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In their third episode of the Slacktivism Podcast Gracie and Owen interview Padme, Amina and Anja and learn about the amazing work that they are doing at Glebe Collegiate Institute. We learn about how this organization got started and how youth are…

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In their second episode of the Slacktivism podcast, Gracie and Owen interview Fiona Milligan. Fiona is no stranger to being called lazy, she was born with dyslexia and has been very misunderstood throughout her whole life. However, she did not let…

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In this first episode hosts Owen and Gracie interview one of Owen’s long time friends Gabe Ferron-Bouis. As a baby, Gabe was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia, the shortening or absence of a fibula at birth. It is a rare condition that didn’t allow…

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In this final episode for season 4 Rebecca chats with Owen and Gracie to discuss their thoughts on the last 7 months. We learn about how they have both grown, as well as some of their challenges. Congratulations Owen on being the “Ultimate RISER”.

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In Owen’s last SCM podcast he interviews Dr. Martin Hyun from Germany. In this episode Owen learns about Dr. Hyun’s experience as a hockey player in Germany, the racism he has experienced both on and off the ice and what he is doing to change that…

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In this episode, first time host Noella interview world wide renowned fashion designer Justina McCaffrey. Noella learns about Justina’s global career, her desire to bring the garment industry back to Canada and the importance of looking at the…

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In this episode Owen has the opportunity to chat with Matt Bradley former professional hockey player. Bradley tells his story about his lucky break after being cut from a Triple A hockey team, his professional career playing with greats like Mario…

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In this episode Owen interviews his classmate Mohammad who came to Canada in 2016 as a refugee by way of Syria and Jordan. Mohammad shares his journey from leaving friends and family and the food and weather that he misses dearly. He also shares…

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In this episode Owen speaks with Director, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion for the OHL Rico Phillips. We learn about what this position means, stories from referring, his role as a fire fighter as well as the Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program….

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In this episode Owen interviews former professional hockey player Brendan Bell. We learn about how important work ethic is, the differences between European hockey and North American hockey and how ones own experiences shape their hopes and dreams…

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In this weeks book club we welcome our latest guest, Khater Muhajir to the discussion. This week dives into looking at Rashad and Quinn and how they are dealing with the unlawful beating after the fact. We have some great discussions about racial…

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In this episode Owen continues to learn about how society and the future of work is rapidly changing. He has the opportunity to speak with marketing and communications expert Jack Garrard from Contextere and AI startup. Owen is given a mini lesson…

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In this episode Amy continues to learn to earn her grade 10 health / phys ed credit. In this episode she interview Stephen R. Coleman, an extremely passionate, driven and inspired documentary filmmaker who left a comfortable job in order to follow a…

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In this episode Mohammad continues his English learning journey by looking at poetry. He had the opportunity to read, watch and analyze a song written and performed by local rapper Iamsoulful.

IAMSOULFUL is an Arab-Canadian independent artist from…

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Amy is back and is learning about health and wellness. In this episode she interviews Catie Clapp co-owner of Willow Wellness in Richmond, ON. Amy and Catie talk about what they do at Willow Wellness and how to handle stress.

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In this episode of the Social Change Maker Podcast we start our first ever book club. Mohammad is a grade 9 student at R.I.S.E. who is reaching ahead and taking grade 10 English. He chose the book All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan…

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Owen has started this quadmester on a mission. He is ready to share his new schooling experience with others. He is hosting an e-sports event called RAISE for R.I.S.E. to raise money for scholarships to R.I.S.E. Academy. As a part of this project…

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Ella and Zenya are two of R.I.S.E. Academy’s pioneers. They both started with Rebecca in September where they took grade 9 geography and then continued on for a second course, this time Media Arts. In this episode they reflect on their time with…

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Over the past 8 weeks I have had the pleasure of working with Laszlo, Satya and Rusty in our younger social change maker program. In this episode we hear about their experiences and the fun that we have had.

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Kirsten makes her podcasting debut in one of our last podcasts of this quadmester. In this episode she interviews Beatrice Ocquaye, Principal of R.E. Wilson Elementary school. Over the quadmester Kirsten has been learning about the importance of…

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In this episode Zenya and Aurora co host and interview Mya Beaudry of Kokum Scrunchies. Mya tells them about how her business started, the significance behind the name Kokum and what it is like to be a business owner at the young age of 10. If you…

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In their final episode for the quadmester, Gracie and Owen interview Social Worker / Therapist Robert Billard. It was a fun conversation hearing from Robert full of information about parenting and families, but what made even more fun was when the…

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Gracie continues her learning journey about Canadian Families by interviewing her older sister Gabby and her boyfriend Bryson. Gabby and Bryson are both 20 years old and they discuss what like is like as an emerging adult.

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In this episode Gracie and Owen continue their learning journey by interviewing Joyce Hamelin, Social Worker at ABLE2 in their FASD program. They learn about what FASD is and what it is like to live with youth who have FASD as Joyce has 5 adopted…

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In this episode Gracie and Owen interview Jennifer Deavy, a social worker for the Childrens Aid Society in Ottawa. Jennifer explains to them what CAS does, the importance of attachment at a young age and shares a wonderful success story.

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Owen continues his podcasting adventure by interviewing professional skier and spokesperson for Protect Our Winters Nick McNutt. In this episode they talk skiing, climate change and of course Owen had to ask about Nick’s near death experience from…

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This past weeks episode reflects the lesson that we learned in the Canadian Families course. We looked at couples, making commitments and next steps. Owen had the opportunity to interview our young intern Abbey and her partner Jeremie. He learned…

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Owen and Gracie continue to learn about Canadian Families. In this episode they interview Colleen MacPhee from Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services. They learn about addiction and how it affects the individual and family.

If you would like to…

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In this episode, Aurora makes her podcasting debut. Aurora is sad to know that children around the world do not have the same opportunities that she does and that many of them are forced into child labour. In this episode she interviews Mira Gillis…

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Owen and Gracie are in the Canadian Families course at R.I.S.E. and what better way to learn about theory and content about family than by interviewing your own. In this episode meet Rebecca and Elaine Hollingsworth (Owen’s Mom and Grandma) and…

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In this episode Gracie and Owen interview Hazel Smith, mother, wife and ASD advocate. Hazel is a mother of a son on the ASD spectrum and is the Children At Risk’s Special Projects Coordinator and Camp Director, Camp Kaleidoscope. If you would like…

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Owen has come back for another quadmester with R.I.S.E. Academy and has loved podcasting so much that he will be jumping on the mic quite often. In this episode he continues his quest to learn as much as possible about climate change and amazing…

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Zenya continues her quest to learn more about Tiny Homes and alternatively living. In this episode, Zenya interviews Maya from the youtube channel Sailing Magic Carpets. We learn about what life is like living on a sailboat, how music can be another…

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In this episode of the Social Change Makers podcast Zenya gets to interview one of her all time favourite Youtube couples, Danielle and Mat from Exploring Alternatives. If you want to learn about how to make the shift to Tiny Living or hear about…

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Meet Owen, he cares about the environment and climate action. Owen has been busy making small changes in his life to be a better climate warrior. In this episode he interviews Izzy Lynch from POW, Protect Our Winters. We learn about what POW is all…

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Meet Ellie, she is concerned with equity and equality, especially for women. Ellie has decided to support a Canadian organization called TEMBO. In this episode we learn about TEMBO, Tanzania and education for girls.

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Meet Will, he is a grade 10 student at R.I.S.E. Academy who started his passion project looking at Cancel Culture. In his research he started to come across a lot of information about fake news. In this episode Will interviews Brodie Fenlon, Chief…

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Meet Kenzie, she is grade 9 student at R.I.S.E. Academy who cares about dogs. She has decided to focus on Potcake Dogs (Caribbean Strays). In this episode Kenzie interviews Julie Bertrand, founder and president of the Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue.

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Meet Josh, he is concerned about the amount of Human Trafficking that happens around the world and as well as right here in Canada. In this episode, he interviews Christine from Voice Found to learn about what Human Trafficking is and how he can help.

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Meet Gracie, she is a grade 11 student at R.I.S.E. Academy and she is upset about racism in hockey. In this episode Gracie interviews founder of the Black Girls Hockey Club, Renee Hess, NWHL hockey player Saroya Tinker and New York City journalist…

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Meet Zenya, she is interested in sustainable housing and learning as much as possible about the Tiny Homes movement. In this episode she interviews Daniel Ott from True North Tiny Homes in Hamilton, ON. We learn about what a Tiny Home is, the…

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Meet Callie, she is concerned about our Oceans and all the plastic pollution. In this episode Callie interviews Katy Kennedy from Clear Blue Sea in San Diego California. We talk about microplastics, climate change and are introduced to FRED!!

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Amy is a youth who is in grade 10 at R.I.S.E. Academy. She is interested in helping girls and teens love themselves, feel confident in their own bodies, to speak up for themselves and to be happy with who they are. In this episode she interviews Kim…

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In this episode the Social Change Makers have the extreme pleasure of interviewing Ainara Alleyne from Ainaras bookshelf. Ainara is a grade 6 student in Hamilton, ON who is using her love of reading to address the problem of diversity in books….

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In this episode Zenya and Kenzie interview Lauren and Meghan from Period Packs Ottawa. Lauren and Meghan saw a need for period equity in Ottawa and decided to do something about it. Listen in as the girls hear about how they got started, what they…

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Welcome to a new season of the Social Change Maker podcast. We are super excited to introduce our new cohort of youth working with us. In this episode we welcome Ella, Amy and Zenya who are representing the new group of high school aged youth at…

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In this episode two of our Social Change Makers interview Bob Dawson. Bob is a black hockey historian in Ottawa and has joined forces with a few of our Change Makers on a project called #blowthewhistleonracism. Bob was the first black hockey player…

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In today’s episode the Social Change Makers in 2.0 interview the SCM 1.0 group to learn about their experience over the last 8 weeks.

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In today’s episode the Social Change Makers speak to Sophia Mathur a young Climate Activist. Sophia tells us all about how she brought Fridays for Future to Canada, her opportunity to meet Great Thunberg and what we can all do to help the Climate Crisis.

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On today’s episode the Social Change Makers interview Sahada Alolo who is the community outreach person for the Multifaith Housing Initiative in Ottawa. Sahada shares about what MHI is doing to help those in low income situations find affordable housing.

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In today’s episode the SCM have the opportunity to interview Ella Lake a 15 year old advocate for so many different issues. She shares her passion about amplifying the voices of those with disabilities and explains the importance of intersectionality…

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On today’s episode our Social Change Makers speak with Jackie Wilson, owner of Empowered Education in Nottingham, UK. She tells us all about what an empowerment coach does and the importance of understanding our own superpowers.

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In today’s episode the Social Change Makers had the opportunity to talk to Dr Sarah Tranquilly-Doherty and ask her all their questions about her role as a family doctor in Vancouver BC. We find out things about how to become a doctor, the best and…

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In today’s episode the Social Change Makers had the opportunity to talk to Stephen Hurley, Founder and Chief Catalyst at voicEd Radio. The team peppers Stephen with lots of great questions about podcasting and conversation.

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