In this Podcast I’m bringing back James Demers to talk about Trans 101. A topic that I think is very important. The similarities and struggles that this community is facing is very close to home. I grew up in the 80’s and our biggest issues were basic human rights, to get married, to have children etc. It was a long hard road. Many people had their lives threatened and lost their jobs, including myself. It may seem like some things haven't changed but bullying is still, unbelievably a huge problem.Read More
Today’s guest is the one and only, Lorrie Murphy. Now when I say the one and only, I really mean the one and only!!
The night before our interview we had the Money Pennies Reunion. A celebration of Lorrie’s restaurant and bar called Money Pennies. She often called this place a people bar because everyone was welcome from all walks of life no matter who you were.Read More
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....
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!Read More
My next guest is is a community activist like nobodies business!!! She is inspiring to say the least….please welcome Mariegold Randy.
By trade Mariegold is a Heavy Equipment mechanic. She decided this career when she was in social work school……..which sounds crazy but makes sense.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!!Read More
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.Read More
My next interview is with Klaus Sturze. Klaus was 4 years old when the Second World War began. He was 9 when it ended.Read More
Have you have wondered where I got the amazing music for the intro to Awesome People? Well wonder no longer. My next interview is with Jarred Nicklen, singer, songwriter, and the man behind the music for Awesome People.Read More