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The Wild And Free Podcast

The Wild And Free Podcast

By Twila

The Wild and Free Podcast is a collision of passion and purpose where we combine our love of great coffee with an even greater purpose -- to make a difference in the lives of those affected by human trafficking. Twila (owner of Wild Ginger Coffee) sits down with literally everyone - from ethical business owners, to coffee farmers, to human trafficking and sex industry survivors - to learn, educate and inspire each of us to do what we can to work toward freedom right where we are. These life changing conversations will not leave you the same, so buckle up - it's a wild ride!
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Terricited & Triumphant: A Hot Take of 2022 - Twila and Donovan, Wild Ginger Coffee
Terricited & Triumphant: A Hot Take of 2022 - Twila and Donovan, Wild Ginger Coffee
Welcome to the first episode of 2023 and it is chuck full of all our most favorite and frightening adventures over the past year and what we are most looking forward to in 2023.  You'll get our hot takes on 2022 - which you obviously want - as well as what we hope for the next year as we continue to pursue the dream of opening The Wild and Free Cafe in Millbank! The Wild and Free Cafe Kickstarter is still open.  Here's where and how you can give: www.wildgingercoffee.com  https://donorbox.org/cafe-kickstarter CONNECT with us:  @wildgingercoffee @wildandfreecafe wildgingercoffee@gmail.com
01:07:51
January 13, 2023
Chasing Beauty - Jan Gerrie, Her Hope Shop
Chasing Beauty - Jan Gerrie, Her Hope Shop
Today on the podcast we have one more ethical company to help you get that Christmas list stroked off, and they are LOCAL! (To southwestern Ontario).  Jan Gerrie is one of the owners of Her Hope Shop, but she is also a full-time student of Psychology at Redeemer University, as well as a part-time PSW in long term care.  She loves farms and cities, books and coffee and cats and is most certain that there will be ALL of the above in Heaven.   Jan is passionate about chasing justice and seeking mercy in the dark places and she longs to walk with a posture of learning and humility alongside pain and suffering and to find God there.  And this, she does!  We go there in this episode - and we are both enneagram 4's - so get cozy and enjoy!  RESOURCES:  www.herhopeshop.ca @her.hope.shop @jangerrie Diane Langberg on youtube:  (1) Diane Langberg, Ph.D. - YouTube Cafe Kickstarter:  GIVE TODAY: https://donorbox.org/cafe-kickstarter www.wildgingercoffee.com @wildgingercoffee @wildandfreecafe
59:15
December 01, 2022
Calling A Spade A Spade - Naomi Holland, Redeemed With Purpose
Calling A Spade A Spade - Naomi Holland, Redeemed With Purpose
It's the second episode in our Ethical Business series and this one is on fire!  Listen in to find out all about Naomi Holland's company - Redeemed With Purpose - which she uses to give money to International Justice Mission.  But mostly her heart is to use the business as a platform to educate parents and kids on the effects of pornography on people and it's undeniable connection to sexual exploitation.   Naomi is a cowboy-turned-pastor's wife, has two children, has lived all over the world but now calls rural Alberta home.  This conversation is going to FIRE YOU UP!  So get ready, and enjoy! RESOURCES: Get in touch with Naomi and Redeemed With Purpose: www.redeemedwithpurpose.com @redeemedwithpurpose  Naomi’s youtube talk for parents: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA6j4_PRu1EHlc0uewX7Dmg Ted Bundy Interview with Focus On The Family: https://youtu.be/sCUQLPOjvxs DONATE TO THE WILD AND FREE CAFE: www.wildgingercoffee.com wildgingercoffee@gmail.com @wildgingercoffee @wildandfreecafe
01:03:36
October 31, 2022
It's Not Business, It's Personal - Christy Asper, Paper Baristas
It's Not Business, It's Personal - Christy Asper, Paper Baristas
This episode kicks off our Ethical Shopping Series - and no, it's not a mistake that we are heading into one of the most commercialized seasons of the year!  Christy is the owner and lead designer of Paper Baristas - a fair trade paper and stationary "roastery".  Their love for all things coffee and freedom is how this business was launched and their products are BEAUTIFUL!  Listen to hear how they are cleaning up the paper supply chain, supporting front line organizations working with survivors of human trafficking, AND stick around all the way to the end for a special promo code so you can get your greeting cards from them this season (and all the seasons!) RESOURCES: World Fair Trade Organization | Home of Fair Trade Enterprises (wfto.com) CONNECT:  @paperbaristas www.paperbaristas.com @wildgingercoffee @wildandfreecafe www.wildgingercoffee.com Want to give toward our kickstarter and get one of Christy's beautiful cards for free (among other perks?):  https://donorbox.org/cafe-kickstarter
49:19
October 01, 2022
Coffee Shops + Rabbit Trails - Donovan Gerber, Marketing Director
Coffee Shops + Rabbit Trails - Donovan Gerber, Marketing Director
This episode is a BIG DEAL but needs little introduction, you just have to listen for yourself.  Basically, not only do you get to meet the inaugural winner of The Golden Bean Award - THE Donovan Gerber -  but you also get the inside scoop on the opening of The Wild and Free Cafe (I KNOW!!!) and how you can help.  You do NOT want to miss this! GIVE TOWARDS THE CAFE:  https://donorbox.org/cafe-kickstarter  WATCH OUR KICKSTARTER VIDEO: www.wildgingercoffee.com @wildgingercoffee 
01:03:18
August 31, 2022
The Most Bizarre Relationship That Saved Me - Trisha Baptie, Survivor
The Most Bizarre Relationship That Saved Me - Trisha Baptie, Survivor
Trisha Baptie is a mamma, survivor, friend, advocate and so much more.  She sits on several anti-trafficking boards and committees and was given journalistic credentials to cover the Robert Picton Trial from the perspective of a former prostitute, even with just a grade 6 education.  We both shed tears in this one and I bet you will, too! *TRIGGER WARNING* As always, our stories often contain mature and even mildly graphic content.  Please listen with a parent or mentor that you trust so that all of our conversations can be helpful and not hurtful.  RESOURCES:  Follow Trisha and her work @trishabaptie @abolition_eve  If you are currently being exploited, you want out or just just need help, here are some people and places to reach out to in Canada: Human Trafficking Hotline, Canada, 24/7: 1-833-900-1010 Waterloo/Wellington Human Trafficking Department: intel.ht@wrps.on.ca   CONTACT WILD GINGER COFFEE/THE WILD AND FREE PODCAST:  www.wildgingercoffee.com wildgingercoffee@gmail.com  @wildgingercoffee
01:39:26
July 01, 2022
Trauma Isn't 9-5 - Katarina (survivor, mother) and Deidre (daughter)
Trauma Isn't 9-5 - Katarina (survivor, mother) and Deidre (daughter)
The first episode in our Summer Stories Series is here!  Katarina and Deidre are a mother daughter duo and today on the podcast they share their story together walking through Katarina's 15 years being sexually exploited and abused in various ways, how she got out and Deidre's experience as a daughter being right there through it all!  You'll find out the amazing ways they are reaching out to women now and get a good dose of hope for broken relationships, too!  Yes, you'll need a couple hours for this one - but I promise, it's worth it! RESOURCES:  Human Trafficking Hotline, Canada, 24/7 - 1 833 900 1010 Waterloo/Wellington Human trafficking department - intel.ht@wrps.on.ca CONTACT Katarina or Deidre directly:  contact Katarina by email at info@risingangels.net Rising Angels Website:  www.risingangels.net  Facebook: @risingangelscanada IG Tag: @risingangelsrestorative YouTube: Rising Angels Awareness & Restorative Care If you want to see some of the things Deidre & Brody are up to check out their website: brodyanddeidrehaight.com If you want to follow more of Deidre’s creative journey check out her IG @courageouslycreativelife CONTACT US: www.wildgingercoffee.com @wildgingercoffee wildgingercoffee@gmail.com
01:47:56
June 01, 2022
Through No Fault Of Their Own - Julie Schumacher, Simple Coffee, Vietnam
Through No Fault Of Their Own - Julie Schumacher, Simple Coffee, Vietnam
In today's episode, we chat with my new friend Julie, an army BRAT who has lived all over the world and gained much experience in the areas of social enterprise and working with and for the vulnerable and those on the margins.  In fact, she owns and operates two social enterprises currently in Vietnam and this conversation is rich in wisdom learned from lived experience including mistakes and victories.   She’s passionate about the power of business to transform the lives of people on the margins through skills development and dignified work.  And, much like myself, she is solar powered and would love a tiny home by the beach (who wouldn't).  Enjoy! RESOURCES: Email: Julie@simplegroupco.com www.simplecoffeeco.com www.imagowork.com www.wildgingercoffee.com @wildgingercoffee
01:20:31
May 01, 2022
I Could Pull Shots All Day! - Anna Dickerson, Resident Barista
I Could Pull Shots All Day! - Anna Dickerson, Resident Barista
This conversation is about as long-winded and hilarious as our friendship.  Anna Dickerson and I go way back and not only is this coffee company her fault, but she has taught me everything I know about coffee and she continues to volunteer her excellent services at our pop up events and now in this conversations, bringing you tips and tricks to get your best cup of coffee AT HOME!  Yeah, you're welcome.  Besides being our resident Barista, Anna grew up on a dairy farm and now lives in Kitchener with her husband, Guy, and baby Leo who joined the family in June of 2021 - He's honestly the cutest!  In the summer, Anna and Guy are usually outside -- canoeing, camping and swimming, and so naturally Leo had done all three of these before he was one month old!  Her other hobbies include snowboarding, running, exploring new places and making (and drinking) specialty coffee.  She is excited to return to her day job as a tour developer after her maternity leave and we certainly hope she'll still have time to make you amazing drinks when that happens!  The episode is full of laughter and helpful coffee tips so clear your schedule - you need to hear this conversation with my dear friend, Anna.  RESOURCES: To ask Anna (or us) a question - email wildgingercoffee@gmail.com To order Wild Ginger Coffee - visit www.wildgingercoffee.com For a PDF of all these tips and tricks visit www.wildgingercoffee.com and click on COFFEE!
01:22:54
April 01, 2022
Plot Twist! - Monique Ekres, Program Director, Elora House
Plot Twist! - Monique Ekres, Program Director, Elora House
I had literally never met Monique until the night we recorded this episode and I can tell you we hit it off - and I think you will, too!  Monique first became aware of human trafficking in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.  Since then her passion for helping girls and women impacted by this atrocity has continued to grow.  She recently graduated with an Honors Banchelor of Design for which her thesis focused on developing a successful anti-trafficking awareness campaign targeting Gen-Z.  She is currently the Program Director at Elora House and in her free time, like to explore new places with her husband, go on hikes with her Sheepadoodle Molly, and she is a tea turned coffee drinker - so you know we're for real friends!  Enjoy! SHOW NOTES:  You can contact Monique or sign up for her email list at www.elorahouse.com  Night Light International if the organization Monique was working with while in Thailand.  You can check them out here:  Home - NightLight International  As always, if you want to make a difference in the lives of women trapped in and exiting the sex industry, follow us @wildgingercoffee on Instagram and head on over to www.wildgingercoffee.com and order some of our transparent trade coffee and wildly fair merch.  A large portion of our profits go directly to organizations helping survivors and we could not be more grateful for your purchases and your commitment to this family.  
44:37
March 01, 2022
What If That Were Me? - Marg Clemmer, Advocate At Heart
What If That Were Me? - Marg Clemmer, Advocate At Heart
Marg Clemmer does change from the inside out.  She doesn't own a massive organization or really broadcast her fight against human trafficking -- she simply lives it.  You're going to love her because she takes this ordinary conversation and her "ordinary" life in Kitchener with her husband as of 2020 and challenges us all to make the choices that perhaps most people will never notice but it makes an incredible impact on our enslaved sisters and brothers around the world.  Marg is an old friend -- honestly, I kinda owe where I'm at in large part to her convincing me to go to Africa for the first time all those years ago.  She is the one-est of ones on the enneagram and feels really good when her day can start with yoga. Marg is always deconstructing something - religion, society, life, a conversation - and honestly, I think that's one of the things that makes her a powerhouse for change.  I know you're going to be inspired by this short but sweet conversation with my dear friend.  RESOURCES The We Charity - formerly known as "Free The Children" WE.org - We Charity l We're in this together CONNECT WITH US @wildgingercoffee www.wildgingercoffee.com wildgingercoffee@gmail.com
31:24
February 01, 2022
We Are Not Ok With This - Sgt. Jason Bonikowsky, Head of Human Trafficking - Waterloo Region Police
We Are Not Ok With This - Sgt. Jason Bonikowsky, Head of Human Trafficking - Waterloo Region Police
This episode could not be more timely for Human Trafficking Awareness Month and it brings the issue right close to home in this conversation with Jason - the head of the Human Trafficking Department for Waterloo Region Police.  We had a few technical issues with this one, but there is so much to learn here including how prevalent it is in our own backyards, how to spot the signs and what to do if you see something or find yourself in a situation that is questionable or down right not ok -- we HAD to use it, just bear with us.  Jay has a ton of experience across many departments in the police force which he has worked for since 2001.  In his downtime, he enjoys anything outdoors and travelling whenever possible.   RESOURCES: If you see something: - email the Human trafficking department general email: intel.ht@wrps.on.ca Save it to your contacts so you have easy access if you have something to report. - You can also always call crime stoppers  What to say when you report something:  -  communicate what you hear and see in as much detail as you are able - the location - it can be anonymous, but if you are willing, leaving a call back number is always helpful should they have questions for you.
39:29
January 15, 2022
You Get Me - Sharese Martin, Wild Ginger Business Partner
You Get Me - Sharese Martin, Wild Ginger Business Partner
Happy New Year! This episode has a little bit of everything.  You get to meet my new business partner, Sharese.  She’s a heck of a nurse, a fabulous friend and she feels more like a soul sister to me than someone I only met a couple years ago.   She has the biggest heart for the vulnerable and the lost and she has the unique ability to make people feel like they are home when they are with her.  Gosh, I love her!  In this conversation, we also learned that Sharese is borderline famous, we discuss all the highlights of 2021 and what we’re most pumped for in 2022, AND, we solved the toilet seat issue.  You’re welcome.  Next? RESOURCES: Wanna see Sharese’s claim to fame?  Watch the Mennonite Commercial here.  (You’re welcome!) Mennonites Everywhere: Nick Spaling As always, connect with us at: @wildgingercoffee www.wildgingercoffee.com wildgingercoffee@gmail.com
45:48
January 01, 2022
I Just Want Coffee! (Not Twitch) - Ben and Kristy - Long Miles Coffee
I Just Want Coffee! (Not Twitch) - Ben and Kristy - Long Miles Coffee
Welcome to this simultaneously hilarious and insightful conversation with Long Miles Coffee founders Ben and Kristy.  Long Miles is where we at Wild Ginger Coffee source our Burundi roast that you all love so much and once you listen to this episode, you won't need to wonder why we chose them!  There's even a surprise connection in the middle that we didn't even know was coming and it's a bit of a spoiler for some potential future roasts (love when that happens)  Ben and Kristy care so much for their farmers and the impact coffee farming has on the community.  You'll find out exactly where our specific roast comes from and why transparent trade and your purchase of this coffee is so important in an industry that is known for being unethical.  (Also, you'll learn that none of us are very good at twitch).   Go give Ben and Kristy some love and learn more :  www.longmilescoffeeproject.com  @longmilescoffee @longmilesben Access their most recent impact report here: https://www.longmilescoffeeproject.com/wp-content/themes/long-miles/docs/impact-report-2021-long_miles-m_cultivo.pdf  To order this delicious Burundian coffee and make an impact toward fighting the injustice of human trafficking -- head to www.wildgingercoffee.com and follow us @wildgingercoffee to learn more. 
01:03:26
December 15, 2021
People Over Profit - Meghann Jaeger - The Intersection
People Over Profit - Meghann Jaeger - The Intersection
This conversation is with Meghann Jaeger - co-founder of The Intersection Fair Trade and lover of people!  We get all our merch from The Intersection and when you listen in on this conversation you will not need to wonder why.  Join us as we chat about what it means to buy ethical, why it matters and more importantly, WHO it matters to.  Meghann has expansive knowledge and experience in the Fair Trade Industry and she is passionate about inspiring all of us to do better with our purchases.  We love being partnered with their team and you are going to love this conversation.  CONNECT WITH MEGHANN and THE INTERSECTION @theintersectionfairtrade www.theintersection.ca  ORDER WILDLY FAIR MERCH www.wildgingercoffee.com  @wildgingercoffee RESOURCES Fair Trade Canada: Fairtrade Canada | Canada’s Trusted Fair Trade Certification  Fair Trade Federation (USA): Home - Fair Trade Federation
56:30
December 01, 2021
Well, My Mind Is Blown! - Part 2 - Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity
Well, My Mind Is Blown! - Part 2 - Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity
In Part 2 of our mind blowing conversation with the lovely Glendyne, we tackle the tough topic of pornography and it's connection to the human trafficking industry, among many other things!  She brings such knowledge and wisdom to so many areas of these current issues, that it's an absolute gold mine of information but also experience and passion and grace.  Buckle up, 'cuz this one's bound to change you!  *TRIGGER WARNING* This episode does contain some content that could be considered graphic and/or cause individuals to be triggered. If you are under 18 years of age, please find someone you trust to listen through the episode with you. We want all of our conversations to be helpful and not hurtful to our listeners. CONNECT: www.defenddignity.ca @defenddignity on socials RESOURCES: Books: “The Johns” - Victor Malarek “Pornland” - Dr. Gale Dynes (look up Tedtalk as well) Protect Young Eyes https://protectyoungeyes.com Ways You Can Help www.choosechangecanada.org As always, connect with Wild Ginger Coffee at www.wildgingercoffee.com or @wildgingercoffee on instagram 
38:55
November 14, 2021
Well, My Mind Is Blown - Part 1 - Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity
Well, My Mind Is Blown - Part 1 - Glendyne Gerrard, Defend Dignity
This conversation will blow your mind! Glendyne is the founder of Defend Dignity, a national anti-human trafficking organization and she is an absolute gem and wealth of knowledge. In part 1 of this conversation we talk about Defend Dignity’s work across Canada which includes tackling injustice at a legislative level and much, much more! It’s a little like drinking out of a fire hydrant, so you’ll want to go back and listen to it again so you don’t miss any of the amazing resources and information she has to share. And it’s not over yet! Stay tuned for part 2 where we tackle the issue of pornography and the profound impact is has on human trafficking. I promise, you do NOT want to miss it, so make sure you subscribe to this podcast or our email list so you don’t miss it! See you there! *TRIGGER WARNING* This episode does contain some content that could be considered graphic and/or cause individuals to be triggered. If you are under 18 years of age, please find someone you trust to listen through the episode with you. We want all of our conversations to be helpful and not hurtful to our listeners. CONNECT: www.defenddignity.ca @defenddignity on socials RESOURCES: Canadian Centre for Child Protection https://www.protectchildren.ca/en/ Protect Young Eyes https://protectyoungeyes.com Ways You Can Help www.choosechangecanada.org Connect with Wild Ginger Coffee at www.wildgingercoffee.com or on instagram @wildgingercoffee  Let us know what you thought about this episode, or ask us any questions you might have at wildgingercoffee@gmail.com
52:19
October 31, 2021
Why Wouldn't I Risk My Life? - Luisa Krause, Elora House
Why Wouldn't I Risk My Life? - Luisa Krause, Elora House
This conversation with The Energizer Bunny - er - Luisa Krause is bound to pump you up! Luisa is full of life and fun and passion and she has committed her life to helping women get out of the sex industry and thrive! And she’s doing right close to home through the Elora House project. *TRIGGER WARNING* This episode does contain some content that could be considered graphic and/or cause individuals to be triggered. If you are concerned, please find someone you trust to listen through the episode with you. We want all of our conversations to be helpful and not hurtful to our listeners. Connect with Luisa and Elora house: www.elorahouse.com @elorahouseproject on Instagram and Facebook
01:03:22
October 01, 2021
Never Say Never - Leola Frey, Fight4Freedom
Never Say Never - Leola Frey, Fight4Freedom
I SO enjoyed this conversation with Leola, and I know you will too! We cover everything from how hard it is to learn languages to the pain of standing at the memorial of a friend you've lost to the sex industry. Leola gets real about her journey to becoming the ESL coordinator of Fight4Freedom which is a local, anti-human trafficking organization.  CHECK OUT www.fight4freedom.ca or connect with Leola directly at leola@fightforfreedom.ca or @leolafrey on instagram  Don't forget to follow @wildgingercoffee and get your coffee orders in at www.wildgingercoffee.com
01:01:22
September 05, 2021
But First, Coffee. - Twila Erb, Wild Ginger Coffee
But First, Coffee. - Twila Erb, Wild Ginger Coffee
Listen in on this conversation (with myself 🤣) about Wild Ginger Coffee where I answer all your burning questions from - "What the heck is a wild ginger?", to - "What does coffee have to do with human trafficking?" and how you can get involved.  www.wildgingercoffee.com @wildgingercoffee wildgingercoffee@gmail.com
47:06
August 08, 2021
Uh Oh, We Got The Nudge. - Jen and Phil Snell, Hope Ministries, Brazil
Uh Oh, We Got The Nudge. - Jen and Phil Snell, Hope Ministries, Brazil
Hope Ministries is our sister organization where we send 20% of our profits at Wild Ginger Coffee. Jen and Phil head it up and have such a big heart for the women trapped in the sex industry in Brazil. In this conversation we talk about how they ended up in Brazil, why the sex industry and what Hope Ministries is doing tangibly to walk along side these women. You'll also get a small glimpse into what the sex industry looks like there, and how you can help. Enjoy! @hopeministries.ca www.hopeministries.ca
54:56
July 18, 2021