THE VOICE

Podcasts, professional art, photos and reflections from our workshops in Victoria, BC

Stacey Gillespie – The Good Fight

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

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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Michelle Dodd – The Fence

New versions of old habits took a toll on Michelle. As her world fell away, nothing truly changed until her perspective on who she was and the help she needed changed too.

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Matty Dogmoon – The Stories Between Us

The narrative we’re taught is not the whole story. As Matty went deeper into his education – lived and learned – he discovered within himself deeply rooted ideas about trust, masculinity and intimacy that didn’t align with the community he sought or the man he wanted to be.

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Judith Goertzen – Full Circle

Bankruptcy, health scares and the end of a marriage punctuated “12 months of hell.” That wasn’t the end of Judith’s story though, as life threw more challenges in her path before she found herself exactly where she was meant to be. Ever wonder how “bad things that happen to you can sometimes be the best things that happen to you?”.

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Kym Hines – Catalyst For Change

Kym was born into an unhealthy upbringing with many years of generational abuse and alcoholism. Born female, Kym made the transgendered switch to male at a time it was widely mistreated. Many years of poverty, abuse and oppression drew him to self-destruction—nearly taking his life. See what incentive Kym used to turn his life around and give him the motivation to not only change his life, but to change the world too.

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Ken Wylie – Under The Snow

In 2003, Ken was working as an apprentice ski guide when the group he was leading with his mentor was caught in an avalanche. Of the thirteen people buried in the snow, only six survived. After years of struggling to come to terms with this tragedy, Ken sat down and started to write about it.

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Terry Edison-Brown – A Place Called Home

Terry thought he grew up in a stable home, and labeled unsettling behaviour as ‘normal’ to avoid conflict. This automatic response quickly spiraled his entire life into complete emptiness. When he was there, someone reached out a hand to help that saved his life.

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Ali Kahn – Breaking The Cycle

Ali Kahn tells the story of his decades-long struggle to open up a dialogue both with others and within himself about unacknowledged – and intergenerational – mental health issues. Growing up with limited access to social services and a mistrust of the system, Ali slipped through the cracks.

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Leonard James – Peace From Broken Pieces

Leonard James’ story is a first person account of the ‘ripple effect’ of the residential school system. His narrative explores the residual effects of addiction, depression, guilt, poverty and homelessness that stem from a trauma ridden past.

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Hilary Marks – Chasing Affection

Hilary grew up in your typical-looking Jewish family, but it was far from typical. Unable to go on any further, she finally turned to the streets to fill her voids. In this podcast, Hilary shares what life was really like as a woman out on the streets.

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