Chastity Davis is a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. She is a proud member of the Tla’amin Nation, located in Powell River just off the beautiful Sunshine Coast of BC. Chastity strives to keep her sacred First Nations culture, traditions, and values incorporated into her modern day life. She feels it is her life purpose to facilitate the building of bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and has dedicated her professional and personal life to do so.

Chastity is sole proprietor to her own consulting business, Chastity Davis Consulting and has been a successful entrepreneur for 8+ years. She is the Chair of the Ministers Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women, Chair of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Indigenous Council, and past director for the Minerva Foundation. Chastity co-founded the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network and is currently serving as Co-Chair for this important network.

Chastity is also a Registered Yoga Teacher; Chastity weaves in Indigenous knowledge with the ancient wisdom of yoga and brings her practice to Indigenous and non-Indigenous women across BC. She has spoken at several international, national, and local events on the importance of building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Lucca and Rebecca get to know what has helped this extraordinary human become and do what she does in an inspiring hour of sharing!

Connect with Chastity:

Home icon    facebook icon-01     instagram-01     twitter icon-01

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.

Connect with Sue:

Home icon    facebook icon-01     youtube icon-01     twitter icon-01

 

Karen Williams has spent her life up until recently in Australia, creating and establishing a new breed of education for youth. She is now in Canada to change child care and education: to raise the standard as well as create more opportunities for children to thrive. She is also creating a company to educate parents how to empower their children and teens as well as teach them life skills that will have them know they are enough and lovable just the way they are. Karen’s background in child psychology and Applied Kinesiology specializes in unravelling the subconscious mind to reveal what is holding us back.

Lucca and Rebecca dive deep into Karen’s exploits in Australia, and her dreams for Canada.

Contact Karen via Lucca and Rebecca at info@essencetialconversations.com

Naava Smolash holds a PhD in English Literature from Simon Fraser University focused on nationalism and race theory. Her essay “The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture”  is used in counselling centres and university classrooms worldwide. Her writing appears in academic and popular publications including Studies in Canadian Literature, West Coast Line, Briarpatch, and the University of Toronto Quarterly’s special issue Discourses of Security, “Peacekeeping” Narratives and the Cultural Imagination in Canada. Current projects include a book on Nurturance Culture, and a speculative fiction novella entitled Cipher. She teaches in the English department at Douglas College, and lives halftime in Montreal.

We chat with Naava about the influencing factors in her life, what the essay represented and opened up for her, and what she’s creating now!

Connect with Naava:

Home icon     twitter icon-01

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!

 

Connect with Kat:

Home icon     twitter icon-01    facebook icon-01

Sonali Fiske is a Leadership & Visibility Mentor amplifying the voices of marginalized & underrepresented women leaders. Through her signature program, Pick Your Platform & Raise Your Voice, she mentors women to strengthen & clarify their message & master their feminine authority in the societal spotlight. Sonali also hosts a weekly tele-class series entitled “Call to Sacred Activism,” for women leaders, activists & advocates.

In addition, Sonali is currently on the advisory council of the International Council of Interfaith & Indigenous Women & a partner of the newly formed Women & Girls Sector for The Charter for Compassion.

Lucca and Rebecca go deep with Sonali on influences in her life, where her passions spring from, and what comes next.

Connect with Sonali:

Home icon     twitter icon-01    facebook icon-01

Tada’s passion is helping social justice communities cultivate allyships founded in the principles of healthy relating: mutual nourishment, emotional self-responsibility, and wholehearted consent.

Their approach is founded on two core understandings:
1. The true face of oppression, from patriarchy to colonialism is energetic dis-ease that affects our embodied self-concept, which in turn express itself as a systemic issue. True healing of social trauma requires us to work on the level of the body. And, 2. Oppressive dynamics such as sexism and racism cause unnecessary suffering and violence by acting as amplifiers for repressed emotions from childhood and ancestral trauma.

Tada believes this is why truly transformative social justice work must be based in nurturance. Lucca and Rebecca explore what this looks like in their new course “Authentic Allyship Coaching”, and why Tada calls his body of work “The Selfish Activist.”

 

Connect with Tada:

Home icon      facebook icon-01

Belva has worked with children the majority of her adult life. She was a private nanny for 12 years and is now entering into her 7th year as a preschool teacher. This fall has found her opening up her own outdoor early learning program in East Vancouver for children aged 2.5-6 yrs. Her passion for the outdoors is able to combine with her passion and belief in children with her new program and company, Muddy Boot Prints.

Lucca and Rebecca get their feet wet with Belva as they explore what drives Belva and what she’s seeking to create with and for the children she works with.

 

Connect with Belva:

Home icon      facebook icon-01

Daniyah, DJ ANGLE (she/they) is a queer brown ladyperson living on unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She has been a member of the local nightlife and activist communities for many years, finding ways to connect their passions in music/events and social justice. Making her home here of 23 years, Daniyah brings a deep understanding of local issues and are always motivated to support the work of bringing positive change to every community they have the privilege of being welcomed into. Daniyah quickly became a DJ after spending much time at Lotus, Gorg-O-Mish, and Red Room. This experience let to opportunities such as being the DJ for the Official Lady Gaga Afterparty, hosting Open Dex @ Anza Club for several years, participating in the Lab Art Show and Vancouver Art Attack multiple years running, and playing at various queer events like Lipstick Jungle, Killjoy, and Babes on Babes. An avid fan of electronic music, there is no doubt that Daniyah has a great taste for music; expect a carefully curated set with catchy beats and deep moods that exemplify their dynamic personality. Currently, Daniyah represents the Vancouver Pride Society and builds training and leadership opportunities for aspiring performers and organizers through their work in the Diversity project.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Daniyah’s past and how it has brought her to the present, and discover the impact of her work as a DJ/orchestrator of activation!

 

Connect with Daniyah:

Home icon     facebook icon-01

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!

 

Connect with Lobsang:

Home icon    facebook icon-01