Brigid – the trio of Emma Smit-Geraghty, Beth Terry, and Sarah Glinz – bring their music to the stage with rich three-part vocal harmonies that transcend genre. Masters of storytelling and song, they draw inspiration from music icons such as Fleetwood Mac, Jann Arden, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. Their music touches on the many aspects of being a woman, and the joys/struggles that come along with that. They are also active in their community raising awareness and funds for charitable organizations, such as Halifax Sexual Health Centre, Colchester Sexual Assault Centre, The Lotus Centre, CALA, PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, EyeBike NS & Better Together NS.
Brigid is both at home performing covers of iconic music and original music inspired by their lives and experiences. All three are proud to be musicians, music educators, mothers, wives, daughters, and women, and this comes through in their stories and songs.
This episode was recorded in front of a *Live Audience* at the Swell Atlantic Conference in Sydney, NS.
Michelle Hurlburt is the CEO Founder, Educator, and Certified Master Coach Practitioner at 3DLife Inc. – an education and coaching company focused on transforming professional and personal leadership. Through training and coaching services and programs, she works with entrepreneurs and organizational leaders toward being more valued, effective, and inspired at work and in life. With 25 years of experience in education and in business, Michelle’s 3DLifeTM vision and mission is to optimize leadership presence and performance to meaningfully impact the people and the world around them, positively transform workplace cultures, and successfully grow their businesses and organizations – without sacrificing professional or personal fulfillment. Her interests, experience, and certifications include emotional intelligence and social and emotional learning skills, mental health and well-being, self-leadership and leadership development, business, education, mindfulness, and transformational coaching.
Rebekah Streeter Rad is a creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to development. A versatile dance educator with more than 10 years of experience planning, developing and implementing festivals, competitions and choreography she has also worked as a Wardrobe Stylist with background in costume construction and design. Rebekah is a highly motivated, personable individual who thrives under pressure and is passionate about creating performance and educational opportunities for youth in the arts as well as advocating for making stress management techniques available in our everyday life. In recent years Rebekah has expanded her knowledge in the customer service industry by managing and organic spa and eventually owning and operating a 5 star B&B, boutique style hotel that focused on customer service and elevating the guest experience, by providing unique spaces, a feeling of community and a focus on health and wellness. She has also set up and overseen the design and completion of multiple short term rental units and a restaurant. Her newest venture Voda Retreats brings together the pillars of Self-care, Hygge and Connection with her experience in the health and wellness industry to create a new model for rest and relaxation in the travel industry. Voda combines luxury travel amenities , kits and experiences with health and wellness education to help its customers cultivate self-care habits while on vacation that will easily transition to day to day life.
Heather Deveaux is an adult educator, course creator, instructional designer, serial entrepreneur, lover of travel, fast cars and anything to do with tacos. Heather brings years of business and education experience to the stage to talk shop, set goals and get things done. She has worked with organizations and business owners in 8 countries, across 4 continents, and her courses and programs have reached thousands of students around the world. Nominated for the Global Impact Business Owner of the Year 2022, and the RBC Woman of Influence Award 2021 and 2022, Heather has written five books, hosted four podcasts, and has run countless businesses and created thousands of hours of course content since 2000.
Shaina Falcone is a Canadian Fitness professional who has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years. Her passion is helping women become stronger and feel more confident through eating well and exercising regularly.
Shaina is a Stott Pilates certified Pilates & Barre instructor, and a Canfitpro certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness instructor, as well as Canfitpro certified Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach.
Shaina teaches fusion fitness by blending Pilates, barre, strength and cardio intervals into her programs to create a unique workout experience that strengthens body and mind.
You can find Shaina in her online studio at shainafalconefitness.com, and on Instagram @shainafalconefitness.
Ellen Marshall is the Event Manager/Public Relations Officer for the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and has over 20 years’ experience in event planning and management. She has been the lead contact/manager on all events that she has handled. Ellen has coordinated events like the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, NS Mi’kmaw Summer Games, First Nations Health Conference, Atlantic First Nations Environmental Network Conference (four conferences under the same name), Atlantic Aboriginal Contaminants Conference, to name a few. Ellen’s expertise in coordinating, planning, organizing events and logistics is unparalleled.
Ellen is a member of the Millbrook First Nation and lives in Truro. She is the chair of the Colchester Adult Learning Association board of directors and is also a board member of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. She volunteers in her community for many events and has a small catering business and performs free online cooking classes. Ellen has one son, Charlie and a rescue dog, Pearl.
Jackie Torrens is a Halifax-based actor, writer and film director. She and producer Jessica Brown have, under their company Peep Media, completed four documentary films for CBC, the Documentary Channel and Bravo which include Edge of East, My Week on Welfare, Small Town Show Biz and Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille, which premiered this spring at Hot Docs. Jackie has also done two documentary films for Telltale Productions, Free Reins and the feature length Radical Age. Torrens’ radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now, which received an Atlantic Journalism Award and Camp Mini Ha Ha, which received a CBC Award of Excellence.
Jessica Brown has been working in the film and television industry since 2003. In 2012 she incorporated Peep Media Inc. with award winning Writer/Director Jackie Torrens. Since 2012, they have completed four television documentaries which include: Small Town Show Biz: 2 Dreams from a Harbourtown (CBC, Documentary Channel), Edge of East (CBC, Documentary Channel; Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee for Best Documentary), My Week on Welfare (CBC, Documentary Channel, Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee Best Documentary) and Bernie Langille Wants to Know... Who Killed Bernie Langille (BravoFACTUAL). Torrens and Brown are currently producing the feature length documentary version of Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille, for CBC’s documentary Channel. Brown also produces in the scripted world, and works as Head Researcher/Field Producer for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes; she produced the low budget feature film Noon Gun; the short films My Younger Older Sister and The Toll, the short film/digital media project Hidden Window; as well as line producing the feature film Bunker 6, and producing the television series for Shaw Media TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens (Gemini Award nominee- Best Host). In 2008 she produced her first feature length documentary film Chasing Wild Horses (BRAVO, CBC, OASIS HD), which has screened around the world, and has won awards at the New York International Independent Film Festival- Best International Documentary), and Worldfest Houston (Platinum Remy Award).
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.