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Broken Open: the podcast

Broken Open: the podcast

By Maureen Towns

"Never Waste A Good Crisis" - Winston Churchill

Guest interviews about unexpected crisis and how in hindsight, they've turned out to be pivotal moments that made them better, stronger, more insightful people. Hosted by Maureen Towns, author of Broken Open: A Mothers Journey to Survive Her Children's Addiction and Mental Illness.
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Cathlyn Melvin, Copywriter, Editor and Full Service TEDx Coach - S3E2

Broken Open: the podcastJun 07, 2022

Cathlyn Melvin, Copywriter, Editor and Full Service TEDx Coach - S3E2

Cathlyn Melvin, Copywriter, Editor and Full Service TEDx Coach - S3E2

Please enjoy this conversation with the great Cathlyn Melvin (originally recorded in December 2021).

Hear how Cathlyn took a 90 degree turn off her well laid out path of going to law school on a scholarship to becoming an entrepreneur whose mission is to help others get their message out into the world in the very best way possible.  And please don't forget to watch her TEDx Talk "The Brave Leap Sideways".  If you've ever dreamed of delivering your very own TED Talk, be sure to reach out to her - she can help you get there!

Find her TEDx talk at:

Jun 07, 202250:08
Sheldon Crocker, Author and Inspirational Keynote Speaker - S3E1

Sheldon Crocker, Author and Inspirational Keynote Speaker - S3E1

Sheldon Crocker has taken his experience of growing up with a physical disability and abuse and turned it into an inspirational message.  He shares his message is his book "Keep On Walking" and in his keynote speaking.   I hope you enjoy our conversation. 

Find his book "Keep On Walking" at

fb: @sheldon.r.s.crocker.speaker

Linkedin: @sheldon-r-s-crocker

twitter: @SheldonCrocker1

Feb 09, 202245:44
Mike Govoni - Integrative Holistic Recovery Coach - S2E11

Mike Govoni - Integrative Holistic Recovery Coach - S2E11

Mike Govoni wandered into the forest feeling hopeless; he was highly allergic to almost everything, and had debilitating digestive inflammation. He was at the point that functioning in society was beyond him.  He was highly reactive to our everyday surroundings.  It was there, with the trees that he experienced a spiritual awakening that put him on the path of true healing and recovery from a life riddled with trauma.  Hear how he helps people who may be sober, but who have yet to find what they have been so desperately been seeking - healing beyond recovery!

Jul 16, 202153:28
Leona deVinne - Author, Coach, Consultant, Advisor - S2E10
Jul 09, 202155:38
Jean McCarthy - Author, Blogger, Podcast Host - S2E9

Jean McCarthy - Author, Blogger, Podcast Host - S2E9

Jean McCarthy is articulate, honest, and very talented.  She has chronicled her alcohol-free lifestyle since her first day of sobriety in 2011. Thousands of readers credit her blog, UnPickled, as a motivating factor in their decision to quit drinking.

Jean joined The Bubble Hour podcast as a co-host in 2013 and took over the weekly program as its sole producer and host in 2016. The show has a devoted and enthusiastic listenership with more than 75,000 monthly downloads, so you know she has a message worth hearing!  I hope you enjoy our frank conversation about addictions, sobriety, and healing.

IG @jeanmccarthy_writes
FB @thebubblehour and @unpickled

Blog: UnPickled
Podcast: The Bubble Hour

Books: UnPickled Holiday Survival Guide (2019) and The Ember Ever There: Poems on Change, Grief, Growth, Recovery and Rediscovery (2020)

May 27, 202101:15:39
John Loxley - LifeCoach, Author, Podcast Host - S2E8
May 06, 202101:24:46
Veronica Cisneros - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Motivational Speaker, Podcast Host - S2E7
Apr 15, 202157:02
Kanchan Prinsloo - Executive Coach with a focus on Women of Colour S2E6
Apr 01, 202148:43
Dr. Lotte Valentin - NMD, author, evidential medium
Mar 18, 202151:06
Aly Pain - Certified Life Coach and Certified Relationship Systems Coach focusing on teens and parents.

Aly Pain - Certified Life Coach and Certified Relationship Systems Coach focusing on teens and parents.

If you are a parent who could use some help with your relationship with your teen, or a teen struggling with your parent, this episode is for you! 

Aly Pain empowers parents to end the baffling blowups with their tween/teens by creating respectful, honest relationships.  She is honest, authentic and vulnerable in her work, and in this conversation.   Hear how her personal experience as a teen contributes to the work that she does today.  


IG @alypain
TikTok @alypain
Clubhouse @parentingteens
Pinterest @alypain

Mar 04, 202153:22
Ben Bondar - Personal Shopper and Host of the Fashionably Sober Podcast

Ben Bondar - Personal Shopper and Host of the Fashionably Sober Podcast

Our outward appearance is often indicative of how we feel on the inside!   

For Ben Bondar fashion is reflective of his energy, sense of self, and his mental health.  Hear how he helps others find and express themselves through fashion (and within a budget).   He also generously shares some very vulnerable moments that have been pivotal in inspiring change and recovery.  

Ben Bondar Instagram  -

Fashionably Sober Podcast on Apple -

Website -

Also mentioned in the podcast - Kelsey Merkeley Jewelery -

Feb 18, 202101:04:52
David Lewry of Freedoms Path Recovery Society

David Lewry of Freedoms Path Recovery Society

David Lewry has made a life's work of getting honest, facing his demons, and using everything he's learned to help others in the most accessible, non-judgemental and creative way.  He founded Freedoms Path Recovery Society and hosts the Voices of Recovery Podcast.  Hear his perspective on recovery, healing and his openness and support of individual, tailored paths to freedom.  

Freedoms Path Recovery on Facebook -

Freedoms Path Recovery Website -

Voices in Recovery Podcast on Apple -

Freedoms Path Recovery Youtube Channel -

Feb 04, 202101:02:08
Lynn Courey, Founder and President of The Sashbear Foundation

Lynn Courey, Founder and President of The Sashbear Foundation

Lynn Courey lost her daughter Sasha in 2011.  Sasha died by suicide after a short time in treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.  Hear how Lynn and her husband started a Foundation that offers skills and hope to families struggling with emotional dysregulation and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  They made the decision, even in their grief, to change the landscape of DBT therapy in Canada by becoming facilitators of the Family Connections Program shortly after Sasha died.  Their passion has resulted in a Foundation in Sasha's name called Sashbear.  

Their work is changing lives every day by bringing HOPE to those suffering with BPD (and their families) that they can have a life worth living.

For more information about Lynn and her work visit:

Jan 21, 202150:19
Broken Open #21: Erin Ekman: A Deeper Dive
Jul 21, 202047:06
Broken Open #20: Adele Fedorak
Jul 14, 202001:00:12
Broken Open #19: Claudia Jungert
Jul 07, 202051:30
Broken Open #18: Kristin Moore
Jun 30, 202001:00:40
Broken Open #17: Karine Dazé
Jun 23, 202050:05
Broken Open #16: Donna Hughes

Broken Open #16: Donna Hughes

Donna Hughes is the President, Executive Director and Clinical Director of Inner Solutions in Calgary.    Hear her story - how she went from being a registered psychiatric nurse therapist to pioneering new programming for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and creating an organization that specializes in the delivery of Dialectic Behavioural Therapy.   

Inner Solutions:

Visit for links to the podcast

Jun 15, 202001:03:51
Broken Open #15: Ally Towns

Broken Open #15: Ally Towns

Ally Towns is changing the world!  Ally is training to become a Child and Youth Care Counsellor at Mt Royal University in Calgary.   Her passion for helping others is based on her own experience with self-harm and her belief that we all have issues we're struggling with.  She is a vocal advocate for mental health, normalizing mental health struggles, and seeking therapies that can help.  

Enjoy our frank conversation about her experience!

(Full disclosure: I am Ally's very proud mom)

Jun 08, 202053:05
Broken Open #14: Clare Keast
Jun 01, 202050:34
Broken Open #13: Nikki Takahashi

Broken Open #13: Nikki Takahashi

I always knew that Nikki Takahashi was edgy but  I had no idea that she had a boatload of courage as well.  Listen to the end to hear her answer the "broken open' question.  She drops a bomb about listening to your gut in the face of societal and cultural norms! #podcast #brokenopenpodcast Instagram @nikkitakdotcom @fetchingfinninc 


Personal site:

Fetching Freaks Podcast Release soon- stay tuned on Nikki's social media

May 25, 202001:18:39
Broken Open #12: Lisa Marie Genovese

Broken Open #12: Lisa Marie Genovese

I have known Lisa Marie Genovese for the past 8 years, and always enjoy connecting.    

Lisa is the President at BottomLine Marketing where she "helps brands level up and get where they're going FASTER".   She's smart, sassy, and one of my favourite trouble makers!  

Find Lisa at

Linkedin: linkedin/in/lisamariegenovese

Also mentioned in the show:

Kolbe Assessment Tool:

Culture Smith: 

Emergenetics: (Recommend Tara-Lee Goerlitz as a certified facilitator) 

May 18, 202057:34
Broken Open #11: Jerome Zeyen

Broken Open #11: Jerome Zeyen

I've known Jerry Zeyen since 1982, and in this episode we have a great conversation about his career .   Jerry is as an executive leadership coach with an impressive CV.  Jerry's passion for helping leaders create a culture that supports authenticity, honesty, and integrity is inspiring.  I hope you enjoy listening as much I enjoyed talking with him.  


Instagram: @jeromezeyen


May 11, 202052:03
Broken Open #10: Amber Brososky

Broken Open #10: Amber Brososky

Meet Crossfit and Nutritional Coach Amber Brososky.  I met Amber a year ago and she has inspired me to train harder and smarter ever since.   We have become friends and now enjoy chatting about change, personal growth, motivation, and our life's purpose.  Enjoy our chat.

Find Amber at:

Instagram: @ambwrbro

May 04, 202057:48
Broken Open #9: Randal McDonald

Broken Open #9: Randal McDonald

Everyone should have a listen to Randal.  We always have great conversations with a few good belly laughs.  Randal is a great friend who is a lifelong learner with wisdom to share.  Enjoy.

Contact him for all things related to buying and selling vehicles using his email:

Also referenced on the show:

Jim Rohn:

Book by David Goggins "Can't Hurt Me"

Books about Audy Murphy: "To Hell and Back", "The Price of Valour"

Family Life Family Life Today radio show:

Apr 27, 202001:12:12
Broken Open #8: Calvin Butts 2.0

Broken Open #8: Calvin Butts 2.0

Join Calvin Butts and me for another conversation.  Hear about what's new in the bespoke tailor business (it's going to be GREAT) and hear Calvin describe a time that he experienced adversity in trying to support someone he loves who was struggling!  

Once again, you can find the Calvin at where you can book appointments with him, and on Instagram to keep an eye on what he's up to.

Apr 23, 202044:19
Broken Open #7: Joanne Gibson
Apr 20, 202057:10
Broken Open #6: Tamara Sheppard

Broken Open #6: Tamara Sheppard

A casual conversation with the beautiful and talented Tamara Sheppard, a brilliant communicator and facilitator.   Hear about how she is embracing the opportunities within the changes imposed during pandemic.

Facebook: dashacademy

Instagram: dashacademycanada

Youtube: TBA - keep an eye on Dash Academy's social media for announcements

Apr 16, 202053:28
Broken Open #5: Kathryn Kolaczek

Broken Open #5: Kathryn Kolaczek

A conversation with the great Kathryn Kolaczek.  Kathryn is the CEO of Alchemy Communications, a full-service Public Relations firm in Calgary.

You can find her at

Kathryn invites you to take advantage of the free marketing resources available on her website.   Thanks Kathryn!

Apr 13, 202001:02:16
Broken Open #4: Matt Landsiedel

Broken Open #4: Matt Landsiedel

A conversation with Matt Landsiedel all the way from Vietnam!  Matt is a transformation coach.   He inspires and educates people to create and live the best version of themselves.  He has a new book called Be The Space: A Loving Guide to Creating Inner Space Through Present Moment Awareness, which you can find on his website. 

Contact Matt at

Follow him on Instagram: liftyourcheekbones


"What the Bleep do We Know?" referenced in the show -

Dr Joe Dispenza - mentioned in the show - 

Apr 09, 202043:60
Broken Open #3: Erin Ekman

Broken Open #3: Erin Ekman

A conversation with Erin Ekman, founder of Centrivity.  Erin is a certified coach with ICF and helps individuals and organizations who are committed to growth and transformation.


Instagram: erin.ekman

Powerful Communication Program - - events

Apr 06, 202046:37
Broken Open #2: Lindsay Recknell

Broken Open #2: Lindsay Recknell

A conversation with Lindsay Recknell, expert in HOPE.  LIndsay teaches people to use hope to motivate and propel action.  

To get in touch with Lindsay - 

Lindsay's Instagram – 

Lindsay's facebook -  

Rachel Hollis Instagram -  

Chris Chandler ( And his husband Brad (  

Trent Shelton -

Mar 29, 202046:47
Broken Open #1: Calvin Butts

Broken Open #1: Calvin Butts

If you're looking for relief from all the Pandemic talk, this is not your episode.  Calvin and I chat about his business as a bespoke tailor, and our predictions for pandemic in Alberta.

Find the Great Calvin Butts, bespoke tailor and all-around-great-guy at where you can book appointments with him, and on Instagram to keep an eye on what he's up to.

Mar 26, 202046:29