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My Journey of Using Digital Media for Social Good. The Roadrunner, Episode #55



I love the feeling of teaching youth the power of using multimedia for social good. We hold these incredible tools in our hands every day with unlimited possibilities in how we can capture the world around us. How can we empower others to embrace digital creativity and use it as a platform to help important stories be told?

Today I’m going to share with you something special to me. It’s the audio from my very first documentary and it’s still one of my favourites. When I was learning this art form we had to choose and organization or an individual in our community to capture. I knew the perfect person and his name is Jeff Murray.

Jeff has cerebral palsy and at the time used a piece of paper to point to letters spelling out what he needed to say. I would always see him going full speed down the street in his electric wheelchair and I wondered what life was like in our small town when it came to accessibility.

As I got to know Jeff and the people in his life I came to find out he was hilarious, a smart ass sometimes, but also an incredible advocate and inspiration for change.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVFpdbAxm7Q&t=214s 


Called to Live: A Powerful & Uplifting Interview With Mental Health Advocate Nancy Virden



Interviewing someone about the suicide attempt and what happens after is one of the ways that I hope to help bring awareness to Mental Health & Wellness that so many of us struggle with in silence. Nancy Virden’s story of how she found the light within during her dark night of the soul is so inspiring because she speaks a truth that so many of us experience but either can find the words, don’t have the support to say or haven’t found the courage to come forward for fear of being ridiculed. It’s stories like Nancy’s, who captures it so eloquently in her book titled, Called to Live: A Chronicle of Recovery After Attempted Suicide, that paves the way for education and ally-ship around mental illness.


Dream Big: Artist Jennifer Tourangeau share’s her story of overcoming adversity and achieving her dreams



Jennifer Tourangeau was once told by a doctor that there was little hope for her but she ignored those statements and became determined to find a way to make her dreams happen no matter what. In the beginning of her journey as an art student she created the music video, “Dream Big and she tries daily to live by the phrase, “I’m going to do it, watch me.”

And do it she has. Jennifer has been the recipient of a number of awards including two from Spirit Seekers as a Youth Role Model, as well as a 7 Sacred Teaching Award from National Aboriginal Day 2010.

I caught up with Jennifer and her extremely supportive partner Mary, to talk to her about all she has accomplished and how she likes to inspire others with her art work and her powerful story.


Let’s Get Catty: Two Inspiring Youth Talk About Their Initiative To End Street Harrassment



Bri Gardner & Erica Teasdale are two young people who want to end sexualized violence and street harassment. A youth led initiative, Catty is a web based tool that helps people experiencing street harassment in Toronto through connecting, educating, supporting, and reporting. Check out our interview and be sure to visit www.carajonesspeaks.tv and follow Catty on social media. Just click the link to Cool Stuff! and find all the ways you can support and connect.