Patrice Mousseau, a member of the Fort William First Nation, had a successful career as radio and television host, news anchor, and journalist. She became a conscious entrepreneur when her daughter developed eczema and needed help, crafting business and purpose together while raising her daughter as a single mom.

Now, Patrice is the owner/creator of Satya Organics Inc., providing NPN approved, certified USDA organic products to serve those with skin conditions, who those want a legitimate alternative to steroid products. Her company has grown and flourished since we last had Patrice on air. Lucca and Rebecca check in to see how this dynamic woman is doing and what she’s creating now!

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April Bellia is an entrepreneur with a baking background. Her professional career started over 20 years ago as a dessert chef and wedding cake designer, under the namesake April Cakes. Her next company, Granola Girl was founded in 2008 and later incorporated in 2011. The company now services over 250 grocery stores in Western Canada. April is a wife and mother of 3 teenagers, so she understands the importance of providing good and healthy food for families and young people. Her granola is made with high quality, natural and organic ingredients. April is known locally to be the face for the conscious entrepreneur that is making an impact. Her energy is contagious and the mission behind her product is compelling – to encourage young girls and women to believe that they are enough, as their beautiful natural selves.

April is also a co-founder of Serendipity Tea Party and Good in the Hood, heart-based networking events. In 2017, April launched the Granola Girl Foundation, a fundraising platform to provide scholarships for youth in the areas of girl empowerment and entrepreneurship. Since 2015, April has been serving her community as an intuitive coach and start-up business consultant. She is passionate about finding spirit, freedom, truth, and love in all the work that she does.

Lucca and Rebecca dig in with this delicious cereal entrepreneur, to find the common threads that run through all her creations and endeavours!

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Camellia invites people to land deeply within themselves and their divinity using Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Reiki. She loves people up and creates a safe, playful, welcoming space for their healing and awakening. Camellia believes that compassion, kindness and love are essential to living a delicious life.

Lucca and Rebecca connect with Camellia to learn how and why she has been drawn to several “quiet healing” modalities – what they do for her, and what she witnesses they do for others.

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Perhaps you might not expect the key descriptive words of the owner and director of a funeral home to be sunny, laughter, optimistic, effervescent, compassionate, quirky, thoughtful, courageous – but they describe this one to a T! Wendy Rée has lived fully since her birth and childhood years in small-town Ontario, and her life and work experiences have contributed greatly to her focus on being able to have a “heart-centred” career, which she has found in funeral service.

Wendy came to funeral service after being moved by the care and professionalism she experienced at her grandmother’s death and funeral. She sees a strong correlation between the gentle approach of natural parenting and natural death care, a practice of embracing and celebrating the subtleties of individuals, making Wendy a natural fit with the KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony philosophy of funeral practice. She believes in families being fully involved in all death care decisions and thoughtfully provides ways to empower them to do so.  Some of the ways Wendy has contributed to this has been through hosting a home funeral practicum and participating in and successfully completing the Sacred Passages Death Doula training.

Lucca and Rebecca dive in, asking questions expected and unexpected for someone with a profession many folks wonder about!

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Stephanie is the owner and designer of Vancouver based Devil May Wear, a clothing and lingerie company. She loves her work, and her distress at consumption habits leads her to want to teach people to make better decisions for their bodies, their bank accounts and the world. She believes most people don’t know who they are, what they really want or what they are actually doing here.

Stephanie believes sustainable and smart shopping can be more fun, and is launching new projects to help people get in touch with themselves to find their way to the right, sustainable, life decisions that are both easy and rewarding, bringing us more in harmony with each other and the world.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Stephanie’s work ethics and how they developed, and discover many stories about how Stephanie’s determined approach to doing fashion differently has had impacts beyond her expectations.

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Benny is an event planner based in Vancouver with a passion for bringing people together. As the proud owner of Etienne Events, she constantly strives to connect people and to help build strong communities. She loves Vancouver and all the cultures and individual experiences it convenes into one place.

Lucca and Rebecca explore with Benny how she got into event planning, what her vision is for workplaces that wish to retain and engage their millennial workforce, her connection to Haiti, and more!

 

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Audra creates greeting cards that cut through the bullsh*t and make people laugh their guts out.

Audra Ricketts left her hometown Victoria, B.C. in 1995, making the epic 1 hour and 35 minute ferry journey over to Vancouver to tackle the world.

Like many young people, she didn’t know what to do with her life but landed a job in the thriving film industry washing dishes in a catering truck. Sam Elliot kissed her on the lips.

Interested in art and dance since childhood, she got into art school somehow with the aid of her portfolio: one unfinished painting and an old sketch book.

Audra spent the next few years studying art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and continued her education studying acting and has since been type cast as a lesbian.

Struggling in the film and art industries, she did what any artist might do: sat in her basement drinking wine, drawing rabbit heads and writing out her cynical, angst filled thoughts.

Thus the birth of RabbitRabbit Greeting Cards!

Lucca and Rebecca are huge fans of Audra’s work, and are thrilled to get her in the hotseat at the studio to probe the inner and outer depths of what makes Audra tick. But there’s no laughing in this episode. None. No fun here. Don’t listen if you want fun.

 

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Michael has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22, starting with design and sales and then moving on to building an internationally-renowned ceramic tile business, Benaya Art Ceramics, that grossed 2.4 million in annual sales. His last venture was Tea Sparrow, North America’s first monthly tea subscription company, featuring organic teas of all varieties. Since starting a family of his own with his wife and two young daughters, Michael realized he needed to find an affordable way to feed them organic and natural quality foods. He believes he’s found it and is looking forward to starting his newest project, Community Grocer, which is close to his heart.

Listen in as Lucca and Rebecca explore Michael’s expansive experience with business creation, and learn how and why he chooses his projects!

 

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Assunta loves numbers and loves people – being a CPA is the perfect career for her. She brings this passion to every project and every client. She helps business owners understand their numbers so that they can make better business decisions.  She is unique because she has a natural curiosity, creative flair and interest in people. Who would have thought a creative person can make accounting fun and worthwhile?  Assunta listens to her client’s stories and suggests alternatives that they may not have thought of.

Lucca and Rebecca dig into the details with Assunta, being frank about the barriers many solopreneurs face when trying to manage everything on their own. Assunta reveals herself as a financial tactitian!

 

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In Khenpo’s words, “… Life is only the love we share … the only enduring happiness is to truly know the job of making others happy … the meditation at every moment: … how to be ‘best’ useful, while cultivating skillful means to be ‘best’ useful.” He has spent four decades as a Wandering Artist, news media supplier, motion picture production artist, tennis player, teacher and executive producer with Fake Digital Entertainment (and more). Khenpo is happy to be sucking air somewhere, as we have to enjoy dancing to whatever crazy orchestra is playing and we never get to pick the songs!

Lucca and Rebecca dive into the fascinating background and fascinating stories that make up Khenpo’s life and experiences so far! We peruse a rare book with him, learn about the country of his heart: Bhutan, and discover what is up with Hummingbird Children’s TV!

 

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