Darcy MacCallum was born and raised in Nova Scotia and has made a career working in the not for profit sector over the past ten years. Darcy is also a self taught tarot reader and loves sharing what he has learned about tarot with anyone who will listen. Aside from tarot, Darcy is also passionate about photography, gardening and naps.
*This was one of the few episodes with absolutely no edits.*
Leanne Whiting is an educator, author, facilitator, and mother renowned for her creative and playful methods of teaching through story. Leanne is the founder of Grow A Lotus Yoga, a school dedicated to embodying the practices of yoga through movement, mindfulness, and empathy. Leanne is the author of Be Like A Tree, a children’s yoga book and resource for families and teachers. The book has yoga illustrations woven throughout the story to foster movement through the story with a sense of playfulness and connection to nature, while building self-awareness, confidence and empathy. Breathe. Read. Yoga is Leanne's most recent endeavour. This online yoga program brings calm to your classroom with breathing practices, children's literature and physical postures to embody the story. Leanne is a Master’s of Education student at St. Francis Xavier University where she is developing her thesis on the experiences of yoga in the elementary classroom.
Amanda Kirby-Sheppard is a creative and strategic communications professional whose career has taken her from centre ice at the IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship in her hometown of Halifax, to coordinating the red carpet of the Sydney Film Festival in Australia, and back again. She has spent nearly 20 years leading successful sales, marketing, recruitment and fundraising campaigns in not-for-profit sectors, municipal government and post-secondary institutions and joined Grow A Lotus Yoga in late 2021 as the director of sales and marketing. A determined and passionate saleswoman, she sets her sights on achieving her goals and she doesn't like to take no for an answer. And Amanda is determined and passionate about how the Breathe. Read. Yoga program can bring calm to every classroom across Nova Scotia - and ultimately, the world... so consider yourself forewarned.
Kate Wallace is a high-energy copywriter, award-winning journalist and one-woman agency. Her idea of fun? Writing copy that is generous, honest, consensual, naturally warm, and relational. Copy that is the opposite of scarcity-based, inflated, pressure-inducing, faux-friendly, and transactional. Kate’s writing has helped elevate brands in diverse sectors, including consulting, construction, food processing, financial, tech, non-profit, and the creative industries.
Some of her favourite projects are close to home, helping big-thinking Atlantic Canadian organizations with bold plans craft compelling stories that get positive interest and action. Kate’s work spans website and advertising copy, case studies, corporate communications, video scripts, blogs, speeches, op-eds, journalism, and more. A national award-winning journalist, Kate has a BA from McGill and a Graduate Diploma of Journalism from Concordia. In 2014, Kate was named by 21 Inc. as one of New Brunswick’s emerging leaders for the 21st century. She lives in Rothesay, N.B., with her husband, son and lots of pottery. You can find her here: https://katewallace.ca/
Karen Dean is an incredible motivational speaker who brings audiences through her own personal stories of resilience and inspires with an amazing sense of positivity. Recognized by the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards as a Nominee three times, Karen has operated successful businesses in many different industries for over 25 years. She has been a mentor to women in business throughout her career and has been mentored herself by some incredibly accomplished businesswomen. In 2020, she was honoured with the QueenPin Award by QueenPins Halifax for her commitment to improving her community.
Karen has published two books to date:
• We Are Unbreakable: Raw, Real Stories of Resilience from Women in Nova Scotia in 2020 is a compilation book sharing inspiring stories from 22 women.
• Fierce & Fabulous: A Self-Love Journal which provides readers with a daily practice to reconnect to their inner self and become even more successful.
Karen’s messages spring from a mountain of lived experience, and she is passionate about her mission to help people reboot their resilience and live their best life, personally and professionally, a purpose she lives in her own life every day.