A creative workshop that connects marginalized people to their community through the power of story. Each workshop features a transformative storyteller and facilitates dialogue between marginalized people and community members who care – students, professional creatives, changemakers and YOU!
Dennis Palubeski - The Road Less Travelled By
Dennis, a writer, poet and storyteller who has experienced intermittent homelessness throughout his lifetime sat down with us to discuss his process coming out and speaking publicly to his experience on the street. Transformation, empowerment and the ability to have a choice in life all underlie a complex, candid and hopeful discussion with a man who has overcome homelessness.
Cory Resilient - Every Seed Needs Good Soil to Grow
Cory, a hip-hop artist who first experienced homelessness as a youth connected with us to speak about the many ways people who end up homeless fall through the cracks from an early age. A true survivor of the streets, Cory brings sincerity, eloquence and a story of resilience to a larger dialogue around how community support could be designed to legitimately address the needs of people living in the street community.
Melissa Barnhard - My Story is a Medicine
We speak with Melissa Barnhard, an indigenous peer support worker and survivor of the foster care system who has started sharing her story across the city with a peer-led initiative called Face to Face with Stigma.
Her experiences have her an acute awareness of the impacts intergenerational trauma has had on her community and seen her jump into an advocacy and support role.
Mike Woestenburg - Someone to Understand
Today we speak with Mike Woestenburg about his experience with Conversion Disorder, a rare auto-immune disorder that left him traversing social stigma in society and the medical system. He talks about the journey this took him through, finally naming his condition, “Conversion Disorder”, and discovering the community built from others experiencing the isolation of CD. Take a listen!
Kay Martin - Face to Face with Stigma
Kay Martin, Peer Support Worker with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and co-lead on the Face-to-Face with Stigma program breaking down stigma in institutions of power, sits down to talk to us about her story and what needs to change in our community to better support those battling addiction and homelessness.
Wraven Pspik - Story of a Name
Born as Nathanial George, Wraven Pspik’s journey with namesake involved navigating the complexities of trans-generational trauma, and an estranged connection to land and community. Beginning in childhood to the man he is today, listen to hear how an indigenous youth, now grown, found his place and title in the world.