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Renegade Conversation with Joël Dickinson

Welcome to Season Three, Episode 18 of Renegade Conversations. My guest today describes herself as a reluctant university administrator who has always worked to improve the experience of students while supporting faculty. That’s a tall order. In an interview with a local media outlet, she said when she interviewed for her current position, it was…

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A Renegade Conversation with Kristin Williams

Welcome to Season Three, Episode 17 of Renegade Conversations! My guest today is Dr. Kristin Williams, a polemical feminist whose specialty is uncovering neglected historical female figures. I had to look up the meaning of the word polemical, which means expressing a strongly critical attack on or controversial opinion about someone or something. I loved…

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Renegade Conversation with Debbie Adams

Welcome to Renegade Conversations. Season Three, Episode 16. My guest today is funny, engaging and calls it as she sees it. She has overcome many challenges, which she shares in a practical, no holds barred way. Hold onto your seats and get ready to be inspired. Debbie Adams has been challenging assumptions for more than…

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Renegade Conversation with Corinne Boudreau

My guest today is a lawyer who has transformed the way she practices law, a hockey player, and a member of a band called ‘The Mother Pluckers.” Corinne Boudreau is the daughter of a teacher and a lawyer. This probably explains a lot about her desire to share and explain the legal stuff. Being a…

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Body listening

This opinion may be somewhat controversial. I believe that our body produces symptoms when we are out of balance. These symptoms can point to emotional or spiritual issues that need addressing. By producing aches and pains, or other types of illness, our body is giving us clues that we are blocked on some level. By…

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A Renegade Conversation with Jenna White

My guest today is an indigenous chef, restauranteur, unstoppable entrepreneur and remarkable woman. Jenna White’s philosophy is simple yet profound: food brings people to the table and creates a doorway to experience the vibrant diversity of cultures. I love that Jenna says you can make life work for you and “you have the ability to…

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Renegade Conversation with Dr. Mayann Francis

My guest today was the first African Nova Scotian and second woman to be appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.  She is the second African Canadian to be appointed Lieutenant Governor in Canada. I have admired the Honourable Dr. Mayann Francis from afar for many years. Her accomplishments are many, including many honorary…

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A Renegade Conversation

Renegades use their voices to change the world. Are you a renegade? I would define a renegade as someone who goes against the norm, speaks up and acts in order to facilitate change. In my experience, renegades tend to spring from marginalized communities, from a desire to change the status quo. I am a renegade…

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Renegade Conversation with Cynthia Kinnunen

Join guest Cynthia Kinnunen and host and creator Meryl Cook for this wide ranging and insightful conversation about women in midlife, and the role of music in forming a new identity and sense of purpose at this life stage. Discover how Cynthia’s life is like a birch tree and hear her advice for women wanting…

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An artist date? Tell me more.

Some of my favourite artist dates lately have been going to an art opening at The Muir Hotel  True Colours Gallery. I went with two of my favourite artist friends, and my mentor Deanne Fitzpatrick was one of the three artists with work in the show. It was wonderful to connect with old and new…

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A Renegade Conversation with Juanita Peters

Juanita Peters is an actor, film and stage director, playwright and more. And host Meryl Cook admits to having a bit of a fan girl crush on her for being one of the directors of the award-winning series Diggstown. Join host Meryl Cook and guest Juanita Peters for this fearless and fun renegade conversation. Learn…

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Renegade Conversation with Rosmarie Lohnes

Rosmarie Lohnes is an Ecological Landscape Designer, Speaker, Consultant and Educator and she is trying to flip the landscaping world upside down! One of North America’s leading experts in protecting priceless coastal properties from erosion, Rosmarie is the founder and CEO of Helping Nature Heal, an award-winning landscape design company that has been recognized globally for…

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Renegade Conversation with Tia Upshaw

Tia Upshaw is an author, serial entrepreneur, mentor, motivational speaker and more. We recently sat down to have a Renegade Conversation that was heart warming, inspiring, fun and authentic. Tia Upshaw is a dynamic force, blending roles as a devoted mother, accomplished author, and serial entrepreneur. Balancing the demands of raising three children, Tia says…

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Note to self

I’m taking my own advice and practicing self care this morning. Self care is easy to ‘fit in’ when life is not busy. It’s more challenging when I’m busier, or more tired. I know in order to be my best self I need to practise extra self care when I feel this way. When I…

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Renegade Conversation with Maddie Kertay

Maddie Kertay is the BadAss Quilter, outspoken advocate for making the quilting space a diverse and welcoming space for all.  When she is not caring for critical care neonatal kittens, or rebuilding old houses herself you can find her online or at local shows and trade events fostering community for liberal quilters, sewists and crafts…

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