Soul Sister Conversations

EP 19: Making A Contribution with Jim Kokocki

An episode of Soul Sister Conversations

By Dana Lloyd & Elaine Shannon
Welcome to Soul Sister Conversations where Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon inspire and empower you to connect more soul-fully to yourself. They talk leadership, passion, meaning, joy, fulfillment and other topics that encourage you to live well and create meaning in your life.

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Welcome to Soul Sister Conversations where Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon inspire and empower you to connect more soul-fully to yourself. They talk leadership, passion, meaning, joy, fulfillment and other topics that encourage you to live well and create meaning in your life.

Connect with Dana Lloyd at and Elaine Shannon at

Thanks for listening!

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EP 46: Walk It Off with Ruth Marshall, Author
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Ruth Marshall. Ruth has been a Canadian actor for over 20 years appearing in such shows as Degrassi Junior High, the second generation, Doc and Flashpoint. She does voiceover work now and she has written a recent memoir called “Walk It Off - the true hilarious story of how I learned to stand, walk, pee, run and have sex again after a nightmarish diagnosis turned my awesome life upside down.  In this conversation, Ruth shares insight into her journey back to health after having a tumour removed from her spine. She is warm, funny and vulnerable and tells us what this life altering experience has taught her.
December 8, 2019
EP 45: Feeding Your Soul with The Empowered Farmer, Aaron Law
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Aaron Law, the empowered farmer who feeds the minds, bodies and souls of Maritimers and people worldwide. We talk about his calling to share stories and insights and the use of social media to chronicle day to day happenings on his farm and his life. We talk how his love of travel and adventure gives him perspective, embracing changing passions and creativity. He shares his perspective on why we are disconnected from our food. This is episode is all about empowerment.
December 1, 2019
EP 44: Creative Aging with Anita Punamiya
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Anita Punamiya about Creative Aging. Creative Aging is a movement that recognizes the value of creative activities has on the lives and well beings of seniors. Anita talks about her research project which studies the connection between art and brain health as we age. She explains the three big factors seniors face: social isolation, loneliness and boredom. We cannot underestimate the negative impact these have on seniors lives. We talk benefits of being creative, slowing down dementia, and living with possibility as we age. This episode will inspire you to live well as you age and have a greater appreciation for the challenges facing seniors.
November 24, 2019
EP 43: Healing from Trauma with Laverne Stewart, Author
Trigger Warning: This episode references traumatic scenes and involves some language using murder, sexual assault and rape.)In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Laverne Stewart who was a former Investigative Reporter with CTV News. After experiencing many harrowing scenes as a reporter, she experienced cumulative trauma which forced her to seek her own healing. She became an author of both fiction and non-fiction books which explore the spiritual realm. In particular, one story that she covered in the mid-nineteen nineties, found her again. An experience with a psychic medium asked her to pass on a message to the mother of an 8 year old girl who was abducted and murdered. The mother was in need of healing and Laverne feels she was used as a vessel to write a book about the 8 year old girl so that others may heal that were involved in the case. As Laverne says, she did not intend to write the book, the book found her.  This conversation goes deep in conversation about spirituality, messages, the afterlife and using this realm to heal from trauma. This is a fascinating conversation where Laverne is vulnerable in sharing her stories and experiences from the other side.
November 17, 2019
EP 42: Be open to the Universe with Chef Michelle Hooton
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Michelle Hotten, a perennial entrepreneur, who speaks to us about being open to the Universe and how this has applied to her entrepreneurial journey.  We talk confidence, strength, life and leadership lessons.
November 10, 2019
EP 41: Creating a formula for Success in Life & Entrepreneurship with Rivers Corbett
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, the Soul Sisters speak with Rivers Corbett, a serial entrepreneur who is a mission to reduced the failure rate of entrepreneurs. He shares with us the key ingredients for entrepreneurship success while being upfront about the real challenges including sharing insight into his own battle with depression. Rivers Corbett is a super fun, upbeat, enthusiastic guy who keeps it real. He is vulnerable, funny and plays with the Soul Sisters in this episode. This is a must listen for anyone in business or contemplating jumping into the entrepreneurship arena. Rivers calls entrepreneurship a game. You can win if you know how to play. Rivers intends to show entrepreneurs how to play the game.
November 3, 2019
EP 40: Manifesting What You Want Using the Law of Attraction with artist Eliza Fayle
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, the Soul Sisters speak with Eliza Fayle whose purpose is to help others use the Law of Attraction to live a life of abundance. As Eliza says it is all about “Ordinary people manifesting ordinary things.” You haven’t heard about the Law of Attraction like this before. Simple, easy, pragmatic ways to get the life you want.
October 27, 2019
EP 39: Young Leadership & Helping Others by Building a Social Enterprise with Lily Lynch
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Lily Lynch, Co-founder of Sankara. She shares her story of creating a social enterprise to promote multiculturalism while building empathy for newcomers in our community. You will be inspired by her entrepreneurial spirit using food as a way to tell cultural stories. Lily is a twenty five year old entrepreneur on a mission to have newcomers feel welcome and get embedded in their communities. Sankara is a tool to promote cultural cuisine so that you can learn about new cultures.
October 20, 2019
EP 38: Building a Company from Good to Great with Beth Hatt, Founder of Aquila Tours
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Beth Hatt founder of Aquila Tours who shares the story of taking her company from Good to Great using the principles from the book with the same name. She shares her true calling and we talk vision, culture, mentorship, and leadership philosophies. You will be wowed by this humble leader who loves to watch people grow.
October 13, 2019
EP 37: Empowering Women Beyond Fashion with Amanda Hanson, Personal Stylist
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Amanda Hanson, a personal stylist. She shares how she wants to use her voice to help women feel empowered and to feel confident in expressing themselves without fear of judgement. This episode is loaded with themes of building confidence, body image, loving yourself, finding your style and expressing yourself through your clothes.  And she gives the Soul Sisters a few tips on how to dress the bodies we have.
October 6, 2019
EP 36: Lessons from living through Breast Cancer with Kathy Kaufield
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Kathy Kaufield, who is a woman on a mission to inform women about the importance of knowing their breast density. As someone who is cancer free right now, she also shares her story of breast cancer and how that impacted her. You will be inspired by her perspective, philosophy, and hope for the future.
September 29, 2019
EP 35: Following Your Heart's Desire with Kelly Lawson, Photographer & Creative Entrepreneur
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Kelly Lawson who shares her story of leaving her career path in Occupational Therapy to pursue her photography passion. Kelly recalls the entrepreneurial voice she had in high school, but didn’t realize the significance of it so she pursued her university studies. Her entrepreneurial voice would rise up again during her career until she could no longer ignore it. She bought a $600 camera and her new entrepreneurial venture was born eventually leading her to leave her career full time. She hasn’t looked back. We talk about her journey as an entrepreneur, what she has learned along the way and she gives the Soul Sisters some tips on how to take better pictures.
September 22, 2019
EP 34: Reinventing Yourself & Living on Purpose with Janet Thompson-Price, Immigration Lawyer
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Janet Thompson-Price, an immigration lawyer who started her own law firm now known as Atlantic Fusion Law Group. She speaks of the turning point where she left a big, corporate Law firm to start her own firm fueled by living a life by design, better work-life balance, and helping newcomers feel a sense of belonging. This is a feel good episode of inclusion.
September 15, 2019
EP 33: The Impact of Personal Development of on Your Life & Business with Elizabeth Rowe
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Elizabeth Rowe, a lifelong learner and restaurant owner of Urban Deli and Italian by Night located in St. John, New Brunswick. Elizabeth shares how she got on a path of personal development early on in her life and how that has impacted her in her current business. She shares her leadership lessons that she learned from corporate that help her in her current restaurant business. We talk about self-awareness, investing in yourself and surrounding yourself with people who have dreams.
September 10, 2019
EP 32: Lessons from Our Summer Guests
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana & Elaine recap the lessons learned from our guests in the Summer Soul Series. There was so much insight delivered in the summer months that the Soul Sister broke it down into bite sized pieces. The guests were a comedian, a Benedictine Nun, a Spirit Medium, a heart and lung transplant recipient, a mediation and yoga teacher, a gardener, a grieving mother and a Counsellor. All wise, soulful teachers. The theme of going inward is very present.
September 1, 2019
EP 31: Living a Richer Life with Counsellor Patricia Donihee
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana & Elaine speak with Patricia Donihee, a Counsellor who teaches how to live a richer, fuller life despite layers of social conditioning. This episode is heavily themed with using energy and the philosophy that life happens for you, not to you. The conversation covers topics such as the problems people are dealing with today, anxiety, playing the victim and so much more. Patricia totes herself as an Information Broker for her clients. This is what she does for the Soul Sister Community introducing many practitioner’s ideas and book that she uses in her practice including the most recent The Energy Codes by Dr. Sue Morter. This is a jam packed episode of learning and getting what you want in life.
August 25, 2019
EP 30: Connecting With Nature with Heather Purcell, Health Coach & Certified Kripalu KMOG
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana & Elaine speak with Heather Purcell about connecting with nature. Both Heather and her husband endured cycling accidents that greatly changed the way they looked at life. She tells us what she learned about healing and how she and her family changed the way they lived. You will be inspired by the many avenues to wellness. In this episode, we go outward to go inward.
August 18, 2019
EP 29: Living Bravely with Tiffany Agnew, President of The Braedon Foundation
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Tiffany Agnew speaks to Dana Lloyd & Elaine Shannon about the loss of her son Braedon, how she dealt with that loss including the foundation she started in his name. You will be inspired to move outside your comfort zone and live more bravely.
August 11, 2019
EP 28: The Impact of Gardening on Your Life with Kim Osepchook of Axil Gardens
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we speak with Kim Osepchook of Axil Gardens about the power of gardening. She inspires us to return to the earth by making gardening simple. She reminds us that growing even a small amount of food has a great impact on your physical and mental well being as well as reducing  your  carbon footprint…gardening is easier than you think. 
August 4, 2019
EP 27: The Power of Meditation with Stephen Joyce
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with Stephen Joyce of Amana Yoga about the life changing practices of meditation and yoga. We learn how to make meditation easy, the many benefits of meditation and the impact meditation has had on his life and on the lives of others. You will have a new appreciation for meditation and what it can do for you. Stephen shares openly how mediation helped his anxiety. Stephen has us laughing when he shares the differences between men and women when it comes to the meditation and yoga.
July 28, 2019
EP 26: Live Today with Mark Black, Heart-Lung Transplant Recipient
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Mark Black, International Speaker talks about being a heart-lung transplant recipient. He shares with us his philosophy on life, what role faith plays and how he has outperformed the doctor’s expectations. You will be inspired by Mark’s outlook on life and his message is a universal one.
July 21, 2019
EP 25: Developing Your Spiritual Intuition with Spirit Medium Cindy O'Donnell
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with spirit medium Cindy O’Donnell about her gift of mediumship. She teaches us how to tune into our intuition, how to communicate with loved ones who have passed on and how to release beliefs. She recalls the specific accident where she realized she could communicate with the other side. She reminds us that, we too, can connect with loved ones if we just surrender. Cindy reminds us not to fear spirit. She also tells us that we have 4 bodies. All 4 need to be in alignment otherwise disease gets in. She remind us that spirituality is not about trying; it is about being, embodying and surrendering. In this episode, there is a bonus segment where Cindy uses her gift of mediumship to give a Soul Sister clarity on her life.
July 14, 2019
EP 24: The Time Is Now with Sister Joan Chittister
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon speak with Sister Joan Chittister about her most recent book The Time Is Now: A Call To Uncommon Courage. She makes a passionate appeal to be an everyday prophet. She reminds us that staying quiet creates a false sense of peace when we are witness to atrocities that are happening around us. She calls us out for people who say they are too busy or don’t know how to be prophet. She reminds us it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the topics that matter to us and then do something about it. Sister Joan also shares her thoughts on empowering women specifically addressing why women push back against other women. This episode will inspire you to do more. You will be changed by Sister Joan’s words, insight and courage. Perhaps the best advice she gives, “Don’t ask who the prophets are. Be one.”
July 7, 2019
EP 23: Laughing and Loving Life with James Mullinger
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we speak with James Mullinger about his life in comedy. He shares openly his difficulties as a child and what made him want to be a Stand Up Comedian. He sheds insight on his mindset to be in this business as well as his fears. He’s doing something that many would consider nerve racking. He tells us what makes him nervous. He also shares who is favourite comedian, how he is responsible to his audience and what he would like to do to become truly Canadian.  You don't want to miss the laughs and insight as we take a look at a comedian from the inside out.
June 30, 2019
EP 22: Ultimate Summer Staycation: Going Within
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, the soul sisters talk all things Summer. We talk about the summer of intention, growing in spirit and we are excited to introduce you to our Summer Soul Series lineup. Of course, the soul sisters talk about signs of grace: hearts & roses, being intentional this summer and we have a book giveaway. Check out the Soul Sister Conversations Facebook page.
June 23, 2019
EP 21: Designing Your Life on Purpose with Nathalie Godbout
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we chat with Nathalie Godbout, lawyer and co-founder of a boutique law firm called Godbout Fawcett in Saint John, NB. She talks to us about designing a life on purpose. She shares very openly the turning point in her life where she attended a retreat and came out a different person immediately changing everything about her life. She shares the one thing that really made a difference on the retreat that lead her down a new path. She also talks about forging a new path as a woman in law as well she shares a very poignant moment she and her family experienced in a hotel where they were subject to intimate partner violence.  This is a powerful episode for anyone wanting to change their life. Two themes run through this episode: 1) getting quiet 2) loving yourself. Get your pen ready for the nuggets in this episode.
June 16, 2019
EP 20: Finding Your Voice
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we are talking about finding your voice. We discover your voice IS your life. What message do you want to share with the world?
June 9, 2019
EP 19: Making A Contribution with Jim Kokocki
In this Episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon speak with Jim Kokocki a business consultant and dedicated volunteer who lives in Saint John, NB. Jim has a great discussion with the Soul Sisters about what he has learned from his 30 year participation as a Toastmaster, what he has learned a leader of a global organization and how both his Toastmaster life and his volunteer work with L’Arche has brought meaning to his life.
June 2, 2019
EP: 18 Figuring Life Out , Never underestimate the small things you have done in life.
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana& Elaine talk about the practical and spiritual side of figuring life out. They discuss how every experience leads you somewhere. Nothing is ever wasted.
May 25, 2019
EP: 17 Leading with Vulnerability, Authenticity & Courage with Don Darling
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we talk with Don Darling, mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick. This isn’t an episode about politics. It is an episode about one person leading their life with vulnerability, authenticity and courage. As a guest, Don is very open and vulnerable sharing his struggles including the breaking point where his life shifted for the better. He didn’t have a midlife crisis; he had a midlife awakening.
May 19, 2019
EP: 16 Overcoming Perfection
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana and Elaine talk about perfection and they explore our early programming to be perfect and ways to overcome perfection. Dana and Elaine share their experiences of wrestling with perfection and why they call themselves recovering “perfectionists.”
May 12, 2019
EP 15: Be brave. Be You with Cathy Simpson, CEO of Tech Impact
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we chat with Tech Impact, CEO Cathy Simpson who is also the founder of Up& Go. Cathy is creating a girls movement that builds amazing core skills for life.
May 5, 2019
EP 14: The Power of Aging
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, we celebrate Elaine's birthday. This celebration lead us to discuss the power of aging. We talk about clarity, accepting ourselves, building your own life and we leave you with an important question to ponder: Who Am I? 
April 27, 2019
Ep 13: Growing Yourself : Leadership Insight with Eric Lloyd
A conversation about leadership with President of Sunny Corner Enterprises, Eric Lloyd. Eric has been a been a senior leader for close to twenty years. Although very experienced in creating business results, his true leadership journey began only in the past eight years. Eric shares his insight about the importance of having a vision and connecting to  it daily; the need to develop your own leadership style and the importance of getting more help as you rise whether it is in the ranks of an organization or in your life by having an Executive Coach or someone who is a sounding board so you can keep growing as you lead your life or business. This episode will benefit you whether you are leading an organization or seeking to be a better leader in your life. You will learn that leadership development is personal development. You will be challenged to grow yourself and learn how to successfully break down big goals.
April 21, 2019
EP 12: Dial In Your Life, What do you want to do with your life!
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations, Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon talk about dialling in your life. They share personal stories of how they have come to realize life is short and they talk about how to encourage and love more.  
April 14, 2019
EP 11: Building Confidence & the Power of Being Yourself with Lorraine Peters
In this Episode, we speak to Lorraine Peters of NWH Modelling about building confidence and the power of being yourself. The conversation gets real with Lorraine's observations around the mother daughter relationship.
April 6, 2019
EP 10: Rebirth, Renew, Refresh by following Nature’s Lead
In this epiosde of Soul Sister Conversations Dana and Elaine chat about spring and how this season inspires new life in nature and in our own life.   What do you want to give birth to in your life?
March 30, 2019
EP 9: Leading with Empathy with Matt George
On this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we have a meaningful conversation with Matt George, a young community leader who believes in producing great work that generously serves the community. Matt George is the Founder of The Navi Group which ensures entrepreneurs, businesses and governments are able to navigate the intersection of culture, business and technology. In this episode, learn how Matt leads his life with empathy and uses it to contribute to his community. He shares how he uses his gift of empathy to serve the community for a higher purpose.  Highlights: 2:35 Why he settled in his hometown after years of travelling abroad. 3:00 Learn about Matt's quest to have great conversations with people in his community and how it related to his contribution to the community. 5:15 What were the two things that surprised him about the conversations he was having with people in his community. 9:40 Listen to see if you relate to Matt's "Chronic Empathy" problem and why it doesn't make him feel helpless anymore. 18:28 Where is his journey of having conversations taking him? 21:40  We talk about The End of Permission. You get to pick you. 24:38 Quality of life is based on series of good next best decisions. 29:16 Good ideas move us forward. 29:32 How his work brings meaning to his life. 32:00 Pay for great things to come into the world. #payforgreatwork  You can connect with Matt George:  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @mattgeorgenavi
March 24, 2019
EP 8: Coincidences & Signs of Grace
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we talk about signs of grace. If you have ever wondered if these are more than just coincidences, this show is for you.
March 17, 2019
EP 7: Millennia Tea CEO Tracy Bell shares her unexpected journey to entrepreneurship
In this episode of Soul Sister Conversations we are chatting with Startup CEO Tracy Bell of Millennia Tea. She shares her unexpected journey to becoming an entrepreneur, how she keeps everything in perspective including mindfulness and what she has learned about leadership as a new CEO. To find out more about the tea, the story behind the tea and Tracy visit
March 9, 2019
EP 6: Word Themes vs. Resolutions
In the episode of Soul Sister Conversations Dana and Elaine are having a conversation about the importance of word themes and how they can bring focus to your life.  :46 Dana shares a story of how she found a video from 2012 while doing a search on herself on google. In the video Elaine approached (ambushed) Dana after a networking event and asked her about her word theme of the year.  Check out Soul Sister Conversations Facebook page to see the video. We will leave you with a question. What is your word of the year?  Please let us know what it is and make sure you like our Facebook Page. We would love it if you rated our podcast...thanks from the Soul Sisters,  Dana and Elaine   
March 3, 2019
EP 5: Self Discovery - Trisha Perry's journey to finding inner peace
In conversation with Trisha Perry about her journey of self-discovery shifting from lawyer to entrepreneur which led her to finding peace within herself. She co-founded a company called Resonance Inc. that allows her to be who she truly is.
February 23, 2019
EP 4: Reclaim Time with Elaine Shannon
In this episode, Dana and Elaine talk about reclaiming time. Dana Lloyd interviews Elaine Shannon about her relationship with time and what she has learned from helping others. Elaine says people don’t have a time problem, they have a focus problem.
February 16, 2019
EP 3: Finding Joy with Dana Lloyd
In this episode, Elaine Shannon interviews Dana Lloyd about her book Soul Prescription: 101 Ways To Find Joy, Meaning, & Fulfillment. Dana & Elaine explore the Inner Critic, the importance of developing an Inner Coach and finding joy. Listen too as they share a beautiful story of a Rose found on a beach and the meaning behind that Rose.
February 10, 2019
EP 2: Life Happens For You, Not To You
In this Episode Dana & Elaine explore the soul lesson “Life happens for you, not to you.”
February 2, 2019
EP 1: Introduction to Soul Sisters Dana Lloyd & Elaine Shannon
This episode you get introduced to Dana Lloyd and Elaine Shannon, the co-hosts of Soul Sister Conversations. Dana and Elaine talk about who they are, how they met and why they started this soulful podcast.
January 20, 2019
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