Welcome to Her Story Podcast. Expect nuggets of wisdom, candid conversations, and be inspired by the women who share the 'extraordinary' of their ordinary daily lives. Son Histoire à Elle Un balado bilingue qui met en valeur non seulement le succès des femmes du Québec, mais aussi leur vies de tout les jours.
I had a very informative conversation with Jennifer Drummond aka JD who is the coordinator Concordia University Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC). The work that her and her colleagues are doing is elemental, especially in a university setting. She answered my questions on the kind of counselling they do for victims of sexual assault and harassment; how to deal with the grey areas of sexual aggression and violence and the impact our use of language has. She proposes new modalities of prevention and education that really should be implemented over the outdated suggestion that "women take self defence classes to not be sexually abused". The conversation switches directions when I asked JD about her research on sexuality and aging & disease. How do couples maintain a healthy sexual relationship when on of them is physically disable or terminally ill? How does a person with a visible disability celebrate their own sexuality? She gives beautiful and heartbreaking examples of people who are having intimate and sexual relationships in different ways. This is an intimate look at the highs and lows of being a sexual person in an over sexualized world fraught with taboos and abuse of power. We need people like JD out there on the frontline who educate & support. This conversation may be triggering for some listeners and may also be helpful to some.
Hall Building 6th floor, room 345
Jennifer Drummond ext. 3353
Montreal Sexual Assault Crisis Line
The Parlour Project has made it's grand debut in Montreal and the woman behind this multi-media performance is one of the most open hearted women I have encountered. Artist Amber Dawn pours her heart out with all honesty and beauty sharing with us her experience building this massive art project, from the ground up, inspired by her past as a sex worker. The Parlour Project rooted in ritual and ceremony asks us how much we value femininity and in ALL of its forms. Amber offers us a different view on what it means to be a powerful woman. If anything she will draw you into her web, she is a frequency enhancer, as she likes to put it...and it's true that the vibration in the room was higher after she left. Let your hearts and ears be open, may your eyes be wide like Amber's.
Parlour Project Sept.19-28, 8pm, 3pm matinee on Sunday
MTL Wolf Lab https://www.facebook.com/wolflabmtl/
When I sat down with Dawn Mauricio, I thought: ''wow, I could just hang out with this woman forever.'' She's the type of woman with boundless energy but knows exactly where to direct it and how to harness it. From a basketball playing bigger brother pleasing little girl to a woman who has built a business teaching yoga and meditation pretty much all over the world, sitting down with Dawn was like spending time with a wise, compassionate, cool best friend. She tells us how she got to where she is now studying at the historic Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in California and in the spirit of the podcast she delves into what it means to bring the feminine into meditation practice. You will love her true blue honesty about her own spiritual practice and the way that she explains it might even encourage you to practice meditation yourself. We can all agree that Dawn brings a fresh perspective to meditation anchored in inclusivity, diversity, patience and compassion. You're going to love this one!
Let it be said, Kimberley Manning has coined the term "The Politics of Presence" on this podcast! As we speak Kim is running for Liberal Nomination in Montreal's West Island. This woman is on fire with bright ideas; there seems to be no end to her passion for public policy, progressive change, activism and advocacy. She spoke about her role of principal at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute and her political science studies in China, her commitment to Montreal's Filipino community, namely through the means of Zumba! Although we lost this part of the conversation into the nether region of cyber space this interview starts at a critical point in our entire conversation where she speaks about her advocacy for the trans rights movement. She explains to me what a feminist academic institution may look like and believe me, it looks pretty darn ideal. Kim is a force of nature yes, but she did open up about loss, mental health, and the ways in which she must keep herself balanced for her to do the work she does and be a mom of three. I was so in awe with Kim's intellect, but also her generosity & energy and you will be too.
THE Jessica Lanyadoo was so kind and generous with her time in Montreal and sat down with me to answer some questions about astrology but mainly questions about herself and how she navigates this big bad world. She spoke openly about how she communicates with the dead, and how once she surrendered to her gifts as a medium and psychic was she able to release pain and really step into her own. She broke down some fundamental questionings that I had about astrology and spoke to how we can use it to harness our own energy, and understanding of life's undercurrent, subliminally (or not) scoring our earthly experience. If you already listen to her podcast- Ghost of a Podcast- or read her publications and follow her on social media, you already know how brilliantly she anchors the "woo" in everyday life. Her approach is pragmatic and, in my opinion, serves the bigger picture. From queer politics, to aesthetic beauty, to identity, to social justice Jessica speaks the truth about her practices and encourages every one of her listeners to do the same, for the bigger good. There are so many quotable quotes in this episode so listen closely, and thank me later.
Ghost of a Podcast
Elena Jennifer Montecalvo was my last guest in the Her Story Mother's Day Series where all month I have been speaking with mothers who have shared the ups and downs, their fears and hopes, the details of their fatigue & their triumphs, basically their lives inside and out of motherhood.
After years of knowing that her son was autistic, Elena spiralled downward into a deep burnout when he was finally diagnosed. She didn't even have time for a ''I told you so moment'' as she had to learn to take care of herself ASAP, alongside raising two children including one with severe autism. In this episode she looks back at a life that seemed to be out of control and sees how she gained her strength in helping other families who may be going through the same type of realness. Elena is extremely impressive, so resilient, and just so much goddamn fun to be around. Her Story may resonate with you if your child is being a little shit or especially if you're dealing with a tough diagnosis or simply just lost inside the whole parenthood labyrinth. Here's a dose of inspiration and relatability.
Team GiaGia - our journey with Autism
Cette semaine je parle avec Catherine Bérubé...oui! LA Catherine Bérubé qui a joué dans Sophie Paquin, 19-2, District 31, Les Jeunes Loups, etc. But we are not really talking about her illustrious career as an actor, we are broaching the less glamorous subject of being a new mother and the seesaw ride of wanting to be at work but also needing to be near her daughter. Dans cet épisode, Catherine est franche et ouverte avec à propos de son expérience en tant que maman, elle nous explique comment le fait d'être un parent a changé la game pour elle en tant qu'actrice. Catherine Bérubé is brilliant and sparkling and grounded and honest. It was such a pleasure to have a conversation with her.
This week I sat down with the mother of all mothers, my mom, Diana Greig Stavert. Diana Greig Stavert has over 30 years of mothering experience and at 70 years old, sure has a story to tell. We went on a journey from learning how to produce maple syrup in her back yard in the 1950's to the challenges of being a working woman in the 60's and delivering babies as an outpost nurse in isolated communities in Northern Quebec, to being an 'older' mother in the 80's & 90's. This was an emotional episode for both of us as she tells us about her experience with miscarriage* and post partum depression. My mother is one of the most open hearted and generous women I know and I am proud to share Her Story with you.
*some of this conversation may be triggering for some.
Cet épisode se déroule en anglais seulement.
Je vous promets que le prochain épisode sera bilingue!
Ceci est le premier épisode de la série de la fête des mères. Durant le mois de mai je parlerai avec des mamans de tout les âges.
On this episode I sat down with Alba Gil, filmmaker, yoga teacher, mother to a 4 year old boy. Alba created the successful Family Yoga program at Naada Yoga in Montreal's Mile End. We talk about her immigration to Canada from Mexico and the cultural differences of raising a child. She lets us in on the daily challenges of being an entrepreneur and mother and generously shares her traumatic birth experience. Le désir d'Alba est de créer une communauté dans laquelle les parents et enfants peuvent partager une pratique commune. Perhaps listening to this episode we can all take from Alba to be ok with what is uncomfortable, to listen to our intuition and remember the importance of friends and community especially during the early years of parenthood.
Cet épisode de déroule en anglais.
You can find Alba at:
instagram & facebook @naadayogafamily
I really want you to listen to this one. Pour your bevvie of choice, lay/sit down, and listen up! Liz has some stuff to stay and it is empowering, inspiring and surprisingly optimistic. Liz is a writer, director, producer, & founder of Dépanneur Films. She also works with a local social organization doing street work with youth. I was blown away by Liz's articulate take on being a female filmmaker in the "impossible" movie industry. She told me about her time in LA & how she made a movie by breaking all the rules. Listening to her, it is clear that her work is political, whether that is her intention or not. Liz has an incredibly strong and important voice for our times and it is our privilege to listen to it!
In this episode I speak with Joy Ross Jones. Besides being a theatre educator, performer, activist she is incredibly eloquent, intelligent and nuanced. Her Venezuelan upbringing gives us first hand insight on the crisis and how growing up in Venezuela has influenced her creative process. Joy was beautifully vulnerable about the notions of beauty and the depths of her emotional life. Although I had nowhere near enough time to ask her all the questions this episode is both uplifting and reflective. After listening you'll want more Joy. Stay tuned...there just might be a Joy Ross Jones ep. 2.0
Cet épisode se déroule uniquement en anglais.
We go madly off in all directions in this one...Katharina is a force! From the moment we begin to the end, Katharina speaks candidly about her career as a model and model booking agent. She gives us a glimpse into the fashion world that can sometimes seem so confounding but Katharina is honest and refreshing. We veer off into topics like bullying, memories we hold as children, & the ways in which the fashion industry is changing.
Katharina Kent nous parle de son rôle en tant que maman, de son récent divorce, elle nous dévoile ses insécurités de manière honnête et rafraichissante.
Katharina is so much fun and demands you keep up with her...I dare you to!
If you need a little inspiration and encouragement on how to stay motivated and inspired in an artistic career, this episode is for you. Dayane Ntibarikure talks about her mentorship work, trusting yourself and being ok with not being ok.
Elle partage avec nous ses habitudes de vie qui la gardent bien ancrée et positive. La conversation a aussi traité de la mort et du deuil, les choix irrationnels qui nous mènent souvent vers quelque chose de grand.
I spoke with actress, creator and trans-rights activist Pascale Drevillon. We talked about her experience with body dysphoria as a young child and adolescent to how she got to where she is now. Her trajectory is anything but ordinary. Pascale nous raconte son expérience à Cannes, et pourquoi c'est important pour elle d'explorer l'au-delà de sa feminité à travers son oeuvre.
*notez que cette conversation se tient généralement en anglais
*note that this conversation is held mainly in English.