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From Shadows to Light | Take the Helm | Ruthann Weeks

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with special guest Ruthann Weeks about how she thinks workplaces are doing with their response to COVID19 and mental health, how a psychologically safe organization operates and what she feels the number one leadership trait is. Get to Know Ruthann Weeks… Ruthann Weeks is the founder of Harmony in the Workplace. She is a tireless forward-thinking crusader whose efforts have helped to bring the importance of an abuse-free work environment to the forefront of public awareness. She is also a gifted corporate keynote speaker who delivers a powerful message about today’s workplace challenges to senior executives and decision-makers. Starting off as a Certified Information and Referral Specialist in the human service sector, Ruthann went on to graduate as a Human Resource Manager. She also obtained her Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) certification as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. Ruthann discovered that the[…]

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From Shadows to Light | The Power of Your Shopping Cart | Katrina Breau

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with co-author and Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant Katrina Breau about how the foods we choose to eat affect our mental health, which foods can help or harm our moods, and how she used foods along her personal mental health journey. Get to Know Katrina Breau… Katrina’s life’s journey has been continuously affected by mental health issues. They have colored every aspect of her life, throughout my childhood, her teenage years, then adulthood. Katrina always felt overwhelmed by the constant change that surrounded her at each stage of her life and the rollercoaster effect it had on her mental health. By the time she was a teenager, her parents had each divorced multiple times. Katrina was constantly uprooted and moving around to different communities, which meant that her life lacked a solid foundation and that she had no social network to support her. Adding[…]

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From Shadows to Light | Never Quit, No Matter What | Marilyn Brighteyes

Join host Olivia Kachman as she speaks with co-author Marilyn Brighteyes about her personal experiences as a person of aboriginal descent and about her lived experience in residential school. Get to Know Marilyn Brighteyes… Marilyn Brighteyes was born carrying the burden of intergenerational trauma that is the consequence of centuries of colonization in Canada; in particular, the impact that residential schools had on aboriginal families. She grew up surrounded by abuse, drugs, and alcohol, but that part of her story is nothing new. What sets her apart, as an individual, is that she has chosen to rise above the trauma. Her mantra is, “It is what it is until it isn’t.” Reach out to Marilyn… Facebook: http://facebook.com/Cree.made.it

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From Shadows to Light | Transforming That Shame | Vireo Karvonen

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with co-author, Belief Re-patterning®Practitioner, and Sacred Sexuality Coach Vireo Karvonen about shame busting around taboo subjects like sexuality, suicide, and mental health. Vireo shares her personal story about her most powerful tool that helped her to transform the shame. Get to Know Vireo Karvonen… Vireo Karvonen is a licensed Belief Re-patterning®Practitioner and Sacred Sexuality Coach who has been supporting and empowering women for well over a decade. Vireo’s deep-rooted desire to positively impact others goes back to 1996 when she completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Alberta. As a lifelong learner, Vireo went on to become a facilitator of transformational programs such as Orgasmic Healing, Laughter Yoga, Kundalini DanceTM, and Sacred Femininity. She is also trained in mindfulness techniques. Drawing on her training and education in ways unique to herself, Vireo is an extremely skilled and intuitive facilitator. Using her[…]

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From Shadows to Light | Beyond the Label | Dr. Christina Bjorndal ND

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with special guest and co-author Dr. Christina Bjorndal about how to regain your mental health, what four aspects of health she thinks are important to address in a patient’s overall health, how she supports the physical level of health when addressing mental health and what the steps are to address mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health. Get to know Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND… Dr. Chris is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and eating disorders. Having overcome many challenges herself, she has developed a highly effective approach to the treatment of mental illness by addressing the needs of the whole person by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual factors. Dr. Chris is a recognized authority in the naturopathic treatment of mental illness. A gifted writer and speaker, she has been invited to share[…]

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From Shadows to Light | I Choose to Rise Above | Cindy Klamn-Conway

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with special guest Cindy Klamn-Conway as she shares her life growing up surrounded by addiction and dysfunction as well as life situations that resulted in PTSD and negative self-talk. Cindy shares about her journey to healing and overcoming her past. There is life after trauma. Get to Know Cindy Klamn-Conway… Cindy Klamn-Conway was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta by her father, Hank Klamn. Cindy had a very close relationship with her father that left lasting imprints on her heart. When she was thirty-five years old, Cindy and her husband packed up and moved to Calgary where they raised their three beautiful children. In her life, Cindy has faced many challenges but never allowed fear to knock her down. She thrives on her strength and positivity to turn all situations into life lessons. She is a natural-born Intuitive Spiritual Guide/Medium who chooses to[…]

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From Shadows to Light | Lionheart | Cinnamon Cranston

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with Cinnamon Cranston author and massage therapist whose life experiences at a young age forced her to survive and to search for a new way to live. Despite being successful in her own business, Cinnamon fought with alcoholism, and dealing with past hurts. Listen as she shares how she was able to cope and heal. Get to Know Cinnamon Cranston… Cinnamon Cranston is a University of Regina and Mount Royal College graduate, a Reiki practitioner, and a Registered Massage Therapist who specializes in the Rosen Method. Informed by her personal experience and her own quest for peace and healing, Cinnamon’s 20-year journey through the health and wellness field has focused on treating and overcoming the effects of trauma. After exploring a number of modalities, she discovered the importance of the body in the recovery process. In 2008, she knew she was home when[…]

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From Shadows to Light | #him2: Supporting Boys to Men | Kimmy Krochak

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with Kimmy Krochak about the lack of support for men in terms of mental health and overall empowerment. Anger is the only emotion that the boys don’t cry culture allows men to feel. Every other vulnerable emotion – fear, sadness, joy, love is virtually off-limits to boys and men. She also talks about why she made the choice to support and empower boys to men and #him2. Get to know Kimmy Krochak… Kimmy Krochak gifts the world with her energy, unique charm, humor, and ‘sass,’ with a slight sprinkle or more of princess (either self-sprinkled or sprinkled from the universe), along with genuine heartfelt kindness and compassion for those she knows and meets. So, it is fitting that when she opened her multifaceted business as an Energetic Empowerment Consultant & Coach, she called it, none other than “KimmyEnergy.” Kimmy works assisting souls around[…]

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From Shadows to Light | From Battlefield to Home | Lisa and Mike Adams

Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with Lisa and Mike Adams as they share both their individual stories and family stories as they relate to the impact of PTSD, and how their family was able to come to better understand PTSD. Get to Know Lisa Adams:  Lisa is a Life Coach, fitness trainer, and professional speaker. Lisa has been a part of the military family for over 20 years. She brings a unique approach to dealing with trauma that stems from her marriage to a military member who was injured and diagnosed with PTSD in 2006. Lisa has experience working as an Education Assistant supporting students with trauma issues, special needs, and learning disabilities. She has been a volunteer with the Peer Support Program with Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) for the past 3 years. Lisa has multiple diplomas in Professional PTSD Counselling, Fitness and Nutrition, Personal Training,[…]

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From Shadows to Light | A Whole Human Approach | Rev. Carrie-Ann Baron

Join host Oliva Kachman as she is interviewed by special guest Rev. Carrie-Ann Baron who asks Olivia to share her own reasons for starting the book From Shadows to Light, and as Olivia shares a little of her own story as it relates to her journey with mental health. Get to Know Olivia Kachman… Olivia Kachman, B. Ed., discovered her life purpose as a sacred witness who empowers others to heal their lives from the inside out.  As the founder of Phoenix Alchemy, Olivia is a Transformational Guide here to serve those who are ready to rise up and feel the freedom of living their fullest potential; a life beyond their past wounds. Olivia creates a safe, sacred space and intuitively guides people to let go of their limitations and suffering, so they can reclaim their power and rebirth themselves anew.  Her offerings include individual and group healing ceremonies, transformational[…]

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