Serena Lewis, RSW, MSW, recent recipient of Canadian Distinguished Service Award is a Health & Social Wellness Consultant. With over twenty years experience in the fields of health, long term care, education, corrections and non profit sectors, she loves working with individuals, teams and organizations. Committed to improving literacy and voice to difficult topics, Serena has become a national and local advocate for grief.
"You can spend your time on stage pleasing the heckler in the back, or you can devote it to the audience that came to hear you perform." – Seth Godin
Sacha defines herself differently on any given day, but every day, she loves a good cup of tea almost as much as she loves Bruce Springsteen. A self-proclaimed drama kid, Sacha has been performing for as long as she can remember and, the older she gets, the more she realizes this applies both onstage and off. Although an avid participant in community theatre, she credits her greatest role to being a mom to now 13-year-old Brock.
"Forgiveness isn't condoning what happened or making excuses for the person who caused pain, or righting their wrong. This isn't about them, it's about you. It's making a choice to release yourself from the stuff you're holding on to. When you release, you feel so liberated, and so much lighter." – Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw
Richie Wilcox is a multi-talented director/writer/creator whose work has been seen across Canada and toured internationally. Wilcox has spent the better part of the last decade co-creating, devising, writing and directing new works. He is the writer of Good Grief, New Waterford Boy and is currently working on his script Coal Bowl Queen. Wilcox is the Artistic Director of the live art company HEIST where he helped create and performed in Princess Rules, Princess’ Pride ’n’ Joy and Nature vs. Nation and The Princess Show which is a Nova Scotia Masterworks 2021 Finalist. Wilcox also serves as the Artistic Director of the 37 year old Ship’s Company Theatre which is known for creating and producing original plays with an Atlantic Canadian emphasis.
Doug MacLean, originally from Summerside, PEI, started his leadership path as a teacher at Holland College. His coaching career started in the high school and junior (Summerside Western Capitals) hockey ranks before moving on to coaching at the major junior (OHL London Knights), university (UNB), and AHL/ NHL levels. Doug was the assistant coach of the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, and Detroit Red Wings, and head coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks (AHL), Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets.
In 1996, he led the underdog Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup finals and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year). Doug also has experience in hockey management, as the assistant GM for the Red Wings and GM and President of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You may also recognize Doug from his time as a leading NHL analyst on SportsNet.
Doug and his wife, Jill, split their time between Florida and PEI. We caught Doug at his cottage on PEI, so please excuse the few glitchy audio moments;)
Jolene Johnson, (previously Laskey) has extensive work experience in the culinary field, ranging from food preparation and service to management. She also worked extensively in the agriculture industry, in tree farming management, from planting, fertilizing, and harvesting, this work has kept her grounded and in touch with her roots and will always be one of her favourite work experiences. In 2013, Jolene took the initiative to establish and operate her own construction company, in doing so was the first female entrepreneur to join that industry sector in her community. With her construction company established and doing well, she's moved forward in a new direction. In 2017, driven with purpose and passion, Jolene embarked on a new business venture. She launched into the maple syrup industry, developing and marketing value added maple syrup. She strives and is committed to give back in a positive way with her vision to build a global brand, to help Indigenous communities thrive and to help support and preserve our environment for the next generations. Visit www.wabanakimaple.com.
Garrett Gloade (he/him), Millbrook First Nation, Mi’kma’ki. Garrett currently resides in the indigenous community of Millbrook with his wife Cheyenne, just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia. Garrett has spent the last 12 years revitalizing culture in his community and abroad, through history, art, song and dance. He believes by opening up, sharing life experiences whether good or bad. Using those experiences and channeling them to help you connect you to who you truly are, will help yourself and others. Connecting to your roots and becoming who you’re meant to be.
Anita Kirkbride UNDERcomplicates social media marketing for smart, successful small businesses. She encourages her clients to ditch perfectionism, embrace authenticity and #BeFlawsome in their social media. She started Twirp Communications 10 years ago and is the Co-Founder of Social Media Day Halifax. You can find her blogging at Twirp.ca, podcasting at BeFlawsome.ca and supporting her clients through The Flawsome League: Social Media Academy for Small Business and her free training program The No BS Social Media Blueprint.
Canada Suicide Prevention: 1-833-456-4566 (phone) • 45645 (text) • www.crisisservicescanada.ca (chat)*
We dive into:
• How a yoga practice and breath work can help you through your anxiety and depression
• Working through suicidal thoughts and negative self talk
• The importance of talking, connecting and reaching out when you need help
Originally from Nova Scotia, Mike Enman is a secondary teacher of social studies, phys ed and entrepreneurship in Airdrie, Alberta. After decades of soul searching and battling depression, he discovered yoga in 2018, which helped him find his current path, one genuine to who he is. Mike still struggles with anxiety, but has developed a set of tools to help, tools which he strives to introduce to his students so that they too may live a life where anxiety and depression are manageable parts of a fantastic journey.
A Series of Topics That Occupy My Anxious Mind.
I'm Sam Madore, an overthinker extraordinaire.✨
As host of this podcast – and as someone who has lived with anxiety and depression most of my life – I want to normalize the topics and conversations that an overthinking mind can bring to light.
Because I'm sure I can't be alone in this;)
Big thanks to my pal and stellar music producer, mixer, composer John Mullane of In-Flight Safety, for providing MY VERY OWN THEME MUSIC (from episode three on). Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.