Category Archives: Be The Change

Two Spirit Pipe Carrier Sharp Dopler Episode #52



Lately the political climate feels as if you are walking on eggshells. There are so many opportunities to be a part of something great, to be a ally for change, but if you can’t speak your mind without fear of retribution how do we be ourselves, share our opinions and learn from others without policing our every thought and feeling? A great teacher once said to me, “We were born with two ears and one mouth because we are meant to listen twice a much as we are meant to speak.”

Sharp Dopler has been an educator, community worker and activist for over 20 years. Sharp is a member of the Ottawa Indigenous community and is of Cherokee/Sauk/Fox and Irish descent. Sharp has presented at various venues at the local, regional, provincial, national and international level and  is honoured to be considered a Traditional Knowledge Keeper and carrier of Ceremony. As a two-spirit pipe carrier Sharp has incredible stories, knowledge and a ridiculous sense of humour that I absolutely love.

Visit Sharp at Sharp Solutions:

https://www.sharpsolutions-indigenius.com/


Ray Of Hope World Kindness Day Video Premiere With Award Winning Musician Alika Hope Episode #52



The current political energy across the globe is feelings rather polarized and divided in so many ways. As we watch our social media feeds each day it can be difficult to find a ray of hope amongst the darkness. To find a way to bridge our divide and use social media for good. To let people know we are there for each other emotionally and virtually.

FEEL THE MUSIC, CHANGE THE WORLD…

That is the message of The Ray of Hope Project started by my guest today, award winning musician, Alika Hope.  She had the goal of using African American spirituals to shed light on the combined anti-slavery efforts of blacks and whites in 19th century New England and now includes nine musicians and actors who incorporate African American spirituals with live music in their participatory programs.

Ray of Hope Project’s newest production, music video “IRL” is a video focusing on the importance of kindness on social media. It will premiere on various social media channels on World Kindness Day, November 13.


Good Morning Gorgeous: Dale Smith Thomas Teaches Individuals &Corporations How To Find Beauty Within



Often times throughout our day we put ourselves down in one way or another. Maybe we think that we are too fat, or too skinny, too tall or not tall enough. Sometimes we can’t even take a compliment when one is sent our way, we just deflect the gesture and downplay our light. How do we change the way we think about ourselves in the world? How do we go from thinking we are drab to knowing we are fab? How do we find our inner gorgeous?

My guest today, Dale Smith Thomas, experienced a similar untruth about herself and did not always think she was pretty, in fact she really thought she was nothing special at all. As she got older she began to realize that her beauty had to come from within.

In her book, Good morning Gorgeous,  Dale reflects on her experiences as Mrs. Tennessee and offers a unique perspective on what it means to be truly beautiful. She has already helped thousands of women discover their “inner gorgeous” and continues to reach more every day. In addition to her books, she’s also been a frequent guest on Dr. Phil and other major network television shows.

I know I say this about all of my guests, but I really did fall in love with Dale’s light. It felt like I met a long lost sister. I highly recommend her book because it captures the struggle within ourselves and offers a fresh outlook on how we can break the shackles of our own negative self beliefs.


Hearing With My Heart: Justin Osmond May Have A Hearing Loss, But That Hearing Loss Does Not Have Him



I have a bone to pick with the people out there who feel the need to spread their negative beliefs onto  others. Stop it. Your philosophy is tired and the human soul is energized and has proven time and time again, that you’re wrong. It’s time for us to silence the naysayers and listen to what we know to be true in our hearts, that people are incredible and to prove it all they need is a little hope.

My guest today has led an extraordinary life. Justin Osmond was born with 90% hearing loss. That is hard for anyone, but being the son of Merrill Osmond, the lead singer of the world-renowned Osmond Family, made deafness and even bigger challenge.

After 12 years of intense speech and listening therapy, he can now speak with passion and through modern-day technology, hear with conviction.

I am honoured to have him on the show and to continue to spread his incredible message. I think we could all learn a thing or two from Justin’s life experience.

http://www.justinosmond.com


May Your Choices Reflect Your Hopes & Not Your Fears, Episode #48



No matter how much time goes by I am still amazed by how many people choose to discourage others as opposed to encouraging them. Haven’t we seen and heard enough life experiences to know that the human soul is truly resilient? That each of us can overcome and achieve incredible thing when we have even just a little support in our lives. This episode of Cara Jones Speaks shares the stories of two incredible people, Christina Fry & Len Morissette, who changed their lives by making a choice that reflected their hopes.

Music Rights by www.bensound.com 


From Redneck to Rainbow: The Rights & Freedoms of LGBTQ+ Youth Part Two, Episode #47



Should schools be able to tell parents if their child identifies in the LGBTQ spectrum? How do we project youth who are in family that would not accept who they are and cast them out onto the streets?

Not long after the amendment of the bill  the Minister of Education rolled out the The Guidelines for best practices: Creating learning environments that respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. The province told schools they had to submit a plan of how they would implement these guidelines into their schools. This was met with huge resistance from parents, community members and schools who felt their rights were being compromised.

 


From Redneck to Rainbow: The Rights & Freedoms of LGBTQ+ Youth Part One, Episode #46



I was new to municipal government but I was passionate about helping youth create change. One day the youth came into our meeting angry and frustrated. There was a government Bill called “Bill 10” that people were trying to pass and it stated that any youth in Alberta who wanted to have a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance or Gender & Sexuality Alliance) could be denied by their school.

These clubs have statistically proven to create tolerance and decrease bullying and suicide. The youth felt that it was not fair that these decisions were being made without the input of youth when it directly affects them and their peers.

I encouraged the youth to stand before the City Council as a delegation and ask for their support in amending the Bill.

After a great deal of preparation four of the youth bravely got up in front of the committee and identify as Transgender, Bi-sexual, Homosexual and Heterosexual youth. Their presentation was incredibly inspiring and left the adults in the room speechless.

Three days later, after youth across the province banned together to speak out, Bill 10 was amended. It was the first time since becoming an ally at age 18 that I actually saw youth speak out and effectively be heard. 

This is part one of their story.


Tedx Familiar Strangers: How do simple interactions with strangers create a ripple of change in the world? Episode #45



In my life I have learned many things but the one thing that still amazes me is how connected we truly are. So many of us believe that our lives are unimportant, that we don’t matter. We get frustrated by what’s going on in the world around us and often feel as if we can’t make a difference, it’s all just too big. What if it didn’t have to be big? What if small actions, small conversations, empathy and caring were the stones cast  being cast in the universe creating a ripple of change?


Fostering Relationships with Mentors: Juno Award Winning Artist Susan Aglukark Shares How Mentors Guided Her Towards Success. Episode #44



Susan is Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. She calls herself the accidental artist. Susan grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and with “no musical orthodoxy” to draw from, Susan’s early years were spent learning as she was headlining. Her early writing (The Arctic Rose-1992) was a series of songs drawn from the thing she had left, a life of uncertainty.
Susan has garnered 3 Juno awards, received The Order of Canada in 2005 and most recently was awarded the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (June-2016).

She has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham and The Countess Of Wessex.

Susan is also the founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation and is an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project.

www.susanaglukark.com


I am heart. Men helping boys change the definition of “Boy Code.” Episode #43



Lance Drozda is the founder of i.am.heart which has been established to bring a more empathic and heart-based approach to emotional self-awareness for boys and men. Lance has been facilitating men’s self-development workshops since 2011 and has worked with various non-profit organizations aligned to supporting the emotional growth and safety of children and adults.

i-am-heart offers programs that are designed to teach boys how to identify, accept and express their full range of emotions, and support them in experiencing healthier and safer relationships with their families, friends, peers and with the world that surrounds them.

www.iamheart.ca