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Felipe Gomez: "Coming to Canada & Exploring My New Home"
For this week's episode of the What Connects Us Podcast, we are hanging out with one of Canada's newest citizens and someone who is currently travelling around Saskatchewan to help showcase why this province is so great.
This year's Saskatchewanderer, Felipe Gomez, is stopping by and is going to share with us the challenges he faced and lessons learned when he moved continents from South to North America, the perspective he's gained as he's settled into a new country and how his drive for adventure has brought him some incredible life experiences. He also talks about becoming the first immigrant to take on the highly coveted and beloved role of the Saskatchewanderer where he's spending this year touring the province and telling captivating Saskatchewan stories.
Felipe's story showcases how adventure and challenging yourself can create unimaginable opportunities - especially ones that are just outside your own backdoor.
Greg Moore: "The Cost of Leaping at My Dream & the Journey After"
It's the podcast's first birthday and what better way to celebrate than by kicking off a new season!
Greg Moore (aka "Wheels" on the radio) is a familiar face/voice in the province as a co-host of the Z99 morning radio show team as well as one half of the well-known content creator pair of Justin & Greg.
Greg did what a lot of people dream of doing and handed in his two-weeks notice at his stable, 9-5 job to pursue his passion. In this case, his passion was building a social media personality as part of the tandem Justin & Greg where a humble Facebook live show suddenly turned into the duo creating content resulting in millions of views and the opportunity to collaborate with brands like the Vegas Golden Knights, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and even Facebook themselves. On the surface, everything looked like success for Greg - but today we'll chat about what the struggle to monetize his passion had on his financial well-being and mental health, the successes and lessons he picked up along the way and how he somehow pivoted to becoming the morning show host on one of Saskatchewan's most listened to radio stations. This is truly a story of risk, faith and investing in yourself and is incredibly worthy of our season four premiere.
Kaleb Dahlgren: "Surviving & Writing a New Chapter After Tragedy"
The Humboldt Broncos bus crash was a devastating moment in Saskatchewan history and something that our province will never forget. On the season three finale of the What Connects Us podcast, we are joined by Kaleb Dahlgren, one of the 13 survivors of the accident, to chat about his experience struggling and emerging through tragedy.
We discuss the perspective he's gained as a Type 1 diabetic, the figurative and literal battle scars he's learned via his resilience journey through the bus crash, what it was like to be thrust into the world's attention and deep level of care, and what the emotional process of writing his best-selling book "Crossroads" was like. We also chat about why building community wherever he goes is so important to Kaleb and how he is giving back to STARS Air Ambulance and the Pegasus Project after their services helped save his life.
Kaleb is incredibly vulnerable, reflective and insightful and there is a reason why this one is our season finale!
Catherine Okolita: "Funding Positive Change Can Happen at Any Age"
Today's guest is driving positive change before she even has her learner's license.
At just 13 years old, Catherine Okolita already has 8 years of philanthropy work under her belt and has raised over $150,000 for a number of different charities, causes and organizations across Saskatchewan. Catherine chats with us about starting and running her own community initiative "Catherine's Cause", the insights she has learned from fundraising and how she has learned to inspire others and ask for help along the way.
From helping babies fighting for their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit to spreading kindness and happiness to seniors spending Christmas alone - Catherine makes meaningful differences in our province. This episode will make a difference in your day and inspire you to do good things in your community - regardless of your age.
Alexis Losie: "The Priceless Gift a Death Doula Gave My Family"
"If it wasn't going to be saving him. This is the only thing we could have hoped for."
Alexis Losie joins us to talk about a very tough time for her and her family while shedding a light on a service that a lot of people aren't familiar with. This past year, not only was Alexis dealing with a global pandemic, but she was navigating a very private struggle in her family as her brother approached a situation that a lot of people with loved ones with addiction issues fear. As her brother Denis' body began to shut down, Alexis and her family felt hopeless in a caregiving role with no idea what to do or who to turn to next. Alexis tells us how a death doula was a ray of light during a very dark time, how the doulas were able to confirm her family's fear that Denis' health issues would be fatal, the different game changing, financially accessible services that death doulas provided so Alexis could focus on being present and how priceless they were as they moved through Denis' end of life care.
Zach Oleynik: "How I Operated Reality TV Stardom & Life After"
Imagine being thrown into a house with strangers for three months while your every move is filmed and broadcast to an international audience. This was Zach Oleynik's reality when he was cast on his favorite reality tv game show, Big Brother Canada.
He joins the podcast to tell us all about the intense casting process that forced him to choose between risking years of hard work of being a student athlete for a chance to even go on the show, what it was like to live in a house cut off from the outside world while navigating a cutthroat environment, the psychological impact and search for identity after it ended, navigating newfound celebrity status, and how it impacted his career trajectory as a current med student at the University of Saskatchewan.
Whether you are a Big Brother super fan or you have never even heard of the show - there are so many twists and turns to Zach's story that will truly keep you expecting the unexpected.