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In each episode of Turning Point, former national news anchor and morning show host Priya Sam interviews a guest about a turning point in their life. The turning points are as diverse as the guests; some stem from big decisions or taking a leap of faith, while others are rooted in tragedy or unexpected obstacles. All are inspiring.

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    • 5.0 • 72 Ratings

In each episode of Turning Point, former national news anchor and morning show host Priya Sam interviews a guest about a turning point in their life. The turning points are as diverse as the guests; some stem from big decisions or taking a leap of faith, while others are rooted in tragedy or unexpected obstacles. All are inspiring.

    Camille Dundas on diversity, inclusion and betting on yourself

    Camille Dundas on diversity, inclusion and betting on yourself

    Camille Dundas is a racial equity educator specializing in anti-racism and allyship and she recently released her first online course on inclusive communication. How she ended up doing this work is part of her turning point. It all started with a presentation on another topic that turned into a discussion about hiring diverse candidates during the post-presentation Q&A. After that, she began speaking and doing DE&I workshops locally, nationally and internationally. 

    Camille also has extensive journalism experience (part of another turning point you'll find out about in the episode!) both in traditional media and as the co-founder of the online magazine ByBlacks. 

    You can find about more about Camille and her online course on inclusive communication here: https://theideapractice.com/

    A huge thank you to Fanshawe College for being one of our sponsors this season! You can find out more about Fanshawe's microcredential courses here: FanshaweC.ca/microcredentials

    • 46 min
    Jennie Painter on advocating for open adoption

    Jennie Painter on advocating for open adoption

    Jennie Painter was one of the first people to talk about the idea of open adoption in Canada. She has spent her career counselling both birth parents and adoptive parents about the benefits of open adoption. In this episode, we learn about how she started working in this field and what changes she would like to see to the system in Canada. 

    Before her career in adoption, Jennie was a teacher and her biggest turning point happened when she realized that what she loved most about her job was offering guidance to students. She went back to school while raising three kids to get a degree in social work and found her passion for working in the adoption space along the way. 

    • 47 min
    Journalist Ginella Massa on taking chances and making history

    Journalist Ginella Massa on taking chances and making history

    Ginella Massa is the host of CBC's Canada tonight and she is also the first TV reporter and anchor to wear hijab in Canada. She made history after her biggest turning point; leaving a full-time job behind the scenes to pursue her dream of being an on-air reporter.

    In this episode we also hear about how Ginella was always the chatty kid in class and why she reminds kids that what's pointed out as a weakness can end up being a superpower. Ginella also shares what it's been like to see her influence and impact continue to grow as she worked her way from a smaller market to the national stage. 

    • 29 min
    Dr. Alika Lafontaine on diversity and inclusion in medicine

    Dr. Alika Lafontaine on diversity and inclusion in medicine

    Dr. Alika Lafontaine’s biggest turning point happened when he was in medical school. He was the only Indigenous student in his class and after some negative experiences, he was left feeling like he didn’t belong. As he considered dropping out, two people came along who changed everything. 

    Dr. Lafontaine is now the President-elect of the Canadian Medical Association and the co-founder of Safespaces Network, an organization that aims to address unconscious bias and racism among healthcare professionals by providing a safe space for patients to report their experiences. 

    In this episode you’ll also hear how Dr. Lafontaine was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child and how his parents chose home schooling and why he decided to specialize in anaesthesiology. 

    • 52 min
    Calan Breckon on hope and a life changing opportunity

    Calan Breckon on hope and a life changing opportunity

    “Sometimes that’s all a person needs is to just know that somebody sees them…That little spark of hope can ignite a blaze.”

    This quote from Calan Breckon's episode is still on my mind. Calan is a life coach and his biggest turning point came from a low point when he didn't know how he was going to pay his rent. After hitting rock bottom, he got a job offer that changed everything: he moved to Dubai to be a flight attendant.

    Calan is also a co-host on the Gay Men Going Deeper podcast, and in this interview he talks about how he uses his own experiences along with his life coach training to work with a diverse group of clients. You can find out more about Calan on his website: https://www.discoveringyourtruth.com/

    • 44 min
    Dionne Sinclair on being the Black role model she wished she had

    Dionne Sinclair on being the Black role model she wished she had

    Dionne Sinclair is VP Clinical Operations and the Chief Nurse at CAMH, Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital. Her biggest turning point happened when she was laid off from her job as a nurse. At the time, she had two young kids and decided to move back in with her parents so she could go to university. She already had a diploma from Fanshawe College and getting her degree would open doors for her in healthcare leadership. 

    In this episode, Dionne shares her story of moving around the province to gain the career experience that would eventually lead to the position she has now. She also talks about how the murder of George Floyd led to her working on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare. 

    This interview was recorded at a live event sponsored by Fanshawe College. Dionne and I are both Fanshawe alum and Turning Point is thrilled to have the college as a partner this season. 

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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72 Ratings

72 Ratings

...RC12 ,

Dose of inspiration!

Perfect podcast to listen while having my Sunday morning coffee. It’s great starting the day off with a dose of inspiration. Love the variety and tone.

valzinge ,

A Truly Wonderful Podcast

Not only is Priya a wonderful person, she really takes the time to get to know you and your story, while also making you comfortable as you share your turning point experiences. This is the type of podcast I like to replay every morning for a jolt of inspiration.

HelloNicki ,

One not to miss

Inspiring without a shred of cheesiness. Priya is an empathetic and curious interviewer who brings the best out of her guests (and herself, although she never steals focus from her subject). She brings together a wide variety of guests and perspectives. I always feel that I learn something from the interviews, but am also struck about how universal the idea of a “turning point” really is. The perfect listen for my walking commute.

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