Category Archives: Life

Shelagh Rogers: “We need to support each other in our suffering”



Shelagh Rogers has built a legacy in Canadian radio on the strength of bringing people together. From the CBC’s Morningside, to Sounds Like Canada, to This Morning and The Next Chapter, the Ottawa-born broadcaster’s inimitable warmth, kindness, and curiosity have made loyal listeners across the country. With a voice heard by over a million Canadians, … Continue reading Shelagh Rogers: “We need to support each other in our suffering”


Wali Shah: “I had every strike against me”



Very few voices can cut through a room like Wali Shah’s. The Mississauga-raised spoken word artist’s signature baritone has led him to appearing on MTV with Selena Gomez, presenting as a TEDx speaker, performing at the Air Canada Centre, and even freestyling with Kendrick Lamar. Born in Pakistan, Shah touches on social issues and his … Continue reading Wali Shah: “I had every strike against me”


Robin Mazumder: “I’m really curious about how living in a city impacts your mental health”



What if urban planners started viewing themselves as part of a community’s health care team? That’s what Robin Mazumder, a Vanier Scholar and doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, would like to see. Mazumder, a former occupational therapist, started researching the psychological impacts of urban design after working in the mental … Continue reading Robin Mazumder: “I’m really curious about how living in a city impacts your mental health”


Josh Cassidy: “There are always people that will doubt us”



Josh Cassidy stopped listening to others’ doubts years ago. Born with neuroblastoma in his spine and abdomen, and left partially-paralyzed from near-birth, Cassidy has become a three-time Canadian Paralympian and World Record-setting wheelchair athlete. Quite the accomplishment for a kid who faced coin-flip odds over whether he’d live to see his first birthday. “I think … Continue reading Josh Cassidy: “There are always people that will doubt us”


Patti Catalano Dillon: “If they’re going to beat me, they’re going to spit blood”



There are origin stories, and then there’s Patti Catalano Dillon’s origin story. A Hall of Famer and former World and American Record holder for distance running — with titles from everywhere from Montreal, to Honolulu, to Rio de Janeiro — Dillon became the first American woman to break the 2:30 mark in a marathon, and … Continue reading Patti Catalano Dillon: “If they’re going to beat me, they’re going to spit blood”


Kay Okafor: “Everything happens for a reason”



Kay Okafor’s path to the CFL is about as unlikely as they come. Born and raised in Nigeria, the 6’4″, 275 lb lineman only came to learn about football after moving halfway across the world to attend university in Prince Edward Island, Canada. At the time, Okafor’s plans for his life lay far away from … Continue reading Kay Okafor: “Everything happens for a reason”


Mike Farwell: “I am the luckiest man on Earth”



Spend an hour with Mike Farwell, and you come to learn there are many sides to the man. There’s the morning show host who can’t resist a joke at his own expense. As Farwell tells it, radio is the only thing he ever wanted to do with his life. “I got into radio for one … Continue reading Mike Farwell: “I am the luckiest man on Earth”


Emanuel Fletcher: “[25] is an age I never thought I would reach”



As a teen, Emanuel Fletcher thought he would never graduate high school. Now a husband, father, and motivational speaker, his life changed dramatically one day, he says, when an accidental overdose brought him face to face with God. “I grew up being rejected a lot,” says Fletcher. “There was a time when I really felt … Continue reading Emanuel Fletcher: “[25] is an age I never thought I would reach”