Category Archives: Health

Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”



From the day her daughter was born, science journalist Marta Zaraska (Washington Post, The Atlantic) fretted about her family’s health. She fasted, considered adopting the keto diet, and ran a half-marathon. She bought goji berries and chia seeds and ate organic food. But then her research brought her to a new way of understanding, one … Continue reading Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”


Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”



In 2015, writer and Outside magazine correspondent Eva Holland was forced to confront the question: what happens when the thing you fear the most comes true? The daughter of a mother who lost her own parents young, Holland long feared the same would happen to her. Then, on a camping trip in northwestern British Columbia, … Continue reading Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”


Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria-based educator, birth doula, and bead worker, as well as the founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. (Photo: kl. Peruzzo | @peruzzo.prz)

Dr. Erynne Gilpin: “Knowledge is relational”



A co-founder of UATÊ // STORIED LEARNING, a vehicle for community-led knowledge mobilization through film and storytelling, Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria-based educator, birth doula, bead worker, and activist. The creator of Indigenous Womxn Climb, she is interested in Indigenous resurgence through “embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness.” “Knowledge is really interconnected with everything … Continue reading Dr. Erynne Gilpin: “Knowledge is relational”


Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”



Meik Wiking has made a life out of studying happiness. The Copenhagen-based researcher and international bestselling author (The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke) has worked with countries around the world to explore what brings meaning and satisfaction to our lives. The Happiness Research Institute founder and CEO’s latest book, The Art … Continue reading Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”


Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”



In 2012, Benveet Gill was on holiday in Las Vegas when a virus paralyzed her from the waist down. “I had the most excruciating pain in my low back,” she said. Doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, an autoimmune disorder in the spinal cord. Since then, she’s co-launched ReYu, an Edmonton-based not-for-profit promoting neurorecovery; and … Continue reading Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”


‘Tall Paul’ Marlow: “I don’t want to just go in 95 percent”



Paul Marlow is used to standing out. At 6’7″, the personal trainer and one-time Toronto Blue Jays draft pick — perhaps better known as ‘Tall Paul’ — is hard to miss. What’s new is his growing comfort in using that attention to connect with others about mental health. Having dealt with his father’s death, along … Continue reading ‘Tall Paul’ Marlow: “I don’t want to just go in 95 percent”


TOBi: “Everybody’s fighting a hard battle”



TOBi is having his moment. In the last four months alone, the Nigerian-Canadian singer-songwriter has been name-checked by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx, and invited to Los Angeles to work on music with The Game. (“My fans are now your fans,” the Los Angeles-raised emcee posted on Instagram.) Add to that the … Continue reading TOBi: “Everybody’s fighting a hard battle”


Danielle Williams: “I can still love this community and want it to be better”



Danielle Williams has no quit. An army veteran and Harvard graduate, she has been an advocate for diversity in outdoor adventure sports since 2014, when she co-founded Team Blackstar Skydivers. An African-American skydiver living with a disability, Williams has over 600 jumps under her belt, and has also launched Melanin Base Camp and Diversify Outdoors. … Continue reading Danielle Williams: “I can still love this community and want it to be better”


Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”



Mere days into his quest to become the first person to reach the South Pole entirely by bicycle, Daniel Burton realized he had a problem. Facing gale-force winds and whiteout conditions on the southern continent, he realized it was taking far too long to cover the distance needed to reach the finish line. The plan … Continue reading Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”


Ryan Martin: “Mental illness is just a part of who you are”



When Ryan Martin set off to cycle 8,000 kilometres across Canada to raise funds for mental health initiatives, he couldn’t have imagined how his life would change. The Guelph, Ontario native had only recently gone public with his story of living with bipolar disorder, and he was still working on the path to wellness. Today, … Continue reading Ryan Martin: “Mental illness is just a part of who you are”