On The BrinkDec 08, 2022
Episode 190: Katherine Lewis
Katherine Lewis is host of the Opportunity Made podcast and runs The Leon Foundation of Excellence, a program that helps youth heal intergenerational patterns of trauma. She also has experience as a teacher, software engineer, accessibility advocate, and employee resource group leader. Learn more about The Leon Foundation of Excellence by visiting https://www.leonfe.org/
Episode 189: Dick Wybrow
Dick Wybrow is a former CNN anchor turned best-selling author of more than a dozen humorous supernatural thrillers.
A former stand-up comedian and major market radio host, Dick has spent the majority of his life avoiding proper jobs. His latest novel, Kane, has been atop Amazon's best-seller list since its publication. Book three in the series is out on December 29, 2023.
Grab your copy of one of Dyck's books at https://bit.ly/DickWybrowPodcast
Episode 188: Melissa Barlock
Meet Melissa Barlock, the visionary force behind Enspire Dental Opportunities and a seasoned entrepreneur. As the founder and CEO, she's not only a global speaker, trainer, and certified personal coach but also an accomplished author with two #1 best-selling books on Amazon: "The Dental Edge: Stand Out & Create a Thriving Career You Love" and "The Dental Edge: Attract, Engage & Retain Top Talent." Melissa's entrepreneurial prowess extends to her recognition as a top affiliate with SendOutCards, earning her numerous awards. Beyond the boardroom, she's a proud mother of two, and a passionate traveler who believes in the transformative power of exploration. Having visited countries worldwide, she immerses herself in diverse cultures, languages, and histories. Her love for travel has not only enriched her own life but fuels her mission to inspire others to discover the wonders of the world through their own journeys. Join us as we delve into Melissa's multifaceted world on today's podcast.
YouTube link: https://bit.ly/MelissaBarlockPodcast
Episode 187: Carley Billups
Carley Billups is a pediatric occupational therapist who has lived and worked in Prince George over the past 12 years. Carley has seen first-hand the struggles that Prince George families face in order to get funding for important medical equipment and services that support their ability to participate in daily life and she wants to help. Carley plans to run 1,000km over 13 weeks starting on December 21, 2023 in the Winter Running Challenge to raise funds for kids with disabilities in Prince George and Northern British Columbia. This will mean Carley will face many snowy, dark, lonely and cold runs during the most challenging running conditions of the year! Carley choose to do this in the winter because she knows that doing hard things is something children with disabilities and their families experience every single day. While government and extended health funding helps, often families are left trying to find thousands of dollars by themselves to pay for equipment and therapy services that are essential to quality of life, participation, and overall health of the child. Variety BC is one funding source that I know helps families with top-up funding for medical equipment. They have ensured Carley that the funds she raises in this challenge will go directly to children and families in Northern BC! Carley’s goal is to fundraise $10,000 for Variety BC to make it easier for Northern BC kids to receive assistance with their equipment needs. If you would like to support Carley, please visit
Episode 186: Tracy Slepcevic
Tracy M. Slepcevic is a Certified Integrative Health Coach, Speaker, Air Force Veteran, and the bestselling author of Warrior Mom: A Mother’s Journey In Healing Her Son with Autism. Tracy is educated in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has dedicated over 14 years to researching various treatments and therapies for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the years, she has worked with various doctors, scientists, advocates, and researchers, and she has made it her mission to educate families on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. WATCH Tracy's full ON THE BRINK Podcast episode on all platforms!
Episode 185: Annie Margarita Yang
Annie Margarita Yang is the definitive voice in Millennial finance, specializing in strategies for beating today’s tough economic challenges. She is the author of an award-winning, best-selling new book, The 5-Day Job Search, which helps young professionals get out of student loan debt while finding the ideal job. With more than 1 million views on YouTube, her witty approach to tough talk sets her apart from others. Annie’s candid style cuts through the noise, delivering foolproof advice for real-world challenges. Far from generic tips, her tips focus on practical steps to quickly improve finances, especially for challenges unique to Millennials. Based in Boston with her husband, Annie complements her professional life with a love for piano, adding another layer to her multifaceted persona.
Episode 184: Dr. Gary Simonds
Gary Simonds is a brain surgeon who has cared for tens of thousands of critically ill patients. He started his career in the Army at Walter Reed and was the Chief of Neurosurgery at a University Hospital for many years. Gary now teaches a number of subjects to undergraduates and medical students at Virginia Tech. He has written three non-fiction books on burnout and wellness and has recently published a medical/psychological thriller with a paranormal twist entitled, Death's Pale Flag. Gary also writes blog posts for Psychology Today Online, and has three more novels in progress. In addition to teaching and writing he enjoys hiking in the mountains of North Carolina, walking his border collie, Hamish, and playing the guitar and banjo. He intends to teach himself the bagpipes next.
Episode 183: Leanne Linsky
Leanne Linsky, comedian turned entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of the new online comedy club, Plauzzable.
Originally from Waukegan, Illinois, Leanne has a passion for learning. She earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Irvine.
Leanne also earned her Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation and CoachVille, Center for Coaching Mastery.
Leanne studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Magnet Theater, The Second City, and IO Chicago. She wrote, performed, and produced her critically acclaimed one-woman show, produced and hosted a comedy open mic, and produced and hosted a weekly stand-up show in New York City and California.
Today Leanne’s on a mission to bring people together with laughter. When it comes to comedy, Leanne couldn’t be more serious.
Episode 182: Dr. Frank Douglas
Dr. Frank L. Douglas is an award-winning industry veteran with three decades of experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and entrepreneurship. He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Member of the Board of Management of large Pharmaceutical companies such as Aventis AG, now Sanofi, SA. Dr. Douglas recently served as CEO of THEVAX Genetics USA Inc. and Member of the Board of TheVax Genetics Vaccine Co. He is also the co-founder of Douglas Ahmed Consulting (DAC). Some of his past experiences include being President and CEO of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Member of the Board of Management of Aventis AG, Chief Scientific Advisor of Bayer Healthcare, AG, Founder and First Executive Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, Professor of the Practice in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, MIT Departments of Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology.Dr. Douglas holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and an M.D. from Cornell University. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. In addition to his impressive career achievements, Dr. Douglas has led clinical trials and presented on healthcare disparities at ROCHE Pharma, UK. He conducted workshops and case study presentations at HBCUs namely at Lehigh University and MIT, the University of Akron, and Weill Cornell Medical School.Dr. Douglas is the founder and CEO of SAFE HAVEN DIALOGUES LLC, and has also authored two groundbreaking books, entitled “Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream” and “Until You Walk in My Shoes: A Reframing Methodology to Overcome Systemic Discrimination".AWARDS- Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development Director of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004- Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 2002- Black History Maker Award in 2007- Geoffrey Beene Foundation and GQ Rockstar of Science, and the Odyssey Award from the Center of Medicine in the Public Interest in 2010- Caribbean Heritage Award for Entrepreneurship in 2011
Episode 181: Angela Shymanski
Angela Shymanski is a Prince George difference-maker who cares deeply about her community and region.
Angela, along with her husband and two kids, have called Prince George home for quite some time. She has held various positions with the City of Prince George, as well as exploring entrepreneurship.
Angela now finds herself in the position of Program Administrator with the University of British Columbia in the UBC Family Practice Residency Program (Prince George and Northern Rural Site).
Episode 180: Allie Seller
Allison (Allie) Seller teaches service-based entrepreneurs how to turn their coaching practice into a multi-six and seven-figure business while cutting work hours in half. Known for her success as a Personal Trainer, Health & Nutrition Coach, Allie understands what it takes to thrive in the industry and how hard it can be to grow a successful business without the right blueprint and aligned support. Inspired by wanting more freedom of time and location in her own life, having missed out on many of her four kids' significant events, Allie and her husband developed a unique system: streamlining processes, program development and a pricing structure aligned with program value and client results.Learn more at https://www.healthacademyinc.com/Allie has spent more than half of her career helping people reach their transformation goals in health and wellness, physical fitness, nutrition and mindset. Now passionately aligning with other health-based entrepreneurs, supporting them on their journey to building multi-six-figure coaching businesses while doing so working half the time they were. She seeks to provide the most valuable and long-lasting mentor-mentee relationship. Helping clients achieve their goals and live their most abundant lives is one of her greatest rewards. Allie understands transformation can be done with much joy and in simplistic yet profound ways. Allie attended the Health Coach Institute and has worked within Canadian Pharmacy to further her understanding of proactive vs reactive health. Her extensive educational background includes the Transformational Coaching Method, HMBA Mastery Program and Advanced Nutrition Protocols; Infertility with Dr. Stephanie Daniel, Emotional Eating with Dr. Michelle May and Hormonal Imbalance with Dr. Anna Cabeca. Additionally, Allie completed McGill University’s online business development program. She is a lifelong learner who takes great pride and joy in continually seeking knowledge and education to provide the current and best information to help her clients.
Episode 179: James Bond
James Bond has uncovered something about PERSUASION that's so profound, it’s changing how thousands of people are now selling their ideas and products (including attendees of his sold-out workshops with the US Small Business Administration, and readers of my multi-award-winning book).
For 35 years, James has been studying how ordinary products turned into blockbusters. Along the way, he uncovered a breakthrough -- something he calls BRAIN GLUE - that makes ideas "sticky" so they marinate to your prospect's brain like glue. This activates the emotional side of the brain, where decisions are made, making it much easier to get them to say YES to your ideas and buy your products.
Jack Canfield, who sold 500 MILLION copies of his blockbuster Chicken Soup for the Soul series, says this about James' BRAIN GLUE book: “Mind-Blowing… Clearly, one of the most valuable persuasion books I have ever experienced.From the moment I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down. I’m giving copies of this book to my entire team. This should be required reading for anyone in business. Frankly, if you’re trying to impress or sell anyone and you don’t know this, I believe you may have a massive disadvantage,”
Order Brain Glue today at https://www.amazon.com/Brain-Glue-Selling-Becomes-Easier/dp/0998865753
Episode 178: Jason Pike
The Army investigated him, arrested him, and tried to break him. LT. Col. Jason Pike is undoubtedly A Soldier Against All Odds. National Best Selling Author and Book." A decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments, Jason Pike is the author of two books: an inspiring memoir and a book filled with actionable guidance to help others navigate the complex landscape of VA benefits.
He not only survived 31 years in the service, but he keeps thriving. Pike has made it his business to help other veterans succeed just as he did. Starting from the bottom, as a private, and working his way through the ranks, Pike tells his story with wicked whit and shows us the price he paid for his service - as well as a glimpse into the adventure of life in the Army, including 9 years of living overseas. Diagnosed at age seven with an acute learning disability and failing first grade that year, Jason Pike was sent back to repeat it. At age nine, he was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a crippling bone disease dissolving the bone of his knee that added to his academic challenges and a significant physical disadvantage. With more than three decades of national guard and active service, after starting his military career at seventeen and retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel, he was told that none of it would be possible. For that advice, there were indeed excellent grounds. His story, therefore, is one of survival, perseverance, and a refusal to quit, no matter what, a characteristic gifted to him by his father. Once he did it, everyone asked, "How the hell did you do it?" And many times, he had asked himself the same question… In A Soldier Against All Odds, Jason Pile shows that It is possible, through determination, careful application, and bold strategy, to overcome or compensate for personal humiliation brought about primarily by his own mistakes, being haunted by investigations, academic difficulty, arrests, many ass-chewings, and physical frailty. He did pay the price for being himself. This is how he did it, but most importantly, how he survived it. Despite these facts, Jason refuses to brag, refuses to portray any sort of pretentiousness, and refuses to call himself a hero. “The heroes are the ones, who didn’t come home,” he says. “Now, let me tell you about another time I managed not to die by doing something stupid.” Indeed, the mental image of Jason attempting to escape from a hole filled with animal feces in South Korea, his electrocution in the doorway of an airplane, running from a police helicopter after burning trash illegally, nearly breaking his legs after a faulty parachute jump, and being stabbed in ROTC are just a few Pike stories that are listed in the book. Regardless of what he has experienced for good or ill, Jason’s jovial sense of humor and desire to teach others to believe in oneself persists. Like the phoenix of Greek mythology, when faced with insurmountable odds, Jason rose from ashes, stronger and more determined, time and time again, to surmount them. The chronicle of life will inspire readers to wince, cry, and laugh. Jason hopes that the lessons he learned through the course of his life and his military career will be an inspiration to anyone confronting the future from a place of disadvantage. After having walked through the VA benefits bureaucracy and endless paperwork, Pike has made it his business to master getting the benefits he earned, and he now has a much-needed blueprint to help other veterans do the same. His second book, Out of the Uniform, Back into Civilian Life, is an invaluable resource for veterans seeking clear, actionable guidance to navigate the often complex landscape of VA benefits and assistance programs.
Episode 177: John A. Brink
John A. Brink was born in 1940 in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War. From the time he could walk, his days often consisted of foraging for food with his brother and sister during harsh warlike conditions, surrounded by death and hardship, especially during the hunger winter of 1944/45. John’s mother was left to raise her three kids alone when their father was drafted into the Dutch Army. They wouldn’t know if he was dead or alive until the liberation of their village, by Canadian soldiers, on April 12, 1945. This was the exact moment when John determined he would one day move to Canada - the land of his heroes. He was only five years old when this decision was rendered. Like many others who lived through that time, John has lived his entire life with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting from being in a warzone. After serving in the Dutch Air Force for two years, John subsequently emigrated to Canada in July 1965, arriving in Prince George with $25.47 in his pocket. To this day, John can still hear the thousands of bombers in the sky when he closes his eyes. Regardless of which side you were on during World War II, we were all victims of war, fighting for the hope of better days ahead. In this solo podcast feature, John reflects on what it was like being a young boy stuck in the middle of a world war and then spending the rest of his life with PTSD. On November 11th each year, Canadians stand in collective Remembrance for all who have fallen in the military service of their country. We also honour those who continue to serve today. On Remembrance Day, please support the annual poppy campaign and take a moment to reflect on the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. #LestWeForget #RemembranceDay #WorldWar #WorldWar2
Episode 176: Vivien Sieber
Vivien Siber is an experienced lecturer, speaker, BBC radio host and in-demand public speaker. In this episode, Vivien discusses the Holocaust in depth, as she is the daughter and grand-daughter of survivors with unique testimonies from family and girls saved by the Kindertransport. In Kino and Kinder the story of a European Jewish family's struggle to survive in the face of Nazi antisemitism and the Holocaust is brought into the spotlight.
Vivien Sieber, reveals the terrible story through the lives and writings of the survivors, illustrating the struggle with more than eighty evocative historic photographs throughout.
In 1915, Paula Ticho's family bought a cinema in Vienna. Run by Paula and her sister, Selma, two single Jewish women, the Palast Kino was a great success. As the Nazi Party rose to power in the 1930s antisemitism reared its ugly head and the wonderful cinema was forcibly taken over.
Threatened by Hitler's rise to power, Paula sent her younger son, Peter, to safety in England to join his half-brother, Erich, before fleeing herself—a penniless refugee. As the world entered a state of war, Paula found herself a position as a matron at hostels in Tynemouth and Windermere, caring for twenty-five Jewish girls who had been evacuated from Europe by the famed Kindertransport.
Sieber uses the girls' own descriptions of their lives and those around them to weave a heartrending tale.
From the insidious rise of antisemitism during their childhood in Europe to the distress of leaving their families, adjusting to hostel life, and the trauma of surviving when most of their family perished, the accounts in this profound retelling are all at once distressing, enriching, and evocative.
Combined with the myriad realities and experiences of the Tichos, a Jewish family fleeing from the atrocities of the Holocaust, and the eyewitness details about life in Vienna, Austria and Central Europe before World War Two and in post-war London, Sieber’s memoir/history of her own family provides the deepest, most powerful picture into what it was really like in those dark, deadly years.
Episode 175: Alexandra Watkins
Alexandra Watkins is a leading and outspoken authority on brand names with buzz. For nearly 20 years, she and her naming firm, Eat My Words, have created love-at-first sight brand names for countless companies including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Disney, Twitter, and Google. Her breakthrough creativity book, “Hello, My Name is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick,” was named a Top 10 Marketing Book by Inc. Magazine. Her personal "Name Hall of Fame" includes Wendy's Baconator, Neato robotic vacuum, Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos, Spanish language school Gringo Lingo, and frozen yogurt franchise Spoon Me. The vertical farming company she named Plenty was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Companies by Time Magazine. Connect with Alexandra: Eat My Words: www.eatmywords.com Hello, My Name Is Awesome Book: https://eatmywords.com/brand-names-book Free SMILE & SCRATCH Name Evaluation Test: https://eatmywords.com/free-name-evaluation-test/ Free Brand Names Mini Masterclass: https://eatmywords.com/learn-about-brand-names-class How To Create Super Sticky Brand Names Online Course: https://eatmywords.com/brand-names-course LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alexandrawatkins/
Episode 174: Dr. Bo Bennett
Robert "Bo" Bennett started "Adgrafix", a graphic design firm, right after graduating Bryant University in 1994, with a bachelor's degree in marketing. In 1995, he sold the graphic design business but kept the name "Adgrafix" that he used for his new web hosting company. As a self-taught programmer, Bo created one of the first (perhaps the first) web-based affiliate systems and web-based web hosting interfaces. He built Adgrafix to a 5 million dollar a year business, then sold it to Allegiance Telecom in 2001.A day after he sold Adgrafix, Bo started Archieboy Holdings, LLC as a holding company for many different web properties, some of which have become their own entities, and sold to new owners, and others which he is still running today. One of the past sales includes Boston Datacenters -- the distressed datacenter in Charlestown, MA purchased by Bo from former HarvardNet founder. He took the company from losing tens of thousands of dollars per month to profitability in less than a year. In two years time, he sold the property to Hosted Solutions. Today, the property is owned by Windstream, and it remains one of the premier datacenters in New England.Bo is currently the founder and CEO of eBookIt.com, a company that formats and distributes eBooks, print on demand, and digital audio books, as well as president of Archieboy Holdings.Success / Motivation.By age 10, Robert "Bo" Bennett started listening to and reading personal development tapes and books. Over the years, he has developed a science-based approach to success that differs quite a bit from the over-hyped success guru's approaches commonly seen today. Before beginning his lifelong quest to shape the lives of others, he had to prove to himself that his theories, beliefs, and convictions worked.At age 10, Bo started in business by creating and selling wooden key racks in his father's workshop. Since then, he has started several companies and sold them anywhere from $1 to $20,000,000.00.After selling his first company of significant value, Bo began writing Year To Success, the most comprehensive book ever written on success, based on his experiences, thoughts, and timeless success principles.Psychology.Bo's interest in psychology began as an undergraduate studying marketing, specifically, consumer behavior. After many years immersed in the business world, Bo returned to school and received his master's degree in general psychology. As part of this effort, Bo creates videos that can be found on his YouTube channel.Bo's personal motto is "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." Much of his charitable work is in the area of education—not teaching people what to think, but how to think. His projects include his book, The Concept: A Critical and Honest Look at God and Religion, and Logically Fallacious, the most comprehensive collection of logical fallacies. His secular (humanistic) philosophy is detailed at PositiveHumanism.com.Academia / Education.Bo's pro bono work focuses on education. He developed and taught a public speaking and debate course for Student Athletes Rising, a non-profit youth development organization offering guidance and training for America’s youth, ages 7-19, preparing them for enriching college experiences and productive lives as future leaders of their communities. As a PhD student, Bo spent time as a graduate assistant for Walden University, tutoring masters and other PhD students in research methodology. His dissertation was on social intelligence development in both traditional and distance learning programs.Toastmasters.Bo joined Toastmasters in 2003, after a painfully embarrassing speech given to a room full of his contractors.\
Episode 173: Eric Seemann
Eric Seemann is the photographer behind the lens of ES Wildlife Photo Images, and this is his world. A wild, wonderful world he shares through his vast collection of photographs. You will find a choice selection of those photographs on his website, images he hopes will bring you the joy, excitement, and beauty it has been his privilege to experience firsthand. Growing up in British Columbia inspired Eric’s boyhood dream of becoming a professional wildlife photographer. BC’s natural bounty gave Eric endless opportunities to hone his craft. His unique blend of patience, passion, expertise and dedication is evident in the artistry of every shot. Eric’s lens is able to capture the drama and beauty in every moment. Many years, and hundreds of thousands of photos later, Eric’s dream continues to grow and evolve, as he travels the world to capture the spirit of nature through his camera lens. In pursuit of the wild, natural and unique, Eric has travelled every uninhabited corner of British Columbia, the magnificent Rocky Mountains, the untamed Amazon rainforest, the lush jungles of Mexico, and the vast savannas of Southern Africa. Nature’s story is told in stunning images of North American wildlife — wolves, grizzly bears, big cats, elk, owls and raptors — as well as the leopards, lions and elephants of Botswana, South African penguins, and so many more fantastic creatures. The Wildlifer’s world is always expanding, and every animal he encounters is like a new friend he could not be more excited to meet. As a well known and widely-published wildlife photographer, Eric holds a membership with Nikon Professional Services and is an invited member of the Professional Photographers Association of Canada. Learn more about Eric and view his portfolio of wonderful photography at https://eswildlifephotoimages.ca/
Episode 172: Eric Holsapple
Eric Holsapple's business career started when he worked at his family campground in Maine. He worked at the local mill during high school, then at K-mart and an auto dealership, where he was promoted to service manager during college. After he earned his MBA, Eric went into real estate. Eric became the North American President for an Australian group and started his own company shortly afterward. Eric knows about self-generated business success. But he was not satisfied or fulfilled with business success. Eric decided to return to college to get his PhD in economics at Colorado State University (CSU) so he could teach. While at CSU, Eric started Yoga, and a few years later, was introduced to meditation. Through Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, Eric found his soul and his purpose: Presence - and to share Presence with the business community.
Episode 171: Marsha Vanwynsberghe
Years ago, in the midst of dealing with teen substance abuse, Marsha lost her voice, her drive, and shame/judgment ruled her life. She was consumed with trying to fix, manage and control others.
When Marsha started to share her story on small stages, online, on podcasts, she could have never predicted that she would find her soul's purpose.
Marsha learned that she wasn't alone in her pain, and realized that the reasons we tend to feel alone is because we don't like to talk about the difficult things/parts/and stories in our lives.
It became a personal mission to share her vulnerable story more openly.
Marsha wrote in 3 collaborative books, spoke on stages, launched a podcast - Own Your Choices Own Your Life - and released her best-selling solo book: 'When She Stopped Asking Why.'
Since then, Marsha has been published seven times, launched a second podcast, created a brand new business from scratch during the pandemic, recovered from full back surgery, and is more passionate than ever that our stories are meant to be shared to serve, support and impact others.
Marsha is now an NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer, and has created a certification to support people in using NLP techniques to heal from their stories, craft their talk from stage, from a podcast, write their book, or grow their business.
In addition, Marsha created a publishing house to support people in sharing their stories, supporting authors and becoming published authors.
Through these tools, NLP certifications, programs, coaching and two podcasts, Marsha continues to teach the power of Radical Responsibility and Owning Our Choices in our own lives. Marsha empowers men and women how to own and stand on their stories, be conscious leaders and build profitable platform businesses that create massive impact.
Marsha has spent the last 25 years as a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer. She coached and mentored people on how to make physical changes and emotional transformations to their bodies and their lives. Her clients examined their thoughts, beliefs, habits and actions.
Marsha spent the last five years navigating herself through major life and family crises. Substance abuse entered her family, affecting her two teenagers from a very young age. Marsha learned to navigate herself through the process, learning many valuable lessons.
Marsha personally experienced financial, business and serious health challenges all while battling the feelings of frustration, overwhelming fatigue and isolation. She decided that her story and her lessons learned needed to be shared with others.
Learn more about Marsha at https://www.marshavanw.com/
Episode 170: Bob Brash
Bob has led an accomplished and varied career as a senior executive in the private, public, and First Nations sectors of BC’s forest and resource industry. His extensive career began with 17 years in various technical and management roles with the Ministry of Forest and Lands, followed by 13 years as vice-president and president with the Husby Group of Companies, and the past eight years as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer with Haida Enterprise Corporation. He has been directly responsible for providing successful leadership and strategic planning to diverse and growing teams in challenging industry climates while concurrently maintaining strong and growing businesses. Bob has a proven track record of achieving goals and targets while working with a wide spectrum of public interest groups and ownerships to find successful balances of results and collaboration. For both First Nations and licensees, he successfully led the startup of new businesses and transformed them into sustainable and profitable enterprises with strong growth and job creation. Bob is a registered professional forester, has an MBA from Queen University, and was a TLA Board Director for 10 years. Learn more about the Truck Loggers Association by visiting https://www.tla.ca/
Episode 169: Bruce Williams and Shauna Allan
Bruce Williams and Shauna Allan are two extraordinary and hard-working entrepreneurs in Prince George, British Columbia. Bruce is the Owner of Rivers Edge Services, while Shauna is the Owner of Modern Match Lingerie Learn more about Bruce and Shauna's companies at the following links: Rivers Edge Services - www.riversedgeservices.ca Modern Match Lingerie - www.modernmatchlingerie.com
Episode 168: Victoria Pelletier
Victoria Pelletier is an award winning executive leader, #1 bestselling author, in-demand professional public speaker, corporate executive, board director and entrepreneur. She is also a #1 social seller/public brand worldwide per LinkedIn for her F500 employers, sought out for discussions on motivation, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, women in leadership, culture, workforce and more. Victoria is a 20+ year Corporate Executive and Board Director. Nicknamed the “Turn Around Queen” by former colleagues and employers, Victoria inspires and empowers her team and clients to change mindsets and drive growth in business, leadership and culture. As someone who does not subscribe to the status quo, she is always ready for new challenges becoming one of the youngest Chief Operating Officers at the age of 24, a president by 35 and a CEO by age 41. Victoria was recognized as one of the 2023 Woman of Influence by South Florida Business Journal, a semi-finalist in the 2023 50/50 Women on Boards Women to Watch, 2022 Top 30 Most Influential Business Leaders in Tech by CIOLook, 2022 Most Influential Entrepreneur of the Year by World Magazine, 2021’s Top 50 Business Leader in Technology by Insight Magazine and a Mentor of the Year by Women in Communications & Technology in 2020. HSBC bank awarded her the Diversity & Inclusion in Innovation award in 2019 and she was IBM’s #1 Global Social Seller ranked by LinkedIn in 2019 and 2020. As a prolific motivational and inspirational speaker, Victoria has delivered keynotes discussing the importance of personal branding and its impact on professional growth; being an empathetic leader in empowering employees; the power of DEI on corporate cultures and building a life of resilience. Learn more about Victoria at https://victoria-pelletier.com/
Episode 167: Krystal Woolley
Krystal Woolley is a multifaceted professional with expertise in human resources and consulting. As an entrepreneur, mom, and wife, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2022 by founding NoveltyHR, a reputable firm specializing in human resources outsourcing and consulting. NoveltyHR has successfully empowered small and midsize companies to elevate their human capital operations, serving clients across three countries. Krystal also focused on connecting ADHD individuals with careers they’ll thrive in. Krystal actively contributes to the field, holding a board member position in CTSHRM and being involved in the Granbury Young Professionals as part of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce. She is also a founding member of the Acton Networking Group and serves as the Fun Chair for Network Glen Rose. Demonstrating her commitment to professional growth, Krystal holds a certification as a Strategic Human Resources Business Partner from the esteemed Human Capital Institute and is actively pursuing her SHRM-SCP certification. Furthermore, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University, a certified Professional Life Coach, and a certified Communications Specialist from Bakersfield College. In addition to her professional endeavors, Krystal indulges her creative side by designing fun t-shirts on a global scale as a hobby. Additionally, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family and helping the community.
Episode 166: Dana Diaz
Dana S. Diaz studied journalism and psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. While there’s no better teacher than life experience and Dana has had life-long experiences with narcissistic abuse, her education did give her the ability to accurately verbalize and express how narcissistic abuse creates confusion and conflict within victims. Today, Dana is a proud voice for fellow victims who are unable, afraid, or ashamed to share their experiences. She strives to create awareness and understanding to ensure victims are given the support they need to first understand their situation and then begin the healing process. Her first book, chronicling her own abusive marriage that lasted nearly three decades, started as a journal that she hid under the couch cushion in the basement. Dana watches the sun rise and set every single day, and enjoys hikes in the woods. She absolutely loves animals for their sensitivity and loving hearts, and has two cats, Kitty Kitty and Tigger. Dana makes her home in Illinois with her husband Doug. Dana’s book is titled “GASPING FOR AIR” and it’s a best seller. Here’s a description of the book: Forced out of an unhappy home at a young age, Dana S. Diaz swears to make it on her own and never fall victim to the same abuse she witnessed growing up. But that’s before she falls for Darren. It doesn’t take long, however, for Dana to meet the darker version of Darren—a narcissist who seeks to control Dana in every way. Despite her best efforts, she is caught in the cycle of trauma once again. But how can she free herself from Darren’s stranglehold? In Gasping for Air, Dana invites readers along on her odyssey of healing and empowerment as she breaks free from the grasp of her 25-year-long abusive relationship. She fearlessly delves into old wounds to reveal the truth behind a lifetime of lies and stitches them closed as a new and resilient woman. An inspiring true story filled with strife and revelation, Gasping for Air exposes the raw truth of emotional, psychological and physical trauma, and is a bold testament of survival. Order your copy of Dana's new book here: https://bit.ly/GaspingForAir
Episode 165: Katie McManus
Katie McManus is an ADHD Business Strategist & Money Mindset Coach. Katie helps Coaches and Consultants start their businesses with custom, ADHD friendly, heart-centered growth strategies. Katie is host of the Weeniecast Podcast, as her motto is "stop being a weenie" - which speaks perfectly to her belief that anything can be accomplished with a little bravery. Mission-Driven and ADHD Entrepreneurs work with Katie to get out of overwhelm and into a plan that actually fits. Because they've tried all the other business coaching programs. Up to now - nothing’s gotten them results. Katie’s a straightforward business strategist and coach who believes in empowered decision-making over waiting for motivation to strike. Learn more about Katie at https://www.katiemcmanus.com/
Episode 164: Marty Strong
Marty Strong has been a leader and business consultant for decades, first in uniform as a combat-decorated Navy SEAL, and then in commercial business. Marty is a thought-provoking writer, speaker, and guest expert with over 350 appearances on national cable TV and hundreds of radio and Podcast interviews to his credit. Marty is the author of Be Nimble – How the Creative Navy SEAL Mindset Wins on the Battlefield and in Business. Marty’s writing, business consultant, and speaking expertise: ▪ Stimulating executive thought leadership ▪ Mentoring and coaching executives ▪ Mastering disruption to win ▪ Development of a visionary mindset Be Nimble – How the Creative Navy SEAL Mindset Wins on the Battlefield and in Business The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has upended doing business, any business, as we know it, maybe forever. Remote work, enhanced virtual work, urban flight, suburban and rural real estate booms, nothing has been left untouched. This crisis has created three classes of people; the wait and see crowd, the world has ended crowd, and the seize the moment crowd. Crisis is opportunity, in fact, the Chinese word for crisis is the combination of the word for crisis and the word for opportunity. This has been acknowledged as long as humans have existed. The format and narrative style of Be Nimble, How the Creative Navy SEAL Mindset Wins on the Battlefield and in Business, is designed to appeal to a wide range of supervisors, managers, executives, and strategic leaders. The book’s direct and compelling message is agnostic as to industry, marketplace, private or public setting. This is not a textbook. It is a personal conversation between a high-performance business leader and readers looking for actionable insights that get results. It focuses on an underrepresented population of leaders, managers, supervisors, and those aspiring to these positions, who cannot glean actionable value from business books oriented to huge corporations
Episode 163: Rose Cardinal
Rose Cardinal is a local tattoo artist and entrepreneur who moved to Prince George from Northern Ontario. Rose is the Founder and Owner of the Queen of Swords Tattoo Studio in Prince George. Before moving to Prince George, she was working out of her own studio in northern Ontario - where she was born and raised. Rose knew around age 4 that she wanted to be an artist (Follow Your Passion Living the Dream). Rose went to post-secondary school and earned a Fine Art degree and now she gets to draw on people… everyday! Tattooing has brought Rose on a journey she could have never imagined, having met thousands of people from all walks of life. Tattooing is very much like podcasting, where you get to spend time with individuals one-on-one without the distractions of daily life/technology... Rose has been very fortunate to cross paths with some amazing artists that have all shaped who she is as a tattooer today. The Queen of Swords Tattoo Shop is located in Downtown Prince George. This by-appointment-only studio gives the whole tattoo experience a different vibe. It’s more personal and attentive. There are absolutely no distractions or traffic. It's just the client and Rose. The Queen of Swords is a completely inclusive studio. That means - all are welcome and this is a safe space. Makes the space feel more cozy and my clients, more often than not, appreciate the privacy my studio offers. My space is like a raven’s nest! I collect all sorts of mementos that remind me of times and people. Every piece of decor has a story. Follow The Queen of Swords on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thequeenofswordstattoo
Episode 162: Derick Johnson
US Army Veteran turned life coach, Derick helps people break old patterns so they can thrive, not just survive. Derick experienced a dark upbringing in a home of alcoholism and rage, which he turned into his fuel and passion towards helping others. Derick used fitness as an escape and quickly was able to stay calm in most moments people would break down or snap. He used these experiences to thrive in the US Army along with his coaching career. Derick healed himself from childhood trauma and taught others how to do the same. #Trauma #Healing #AgainstAllOdds
Episode 161: Peter Woodbridge
Born in England, Peter Woodbridge left school at age 15 and began work as a booking clerk for British Rail, where he developed a love for steam engines.
Continuing his studies through night school, Peter won two scholarships that led him to a B. Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, followed by an M. Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Bradford.
Peter began his professional career as an agricultural industries analyst, ultimately providing policy and planning advice to senior levels of industry and government in North America, Asia and Europe.
This took him to far-flung locations including tea estates in Uganda, cotton plantations in Ethiopia and tropical hardwood forests in the South Pacific—eventually settling in Canada, where his consulting practice produced numerous leading-edge strategic analyses for the global forest products industry.
Now retired from his consulting practice, Peter has returned to his first love—writing. The Girl From Barcelona is his first published novel of a fully fledged trilogy that he has released.
Outside of writing, Peter loves hiking in the mountains of British Columbia and Arizona, the relaxed lifestyle in Barcelona and travelling. Peter played rugby throughout his school days, later representing his university, eventually lapsing into social rugby in adult recreation leagues until his body begged him to stop.
An avid fan of English and European football, he sinks into abject misery every time his beloved Reading FC is beaten by lesser teams… which is often. It drives him back to writing.
Learn more at https://peterwoodbridge.com/
Episode 160: Margareta Dovgal
Margareta Dovgal is the Managing Director of Resource Works, a BC-based advocacy non-profit that champions responsible natural development. Margareta is a strategic communicator and natural resource policy advocate with a passion for technology, innovation and Indigenous economic development. Margareta serves as the Event Lead for the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase, an annual conference that brings together Indigenous and corporate leaders to celebrate and develop improved partnerships on the path to economic reconciliation. In 2020, Margareta and the team at Resource Works convened an unprecedented and diverse coalition of industry, labour and Indigenous groups to champion Canada’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Since being formed, the Task Force for Real Jobs, Real Recovery has grown to 38 members, including all major Canadian industry associations in natural resources. While studying for her Master of Public Administration in Energy, Technology and Climate Policy at University College London, Margareta led an international post-graduate consulting project, delivering recommendations on financial regulation, consumer debt, and digital government to the Prime Minister’s Office of the United Arab Emirates. A lifelong Vancouverite, Margareta also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Area Studies from the University of British Columbia. Follow her on Twitter at @margare7a or on LinkedIn.
Episode 159: Mark Hershberg
Mark Herschberg lives in New York and teaches at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He is the author of The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. He is also the creator of the Brain Bump app. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, currently serving on the board of Plant A Million Corals. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia, with over a dozen patents to his name. Mark helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, Mark received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. Mark was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection. Purchase your copy of Mark's book online at: https://bit.ly/TheCareerToolkit The Career Toolkit Website Links https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/resources (free resources) Brain Bump app (Brain Bump app) https://brainbumpapp.com (website) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brainbump&hl=en_US&gl=US (Android) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brain-bump/id1616654954 (Apple) https://brainbumpapp.com/#video (Brain Bump 90 second video) Social Media Links https://www.linkedin.com/in/hershey/ https://twitter.com/CareerToolkitBk https://www.facebook.com/TheCareerToolkitBook https://www.instagram.com/thecareertoolkit/
Episode 158: Jenn Drummond
A car accident in 2018 left Jenn Drummond awestruck and emboldened. Rescue workers couldn’t imagine any scenario where she came out of it alive, but she did. That’s when she realized you don’t get to choose when you leave this life…but you sure can choose how you live it. Strengthened by this awareness, she set out to live in a more authentic and adventurous way. Inspired to climb a mountain for her birthday, her son raised the stakes by suggesting Mount Everest. Not one to back down from a challenge, she accepted the pursuit. During her training, her coach upped the ante and proposed that she go for a Guinness World Record and become the first woman to climb the 7 second summits. The pursuit matched her desire to live a life of significance, not just success. Today, Jenn is a world record holder who elevates others to master their own summit in life. She’s a successful business owner and Mom of 7 remarkable kids who, as you have heard, boldly inspire and brazenly challenge her. She’s also an international speaker, an author, and Host of the Seek Your Next Summit podcast, who’s focused on inspiring others to go beyond success to a life of significance. Learn more about Jenn at https://jenndrummond.com/
Episode 157: John Rossman
John Rossman is a former Amazon Executive, Best-Selling Author, and Leading Innovation Speaker. John was responsible for launching and scaling the Amazon marketplace business, which now accounts for over 50% of all units sold and shipped at Amazon. His innovation and curiosity to dive into business problems and customer needs have made him a sought-after advisor and consultant across industry vertices on innovation, digital strategy, and culture. Working with fortune 100 companies and others, including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, T-Mobile, Fidelity Investments, Novartis, and Chick-Fil-A, John’s insights have provided the foundation companies need to compete in the rapidly changing digital landscape. When he is away from the stage, he is a consultant with Rossman Partners, sharing his experience as a business strategist, operator, and expert on digital transformation, leadership, and business reinvention. He has written 3 best selling books: The Amazon Way: Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles, Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader, and The Amazon Way on IoT: Principles for Every Leader from the World’s Leading Internet of Things Strategies. His 4th book will be published in the fall of 2023. John is the founder of Rossman Partners, a leadership development, coaching and advisor solutions company. He is often joined by his French Bulldog, Bossman. Connect with John at https://johnrossman.com/
Episode 156: Kevin Palmieri
Kevin Palmieri is the CFO, Founder and Co-Host of Next Level University, a Global Top 100 Self-Improvement Podcast with more than 1,450 episodes and 850K+ listens in over 125 countries.
Some people find rock bottom... Kevin found out that rock bottom had a basement.
In his mid-20s, Kevin had it all - a beautiful girlfriend, high paying job, sports car, his dream body... but he still ended up sitting on the edge of a bed debating suicide.
After hitting rock bottom moment, he went all in on holistic self-improvement.
Kevin was determined to overcome his anxiety, depression and to finally live the life he'd always dreamed of.
Years later, Kevin is now host a podcast that impacts hundreds of thousands of people in countries all over the world.
At this stage, Kevin has helped grow the podcast into a multi six-figure business, and he has recorded well over 1,300 episodes. Kevin has also given hundreds of speeches, trainings and coaching calls with people all over the world.
The main thing that changed with Kevin was his attitude towards himself. He focused on learning what he didn't know (unlearning a lot too), and his life started to shift.
Kevin loves talking about Consistency, Commitment, Habits, Mindset, Confidence, Fear, Relationships, Limiting Beliefs and everything in between.
Kevin believes in a heart-driven but NO BS approach to holistic self-improvement, and he looks forward to teaching even more people about what it really takes to get to the next level!
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Episode 155: Laura Renner
Laura Renner is a former neonatal intensive care charge nurse whose primary focus is studying ways to heal the body and mind from trauma, while helping others do the same.
Laura's love for writing developed as a kid, but fell by the wayside as she pursued a career in nursing. She started writing again as a means of therapy after her traumatic brain injury, which led to the making of her memoir: "𝑵𝒐, 𝑰'𝒎 𝑵𝒐𝒕 𝑭𝒊𝒏𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝒀𝒐𝒖", which is available now on Amazon: https://bit.ly/LauraRennerBook
Episode 154: Vern Martel
Vern "One-Armed Bandit" Martel is one of the most driven, kindest world champion athletes you'll ever meet. Vern has too many provincial arm-wrestling championships to count. He has 10 Canadian championships and 13 world titles. This gifted athlete, who has overcome major injuries twice in his career, also has a spot in the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame. Martel, who was a member of Team Canada for over a decade, won his 1983 world title in San Jose, Costa Rica. A motorcycle accident shortly after that victory put him in a wheelchair for 18 months and paralyzed his left arm. Martel did not compete for three years but always had it in his mind that he would return to the world stage one day. Through sheer determination, he re-trained himself to arm wrestle without using his left arm for leverage. In 1993, he once again advanced to the world championships, this time in Moscow. In that historic Russian city, he won his second world crown. Prior to the 1998 worlds, Vern had been out of arm wrestling for more than two years because of a broken bone in his right hand. He made his comeback in a Williams Lake tournament, went on to place second at the B.C. finals and then found his way back onto Team Canada. In Thunder Bay, Martel scored two straight victories over Minnesota’s Wayne Springall to claim the world title in the 80-kilogram, right-hand class. Vern is a cancer survivor, loving husband and dad, as well as a community difference-maker.
Episode 153: Trudy Klassen
Trudy Klassen is a community difference maker who has spent the past 29 years of her life calling Prince George and Northern British Columbia home. Learn more about Trudy at www.trudyklassen.ca
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Episode 152: Jan Hedberg and Richard Lehmann
Jan Hedberg and Richard Lehmann are visiting British Columbia from Sweden. In this episode, John, Richard and Jan compare the Swedish forest industry to the British Columbia forest industry. Join us for this eye-opening comparison of two forest industry giants – Sweden and British Columbia. Through this in-depth interview with Jan and Richard, they share their expert analysis and unravel the tapestry of these industries' histories, challenges, and triumphs. Whether you're an environmental enthusiast, industry professional, or simply curious about the forest industry in British Columbia and/or Sweden, this episode promises insights that will leave you pondering the future of our forests. Learn more about Jan's company SKOGSRESOR by visiting: https://www.skogsresor.se/ To learn more about Richard, please visit: https://silvestica.se/en/crk-green-forest/rickard-lehmann/
Episode 151: Chris Goodwin and Patrick Michaud
Chris Goodwin (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) and Patrick Michaud (lead guitar/background vocals) are two of the four members of the Chris Goodwin Band. Hailing from Prince George, British Columbia, the Chris Goodwin Band is a 4 piece country music group bringing high energy, engaging live performances to audiences across western Canada and beyond. Their debut single, "Shot of Jack Daniels", was released across all platforms in December of 2022 and climbed to #2 on the Canadian Indy Country Charts! Their follow-up single, "Don't You Wanna Truck?" was released in May 2023 and is a perfect example of the energy and attitude fans can expect of the band. Steve Smith (bass guitar/background vocals) and Chester Hewkin (drums) make up the other two members of the band. Learn more at https://chrisgoodwinband.com/
Episode 150: Deborah Ross
Deb Ross was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her father was a former drug addict who became a Christian minister, focused on visiting prison inmates and establishing drug and alcohol recovery homes, so Deborah grew up in an environment of caring for people in crisis. In 2019, Deb decided she wanted to work at something fun and relaxing, so she bought a café in the downtown core of Prince George, where she serves and relates to people of all sorts. Deb's Cafe & Specialty Bakery is located at t 7th & Quebec Street in the Stantec Building. In addition to coffee and a lunch menu, she and her daughter have developed proprietary recipes for delicious baking that is low carb, gluten free, and sugar free, to benefit people with dietary restrictions. Deb has 22 years of experience in the financial community, specializing in helping people with the challenges associated with debt, through her training in family counselling, and as an Accredited Financial Counsellor – Canada (AFCC) and an Insolvency Counsellor (ICQC). Deb and her family moved to Prince George in 2000, and they live on a farm near the city, where they raise Piedmontese cattle. Deb and her husband have raised 4 sons and 4 daughters. They have 15 grandchildren so far. Learn more about Deb's Cafe & Specialty Bakery by visiting their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/DebscafePrinceGeorge/
Episode 149: Amy Beeman
Amy Beeman recently published her first children’s book Unwrap Your Dreams, which is exactly what she’s doing. Beyond her passion for writing, which includes her blog According to Amy, she also has a passion for helping people become the best version of themselves through her coaching business.
Amy is a professionally trained coach, currently working towards her CLC (Certified Leadership Coach) designation.
Along with coaching and writing, Amy is also working on other fun and exciting projects that include voicing commercials, audio books, and video games, as well as facilitating Media Training workshops.Amy is a partner in crime to her fabulous husband, Mark, and a mom to three amazing kids: twins Lucy and Sam, and their little brother Stanley. In her spare time, she sits on the Board of Directors for Ruben’s Shoes Society, a charity that builds schools and provides education for children in the Dominican Republic. This is especially important to her after having adopted her son Stanley from Haiti in 2019.
With an extensive background in dance and theatre, she’s thrilled that her kids also show an interest in the performing arts (along with basketball, volleyball, football, etc). Sam does ballroom (with his partner Samantha- #SamAndSamantha), Lucy does just about anything that gets her on stage (Amy doesn’t know where she gets that from…), and there’s no stopping Stanley when he gets a microphone in his hands!
Learn more about Amy at www.amybeeman.ca
Episode 148: Owen Miller and John-Paul Wenger
In this BC Forest Industry in Transition podcast episode, host John Brink is joined by Owen Miller, President of Deadwood Innovations and John-Paul (JP) Wenger, CEO of Nak’azdli Development Corporation.
Episode 147: Jonathan Valoroso
Jonathan Valoroso was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and lived there for most of his life before moving to Prince George in 2010. Shortly after arriving in Prince George, Jonathan joined Shaw Cable as a Warehouse Technician, a career he enjoyed for nearly 10 years before being given the golden opportunity to get involved in community television with Shaw Spotlight. This rewarding position has given Jonathan the opportunity to get out into the wonderful community of Prince George to meet and highlight some of the most talented and amazing individuals imaginable, and help them tell their stories.
Episode 146: Angel Stewart
Angel Stewart is the Founder and Owner of Angel’s Aerial Fitness. Angel has spent the past decade and a half inspiring and empowering people of all ages, helping build a strong community through body movement and camaraderie. With more than 15 years of operating, Angel's Aerial Fitness stands as Prince George's premier Pole & Aerial studio, embracing both virtual and on-site classes. Members will discover a diverse array of captivating sessions, including Aerial Yoga, Flexibility training, exhilarating workout classes, mesmerizing Liquid Motion, and the captivating Animal Flow. Learn more at https://www.angelsaerial.com/
Episode 145: Kristen Carder
Kristen Carder is an ADHD expert, a top podcast host, and an internationally recognized life coach for adults with ADHD. Kristen’s extensive experience supporting people with ADHD began in 2012, and for the last four years she has provided coaching and consulting to thousands of ADHD adults.
ADHD is not a buzz word to Kristen Carder, it's her life's work. She started studying ADHD and its effect on adults long before it was trending on TikTok, and has had the privilege of learning directly from the leading psychiatrists and psychologists in the ADHD industry. Kristen’s life’s purpose is to help adults with ADHD accept themselves and move from Point A to Point B. She does this through the I Have ADHD Podcast and her group coaching program, FOCUSED.
Listen to Kristen's I HAVE ADHD Podcast at https://ihaveadhd.com/podcast/
Episode 144: Angela McLaren
Angela McLaren, a highly skilled and talented entrepreneur, is driven by her passion for animal welfare. Angela is the Executive Director of the Prince George Humane Society and has been with the organization for over a decade. With a background in various fields, Angela brings a diverse skill set to her endeavors. Originally from South Africa, Angela relocated to British Columbia in 2008. Over the past 15 years, Angela has dedicated herself to establishing numerous charities and non-profit organizations focused on animal rescue. Working closely with local communities and First Nations communities, Angela has played a pivotal role in developing effective animal management programs and tackling the issue of stray dog overpopulation. The Prince George Humane Society is a community-based, registered non-profit that provides a safe haven for abused neglected and abandoned animals. Learn more at https://www.pghumanesociety.ca/
Episode 143: Jay Cook
Jay Cook grew up in Maple Ridge, British Columbia and moved to Prince George in 2003 to pursue a degree at the University of Northern British Columbia. Shortly after graduating, Jay followed another passion of his (health, sports and fitness) and became owner of Xconditioning. In addition to this successful entrepreneurial endeavour, Jay also found himself competing as a world-class athlete in the sport of powerlifting. After stepping back from Xconditioning in 2021, Jay spent time teaching in the Okanagan, before accepting a new role working with the City of Prince George and local RCMP detachment.
Episode 142: Nicolette Ray Tuftin
Nicolette Ray Tuftin is a brand designer, soulful business strategist, speaker, and authenticity mentor. As the founder and CEO of the Inner Essence Brand Studio, Nicolette fearlessly guides multi-passionate entrepreneurs on a transformative journey to uncovering the truth of who they are so they can serve in a really big way. She believes that true success lies in daring to to be radically authentic – both in business and in life. She teaches her clients that in order to be aligned in business, they must first align with themselves. Through her work as both a consultant, mentor, and designer, she helps entrepreneurs get fully aligned with WHY they’re here on this planet and how to be seen for who you truly are at your core. Nicolette lives for spontaneity and adventure, and the opportunity to move to a new country arose in 2020, she packed up her life in her home state of California and made her way to Prince George, BC where she resides with her husband.
Episode 141: Lacey Hunniford
Lacey Hunniford manages Hunniford Gardens in Prince George, British Columbia. She is involved in nearly every aspect of this rapidly expanding business. Lacey’s tasks include marketing, corresponding with suppliers and customers, writing procedures, developing informative signage, creating website content, and Facebook page management. In winter, Lacey enjoys travelling, long walks, exploring new ideas, reading, and other creative pursuits. Lacey is also a certified YOGA INSTRUCTOR. Lacey’s introduction to yoga began at age 16 with two videos and a mat from Costco. She was intrigued by this unfamiliar exercise, and the promise of greater flexibility and strength. She continued an on-again off-again yoga relationship for many years. In 2009, Lacey revisited yoga with other goals in mind: relaxation and self-care. With regular practice, Lacey started experiencing all kinds of benefits (including many unexpected ones). This led to her own deeper inquiry of yoga. In 2018, she completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training with South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) and registered with Yoga Alliance. Since then, Lacey has continued her education, becoming a certified Gravity Yoga teacher and a Yin Yoga teacher. Lacey also has 12+ years of experience in creating site-specific training manuals for the Pulp and Gas industries. She specializes in researching, organizing, formatting, and developing content for training modules. Lacey also does a large amount of freelance writing. Learn more at https://www.hunnifordgardens.com/