Category Archives: Life

Michel Chikwanine: “It’s a miracle that I’m here”



Michel Chikwanine didn’t set out to tell his story. Memories of being held captive as a child soldier, witnessing his native Congo go through two civil wars in the late 1990s, and fleeing with his family to become refugees in Uganda were painful ones to revisit, much less retell. Some stories, however, are too powerful … Continue reading Michel Chikwanine: “It’s a miracle that I’m here”


Loizza Aquino: “Conversation can save a life”



At just 18 years of age, Loizza Aquino has already found her life’s mission. An 11-time award winning mental health advocate, Aquino — a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba — is the founder of Peace of Mind, a nonprofit comprised of young people working to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health. For Aquino, the cause is … Continue reading Loizza Aquino: “Conversation can save a life”


Stéphane Grenier: “When we talk about trauma, we always want to look for the smoking gun”



Few careers can be as fraught with potential for post-traumatic stress as the armed forces. Stéphane Grenier knows better than most. A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Grenier spent 29 years in the Canadian military, during which time he spent nine months in Rwanda alongside Roméo Dallaire during one of the worst genocides in modern history. “General … Continue reading Stéphane Grenier: “When we talk about trauma, we always want to look for the smoking gun”


Hilaree Nelson O’Neill: “If you’ve never experienced fear and faced it, you’re not living”



Dubbed one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports by Outside magazine and “the matriarch of mountaineering” by the Seattle Times, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill has seen her fair share of expeditions. Born in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson O’Neill has piled up a list of accomplishments over a 20-year career that would put … Continue reading Hilaree Nelson O’Neill: “If you’ve never experienced fear and faced it, you’re not living”


Mario Rigby: “Anything is possible, really”



For all the planning that went into walking across Africa, Mario Rigby realized the enormity of his task at 30,000 feet in the air, en route from Toronto to Cape Town via Amsterdam. The Turks and Caicos-born personal trainer and amateur explorer was about to embark on a two-year journey from South Africa to Egypt, … Continue reading Mario Rigby: “Anything is possible, really”


Pauline Dakin: “My whole life had been this question mark”



Pauline Dakin has a story — one she was warned never to tell. A childhood marked by unanswered questions, the Run, Hide, Repeat author was twice uprooted from her home by her mother and moved — along with her younger brother — thousands of kilometres away from family and friends, both times without warning. “I … Continue reading Pauline Dakin: “My whole life had been this question mark”


Aaron Williams: “It’s pretty hard to pry yourself away from [a forest fire]”



Aaron Williams remembers the first forest fire that left him awestruck. The author of Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir, Williams has spent ten seasons fighting blazes across the vast forests of Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Idaho — a run that puts him well beyond most firefighters who spend two or three seasons in the … Continue reading Aaron Williams: “It’s pretty hard to pry yourself away from [a forest fire]”


Marissa Korda: “Loneliness is human and that’s okay”



Marissa Korda has spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be lonely. The creator of The Loneliness Project — billed as “a digital space to cultivate compassion” — Korda has received over a thousand stories from around the world about the experience of loneliness. It all started as a passion project … Continue reading Marissa Korda: “Loneliness is human and that’s okay”


One List, One Life: “We’ve got to enjoy every little [moment] we’ve got”



What would you do if you found out you had a year left to live? Since September of 2017, Chris Betancourt has been facing that question in earnest. The Carmichael, California-based 20-year-old had just started his first year of college, intent on becoming a police officer, when he got the news: His cancer — chronic … Continue reading One List, One Life: “We’ve got to enjoy every little [moment] we’ve got”


Chris Urquhart: “All travellers are freaks, really”



Few have captured the experience of life on the road as Chris Urquhart has — not the family vacation kind, but the dumpster-diving, punk house-squatting kind. At age 22, Urquhart, the author of Dirty Kids: Chasing Freedom with America’s Nomads, set out to follow young, often homeless, teen and twenty-something travellers across the United States. … Continue reading Chris Urquhart: “All travellers are freaks, really”