to be, and discuss her approach to alleviating this epidemic issue amongst our youth!

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Jesse is the Public Affairs & Talk Coordinator at CJSF 90.1FM, where he helps others raise their voices and share their stories to the communities around them. He loves to train and help volunteers realize their creative vision, while building the station community through supporting and communicative relationships. Jesse is the co-host of Speak Up! and the Vancouver Mixtape, where he highlights local issues, ideas and art.

Lucca and Rebecca go exploring around what brought Jesse into radio, why he stays, and what he’s creating here. It’s always a treat for us to interview a fellow colleague from our station!

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Rina Liddle is an entrepreneur, educator and visual artist. She has taught a variety of social media, communication and critical theory courses at Emily Carr University, University Canada West and Brighton College since 2009. She has an MA in Photography and Urban Culture from Goldsmiths College, University of London, England and a BFA in General Visual Arts from Emily Carr University. Rina leads a team of 5 contractors and one employee at Liddleworks Indie Media and has helped over 60 clients obtain their business and organizational objectives through training and social media management. She has a passion for visual art and has shown her installation works – many of them utilizing digital and social media components – worldwide, most notably receiving a grant for the work “We Are Watching”, a commission from the City of Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her research interests include: participatory practice; identity politics; online performance, especially online gender performance. Rina believes in supporting local communities, eco and social justice and the slow food movement. She spends her free time eating with family and friends. Her hobbies include meditation, yoga, cycling, growing things and knitting.

Lucca and Rebecca have an enjoyable wander-about with Rina to learn how she came to be where she is today!

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Devon J Hall is a 35 year old writer living in British Columbia BC. She’s worked as an advocate in the past for those living below the poverty line, and now helps to tell the stories, (namely herself) of women escaping abusive relationships.

Instead of waiting until women become victims, Devon is helping to celebrate the lives of those who survive, now, through her blog LoudMouthBrownGirl.

Lucca and Rebecca take some time with this fellow colleague from CJSF to see what she is creating now.

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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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