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Author: Gillian McCormick, Susannah Steers

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Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast with hosts Gillian McCormick and Susannah Steers brings you interviews with experts, thought-leaders and influencers to answer the question "what is health?" More than the absence of disease, health is influenced by our connections and communities and a whole host of factors not always easily understood. Listen in to gain new insights into how to be healthy individuals, families and communities.
25 Episodes
Endometriosis is a diagnosis that many women in Canada and globally struggle with. It can take many years to be diagnosed, leads to serious health issues and creates significant economic impacts. Endometriosis is present in 50% of women with infertility and often results in chronic pain. There are many myths and much misinformation about endometriosis. We brought Canadian Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Jill Mueller, on the podcast for a stark conversation on the truth about endometriosis, a discussion of how to manage the pain of endometriosis successfully and why to make an endometriosis fertility plan early in life.  BIO:Jill has been a physiotherapist for almost 20 years, but became interested in the pelvic side of therapy after experiencing her own fertility and pain challenges linked to endometriosis. She wanted to share with clients the evidence-informed techniques that she learned and has used on herself to help her get out of her own monthly pain.Jill is currently designing an online course for physiotherapists and their role for endometriosis, and hopes to have that completed for next fall through Reframe Rehab and Pelvic Health Solutions.She currently assists for those companies with their Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain course.Discover Jill Mueller, PTWEB:           hbpw.caSocial Media: @jillmuellerpt    @oakvillephysio Keep an eye out for online endometriosis course for patients, and pelvic physios!Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian. 
Last year on the podcast, we learned that health and security are a lot more closely linked than we ever imagined. The Covid19 pandemic amplified that fact exponentially.  We realized that we had some big questions about systemic racism, misogyny and intolerance in Canadian policing.  We also wanted a better understanding what it might actually mean to defund the police.  We reached out to  BC RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan for her take on things, and for a Canadian, and  an historical context. In the aftermath of the Bastarache Report, Jennifer brought us her perspectives on where the RCMP has been, where the organization is now, and where it's headed. Join us for this wide-ranging conversation that explores everything from RCMP training, to police handling of culturally sensitive issues, to intolerance within the force, and what's being done to make things better.  For PDF copies of the Rainbow Project Initiative and the RCMP Guide to Supporting Transgender, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit Employees, mentioned in this episode, email us at and we'll send you the PDFs. About Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan With 32 years in policing, D/Commr. Jennifer Strachan spent 14 of those in a broad range of front-line policing roles in British Columbia. She has also worked in administrative duties at the Provincial and National level, in addition to completing a Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti in 1996. She also served as the desk officer responsible for peacekeeping deployments to the Former Yugoslavia.Her frontline policing experience started with her first posting in Whistler, BC and then Westshore Detachment. She was commissioned in 2002 to the role of Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner of Corporate Management & Comptrollership and since then some of her postings have included: Officer in Charge of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre; Detective Inspector in Charge of Montreal Drug Section; and, Officer in Charge of Operational Policy and Programs in Contract & Indigenous Policing at National Headquarters. She served as a District Commander, Criminal Operations Officer, and as the Commanding Officer in "O" Division, Ontario, and the Deputy Commissioner responsible for Specialized Policing Services.D/Commr. Strachan holds an Undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa as well as a Master's degree from Royal Roads University. She is a graduate of the Canadian Police College Executive Development in Policing program and is an Alumni of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Association. With a passion for supporting others in realizing their career goals, D/Commr. Strachan is a proud recipient of the 2014 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement - Mentor of the Year award as well as the 2014 International Association of Women Police - Mentor of the Year award. In 2016, she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces (O.O.M) by the Governor General of Canada.She manages competing demands between work and home, thanks to the unwavering support and commitment of her husband and son.BC RCMP (English)GRC en CB (Français)Find D/Com Jennifer Strachan on Twitter: @RCMP_GRC_EDIVCOFind BC RCMP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @bcrcmp (English) ; @grcencb (French)Find The Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast on Social Media Facebook: @smallconversationsforabetterworldpocastInstagram: @smallconversationspodcast Twitter: @SmallConversat1
Intro To Season 3

Intro To Season 3


The Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast is officially one year old!  And on January 1st, 2021, we're launching our third season. We can't wait! With a global pandemic as a backdrop, 2020 was a rollercoaster ride on an epic scale. The interconnectedness of things became even more apparent. Cracks in the foundation were revealed, and we realized it was even more important to talk about the things we see and experience around us that influence, and are influenced by our health. With that in mind, we've curated another fabulous lineup of authorities  who can expand perspectives on our central theme: What is Health?As we launch Season 3, we thought we'd take a few moments to re-introduce ourselves, and share what we've learned so far, and what we're planning for this year. There is so much to talk about! We're kicking off on New Year's day with an in-depth conversation with BC RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, who answered our questions about systemic racism and intolerance in Canadian policing. That's just the tip of the iceberg! We'll talk about food security with Dr. Tammara Soma; about the social determinants of health with Kristy Kerr,  Director of the BC CDC Foundation for Public Health. We'll talk about fitness and homelessness, and how they link in ways you might not expect. We'll dive deep into endometriosis, concussions, and Kangaroo Care. And we'll get an insiders perspective about Search and Rescue in BC.  Subscribe to the podcast -  and Season 3, episode 1 will drop into your playlist on New Year's Day.  After that, look for new episodes every Friday for the duration of the season.  Check out the great conversations you may have missed from Seasons 1 & 2.  Follow us on social media to share your thoughts on the things we're talking about, to ask questions, and to let us know about things you think we need to talk about! Small Conversations for A Better World Podcast Small Conversations Socials : Facebook   /  Instagram  /  Twitter Gillian McCormick, PT Socials: @physiogillian Susannah Steers Socials : @themovingspirit, @susannahsteersnv 
In this final interview of Season 2 we dive deep with the always gracious, Dr. Lori Brotto, because sometimes, we have to talk about having better sex. Solutions for women with low sexual desire are few and far between. Unlike men, the 'little pink pill' is not a game-changer. Dr. Brotto has spent her career investigating ways to help women achieve better sex lives using non-pharmaceutical interventions. Her research in mindfulness has been ground breaking for women everywhere (and for some men, too). She didn't stop there, however. Her research is accessible to all, her knowledge translates well into book format, and she spearheads the Women's Health Institute of BC, home to all research conducted at BC Women's Hospital. About Dr. BrottoDr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute of BC located at BC Women's Hospital. Dr Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health. she is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties, and women with chronic genital pain. Dr. Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire (2018) is a trade book of her research demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for women's sexual concerns. She is a strong advocate for empowering women to take on leadership roles. Find Dr. Brotto at, on Social Media @DrLoriBrotto, @UBCshr, @womensresearch. Find her book, "Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Cultivate Desire" HERE. Don't forget to check out #debunkingdesire!   Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian
When and where does someone's personal health story and science meet? How can a clinician listen deeply to hear between the words used in the telling of the story? Why would a patient wish to have a health practitioner use Narrative Medicine skills in their patient interactions? Lissanthea is a fascinating combo of Physiotherapist and Entrepreneur that challenges herself to listen deeply. Here's why. Bio: Lissanthea Taylor, Co-founder and teacher at, author at PainChats, clinical director and co-founder at Brain Changer.  Lissanthea is a physiotherapist by trade, and a writer, educator and entrepreneur by design. She describes herself as a reluctant clinician, always cautious about the certainty that she was expected to have in judging people's health and healing. Her love of literature and art made narrative medicine a natural fit for teaching skills to re-humanize healthcare. She's resisted the seductive pull of academia in favour of using technology, business and clinician education to apply interdisciplinary research to the massive social and economic challenge of chronic pain.Find Lissanthea on Social MediaTwitter LinkedInInstagramCheck out Brain Changer Digital Pain Recovery Program Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian
In navigating her own way through a severe chronic pain condition, Dr. Leslie Wicholas experienced for herself the role of inflammation in both pain and mood disorders. She is now at the fore in the burgeoning field of Nutritional Psychiatry. Join us as we dive into the many ways that inflammation and microbiome affect mood, pain and health. Diet is the foundation for healing. About Dr. Leslie Wicholas Dr. Leslie Wicholas graduated from the University of Calgary Medical School in 1998, and completed her specialty training in Psychiatry at UBC in 2003. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Wicholas practiced on the Provincial Child Inpatient Unit at BC Children's Hospital until 2016, working intensively with children and families facing a wide range of psychiatric and medical challenges. In her role as Clinical Director, she introduced and piloted a new model of trauma-informed care, transforming the way psychiatric care is delivered to patients. Most recently, Dr. Wicholas' interests have focussed on the burgeoning field of Nutritional Psychiatry and the role of inflammation in both mood and pain disorders. She has trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine which utilizes a unique, mechanism-based approach to identifying and treating the root causes of chronic disease. Dr. Wicholas designed the food as Medicine program to treat depressive mood disorders and fibromyalgia at the Mood Disorders Association of BC. She and naturopath Dr. Caroline Coombs first piloted this program in July 2016. Dr. Wicholas has continued to deliver this service at MDA since then. More About Food As MedicineMood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC)MDBAC's Food As Medicine Program The "Smiles Trial:" A Randomized Controlled Trial of Dietary Improvement for Adults with Major Depression
Diversity and inclusive schools, companies and communities are key as 1/3 of our youth identify as not-heterosexual. Divine Diversity joins us to discuss privilege, pronouns, gender, sexuality, and the current human rights revolution. Baby Boomers and Gen Z and beyond need to bridge the communication gap about gender and queerness so we can move forward together. Michele FogalMichele is a diversity educator, communications consultant and business coach on the North Shore. She has a BFA in Creative Writing, is a traditionally published author of 3 books, and speaks internationally about diversity at writing conferences. She was Small Business BC’s social media expert for 4 years and now works for the West Vancouver School Board. She has begun a master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on equity and education. Michele is a queer woman, a parent and a lover of story. Her pronouns are she/her.Caroline WedderspoonCaroline is a diversity educator and a registered clinical counsellor. She works on the North Shore, in several different environments. She is in private practice at Alyson Jones and Associates, and works as a therapist at WorkBC and at CMHA (The Canadian Mental Health Association). Until recently, she worked at Qmunity, Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ Resource Centre. One of her areas of specialization is working with the LGBTQ+ community. Caroline is a queer, cisgender woman and a parent of four. Her pronouns are she/her.About Divine DiversityMichele and Caroline first created the Divine Diversity team to support their own community on the North Shore. They provide diversity presentations, workshops, consultation and strategy. Their clients include non-profit societies, community organisations, governmental departments and schools. Their goal is to facilitate an evolution beyond tolerance, through acceptance, and into celebration of the divine wealth diversity brings.Find Divine Diversity on the Web:divinediversity.comFind Divine Diversity on Social Media:InstagramDiscover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian
The way we move is a tool for communication, how we embody our thoughts and emotions. Moving well is an art that takes time and involvement, requires learning and support. Our wellness can be profoundly affected by how well we move and yet practitioners who address movement are not adequately covered by our Medical System. So, perhaps we have conceptualized our medical system on the wrong premise. Instead of only healing us when we are sick, perhaps we should consider greater financial support for keeping us well. BIO: Paul Cramer, Registered Massage Therapist and Movement Educator, Founder of Movement Spark. Paul has worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker's apprentice, an English as a Second Language teacher and curriculum developer. He pursued the study of Linguistics and obtained a BA (Spec. Honours) degree. He has previously worked in IT and its implementation in schools throughout the Northwest Territories. He lived and worked in Yellowknife, Inuvik as well as Whitehorse in Canada's far north. He currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife and two children. Discover Paul @movementspark.Find the Movement Spark Wellness Clinic right here.Here's a link to Paul's Facebook Post we like to call "The Bicycle Mechanic".Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian.
Dr. Colleen Varcoe realized that she could be non-biased in trauma research despite her personal history with trauma and since then has researched and championed the promotion of equity-oriented healthcare to provide cultural safety, harm reduction and trauma- and violence-informed care. Covid-19 has shown us all the ways that health inequity impacts health outcomes. Dr. Varcoe's work has never been more important. Bio: Dr. Colleen Varcoe, RN, PhD is a professor in the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her work aims to decrease inequity and violence including interpersonal and structural forms of violence such as racism and poverty. Her completed research includes studies of risks and health effects of violence and how to promote health for women who experience violence, especially Indigenous women. She has studied how to promote equity-oriented healthcare (cultural safety, harm reduction, and trauma- and violence-informed care) at the organizational level and worked with various Indigenous communities, organizations and issues, including in health care and criminal justice contexts.Discover Colleen Varcoe's work in the following places:Equip Healthcare. At UBC.For the app, myPlan. myPlan in the news: CBC News story: News: Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian
Dr. Daniel Kalla talks to us about why he wrote his 11th novel, The Last High, a Globe and Mail Best Spring Read choice. He gives us an intriguing look into the devastation this epidemic has caused in his chosen field of emergency medicine, the impacts of the pandemic and where change is desperately needed.BIO: Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Daniel spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an Emergency Department Physician at St. Paul’s Hospital for the past twenty years. He has been the Emergency Department Head since 2013. He is clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia.Daniel is also the author of eleven published novels, which have been translated into twelve languages. He has had two novels options for film, and his Shanghai trilogy has is being developed for a TV series. In his eleventh novel, The Last High, Daniel uses his real-life experience as a physician in a downtown hospital to tackle the causes and impacts of the opioid crisis in an realistic gritty thriller that he wrote, in part, as a cautionary tale.Daniel received his B.Sc. in mathematics and his MD from the University of British Columbia, where he is now an clinical associate professor and the department head of a major urban ER. He the proud father of two girls and a poorly behaved but lovable mutt, Milo.Discover Daniel Kalla on the WebDanielKalla.comDiscover Daniel Kalla on Social MediaFacebookTwitterGillian and Dan discuss this graph. ://  Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian
We may not always connect the dots, but our social environment has a massive impact on our health and wellbeing. Social Determinants of Health involve a list of things that are proven to directly influence health outcomes. They include sex, gender identity, race, the level of education of your parents and of yourself, where you live, how much money you make, and a host of other factors. We reached out to Kristy Kerr, Executive Director of the BC CDC Foundation for Public Health to ask her about the Social Determinants of Health, and their impact on our health. She talked to us about some of the great initiatives this one-of-a-kind foundation is involved in, in efforts to address these social realities. About Kristy Kerr Kristy Kerr is the Executive Director of the BCCDC Foundation, a registered charity,  working in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as other stakeholders, in order to improve public health outcomes in BC. She’s responsible for leading strategic direction, organizational development, and the consistent achievement of the mission, vision, and mandate of the BCCDC Foundation. Kristy believes that our best way forward to create a truly healthy society is to increase public health awareness  and investment, and she is leading the Foundation with these goals in mind. Passionate about health promotion, prevention, health equity, and the social determinants of health, Kristy believes we need to shift our focus to upstream actions, that is, addressing root causes of issues and emphasizing positive and holistic health. Upstream thinking will shift our current primary focus on the acute care system toward an investment in stopping problems before they need to be fixed, resulting in a reduction in the burden on our healthcare system, and thereby improving it in the process. Prior to joining the BCCDC Foundation, Kristy worked in different research management and grant- writing roles within the academic world. She also worked in international  development and global health, spending time in Zambia and Kenya working with local stakeholders on various community-based initiatives. Kristy has a Master’s degree in Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology, and an Associate’s degree in Creative Writing. A BCCDC Foundation Call to ActionThe BCCDC Foundation needs advocates to spread the message that we all have a role to play in population health: individual actions can have a population impact. By working together to shift how we see health and how we engage with our healthcare system, we can protect the health of our communities now and for future generations. Are you interested in hearing more about the work of the BCCDC Foundation? Want to join our battle cry and Activate Health by becoming a health ambassador in your community? Learn more at and join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @BccdcFoundation. If you’d like to support the BCCDC Foundation’s initiatives to address COVID-19, the overdose crisis, or other priorities, you can donate online or reach out to donate Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitterFind Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian
Special EpisodeIn this time of a rapidly evolving global health situation we asked our physician guest, Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko, to give us some perspective of what’s really going on with COVID-19 and how best to respond today.About Dr. Dedeshya HolowenkoDr. Holowenko is a family physician with a special interest in Women’s Health. She has worked in a specialty menopause clinic for over 10 years. She maintains her family practice, but also accepts referrals for contraception management including IUD’s, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, menstrual issues, sexual health, hormonal health and weight management. She is the former board chair of the North Shore Division of Family Practice. She is the co-creator of, an app that assists in efficiency and communication during a doctor’s visit and is co-founder of FEMME.bc, the Federation for the Empowerment of Menopausal Women and MedicalRemember Dr. David Patrick? You can find him here on Facebook singing a song of how to handle yourself around COVID-19. Important links and resources regarding COVID-19:The Public Health Agency of CanadaWorld Health OrganizationBC Centre for Disease Control (recently revised):  Ministry of HealthCall 8-1-1: for Healthlinks. Call if you suspect you have COVID-19 to get info for testing. Flattening the CurveFor specific information on how to perform Infection Prevention and Control go here. Find Gillian McCormick @physiogillian. Find Susannah Steers @themovingspirit. 
Season 1 FINALE

Season 1 FINALE


The Season One Finale of the Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast. We look back over the season, and talk about what we've learned, and where we're going next! Thanks to our fearless guests for jumping in whole-heartedly, to our tech team for working so hard to make us sound good and especially to you, for tuning in. Look for Season 2 starting July 2020. Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Find Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian. 
Our world is demanding a different kind of leadership to solve complex problems. Join us for a conversation with Candyce Kelshall on her experiences with leadership, and how we can mentor effective leaders in a way that develops confidence, connection and empathy. About Candyce Kelshall Candyce Kelshall is a seasoned, in-theatre operational director and has worked extensively with militaries and advising police forces around the world as well as designing and delivering training to specialist units. She is a former senior diplomat who is comfortable liaising with governments and operating at all levels within parliamentary and military contexts She has taught vocational (police, law enforcement, military and intelligence) as well as academic programs in over 17 countries. She has been teaching in a university professional program context for the last 10 years. Kelshall has extensive experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate programs in international relations, geo-strategic security, intelligence, risk & threat assessment. She has 30 years experience in diplomacy, law-enforcement and military professional training, and ten years as military and police advisor in the UK. She has previously served as a diplomat, naval officer, specialist advisor and consultant in disaster response, critical incident and terrorist response, national emergency management and multi-agency joint operations architecture, as well as training design for intelligence fusion centres. She is currently teaching at Simon Fraser University as an Adjunct Professor of Criminology. Her current research interests lie in violent transnational social movements and their role in fifth generation war, the evolving nature of contemporary conflict, post-structural perspectives on human security, and subaltern realism in developing countries. Kelshall is currently the President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) - Vancouver , which encourages and promotes the study and practice of intelligence and security through its research projects, instructional teams, the biannual publication of the Journal of Intelligence, conflict and Warfare, roundtable events and the annual CASIS West Coast Security Conference. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligence, Conflict and Warfare, which publishes practitioner-focused briefing notes and articles on contemporary Canadian security issues. Kelshall is also a board member at the Canadian International Council - Vancouver, which is dedicated to advancing Canada's place in the world. Kelshall currently serves as the Director of DA-IC, which conducts specialist training to military units and police officers. (Interesting note: In this interview, Candyce talks about the stunning record Abby Wambach set as the world leading soccer goal scorer in international competition EVER - male or female. We recorded this interview in late 2019. In January 2020, Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair has now broken that record!) Website: CASIS - Vancouver Find CASIS on Social Media : @CASISVancouverCandyce Kelshall on Twitter: @CKelshall Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Find Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian. 
During this interview we meet with Brendan Kwiatkowski, local teacher turned international PhD Student, to talk about the research surrounding emotional issues in boys related to education. What is toxic or restrictive masculinity? How can we parent and teach boys in a way that supports healthy emotional development? Tune in and join the conversation! About Brendan KwiatkowskiBrendan Kwiatkowski grew up in British Columbia and worked as a public secondary school teacher for five years there. He has his masters in special education and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh in the school of education. His research looks closely at the relationships between adolescent males' school experiences, masculinity and emotionality. He is particularly interested in helping schools better support the social and emotional needs of all their students.Find Brendan Kwiatkowski’s website at, on Instagram @re.masculate and on Twitter @rethinkmasculin.Find the American Psychological Association at for the new practice guidelines for treating men and boys. Find out about a new men’s mental health movement in the UK at and @humen. For interesting feminist discussion and to find where Gillian first encountered Brendan on Social Media find Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach at @glennondoyle and @abbywambach respectively. Together they run the non-profit organization Together Rising ( Susannah Steers at and on social media @themovingspirit.Find Gillian McCormick at and on social media @physiogillian. 
Emily Rugel PhD speaks with us about smart city planning that includes natural spaces to not only enhance our mental health but to treat mental health disorders. About Dr. Emily Rugel:Emily Jessica Rugel recently received her doctorate from UBC's School of Population & Public Health, where her dissertation developed a comprehensive model of natural spaces across metro Vancouver and applied it to prescription data and to health surveys that have assessed social ties and mental health. More broadly, her work explores health-promoting urban design, with the aim of developing scientific evidence that can be embedded in sustainability plans and in policies that advance equity. She has remained in academia as a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Forestry, but firmly believes in the acquisition of knowledge through chance encounters as well as classroom instruction.Find Emily Rugel online.And on social media @BrainsOnNature Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Connect with Gillian McCormick at with Susannah Steers:
Andrea Dobbs is the proprietor of the Village Bloomery, a cannabis retailer with a different vibe in Vancouver, BC.  We have a candid conversation about her cannabis awakening while using CBD and THC to navigate her menopause symptoms, the history of the Village Bloomery and legalization of marijuana in Canada. About Andrea DobbsAndrea has worked most of her life in retail, with a focus on design and management. Throughout her career, Andrea has had the pleasure of working for forward-thinking retailers like IKEA, The Body Shop, and Womyns Ware. Andrea has recently been featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight and is redefining what cannabis means to women.Find the Village Bloomery at: www.villagebloomery.comInstagram Twitter Online Resources for learning more about CBC & THC Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Connect with Gillian McCormick at with Susannah Steers:
Sam Hughes talks to us about the importance of pelvic health for men and women, and dives deep into optimizing recovery after prostate cancer surgery. About Sam Hughes, MScPTSam has been a physiotherapist for 12 years, and has worked with pelvic health for 10 years in public practice. In addition to her clinical work, she implemented the pelvic health and prostate surgery physiotherapy program in Surrey, BC.  She was the principal investigator of a study in the area of incontinence after prostate cancer surgery. Since the beginning of her career, she has been an advocate for promoting and disseminating pelvic health physiotherapy. She has been a speaker for many conferences, health practitioners meetings, webinars, support groups and client group programs. She just recently published "The Guide to Optimizing Recovery after Prostate Cancer Surgery," which is a book written to empower men and their families throughout their recovery process. In the past 2 years, her business has been transitioning to her own private practice. Most recently, she joined forces with a wellness centre to be able to treat men and women in collaboration with holistic practitioners. Sam has also created various study groups among her peers, and has provided mentorship to new pelvic floor physical therapists in Canada and In Brazil. Find Sam Huges online:Sam Hughes PhysiotherapyInstagram Facebook Sam's BookThe Guide to Optimizing Recovery after Prostate Cancer SurgeryResources for Prostate Cancer Recovery Prostate Cancer Canada Vancouver Prostate Cancer Support Group Prostate Cancer Foundation BC Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Find Gillian McCormick at Susannah Steers at Moving Spirit:
Join us as we talk to Karen Gilbert, OT about Occupational Therapy, Invisible Health Conditions, and Brené Brown's research on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness. About Karen Gilbert Karen Gilbert is a Vancouver-based Occupational Therapist. She helps people juggling a busy life and an invisible health condition develop new strategies and habits for living alife with greater ease. She is also a  Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and leads Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ groups based on Brené Brown's research. Karen is passionate about the interplay between our physical, emotional and social well-being, and empowering people to engage in activities that are meaningful to them and maintain a sense of worth and identity during vulnerable times. She has been an occupational therapist for twenty-four years and works with individuals who want to develop strategies to make the most of their time and energy, sleep more soundly, reduce isolation, stress anxiety and/or pain, improve attention, memory or organization and do more of what lights them up. If you live in Vancouver are are interested in hearing about upcoming workshops based on Brené Brown's research, visit her website and sign up for updates. Discover Karen Gilbert on Social MediaInstagram Twitter Facebook Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Find Gillian McCormick at Susannah Steers at Moving Spirit:
Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko speaks to us about challenges for physicians in delivering good health care to their women clients in B.C., Canada and globally due to the impact of the Women’s Health Initiative and differences in funding for Women’s Health application across provinces. She provides insight into how patients and practitioners can navigate the system for the most efficient, effective outcomes.  About Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko Dr. Holowenko is a family physician with a special interest in Women’s Health. She has worked in a specialty menopause clinic for over 10 years. She maintains her family practice, but also accept referrals for contraception management including IUD’s, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, menstrual issues, sexual health, hormonal health and weight management. She is the board chair of the North Shore Division of Family Practice. She is the co-creator of, an app that assists in efficiency and communication during a doctor’s visit. She is co-founder of FEMME.bc, the Federation for the Empowerment of Menopausal Women and Medical Education; a forum for educating patients and physicians about menopause. Medvoice the app can be found at Created by Dr. Jonathon Hislop and Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko. Doctors and Patients: How do you like the App? Email us at and tell us what you think. FEMME.bc is a non-profit foundation created by Dr. Dedeshya Holowenko and Dr. Natalie Gamache dedicated to the empowerment and education of the public and healthcare professionals on all topics pertaining to menopause. All proceeds of events will be reinvested in the foundation to pursue these objectives. Email event: Me-No-Pause, A Survival Guide. January 21, 2020 from 6:30 -8:30 PM at Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street). Tickets are $25. Click here to get your tickets! Tickets may be available at the door. Discover Small Conversations on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter Find Gillian McCormick at Susannah Steers at Moving Spirit: InstagramFacebookTwitterLinkedIn
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