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They say resilience is the ability to bounce back DESPITE adversity, but what does “bouncing back” look and FEEL like, and how do we ensure our children (including the inner child in us) is ABLE to RISE resilient? Join me, Agnes, a passionate Mama, Registered nurse and community care advocate as I marry the science of trauma with our STORIES of resilience with friends who have not only inspired me through the hills and valleys of my own resilience journey, but also whose wisdom and empathy are inspiring a more beautiful tomorrow.

Rise Resilient Agnes Chen

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They say resilience is the ability to bounce back DESPITE adversity, but what does “bouncing back” look and FEEL like, and how do we ensure our children (including the inner child in us) is ABLE to RISE resilient? Join me, Agnes, a passionate Mama, Registered nurse and community care advocate as I marry the science of trauma with our STORIES of resilience with friends who have not only inspired me through the hills and valleys of my own resilience journey, but also whose wisdom and empathy are inspiring a more beautiful tomorrow.

    Episode 13: the Art of Empathy with Salima Stanley-Bhanji

    Episode 13: the Art of Empathy with Salima Stanley-Bhanji

    Salima Stanley-Bhanji, is a lawyer, filmmaker, TEDXYYC speaker, and the CEO of Humainologie, a social enterprise in Calgary, Alberta that uses art to spread empathy, increase inclusion, and reduce discrimination. 
    In this conversation of Rise Resilient, Salima shares her journey to increase empathy in our cities, a journey that includes a vey personal account of growing up in Australia in the 1970's and the racism she experienced starting at a very young age. Today, she uses her experiences to advocate for more BiPOC representation, and although states "it is not a perfect science", believes empathy is a part of the road that can lead us there. 
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    Salima grew up in Australia, and has lived in India, New Zealand, Perú and Canada. She has produced/directed over 20 short films for Humainologie in three languages receiving 10 awards and over 20 selections at film festivals worldwide. She is a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee and a mentor for SheMeets, which supports the success of women of colour. She values empathy, creativity, accountability, self awareness and unknowingness. She feels great privilege in being a mother to one small bundle of wonder.

    Learn more at: Humainologie
    Shop at: https://humainologie.myshopify.com/
    Watch Salima's films at: http://www.humainologie.com/films/
    Watch Salima's 2020 TED talk: https://tedxyyc.ca/speaker/salima-stanley-bhanji/



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    • 44 min
    Episode 12: Reclaiming Wellness for the BIPoC Community with Priscilla Cherry of The Colour Factor

    Episode 12: Reclaiming Wellness for the BIPoC Community with Priscilla Cherry of The Colour Factor

    "Inclusion is not an opportunity, it’s a necessity"-The Colour Factor

    Growing up watching Oprah on television, Priscilla Cherry, was inspired to see women of colour in positions of power, with the hopes that she may also one day join them on stage. She pursued her passion for storytelling and has worked with ET Canada, LIVE with Kelly, and Breakfast Television, aspired to create that same feeling of connectedness for others.

    After experiencing several back to back losses, Priscilla took some time off to find the root of her storytelling message; mental health advocacy and making others feel a little less alone. She started working for Canada’s largest mental health organization where she facilitated wellness workshops, wrote, hosted and produced #RecoveryIsPossible: A Mental Health Podcast. Today, Priscilla is the co-founder and Director of Operations at, The Colour Factor, a Non-Profit organization aimed at decolonizing and reclaiming mental health and wellness for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

    Priscilla believes that no one is exempt from dealing with mental health concerns and no matter what your story is, you too can transform your pain into purpose.

    Find the Colour Factor at: 

    https://thecolourfactor.com/




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    • 30 min
    Episode 11: Follow your Rainbow with Lisa McManes

    Episode 11: Follow your Rainbow with Lisa McManes

    Lisa McManes is a mom to 3 beautiful kids,  a youth yoga teacher, a certified kids life coach, the Community Director for the non profit Orenda Society, the Founder of "Growing the Light", and the author to her new book called "Follow Your Rainbow."
    Follow your rainbow was created to grow and develop children’s awareness and connection to self. This book helps to foster the learning of each child’s unique magnificence and all of their magical qualities that come from within, in relation to the beautiful colours of the rainbow. As Lisa reminds us, “our hearts are our home”. As a community, we can ensure every child’s home is rooted in love and light.
    Purchase "Follow Your Rainbow": www.growingthelight.com
    Orenda Society:
    The Orenda Society was founded on the basis to ignite transformation in youth.
    Vision: to empower, mentor, and support youth. 
    "We encourage youth to live self-directed lives, accessing their own inner resources to effectively respond to life challenges, and connect to their authentic self. We believe in shining bright and not playing small. We value connection, and creating a safe space for youth to relate through real and raw discussion. We are all about educating from the heart. We facilitate dialogue around self care, gratitude, friendships, body image, anxiety, self worth, and self love. To witness youth grow their self love and self worth is an incredible experience. We advocate for mental health, we dig deep and answer the tough questions about ourselves. We come to our yoga mats, we breathe and we move. We allow individuals to truly be seen, loved, accepted, appreciated, and stories shared, because the truth is ‘we are all good enough’ and sometimes we just need to be reminded."
    Follow Lisa McManes:
    Growing the Light Instagram
    Orenda Society Instagram



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    • 17 min
    Episode 10 with Hagir Sail: Grief is Best When Shared

    Episode 10 with Hagir Sail: Grief is Best When Shared

    Grief is best when shared-Hagir Sail
    In this episode of Rise resilient, I speak with Hagir Sail about grief after she shared these beautiful words with me: Grief is best when shared.
    Hagir has called Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Canada home, and has lived in Calgary CANADA since 2006. Today, she gracefully shares her perspective on grief after losing a young cousin to a violent crime, and contrasts her Sudanese ways of knowing how to grieve with the act of grieving she has witnessed here in Canada.
    About Hagir Sail:
    Described by her community and co-workers as a passionate, values-driven, social justice-minded problem solver, Hagir Sail has dedicated her life’s work to making our city a better and more inclusive place for everyone to live. Hagir has called Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Canada home, and has lived in Calgary since 2006. Hagir is a proud graduate of the University of Calgary’s Political Science Program. After working at the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre as a Resource Worker, Hagir continued to apply her community-building skills at Action Dignity, where she focused on youth programming and policy. In her capacity as Community Facilitation and Engagement Specialist at Vibrant Communities Calgary, Hagir works tirelessly to create an environment of growth in our community, particularly for people with lived and living experience of poverty. Hagir’s passion for community building also extends to her volunteer work, which includes volunteering with the Police Chiefs African Advisory Board, working with the Sudanese community, as well as work with a local organization that promotes access to dignified burial services. Hagir believes that our city can become a better place if we all practice vulnerability with one another.

    Keep an eye (and ear out) for her podcast.

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    • 29 min
    Episode 9: The Brain's Journey to Resilience with Nancy Mannix of the Palix Foundation

    Episode 9: The Brain's Journey to Resilience with Nancy Mannix of the Palix Foundation

    "The Brain Story is a story about how experiences shape our brains. As such, it is also a story about human relationships, because we depend on those around us for the experiences that build our brain architecture."-Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

    In this episode of The Rise Resilient Podcast, Nancy Mannix, the Chair and Patron of the Palix Foundation, shares how the Brain Story Certification came to be 10 years ago, and how today, it is changing lives and whole communities. 

    The Palix Foundation is a private foundation in Alberta, Canada, whose philanthropy aims to ultimately support improved health and wellness outcomes for all children and families. The Foundation, through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative focuses on creating alignment between science, policy and practice in the areas of brain development and its implications for child development, mental health and addiction, ultimately generating changes at an individual, organizational and systems level.

    "The scientific information we have about the effect of early childhood experiences on brain development and subsequently on adult health must be translated into a form that makes sense to a non-expert audience. Through the translation process, scientific concepts are explained in a consistent, accessible narrative framework known as the Brain Story. 

     The Brain Story is an interdisciplinary body of knowledge about early childhood experiences, brain development, epigenetics, intergenerational factors, and outcomes.

    The online course, Brain Story Certification, is a course that utilizes the science from the Brain Story, now being used throughout the world. The course is free and consists of 19 self-paced modules, that includes 39 of North America's and Europe’s leading experts in neurobiological development and its connection to physical and mental health, including addiction. Their video lectures are excerpts from Symposia hosted in Alberta between 2010 and 2014 and includes topics on children's mental health, the impact of adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, addiction and resilience. 

    Register for the FREE Brain Story Course here:

    https://www.albertafamilywellness.org/training

    Learn more:

    AFWI DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATION REPORT

    FROM KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION: USING BRAIN STORY SCIENCE TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN ALBERTA

    THE BRAIN STORY IN BLACKPOOL




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    • 29 min
    Episode 8 : Reimagining Resilience and Vulnerability, and their Place in the Classroom. A conversation with Allie Ruttger

    Episode 8 : Reimagining Resilience and Vulnerability, and their Place in the Classroom. A conversation with Allie Ruttger

    "What if instead of glorifying resilience, we truly valued healing?": Alli Ruttger

    In episode 8 of Rise Resilient, I have a conversation with Allie Ruttger, an educator, a graduate student, a therapist in training, and the human behind the instagram profile @_themindseed . Through the intersection of mental health and social justice, Allie passionately advocates, for a trauma-sensitive world that adapts to the needs of survivors. In this thought provoking conversation, Allie uses her own experiences as a trauma survivor and educator to encourage us to see trauma and healing through a systemic lense, inviting us to reimagine resilience and vulnerability and their place in our classrooms.

    “There could be resilience that is showing up in our students, but it could be showing up in ways that we aren’t comfortable with, that we don’t recognize as the conventional image of resilience.” Alli R.


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    • 43 min

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