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WMN Canada - Women's Mentoring Network of Canada

WMN Canada - Women's Mentoring Network of Canada

By WMN Canada
A podcast about ex-cadet women mentoring and building community together.
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Ep 026: M361 Theresa Winchester
Episode 26 features Theresa Winchester, a graduate of the University Training Plan for Members, class of 1986.  Theresa graduated from RMC with a degree in Honours History and served as a Personnel Admin officer until she retired as a Major. Theresa was a women's shelter manager for several years and now works as a travel agent.
September 17, 2021
Ep 025: Special Guest - HLCol Monica Bobbitt
Episode 25 features Monica Bobbitt. Monica is a graduate of Acadia University with a BA Honours Psychology.  A writer and speaker, Monica writes the popular blog, A Goat Rodeo, based on her experience as a military widow in Canada. Tune in to hear our conversation about grief and transitions as well as how Monica is currently mentoring - as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel.
June 25, 2021
Ep 024: 22428 Kristin Topping
Episode 24 features Kristin Topping, a graduate of RMC, class of 2002.  Kristin has a B.Eng Chemical and served as an Aerospace Engineer for 22 years - including 6 years as a professor at RMC where she was a recipient of the 1965 Teaching Excellence Award.  Kristin suffered a traumatic brain injury that led to her medical release last year, however her resilience is obvious as she talks about being an entrepreneur in the world of exotic houseplants.
June 11, 2021
Ep 023: 16605 Katherine Vigneau
Episode 22 features Kate Vigneau, a graduate of Royal Roads Military College, class of 1988 in Military Studies. Kate served as an Army Logistics Officer (Transport and Finance) for over 25 years including 4 years at the Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway. Kate is also a mother of seven and shares some of the unique solutions she identified to maintain a career throughout motherhood.
May 28, 2021
Ep 022: 20396 Charity Weeden
Episode 22 features Charity Weeden. Charity graduated from Royal Military College, class of 1996 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She earned her wings as an Air Navigator (Air Combat Systems Operator) and flew on Aurora aircraft in Greenwood.  She successfully transitioned her career towards space, serving as Staff Officer Air & Space operations for the Canadian Defence Liaison Office, Washington, DC. She is currently Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale US.
May 14, 2021
Ep 021: 18507 Catherine Priestman
Episode 21 features Catherine Priestman, a graduate of Royal Roads Military College. Cathy graduated with a degree in Military and Strategic Studies, class of 1992. She served as a Logistics officer in the RCAF for 12 years before “retiring”. Cathy immediately went back to school for her MBA and has been consulting ever since. She incorporated her marketing business in 2012.
April 30, 2021
Ep. 020: 18178 Michelaine Lahaie
Episode 20 features Michelaine Lahaie.  Michelaine graduated with a BA - Honours Military & Strategic Studies from CMR, class of 1992. Michelaine retired after 30 years as a MARS (now Naval Warfare) Officer.  Michelaine currently serves as Chairperson Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.
April 16, 2021
Ep 019: Special Guest - LCdr (Ret'd) Rosemary Park
Episode 19 features special guest, Rosemary Park. Rosemary graduated BA(Psych) 1976 from University of Western Ontario as part of the ROTP program and served as a Personnel Selection Officer.  She is currently Project Manager for Queen's University - Servicewomen's Salute Portal project. Tune in to hear about her subpoena related to the SWINTER trials.
March 26, 2021
Ep 018: 18078 BGen Lise Bourgon
Episode 18 features BGen Lise Bourgon. Lise is a graduate of the Business Administration program from Collège Militaire Royal (CMR) in the Class of 1992. Lise was part of the initial group of women accepted into the Pilot occupation and shares some of her experiences with the Sea King community. As incoming Commandant of RMC, Lise brings her unique perspective to this episode.
March 19, 2021
Ep 017: 20695 Claudia Vachon
Episode 17 features Claudia Vachon.  Claudia attended CMR (St. Jean) and RMC graduating in 1997 with a B.Eng in Electrical.  After serving as a Communications and Electronics Engineer in the RCAF, Claudia retired in 2006.  Elle a travaillé comme traductrice et pursuit maintenance un diplôme en enseignement.   *This is our first bilingual episode
March 5, 2021
Ep 016: 19377 Amanda Kalhous
Episode 16 features our usual host, Amanda Kalhous, as the guest. Carla Harding and Amanda’s daughters, Emma & Julia take turns asking the questions. Amanda graduated from RMC, Class of 1994 with her B.Eng Electrical. After serving as a Communications and Electronics Engineering officer for 5 years, Amanda earned her M.Eng Electrical at Dalhousie University. Amanda is passionate about leadership, innovation and mentoring.
February 19, 2021
Ep 015: 14507 Julia Walsh
Episode 15 features Julia Walsh.  Julia is a graduate of RMC, Class of 1984.  With a B.Sc Math & Physics, Julia served as an Aerospace Engineer.  After the CAF, she served in the RAF and as a UK police officer (Superintendent) serving in police forces in Wales and later with the UK Inspectorate of Constabulary in London. Julia retires this year after five years at the UK Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. 
February 5, 2021
Ep 014: 15582 Heather Thorne-Albright
Episode 14 features Colonel Heather Thorne-Albright, a graduate in Honours English from RMC. Heather is a member of the Class of 1986.  Heather has served as a logistics officer in the regular and reserve components of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  She was most recently the RCAF Family Advocate and has now transitioned to the role of Deputy Campaign Manager RCAF 2024.
January 22, 2021
Ep 013: 19403 Michelle Taylor
Episode 13 features Michelle Taylor.  Michelle is a graduate of RMC, class of 1994.  With a degree in Honours English and Philosophy, Michelle served as an Artillery officer in the Canadian Army.  She subsequently served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force before transitioning her career into HR Management and Executive and Leadership Coaching.
January 8, 2021
Ep 012: 17595 Telah Morrison
Episode 12 features Colonel Telah Morrison.  Telah is a graduate of CMR, class of 1992 with a degree in Social Sciences and Military Psychology.  Telah has served as a Logistics Officer in the regular and reserve forces. She currently serves in the reg force as Director Military Family Services. 
December 25, 2020
Ep 011: 14481 Linda Newton
Episode 11 features 14481 Linda Newton.  An RMC graduate from the Class of 1984 in Math & Physics.  Linda served as a construction engineer then completed her Master's and PhD in Construction Engineering. She's now a consultant to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Tune in to hear more about her journey.
December 11, 2020
Ep 010: 19270 Josée St-Pierre
Episode 10 features Josée St-Pierre.  Josée attended CMR and RMC. Graduating Class of 94 in Electrical Engineering.  Josée served as and Aerospace Engineer before going back to school for her B.Ed.  She currently lives in Saratoga Springs, NY and is a full-time Mom and part-time Cake Maker extraordinaire.
November 27, 2020
Ep 009: 25366 Anna-Michelle Shewfelt
Episode 9 features Anna-Michelle Shewfelt.  Anna-Michelle is a graduate of RMC, class of 2012 with a BA in English.  Many listeners will recognize Anna-Michelle's name as the current editor of eVeritas.
November 13, 2020
Ep 008: 19093 Laura-lee Innes
Episode 8 features 19093 Laura-lee Innes.  Laura-lee began her education at CMR St Jean as a prep and graduated from RMC with a degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering.  She also returned to RMC to complete her PhD. From CELE(A) officer to Air Navigator to environmental scientist and university professor, Laura-lee's career has taken a number of different paths.
October 30, 2020
Ep 007: 15566 Helga Grodzinski (nee Rausch)
In Episode 7 we are joined by recently retired Major Helga Grodzinski (nee Rausch).  Helga graduated RMC in 1986 with an Honours English degree.  She has utilized those skills throughout her 38 year career as a Logistics Officer.
October 16, 2020
Why I started a podcast.
October 13, 2020
Ep 006: 18866 Eva Martinez
Episode 6 features Eva Martinez.  Eva graduated from RMC in 1993 with a degree in Engineering Management.  She served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as  an Aerospace Engineer achieving a rank of Major.  Eva continued her civilian career in the aerospace and aviation industry and developed a passion for mentoring.
October 2, 2020
Ep 005: 14444 Dorothy Hector
Episode 5 features Dorothy Hector.  Dorothy graduated from RMC in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She served in the Canadian Armed Forces in the Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineering branch (RCEME).  After her service, Dorothy joined the United Nation's World Food Program.
September 19, 2020
Ep 004: 19414 Jamie Speiser-Blanchet
Episode 4 features Jamie Speiser-Blanchet.  Jamie entered RMC in August 1990, graduating in 1994 as a pilot and Computer Engineer in 1994.  As a tactical helicopter pilot Jamie has spent time in Valcartier, QC, Kingston, ON and Gagetown, NB along with postings to Ottawa, Toronto and Canberra, Australia.  Having returned earlier this year from Operation Impact in Kuwait,  Jamie currently commands the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group.
September 18, 2020
Ep 003: 15519 Sandra Sukstorf
Episode 3 features Sandra Sukstorf.  Sandra is a graduate of RMC class of 1986 Honours Economics and Commerce. Sandra is currently serving as a Military Judge (appointed by the privy council). Her career started as a logistics officer specializing in supply and she's taken some different roles to her current position.
September 18, 2020
Ep 002: 19350 Carla Harding
Episode 2 features my classmate, Carla Harding. A graduate of the Class of 1994, Carla has served in the Canadian Army for 30 years.  She shares some of the lessons she's learned over the years and how she approaches mentoring.
September 18, 2020
EP 001: 14390 Kate Armstrong
Episode 1 features Kate Armstrong. Kate is a graduate of the Class of 1984.  Currently working on her second book, Kate joins us from her treehouse in Nelson, BC. Kate talks about her time in uniform as a supply officer as well as her successful corporate career before turning towards her true passion in life - as a writer.
September 18, 2020