It's a girl!!

Laurel Burnham is a force to be reckoned with; A feminist, Activist, and what she likes to call a Cultural Entrepreneur. Laurel is the Vice President of the Penticton Arts Council and Head of the Arts Rising Organizing Committee.

This interview is all Laurel and the community hero that she is. We delve into feminism, talk about being a bag lady, and touch on some of her heroes....

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    Ask, Trust, Let Go.

    Vaelei Walkden-Brown is our next guest. She is the Executive Director of the Penticton & District Arts Council, one of the driving forces behind Arts Rising. This is something she is very proud of and you can hear the enthusiasm in her voice.

    Vaelei’s roots are Polynesian, Australian Feminists and Edmontonian Rocker. OMG Yup, she is one of the most balanced people I know. Love exudes from her when you’re around her, you can feel how strong she is and when you watch her take on a project the badass Rocker Chick comes out! Look out world this girl is gonna get shit done!

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    Karate, Beatnik and John Neville

    James is a funny guy….he can be serious as well but for most of this interview he makes me laugh out loud!!

    James is an actor, both stage and film, a stand up comic and a Poet. In fact I had James recite five poems for this interview and I've interspersed them throughout our chat.

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    Persian Dancing, My Tree and an Angel.

    My next guest is a molecular scientist, a cancer thriver, a Mindfulness coach, and an author. Welcome to Awesome People Mehrnaz Massoudi. 

    Mehrnaz was born and raised in Iran. Fell in love while still in Iran...which shouldn't seem like a big deal, but it was during the Iranian revolution and the young man was Baha'i. At that time it was illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Baha'i man….we talk about their escape, what that was like and the effects of Mr. Bush. We also talk about how to pronounce Iran...not Iran. 

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    Circle of influence, alone one can be and two tone tessie.

    This next interview is so great in so many ways!! Claire Keys is our next guest. She is fun and inspiring and has the best accent. Born and raised in Rodezia, now Zimbabewe, Claire grew up in and out of convent/boarding schools at the age of two. They were Catholic of course and run by very strict nuns! YIKES!!

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    Travel, shoplifting and alternative parenting.

    This interview is a must for anyone searching for an unconventional lifestyle. My next guest, David Wourms is the go-to guy for living an alternative life. He is homeless, (he still has an address in Alberta; the government requires this), but lives out of Airbnb and house-sitting gigs. He is also the primary parent of his daughter, and has been since she was 4 years old.

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    MasterChef, leggings are not pants and vintage collectables.

    It gives me great pleasure to introduce this new addition to Awesome People, a Master Chef participant, creative designer and lover of margarine...My Domingo.

    2016 was an incredible year for My Domingo. He made the cut for MasterChef Canada - one of 40 participants of over 40,000 entries! WOW!  That's like winning the lottery...but with work involved.  Congratulations Domingo!

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