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Author: Mel Offner

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Hi everyone! My name is Mel and welcome to the MELSAYS podcast. My goal with this podcast is to bring to life the 5 Questions With interview series from my website (MELSAYS.COM) and to celebrate women. I want to give a platform and a voice to some of the most amazing women out there. Whether an athlete, an entrepreneur, an artist, a community leader or a woman with a remarkable journey. I hope that these women and their stories serve as inspiration for you the listener. Thank you for your time!

33 Episodes
My guest for this episode is one of the top female surfers around the world. She is currently ranked 8th on the WSL Tour. This week I chat en français with French surfer Pauline Ado.
My guest for this episode is award-winning BC-based artist Jessa Gilbert. She is renown for her colourful murals and works of art that depict beautiful landscapes from her outdoor adventures.
My guest for today’s episode is Mirna Valerio. Mirna is an author, ultrarunner, adventurer and public speaker.
My guest for this episode is Jennifer Hollinshead, she is the founder and also the clinical director at Peak Resilience, a women-run counselling practice located in Vancouver.
My guest is Tofino longboarder Lydia Ricard. She is one of the best long boarders in the country and one to watch out for in the coming years.
My guest for this episode is Valerie Duprat. She is a surfboard shaper, surfer and a mom currently residing in Encinitas but originally from Paris.
My guest for this episode is Lucy Ulmer. She is the co-owner of two of Vancouver’s most coveted fitness studios - Hustle Up and Spin Society.
My guest for today is Danielle Black Lyons, she is the co-founder of, Textured Waves, a community that was founded to propagate the culture, and sport of women’s surfing, towards women of colour, and underrepresented demographics.
Today’s guest is Elaine Fung, she is a Vancouver trail runner who recently launched, along with her friend Linda Barton-Robbins (another BC trail runner and the wife of Gary Robbins) an online platform called We Are Trail.
Today’s guest is Bryanna Bradley, she is a local photographer and visual storyteller from Tofino.
My guest for today’s episode is Filsan Abdiaman. She is a fitness instructor, a Reebok ambassador, an ultra runner as well as the founder of the amazing community called Project Love Run.
My guest for today, is Kat Drew. She’s a local Vancouver runner, who recently took part in one of the most prestigious trail races in the world; the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race.
Today’s chat is with Farinaz Lari. Farinaz, was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to Canada almost 10 years ago. In addition to being the co-owner of the District Warrior gym in Vancouver, she is also a kickboxing World Champion.
On today's podcast, I chat with Hilary Spires; she is an ultra runner, a coach, a former National Women’s Hockey League player, kick boxer and all-around badass. She also hosts a podcast, called the Trail Running Women Podcast.
Turning the tables around this week. I invite my friend, tv personality and plant-based ultra athlete Mandy Gill to chat about my recent melanoma diagnosis!
On today’s podcast, I chat with a brilliant photographer, and director, her name is Krystle Wright. She was in Vancouver a little while back for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, and I got to speak to her, in her hotel room, just minutes before she took the stage at the festival.
This week's guest is Kayla Brolly. She’s an ER nurse, as well as a crew member for North Shore Rescue here in North Vancouver. We sat down to talk about the work that she does with them as well as the challenges she’s had to overcome on the job!
My guest for this episode is Sarah MacPherson. She is a Canadian 1500m runner, currently training in Victoria, BC with the Vic City Elite. She is working towards representing Canada at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I had the chance to meet up with her on a recent trip to Victoria to find out more about her journey as an athlete. Hope you’ll enjoy our chat.
My guest for this episode is Courtney Burt, she is the co-founder of Run Like A Girl. She is a BC-based long-distance runner who has run races anywhere from 50 to 250 kilometers long. Courtney runs all the behind the scenes stuff at Run Like A Girl and also leads some of their retreats. I’m thrilled to have her share more about this awesome community that she has helped create. So without further a due, here’s my chat with Courtney.
My guest for this episode is Sarah Leanne Hart. Sarah is a climber and she was MEC’s first ever ambassador, and still is to this day. She has traveled the world doing some epic climbs and is considered to be an “all-arounder”, climbing at an elite level, in different climbing disciplines. In addition to climbing, she also works as a facilitator for groups of women and girls. I had such a lovely time speaking with her at her home in Squamish a few weeks back, I hope you’ll enjoy our chat.
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