Amy Tunstall: “The biggest thing that holds us back in life is fear”



A few short years ago, Amy Tunstall was a self-described prisoner to her own bed. Today, she’s travelled over 17,000 kilometres across three continents by bicycle, raising awareness for mental health. “I was lucky, because I found a way to cope through the outdoors — but I always have my ups and downs,” says Tunstall. … Continue reading Amy Tunstall: “The biggest thing that holds us back in life is fear”


Christian Marques: “I wanted to feel alive instead of feeling comfortable”



Christian Marques had it all — a well-paying job as a software engineer, a nice apartment in the French Riviera — but deep down, something was missing. “I was feeling very disappointed with my position in society. I felt that I was working too much for someone else […] and I felt like I was … Continue reading Christian Marques: “I wanted to feel alive instead of feeling comfortable”


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”


Adrian Owen: “Her brain lit up like a Christmas tree”



What if consciousness isn’t as cut-and-dry as we imagined? That’s the question Dr. Adrian Owen and his colleagues at Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute have been asking for the past several years. For Owen, a cognitive neuroscientist from Gravesend, England — and now the author of Into the Gray Zone, an exploration into his … Continue reading Adrian Owen: “Her brain lit up like a Christmas tree”


Mike Prosserman: “I want to live every moment to the fullest”



Mike Prosserman knows a thing or two about learning on his feet. After falling in love with the freestyling nature of breakdancing at a young age, Prosserman began travelling the world as one of Canada’s top breakers by the time he reached high school. Now the founder and executive director of UNITY Charity, Prosserman — … Continue reading Mike Prosserman: “I want to live every moment to the fullest”


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”


Martha Lenio: “I wanted to see if I could hack it [living on Mars]”



Want to know what it’s like to live on Mars? Ask Martha Lenio. The Waterloo, Ont. native spent eight months simulating life on the red planet as part of a NASA HI-SEAS experiment in 2014-15. Along with seven other would-be astronauts, Lenio lived in a dome on a volcano in Hawaii, only venturing outside in … Continue reading Martha Lenio: “I wanted to see if I could hack it [living on Mars]”


Royce White: “It’s bigger than mental health; it’s more about politics”



He’s been dubbed “the most important basketball player alive.” Royce White may not be suiting up for an NBA franchise, but his advocacy for mental health — and his outspokenness on the league’s lack of a mental health policy — made him a household name long before he was drafted 16th overall by the Houston … Continue reading Royce White: “It’s bigger than mental health; it’s more about politics”


Adulis ‘Chedo’ Mokanan: “Everybody has their own journey”



Adulis ‘Chedo’ Mokanan has made a career of picking the brains of artists and creatives. As host and founder of The Come Up Show, a radio show and website described by CBC Music as a “hip-hop centrifuge” and one of the Top 10 Canadian music blogs, Mokanan has interviewed over 500 artists in his decade … Continue reading Adulis ‘Chedo’ Mokanan: “Everybody has their own journey”


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”