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Country music artist, healer, and author D’orjay speaks to us about healing, music, and her book,  SHIT MY SHAMAN SAYS. D'orjay shares her healing journey and how it led to her work as a Shaman and Pranic Healer. Dorjay explains that a shaman is, "Someone who sees light in the darkness."In today's episode we discuss:Healing. How it's not a linear process and how it can take on many shapes and forms. Addressing our Fear. How to address our fear that shows up when we try to change the status quo and when we engage in a creative endeavour. D'orjay takes us step by step through her process of how she addresses fear before a show. Music. How it's a form of healing. About D'orjayCountry music artist, healer, and author, D’orjay the Singing Shaman (she/her), believes that a shaman’s learning is never done. She found the healing arts through her own journey of mending from the traumatic abusive and abandoning experiences of childhood. She was introduced to Energy Medicine, Shamanic healing, her Guru and Buddhism as well as Pranic healing in 2010, and has been developing her unique shamanic practice ever since.Her book, SHIT MY SHAMAN SAYS, VOLUME I, is available through Party Trick Press. It's a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to energy medicine. In this self-help chapbook, D’orjay leads beginners and experts alike through her relatable, nurturing, and oftentimes downright entertaining approach to healing. D'orjay's critically acclaimed debut, New Kind of Outlaw, was released in November 2020. Her style of country music continues to evolve honouring the classic country music she grew up on living in Rural Alberta while also colouring outside the lines of what current mainstream country music has to offer. As a Black Queer woman, D'orjay is passionate, vocal and committed to bringing diversity and inclusiveness to country music. Connect with D'orjay:Web: https://www.dorjay.caListen to D'orjay: Dorjay at this month's Calgary Folk Fest July 21-24:https://www.calgaryfolkfest.comShit My Shaman Says, VOLUME I:
Today's episode with Dr. Maki Motapanyane explores the ongoing, unceasing tension that exists for women navigating motherhood and careers. I found this conversation refreshingly validating; Maki doesn't downplay the challenges mothers in the twenty-first century face. I think that Maki says it best with this line from our conversation: "You can imagine conceiving of yourself as a modern liberated woman in the individualist liberal democracy who has choices and who can do things and who can plan for the kind of life that she wants… until motherhood." In today's episode, we explore the state's role in supporting women. As well as what needs to be put in place so that women can be successful. We also dive into the motherhood tax and discuss why women face a per-child drop in their wages when they become mothers while men face a wage increase when they become fathers. An important and necessary conversation that I invite you to share. About Dr. Maki Motapanyane Dr. Maki Motapanyane is a cultural critic, researcher, writer and educator. She teaches in subject areas that include feminist theory, feminism in Africa, global gender studies, Hip-Hop culture, and motherhood. Her research projects and publications examine various feminist traditions in Africa, maternal theory and motherhood, childcare policy and the political economy of care, Hip-Hop culture, stand-up comedy, and equity and inclusion in organizational practice.Dr. Maki Motapanyane was recently awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from Mount Royal University, the Knowledge Mobilization Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and scholarship from Mount Royal University and the Alberta Professional of the Year Award.She is the founder of MESA is a boutique consulting firm delivering strategic training and expert solutions in leadership, communication, and conflict resolution for the modern organization and group. MESA builds skills in areas such as communication and dialogue, conflict management and resolution, constructive and effective team dynamics. Connect with Maki:Web: https://www.makimotapanyane.comMESA Consulting:Web:
In this podcast episode, I speak with activist-scholar Dr. Bri Wiens on  radical self-care and communal self-care . Bri and I discuss the invisible labour that women are currently expected to do in the academy and in other places of work.  Bri shares her research on feminist shadow networks, explaining, "They are quiet when they have to be; they are loud when they have to be."  About Bri WiensDr. Bri Wiens (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Activism, Design Equity, and Feminist Media Futures in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. Her interdisciplinary work draws on her mixed-race queer activist-scholarexperience to explore the digitally and culturally mediated phenomena of networked social movements and the politics of their design. Dr. Wiens co-runs the digital archive Feminists Do Media (IG: @aesthetic.resistance) out of the Feminist Think Tank, a research-creation lab. Wiens's collaborative work has recently appeared in NECSUS, Feminist Media Studies, and Digital Studies/Le Champ Numériqe. She is a co-editor of Networked Feminisms: Activist Assemblies and Digital Practices (Lexington Books 2021) and is lead editor on the forthcoming collection Stories of Feminist Protest and Resistance: Digital Performative Assemblies (Lexington Books 2022).Connect with Bri Wiens:Web: @Bri WiensNetworked Feminism: Think Tank:Web:
Today's episode is with Calgary writer, journalist and truth teller Tomi Ajele. Tomi shares with us the importance of slow journalism, creating your own blueprint and treating stories with care. Tomi speaks to the intent behind the media collective, Afros In Tha City, saying, "We don't want to give you a soundbite. We don't want to give you a quick pitch. We just want to show up and tell our truth." She also speaks to the creation process, "We don't even know what failure looks like because we don't even know what we want to become. It was just us putting our truth out there; it didn't feel like it needed to look a certain way." This is an episode about truth telling. This is an episode about healing. I deeply enjoyed this conversation with Tomi and I can't wait to share it with you.About Tomi AjeleTomi Ajele is editor in chief at Afros In Tha City Inc, the only media collective of its kind – a platform where the breadth of the Black experience could be explored with nuance. She has worked with The Huffington Post, CBC, ByBlacks, Avenue Magazine, Sprawl Calgary, and Shameless Magazine. Tomi is a data-driven communicator passionate about anti-oppressive and sustainable policy. She is a strategic planner, writer, podcaster, and speaker who is fueled by drama and Black joy. She holds a communications degree from Mount Royal University and is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Calgary.Connect with Tomi Ajele:Twitter: @TomiAjeleIG: @tomiajeleConnect with Afros In Tha City:Web: www.afrosinthacity.comIG: @afrosinthacityTwitter: @AfrosInThaCityRelated Articles:2020 Was The Year I Stopped Trying To Live Up To Others' Definition Of Blackness
In today's episode, I speak with sustainability leader, mother, and activist Nagwan Al-Guneid about her life-long passion for politics and her vision for the future of energy. We discuss the importance of empathy, conversations and coming together in order to create a just energy plan. Nagwan states,  "I believe energy transformation is about having conversations in diverse settings with diverse perspectives. It involves everybody." Nagwan explains how the climate crisis is not gender equal or gender neutral. We speak to the roles that mothers have in fighting climate change. This episode is one of empathy, of change, but most importantly, one of action. About Nagwan Al-Guneid For more than a decade, Nagwan Al-Guneid has built a career in the energy industry here in Alberta, in Europe, and the Middle East. She completed an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Calgary and Master’s of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. Her research focused on addressing climate change through collaboration between the public and private sectors.Facing another four years of divisive politics, a worsening climate crisis, and a stubborn and single-minded approach to resource development in Alberta, Nagwan couldn’t be a bystander any longer. She is currently seeking the nomination for Alberta’s NDP in Calgary-Glenmore. As a mom of two young kids, running was not an easy decision. But, she made the decision with the conviction that we can do better.Najwan champions causes that are close to her heart. Whether volunteering with women in domestic violence or youth at-risk or refugees and victims of war or helping to prepare more than twenty women to run for politics, she channels her passion into community work that has impacted lives.Connect with Nagwan Al-Guneid:Web: https://www.nagwan.caTwitter: @NagwanYYCIG: @nagwanyycResources: How Gender inequality and climate change are interconnectedA growing force in the climate movement: MomsThe Moms Who are Battling Climate Change
In today's episode, recovering hustle culture disciple Miche Priest walks us through the process of getting unstuck. She provides three steps we can take to finding solutions: widening the lens (not hyper focusing on two binaries), getting missing data, addressing the risks/fears holding us back. Miche also speaks to how we can remove the hustle culture in our work. She shares her own story of burnout. Miche says, "Even though the burnout is hard, if I had to go back, I wouldn't change anything about the path." For those of you who feel stuck in your careers and in your life, this episode is for you.About Miche Priest:Miche Priest is a recovering hustle culture disciple. She empowers people to live the life that's waiting for them by helping them get unstuck, navigate career transitions, or build revenue streams with digital products.Miche knows a thing or two about career transitions. A multipotentialite, she's had 7 careers from Art Teacher to AI Intrapreneur. She holds a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta.Connect with Miche Priest:Twitter: @MichePriestLinkedin: Miche Priest, MACTUnstuck in 15: https://www.unstuckin15.comSpecial thanks:Working Mom Wellness design was created by Dr. Milena Radzikowska  and Chris Shaddock of Two Hot Soups Consulting Post production and sound editing is done by East Coast Studio. 
Why we need to dream—and dream big—especially during challenging times. I share my thoughts on why we must dream our own dreams and not what society expects us to dream. I tell a story involving a spreadsheet (because spreadsheets are beautiful) about how taking ownership of my dreams is something that I still struggle with to this day.I also share a book with you that I recently read and fell in love with, Luvvie Ajayi Jones' Professional Troublemaker. We explore Luvvie's maddening and hilarious chapter of dreaming and touch on why those who fall outside the category of white, straight, christian, able bodied, cisgendered man might struggle with dreaming big.This is an uplifting and optimistic episode that I very much needed in my life. I hope it encourages you to embrace dreaming beyond what you ever imagined. Especially during challenging times. Resources:Professional Trouble-Maker: The Fear Fighter ManualProfessional Trouble-Maker. The PodcastGet comfortable with being uncomfortable. The TedTalk
"Modern Sexism simply denies that sexism exists. This is the most insidious form because it doesn't argue that men and women should be treated differently, but rather claims men and women are already treated the same." - Dr. Kristin NeffIn today's episode, I discuss something that has been on my mind for a while—Modern Sexism. Recently I've either experienced it or seen other women become entangled in it. However, I didn't have the vocabulary to express what was happening. It wasn't until I recently read, "Fierce Self Compassion" by Dr. Kristin Neff that I had the full understanding of what was happening: Modern Sexism. (Because we didn't have enough going on already with just the regular form of sexism) This is not an eloquent episode—I tell stories of children's books and swear frequently. But it's a story that is authentic and very close to my heart. It is also an important story. And I thank you for letting me share it with you. Resources:Fierce Self Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive 
This conversation with designer, observer, and fellow creative Crystal Reynolds was sparked from a recent post where Crystal wrote, "...I’m on the lookout to find the helpers amongst the chaos." I was intrigued.In this episode, Crystal and I discuss her journey as a creative, her design work with Mayor Jyoti Gondek's campaign and how Crystal is finding individuals who help her make sense of the world that we are currently navigating. Crystal shares how we can stay grounded—both as parents and as creatives—during times of chaos. This was such a healing conversation! I invite you to listen and share with the helpers in your world.  About Crystal ReynoldsCrystal is a Kick Ass Marketing and Communications Designer. She works with organisations that choose to take the lead in their own story. They avoid, or at least question, the latest marketing trends, and create opportunities to account for social and technological changes. She doesn’t focus on sticking to what worked in the past, but instead on how we can translate skills and resources in new directions.Crystal story in design has had quite a few chapters experienced over the past 25 years. She has lasted this long because of her desire to learn, think outside as well as inside the box. Gaining insights that have taught her that as long as she brings her experience and insight to the table while also ensuring her clients’ needs are the core focus is a recipe for a successful partnership.Crystal considers herself lucky to have worked with local, national, and more recently international clients. She believes that visuals are an integral part to communicate messages with clarity. Every day she creates, she feels like she is living her best life.As a mother and partner, Crystal wrote, "Being part of this family dynamic has taught me how to listen to varying views, account for differing expectations, and bring people together by focusing on common goals."Connect with Crystal  Reynolds:Web: https://www.crystalink.caTwitter: @crystalinkcaIG: @crystalinkca
Today, I speak with proud introvert and gentle disrupter, Shahzia Noorally. Shahzia shares her story of showing up authentically in her career and unapologetically taking up space. Shahzia is the host of the Colour Gap Podcast, which I listen to and love, and speaks to how this has been an outlet to share her experiences and offer unconventional career strategy and advice for women of colour.About Shahzia Noorally:Shahzia Noorally is a proud introvert, natural observer, and gentle disrupter. She has spent nearly 10 years of her career in HR. She is a Diversity, Inclusion & Culture professional based in Calgary, Alberta, and founder of the Colour Gap podcast.Shahzia believes our stories are our superpowers. Our unique lived experiences and the things we need to thrive at work shouldn’t be ignored. She also believes that conventional career advice isn’t always right for Black, Indigenous, Women of Colour (BIWOC). Her work on the Colour Gap podcast and beyond is set in the intention to empower, uplift and support BIWOC to own our stories, step into our power, and take up all the space we desire and deserve.Connect with Shahzia Noorally:Twitter: @shahzianoorally The Colour Gap Podcast:Web: https://www.thecolourgap.comTwitter: @ColourGap IG: @thecolourgap HR, We Have A Problem: by Susy Ko & Shahzia Noorally | DisruptHR Talks
This episode with educator, mother and one of my favourite people in the world, Kate Cordell. In this episode Kate and I reflect back on our 20's when we first met each other and give our younger selves advice. This is a conversation about forgiveness, self compassion—and most of all—laughter and joy.About Kate CordellKate Cordell is an educator, a mother, a teacher, and a very dear friend of mine. Kate holds a bachelors of science in Elementary education from Minnesota State University, Morehead. And a masters in Education in Curriculum and Instructions, Integration of Technologies in Schools from George Mason University.Kate Cordell has worked in education for the past 16 years. Kate has served as a mentor teacher, an advanced academics resource teacher as well as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher in the US and abroad. She has taught in the public school systems in Georgia and Virginia and the international school in Athens Greece.  Kate is a mom of two, a wife, a lover of traveling, and my go-to person when I need perspective or a good laugh, or good cry. Or all of the above. Resources:Want to make City Hall your next book club read? Download the free Reading Club Guide here. The Working Mom Wellness Guide to Asking your Partner for Help. Download your free 10 page guide here. Special thanks:Working Mom Wellness design was created by Dr. Milena Radzikowska  and Chris Shaddock of Two Hot Soups Consulting Post production and sound editing is done by East Coast Studio. 
In this two-part series, I take on my first ever solo podcast to discuss a few practices for moms looking to lighten their workload. These are five simple practices that you can use year-round but are especially helpful over the holidays. To the moms who are feeling overloaded or like you are drowning in the mental load of coordinating and planning for your family—this episode is for you. Resources:Want to make City Hall your next book club read? Download the free Reading Club Guide here. The Working Mom Wellness Guide to Asking your Partner for Help. Download your free 10 page guide here. Special thanks:Working Mom Wellness design was created by Dr. Milena Radzikowska  and Chris Shaddock of Two Hot Soups Consulting Post production and sound editing is done by East Coast Studio. 
In this two-part series, I take on my first solo podcast to discuss a few practices for moms looking to lighten their workload. These are five simple practices that you can use year-round but are especially helpful during times of transition or over the holidays. To the moms who are feeling overloaded or like you are drowning in the mental load of coordinating and planning for your family—this episode is for you. Resources:Want to make City Hall your next book club read? Download the free Reading Club Guide here. The Working Mom Wellness Guide to Asking your Partner for Help. Download your free 10 page guide here. Special thanks:Working Mom Wellness design was created by Dr. Milena Radzikowska  and Chris Shaddock of Two Hot Soups Consulting Post production and sound editing is done by East Coast Studio. 
S4E7 The Future of Women and Work with Sarah Elder-ChamanaraIn this episode, Sarah Elder-Chamanara and I discuss what the future of work needs to look like for women. Sarah and I give our thoughts what is currently going well and what needs to change so that women can thrive in their careers. About Sarah Elder-ChamanaraSarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director, designer and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist and political clothing company based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in back rooms, at every level, Sarah and Madame Premier create opportunities for conversations about why politics needs to change. Madame Premier is a one woman-owned and operated small business empowering women through the intersection of politics, feminism, advocacy and fashion. With the goal of amplifying the lack of women and marginalized communities in politics and the need for a variety of voices at decision making tables, Madame Premier is committed to not only helping women break the glass ceiling of politics but completely shatter it.Sara holds a Bachelors of arts in Justice Studies. She has previously served as a Communications & Event Organizer for Calgary Confederation Liberal Riding Association. She also volunteered as Executive Vice President for Canadian Women Voters Congress in Calgary, as well as a Vice President and Communications and Event Organizer for Ask Her, a Calgary Based organization working to advance the principles of inclusive and equitable representation in municipal government. Sarah is also the mother of two young children. She lives and works on treaty 7 land here in Calgary. Connect with Sarah:IG: @sarahelderchamanaraTwitter: @Sarah Elder-ChamanaraMadame Premiere:Web: https://www.madamepremier.comIG: @madamepremierEllected Podcast:Web: @ellectedpodcast Resources:Want to make City Hall your next book club read? Download the free Reading Club Guide here. The Working Mom Wellness Guide to Asking your Partner for Help. Download your free 10 page guide here. Special Thanks:Working Mom Wellness design was created by Dr. Milena Radzikowska  and Chris Shaddock of Two Hot Soups Consulting Post production and sound editing is done by East Coast Studio. 
For many of us, curiosity is a paradigm shift. We take great pride—as a collective—of knowing. Of being able to classify right versus wrong, good versus bad. But as we discuss in this episode, there is something very humane, very life-giving about asking questions and being open to the answers. In this episode, I speak with writer, poet, and mother Jill Yancey about embracing curiosity. Jill uses curiosity in her work, her writing, her parenting, and in very concrete ways in her life. As Jill and I discuss in this episode, curiosity is something that we can incorporate into understanding ourselves better. Curiosity is something that we can incorporate into our parenting. Curiosity is something that you can use to guide you in your life and career choices. So I Invite you to open your mind and listen to Jill share her story on embracing curiosity.  About Jill YanceyAs full-time mother to four kids under twelve, a published writer, and Community Manager for Tell(h)er Co, Jill Yancey has had to learn the delicate alchemy of combining passion with parenthood. Whether she is partnering with poet and entrepreneur Azure Antoinette to amplify the voices of hundreds of female writers across the globe, or working to instill her values of curiosity, justice, compassion, and truth-telling in the children she is tending at home, Jill believes in the value of a good idea, and the power of a good idea shared. Most early mornings or late nights, she can be found writing in the fleeting quiet of her crowded-but-joyful South Carolina home. Her first novel, a careful examination of the mother-daughter relationships that have always captured her curiosity, is currently in production.  Her recently published essay and poems, Quilt of Thousands, Body Talk and Painted, can be found in the upcoming Generations issue of Motherscope Magazine. She invites you to say hi on Instagram and join in her #dailymemoir practice @jillwritesabook Connect with Jill Yancey:IG: @jillwritesabookConnect with Tell(h)er Co:IG: @tellhercoResources:The Working Mom Wellness Guide to Asking your Partner for Help. Download your free 10 page guide here. Working Mom Wellness design was created by Dr. Milena Radzikowska  and Chris Shaddock of Two Hot Soups Consulting .Post production and sound editing is done by East Coast Studio. 
In this episode, author Chandra Blumberg and I look behind the scenes of novel writing. We pull the curtain back and reveal the quiet work, the messy work, and the process that results in the final product of a novel. We look at the fluidity that occurred for both of us when writing while parenting. Chandra speaks to the importance of embracing our humanity and leaning into seasonality both as writers and as mothers. She offers insight on finding what works for you. So to the moms listening that might have a dream—You might want to create or make something. You might want to try something new. You might be ready to take a leap of faith. But don't know if you have the time. Or you aren't sure if you are talented enough to be successful. This episode is for you. About Chandra Blumberg:Chandra Blumberg grew up in Michigan. After receiving a BA in English from Michigan State University, she moved with her husband to the Chicago area, where she enjoys the natural beauty of Lake Michigan and exploring museums. Chandra's essays on motherhood have appeared in Her View From Home and Mothers Always Write. Chandra writes funny, heartwarming love stories where getting to happily-ever-after is half the fun. Her debut novel, Digging up Love is out January 1, 2022. It's currently available for preorder—I will include all of the links in the show notes. Stirring Up Love will be published later next year.She is an avid reader and loves to travel, but since becoming a mother her journeys are mostly domestic, rather than global. Chandra also enjoys reading during breakfast, making a mess of the kitchen while baking new recipes with her kids, and lifting heavy barbells at the gym.Connect with Chandra Blumberg:Web: https://chandrablumberg.comIG: @chandrablumbergTwitter: @ChandraBlumbergPre order Digging Up Love 
In this episode, I speak with Story Coach and storyteller, Jilliane Yawney. Jilliane shares her story about how a road trip with a stop in Detroit, Michigan changed the trajectory of her life and instilled in her a love for storytelling. Jilliane explains what it takes to be an excellent storyteller—but possibly more importantly—she provides insight on why we need to tell our stories. Finally, for those of you wondering, Do I even have a story to tell? Yes, you do. Listen to find out more about the power of your own story. About Jilliane Yawney:Jilliane Yawney has helped over 1,000 people get onstage to share their story. She is a Story Coach and the creator of the Core 7 Stories for Business™ framework. Jilliane has worked with the likes of Shark Tank winners, board game creators, and multinational real estate managers to change lives and grow brands.Jilliane’s undergrad and graduate degrees both focused on storytelling, and her thesis work explored the motivational power of story. She has been working as a storyteller and Story Coach for 20 years and is committed to helping individuals and teams grow their confidence and communication skills with story.Jillian believes self expression supports happiness and human connection. She believes learning and growth is best achieved through a positive, supportive approach. She strives to foster and create beauty in all that she does – and that means helping you tell your story. Connect with Jilliane Yawney:Web: https://www.jillianeyawney.comIG: @jillianeyawneyRelated Articles: Who won’t shut up in meetings? Men say it’s women. It’s not: Not to Be 'Manterrupted' in Meetings: Supreme Court Justices Are Interrupted More by Male Justices and Advocates:
In this episode, I speak with mother, activist and founder of  Niitsítapi Water Protectors, Latasha Calf Robe. Latasha shares her story as to what it means to be a Blackfoot mother and woman. We examine how motherhood can be fierce. Motherhood can be empowering. Motherhood can be a push for activism. Latasha also shares with us her work behind the Niitsítapi Water Protectors and provides guidance for mothers who want to see positive change in their communities for their children but might not be sure where to start. About Latasha Calf Robe:Latasha Calf Robe is from the Kainaiwa First Nation and a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy. She is the founder and co-lead of the Niitsítapi Water Protectors (NWP) a grassroots collective of Niitsítapi water and land protectors. It was formed in response to the threat of recent coal development projects within Blackfoot traditional territory.Latasha holds a business degree from Mt. Royal University with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation. Latasha currently works as the program manager for 'Map the System Canada,' a global competition that asks students and educators to think differently about social and environmental change. Latasha has also worked as an Indigenous Prosperity Builder for the Institute of Community Prosperity as well as Organizer / Facilitator of Niitsítapi Resiliency and Empowerment Discussion Group. And she was the recipient of the 2017 Calgary Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award.Latasha is from a family of  storytellers, her father was a well known storyteller and Latasha continues the tradition. Her book, Niitsippooktsistaanitsi (My Braids), is about Siipisaahkomaapi (Night Boy)—a traditional Blackfoot boy. In this story, he shares his world with his family, and the meaning and gifts of his three braids.Latasha is a mother of three beautiful Blackfoot children who she raises with her partner. Follow/Support Niitsítapi Water Protectors:Web: www.niitsitapiwaterprotectors.comIG: @niitsitapiwaterprotectorsTwitter: @NiitsitapiWaterFacebook:
In this episode, Lana Bentley and I dive deep into the mental health challenges that our kids are facing. We look at gender roles and how they play into mental health, as well as gender identity and how that is changing within the realm of mental health. Lana has an extensive depth of knowledge in mental health, gender roles, and how to best meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our populations. Finally Lana explores how we don't want to go back to normal and why we need to demand a better normal—within mental health, the economy, and our communities. This is one episode that I cannot recommend highly enough to parents, educators, health care providers and all those currently working with children and youth. About Lana Bentley:Lana Bentley is a registered social worker with a bachelor's and master's degree in social work from the University of Calgary. She spent much of the early years of her career working in the area of mental health as a family and group therapist. Lana managed a psychiatric inpatient unit and psychiatric emergency room for children and youth at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She has taught in the post-secondary system for nearly ten years. Her passion for effecting change led her to pursue leadership positions in healthcare and human services. Lana is currently the Director of Program Strategy at YW Calgary—the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary.Volunteering in the community is important to Lana and she shares her time generously. Over the years, Lana has been involved with housing initiatives, mentorship for young professionals, domestic violence prevention efforts, and free drop-in counselling programs. Lana is committed to ensuring our community is safe and accessible for all. She is currently the Vice—chair for the SHARP Foundation, a Calgary-based non-profit organization committed to providing a continuum of care to those living with HIV or at the highest risk of contracting HIV.Finally, Lana is running for Ward 6 Councillor for Cagalry—Elections are October 18, so everyone listening in the Calgary areas needs to make sure they get out and vote—She is running on a platform of a "strong and inclusive community where we all thrive together." Connect with Lana Bentley:Web: www.lanabentley.caIG: @lana4ward6Twitter: @LanaBentleyYYC
In our first episode of Season 4, I speak with Counselor and Registered Social Worker, Karen Turnock. Karen provides strategies on how we can pause, acknowledge, and embrace our own mental health—whatever state it may be—as we head back into this school year. Part discussion, part interview, part therapy session, Karen provides an open and safe space for us to dive deep into the mental health challenges working moms have faced over that past year and a half. About Karen Turnock:For 20 years Karen Turnock has provided counselling services to women facing unexpected or difficult life circumstances. Much of this work has been in health care settings working with women at all stages of life She is a Registered Social Worker with a Clinical Specialization in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Work. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Calgary. ​Karen specialize in working with Women's Issues and have a Certification in Maternal Mental Health as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma.  She enjoys keeping up to date on the most effective therapeutic interventions including CBT for anxiety and mood changes, grief counselling, Gordon Neufeld’s Attachment/Developmental approach as well as connection-based models for parenting and relationship issues.On a personal note, Karen is a mama of two fabulous daughters and has been married for over 15 years.  She was born and raised on the prairies and feels at my best when she gets outside into open spaces. Connect with Karen Turnock:Web: https://www.karenturnock.comIG: @karen.turnock.counsellingResources: Alberta Mental Health 24/7 Confidential Line: 1-877-303-2642Book: What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Whinfrey and Dr. Bruce PerryConnect with Lisa:Web: http://lisabush.caVideo (how I actually spent my first day back to school):
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