Her Story - Son Histoire à Elle

Her Story - Son Histoire à Elle

By Kathleen Stavert
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.
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Jessica Greenberg : Demystifying the casting process
In the entertainment industry there is a certain position that is highly underrated, unrecognized in all the award ceremonies and no one really gives out major accolades to, yet people who are in this position have the ability to change someone’s life, overnight. The casting director. They are somewhat of the intermediate between the actors & production. Put simply they help cast the show but really they do so much more than that. They rely on their intuition and Instincts and hold stake in the reason why you love that character but can’t put your finger on why...I was so lucky that Jessica Greenberg, of Greenberg Casting sat down with me to talk about this unconventional career path. It was really interesting to have a relaxed conversation with someone who sits on the other side of the table and have her demystify the process. Jessica is refreshingly down to earth, positive and really excited to get to know actors and local talent! She built her company from the ground up cause there’s no casting director training but the job itself.  Actor or not this is a rare insight on an elusive industry and Jessica Greenberg makes is more relaxed, welcoming and fun!
51:12
February 28, 2020
Death Series - Marie-Pier Beauséjour: Vie après la mort: The rules and regulations of Death
*Cet épisode est bilingue * This episode is bilingual in French and English Do you know about the business of death here in Quebec?  Connaissez-vous la procedure, qui vous devez contactez apres la mort de quelqu'un.  Connaissez vous vos droits en tant que parenté de la personne qui est morte.  I had no idea about the legislation of death until Marie-Pier Beausejour sat down with me to explain the current law around death & funerals; what happens to the body right after death and the choices that are available to us  here in Quebec.  Marie-Pier is a 2nd year PhD student in humanities and her fields are anthropology, sociology and public health...comme elle l'explique si bien: “Je me questionne, sur ce que veut dire la mise à distance du corps, dans un contexte de sécularisation, médicalisation,  professionalisation et bureaucratisation, de construire une relation avec le cadavre dans la mesure où les soins ont été déplacés des familles aux industries funéraires et médecins''.   We tend to shy away from the subject of death let alone the logistics of it so it was surprisingly refreshing to speak with Marie-Pier who is so curious, inquisitive and who doesn't burrow away from the mess of death.  In fact thanks to Marie-Pier I have been reflecting on how we can make death and after death more just, inclusive and diverse.  I think Marie-Pier is one of the thought leaders of this so hopefully we will have her back on post phD for more, but for now, this is an extremely educational and interesting interview and I hope it gets you thinking and challenging the status quo. Marie-Pier is also an extremely resourceful person for articles and media on death and dying.  Here are some resources if you would like to explore this subject more:  Article: Trop Jeune pour voir mourir maman     & The Uses and enchantments in American Home Funerals / en Français Documentary to watch: How to die in Oregon Podcast: Criminal ep. 17 - Final Exit
46:24
February 14, 2020
Death Series - Amélie Villeneuve: La plus grande justice
In certain lineages of Buddhism one important meditation is that if death.  Meditating on death can be an albeit peculiar way of appreciating this earthly life.  I’ve been wanting to talk more deeply about the subject for a very long time perhaps as a way to prepare for the inevitable, perhaps as a way to find some succour and beauty in the greatest mystery of all.  What better way to welcome in a new year than to contemplate death not alone but with other people who are around it and study it.  After speaking to my guests on the death series, I am reminded that we will never know what it is until we go through it, and we will go through it.  The dying remind us that under the layers and veneer of this mortal coil is a truth that we can access by opening our hearts, listening deeply and being present with one another. This is something my last guest has practiced. Amelie Villeneuve currently works in palliative care as a spiritual aid in a public hospital here in Montreal.  My talk with her was fascinating as someone who is surrounded by death everyday, but she also works with people who are healing or dealing with a loss but still have a lot of life to live.  It has definitely made her reflect on her own spirituality and what that means and how it changes, she tells me about what challenges her in the work but also the simplicity of connecting with someone, a stranger, who is dying and how intimate that is.  .  If you’re looking for answers, for life hacks, for the meaning of life, you won’t get it here but you will listen in on a very interesting. And intimate conversation It reminded me that death is coming for me and that life is now.  Ok let that sink in.
48:45
January 31, 2020
Death series - Val Thomas: The ones who have the most to give
Welcome to the 2nd season of Her Story! We are kicking off 2020 with a series on Death & Dying.   In certain lineages of Buddhism one important meditation is that if death.  Meditating on death can be an albeit peculiar way of appreciating this earthly life.  I’ve been wanting to talk more deeply about the subject for a very long time perhaps as a way to prepare for the inevitable, perhaps as a way to find some succour and beauty in the greatest mystery of all.  What better way to welcome in a new year than to contemplate death not alone but with other people who are around it and study it.  After speaking to my guests on the death series, I am reminded that we will never know what it is until we go through it, and we will go through it.  The dying remind us that under the layers and veneer of this mortal coil is a truth that we can access by opening our hearts, listening deeply and being present with one another.   This is something my next two guests have practiced on a daily basis.  First, Val Thomas used to work palliative care as a spiritual aid in a public hospital here in Montreal.   she talks about her experience with accompanying people in their final days and hours, how it has affected her personally, and the wisdom she has taken from her work.  This interview blew me away and I think you’ll be touched by it too.  Find your coziest chair, a cup of something warm and settle in. www.valthomasmusic.com
47:20
January 17, 2020
Patricia Summersett : Journeys
Welcome to The Travel Issue!  HerStory travels.  I happened to be in New Zealand** accompanying my latest guest PL Summersett Patricia Summersett on her comicon journey.  If you don't know by now, Patricia voiced the iconic Nintendo videogame character of Zelda.  This is huge because it is the first time ever that Zelda has had a voice so to speak.  Patricia agreed to sit down with me and answer my questions one night in a hotel room in Auckland mainly cause I threatened to tell her deepest darkest secrets if she didn't...jokes aside Patricia and I have been friends and travel buddies for many years and I have had the privilege to not only have her as a colleague, roommate, critic, professional sidekick, but throughout the years I have witnessed her immense growth as an artist and person.  Her journey up until this moment is nothing less than intriguing, from her competitive ice dancing years in the US & Canada, to health scares to getting married and divorced in her early twenties, to almost becoming a nurse to actually becoming and actor & to leaving what is no longer working out for her to following every gut dream she has to the end.  These days she has been travelling & meeting Zelda, Rainbow Six and Assassin's Creed fans the world over.  Patricia is one of the few people I know who acts so strongly on what she believes in and what she wants and makes it happen.  She is passionate to the core & she is also kind and generous and I am proud and happy to call her my friend.  I am sure this interview will give you an inside look on one of the most driven and talented people I know. **Bear with us...this show contains alcohol patriciasummersett.com Summersett Band
59:56
November 29, 2019
Emily Gan: The art of self reflection and doing it differently
I was thrilled to have my friend Emily Gan on the podcast. Emily is a filmmaker who recently made some waves at the Hot Docs Festival. She won the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker award with her documentary Cave Birds and will be screened here in Montreal next week. The film follows her father who invested in a swiftlet bird nest business in Malaysia (rest assured the birds are safe), and as Emily says it's a subtle metaphor of her relationship with her father and that side of her family. It was so interesting to hear Emily speak about her journey of making the film and what she was confronted with throughout the process. Emily is a true artist and her take on what film represents and what she chooses to depict with a film is a refreshing and clear view of how we can experience our own lives. A moment in time. A frame of that single moment. She talks about how her yoga practice supported that view and how teaching yoga was at times a relief from the minutia of making a film. Emily's ability to be self reflective on her mistakes and life was inspiring and I was touched that she was so honest in this interview. I think those are qualities we can all aspire to have. Cave Birds will be screened at Cinema du Quartier Latin on Nov. 20th, 6pm & Cinema du Parc Nov. 22nd, 9pm www.emilygan.com
47:09
November 15, 2019
Sex Series: Amadea Kezar - A whole new world! (we don't talk about much...the Pelvis!)
Amadea Kezar runs the ASK Physiothérapie clinic on Green and St-Catherine's in Montreal and she invited me to her office so that we could talk about all things pelvis.  The pelvis is essentially at the receiving end of the brain and nervous system so there is no wonder that our pelvic muscles and organs, genitals and evacuation system are entirely affected by patterns of fear and stress, post-partum and everyday habits.  Amadea is on a mission to bring awareness and healing to these intimate parts.  So many people today experience pain with sex and are understandably afraid or embarrassed to talk about it.  So many women have issues with post-partum recovery that can take a toll on their wellbeing.   We go right into the shame behind pain and the concrete solution Amadea uses to facilitate healing.  We talk extensively about the vagina and specific sensitive areas where her patients can feel discomfort.  Amadea talks me through what a typical appointment with her would look like and we cover all the bases such as douching and waxing and ways in which partners can get involved in the conversation about intimacy, pain and our pelvis'.  We are incredibly lucky to have people like Amadea and her team of therapists out there in the world, educating and spreading awareness about the pelvis because as I learned, these issues are so widespread and have such an impact on our intimate lives.  Bottom line, we are entitled to feel safe, and to feel pleasure, and to feel well in our bodies at any given time.   This conversation may be triggering for some so please use your discretion. ASK Physiothérapie
47:14
November 1, 2019
Sex Series : Shanice Nicole - Defying the Husband Stitch and other ways to fight sexual oppression
You know when you've just sat down to have a conversation with someone and very shortly into the conversation you realize you're in the presence of someone so knowledgeable and really cool and you wonder where you put the cocktails cause you know the conversation is going to be mind-blowing?  Well, as soon as Shanice Nicole came in, I had a feeling we were going to go places.  Shanice is a black feminist educator, facilitator & writer and much of her work focusses on anti-oppression and anti-racism.  In this conversation we specifically talk about how to look at systemic oppression through the lense of sex.  And we talk about the vagina y'all.  We talk about the "Husband Stitch" -and yeah, it's as bad as it sounds- and so many other ways in which the typical conversation around sex is one-dimensional.  She shares with me her ideas on how to make the information on sexual health more inclusive...I mean who do we talk about when we talk about women?  Because in the archaic yet ever present sexual education we receive from a not so young age, so many people are left out.  Having a conversation with Shanice is like sitting down with your really really really smart friend who looks at everything from a different perspective anchored in compassion and inclusivity and challenges the status quo and who also has great nails and is a cool spoken word artist.  At the end we are treated with a piece of hers which encompasses so perfectly what we've explored together.  Shanice Nicole is an important voice in this city and it's our honour and privilege to hear her speak. facebook.com/ShaniceNicoleSpeaks www.advocatesforyouth.org www.sexandu.ca
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October 18, 2019
Sex Series: Jennifer Drummond - Looking beyond the old paradigm of assault prevention & the intimacy in disability
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. SARC Concordia University Hall Building 6th floor, room 345 Jennifer Drummond ext. 3353 sarc@concordia.ca Montreal Sexual Assault Crisis Line 514-933-9007
49:27
October 4, 2019
Sex Series: Amber Dawn - The commodification of the feminine divine
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 www.theparlourproject.com MTL Wolf Lab https://www.facebook.com/wolflabmtl/
57:23
September 20, 2019
Dawn Mauricio: Bringing the feminine to the spiritual
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! www.dawnmauricio.com www.spiritrock.org instagram: @dawnmauricio
50:13
September 6, 2019
Kim Manning: The politics of presence
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. https://gendercreativekids.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/LPCKimManning/
52:12
August 23, 2019
Jessica Lanyadoo
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. www.lovelanyadoo.com Ghost of a Podcast 
1:05:29
June 14, 2019
Mother's Day series: Elena Jennifer Montecalvo
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
49:58
May 31, 2019
Mothers Day series: Catherine Bérubé
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.  
44:37
May 24, 2019
Mother's Day series: Diana Greig Stavert
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!
56:19
May 17, 2019
Mothers Day series: Alba Gil
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:  www.naadayogafamily.ca instagram & facebook @naadayogafamily
58:24
May 10, 2019
Liz Singh
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!    
1:00:44
March 29, 2019
Joy Ross Jones
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.   
50:54
March 4, 2019
Katharina Kent
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!   
48:04
February 15, 2019
Dayane Ntibarikure
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.  
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January 31, 2019
Pascale Drevillon
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.     
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January 16, 2019