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Charm Diamond Centres proudly presents The Canadian Love Map.

This podcast is on a mission to tell Canada’s love stories. Everyday stories of discovery, loss, curiosity, and love. Real people overcoming differences, distance, and doubt. Stories that are rich in character, colourful in setting, raw in honesty and inspiring in their complexity.

Love isn’t a straight line. It’s complex. It’s a journey. And everyone needs a good love story.

Join author, former news anchor, and lifelong storyteller Nancy Regan as she shares the extraordinary love stories from across Canada.

Canadian Love Map Charm Diamond Centres

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 75 Ratings

Charm Diamond Centres proudly presents The Canadian Love Map.

This podcast is on a mission to tell Canada’s love stories. Everyday stories of discovery, loss, curiosity, and love. Real people overcoming differences, distance, and doubt. Stories that are rich in character, colourful in setting, raw in honesty and inspiring in their complexity.

Love isn’t a straight line. It’s complex. It’s a journey. And everyone needs a good love story.

Join author, former news anchor, and lifelong storyteller Nancy Regan as she shares the extraordinary love stories from across Canada.

    Rising Up: Belinda and Carol

    Rising Up: Belinda and Carol

    Today's story comes from Belinda and Carol Bigold, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    Lots of families bond over baking, but very few take that fondness to the next level. If you ask Belinda and Carol, they'd say it was a no-brainer. Carol's fearless nature and impeccable baking talents paired splendidly with her daughter's business acumen and tenacity, resulting in the now-iconic High Tea Bakery.
    By using simple, locally-sourced ingredients in classic recipes handed down through generations and by providing warm, personal customer service, High Tea Bakery has become a premiere business in Winnipeg. The mother/daughter duo has served for countless weddings, birthdays, and celebrations in the Winnipeg area and beyond, serving a wide-reaching clientele (including the late Queen Elizabeth II).
    This is a story about trusting your own talents, as well as the talents of those around you.
    To learn more about the High Tea Bakery, visit their website: www.highteabakery.com
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 38 min
    Like Mother, Like Daughter: Pierina and Amanda

    Like Mother, Like Daughter: Pierina and Amanda

    Today's story comes from Amanda and Pierina Procino Di Zazzo, from Montreal, Quebec.
    The pandemic was a strange and challenging time for everyone, but amidst the darkness there were opportunities for joy. Many rekindled relationships with friends and family, or immersed themselves in the hobbies and pass times working life separated them from years ago.
    That was certainly the case for Pierina and Amanda, a mother and daughter duo that took to the impressive task of writing and publishing their first novels over the pandemic. Pierina and her daughter always shared a close relationship with each other as well as the art of prose.
    The experience brought these two women even closer together. Through her mother's writing, Amanda got to see a side of Pierina she had never seen before. And through Amanda's writing, Pierina drew her own inspiration, propelling her authorship to new heights.
    This is a story about how it's never too late to pursue your dreams and embrace your passions, and about the powerful bond between a mother and her daughter.
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 30 min
    Stepping Into Friendship: Mary Jane and Natasha

    Stepping Into Friendship: Mary Jane and Natasha

    Today's story comes from Mary Jane Copps of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Natasha Marchewka of Santa Clarita, California.
    This story started decades ago, when a then 23-year-old MJ got together with 12-year-old Natasha's divorced father. Almost immediately, MJ grew deeply attached to Natasha and her younger sister, and embraced her new title of step-mother. And although the marriage with her father came to an end, MJ's connection with Natasha endured this breakup and evolved into a new kind of relationship: best friends.
    Now, Mary Jane and Natasha stay intimately connected over the long distance between them, sharing everything with each other and offering love and support from afar. This is a story that shows how love endures, regardless of the titles we carry or the circumstances we face in life.
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 41 min
    Mom Jokes: Farideh Olsen

    Mom Jokes: Farideh Olsen

    Today's story comes from Farideh Olson, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
    For a lot of new mothers, an unexpected part of the journey comes when figuring out your "new normal." After all, having a baby radically changes your day-to-day lifestyle, especially for mothers. 
    For the free-spirited, hard-rocking Farideh, motherhood meant having to step away from the lifestyle of a touring musician and into a new kind of spotlight. After years touring the country with her band, Rosie and the Riveters, Farideh found herself settling into a new life at home with her daughter. Following her passion to entertain, Farideh threw herself into comedy, eventually finding a new audience on TikTok and Instagram.
    Today, Farideh embodies the spirited voice of feminine rage experienced by herself and other moms, commiserating over the good, the bad, and the downright ugly parts of motherhood. Her audience has grown to over 350,000 on TikTok, with viewers commenting that Farideh's content makes them feel seen, validated, and less alone.
    Listen to hear how this talented woman reinvented herself and found new purpose embracing her identity as a mother.
    Follow Farideh on TikTok: @ILoveFarideh
    Follow Farideh on Instagram: @ILoveFarideh
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 48 min
    100 Cats: Kate Leth

    100 Cats: Kate Leth

    Today's story belongs to Kate Leth, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    It's not uncommon to start off the new year with a resolution. For a lot of us, that usually takes the form of sacrifice or change, like drinking less coffee or going to the gym. For one Canadian cartoonist and writer, however, that didn't fit right.
    Kate Leth started the year looking for a "side quest" - something fun and frivolous to get them out of their apartment every once in a while. This is how Kate decided to meet and pet 100 cats before December 31, 2024, penning down each interaction in their "Cat Journal." Kate shares their journal entries on TikTok and Instagram to a delighted audience of thousands, inspiring many to set out on their own side quests this year.
    This story is all about embracing your passions and making more time for happiness.
    Follow Kate on Instagram @kateleth
    Follow Kate on TikTok @katelethargy
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 37 min
    The Backpack: Paul Bromby

    The Backpack: Paul Bromby

    Today's story belongs to Paul, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Growing up can be tough, especially if you're juggling the responsibilities of childhood with the anxiety of caring for an ailing parent. For Paul, his mother's bipolar disorder was a constant fixation of his young life. It was a weight he carried with him wherever he went... that is until he first stepped foot onto a basketball court.
    While pursuing athletics, Paul felt a sense of stability and control he hadn't yet known. He was a gifted basketball player, and his passion for the game would eventually secure him an exciting career in sports broadcasting. But all that time, Paul never forgot how hard it was to care for his mother at such a young age. This would eventually inspire Paul to share his experience vulnerably in a new children's book, The Backpack.
    His mission: to let young people struggling with mental illness in their family know that they are never alone.
    So, how does a career sports broadcaster shift radically to the medium of children's books? How did Paul come to reconcile his conflicted feelings about his childhood and mother? Listen to hear all about this and so much more in this story of strength, purpose, and vulnerability.
    Presented by Charm Diamond Centres
    Hosted by Nancy Regan
    Produced by Podstarter
    Do you have a great love story? You could be the next guest on the Canadian Love Map! Apply here!

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

wenusd ,

A breath of fresh air!

Just listened to Finding Purpose: with Debbie Adams; love her and love the concept of this podcast, where the world has so much going on that can shadow the good, these stories shed light on the resiliency of Canadian lives, and that love can lead the way:). Can’t wait to listen to more!

chanelle jefferson ,

Love!

Nancy is a wonderful host who brings out the best of stories in her interviews. Recently found her through a friend and I love listening.

travellingtina63 ,

The Guthro Family

I just listened to this and with Bruce’s very recent passing it was ever more poignant. Thanks so much for capturing this, I appreciate it❣️

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