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Kay Martin – Face to Face with Stigma

Jan 13, 2020

Kay Martin, Peer Support Worker with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and co-lead on the Face-to-Face with Stigma program breaking down stigma in institutions of power, sits down to talk to us about her story and what needs to change in our community to better support those battling addiction and homelessness.

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Michael Wostenburg – Someone to Understand

Jan 13, 2020

Today we speak with Mike Woestenburg about his experience traversing the medical system and social stigma with an unnamed disability for years. He talks about the journey this took him through, finally naming his condition, “Conversion Disorder”, and discovering the community built from others experiencing the isolation of CD. Take a listen!

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Ewan Kirkaldy – Recovering Balance

Nov 5, 2019

The day Ewan said yes, everything changed. His first experience with drugs and alcohol brought a sense of belonging and energy to his life that he would spend 10 years chasing. At 23 years old, he thought surviving to 25 would be an accomplishment.

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Toni Faleh – In Flux

Aug 11, 2019

Toni saw snow fall in Ontario because bombs fell in Kuwait. Two weeks after he was born Iraq invaded his home country, causing his family to flee until they ultimately arrived in Canada. It would be years before he fully understood the effect that trauma had on his family, and how ultimately healing without the support of others caused damage too. Now a resident of Victoria, listen to his interview to hear him describe the importance of community, and how having an open mind changed his life.

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Rob Reid – In Stride

Jul 1, 2019

At the end of the day, it’s all about giving back. As a child, Rob lost a parent and the economic fallout forced his family to give him up. For someone so young, this was a lot to handle, and years later he would realize that he was dealing with trauma he had never recognized.

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Tiffany Joseph – Culture Reawakened

Jun 2, 2019

Languages can sleep. When Tiffany was born, only twelve people were known to speak her mother tongue – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim. She would grow up to be a keeper of that language, and a dedicated language and cultural revivalist of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.

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Stacey Gillespie – The Good Fight

May 4, 2019

When Stacey was six years old, he experienced a deep sadness for the first time. As he navigated the world, depression punctuated his story, woven into chapters about bullying, sexual assault and feelings of isolation that didn’t match the veneer of normal that defined his life to others.

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Dar Archibald – Its All Ok

Apr 8, 2019

It would have made a great sitcom plot. But for Dar, it was her real life and it required a sense of humour and resiliency. Gunfire in the courtyard, friends pulling punches and characters straight out of crime novels set the stage for an adrenaline-fuelled story that culminated, in some ways, with the tragic end of the life of the man she loved. That’s not the whole story though.

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