Category Archives: Life

Erwan Larher: “What can gather us is love”



Few know what it’s like to survive a mass shooting. Erwan Larher knows all too well. On November 13th, 2015, Larher was one of 1,500 concert-goers at the Bataclan theatre in Paris who came to watch the Eagles of Death Metal perform. 90 people were killed when three gunmen opened fire that night, a tragedy … Continue reading Erwan Larher: “What can gather us is love”


Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”



When Rick Hansen set out to wheel around the world on his Man in Motion World Tour in 1985, he had hoped the tour would start off with a bang — just maybe a different kind than the one he got. Mere moments into wheeling out of the parking lot of Vancouver’s Oakridge Mall on … Continue reading Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”


Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”



There’s parenthood, and then there’s becoming a parent to seven geese overnight. For one year, laboratory manager Michael Quetting lived that reality as part of his work with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, based in Germany. An ultralight pilot by hobby, Quetting had been tasked with raising a gaggle of goslings so that he … Continue reading Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”


Shad: “I’m always looking for hope”



On a damp Wednesday morning in Toronto, Shad is standing barefoot in the driveway of his stacked townhouse complex, decked out in shorts and his ubiquitous Manifesto hoodie. He is doing so because an interviewer is lost, having already knocked on the wrong door once. Upon meeting, he smiles and apologizes that first, he need … Continue reading Shad: “I’m always looking for hope”


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”