The Stories That Brought You Here
Episode 34 - Steeve Larouche

Episode 34 - Steeve Larouche

July 28, 2019

In this episode, Steeve will discuss how he and his wife, Dawnda were among the small group of people, who almost twenty years ago, created the much loved New Year's Eve Lantern Festival. He will describe growing up as part of a military family and living in Germany as teenager while his father was stationed there. He will also talk about his various artistic pursuits, how he first became involved with the Solstice theater and what his first ever acting gig was...you'll never guess. All that and more in this wonderful interview. Enjoy.

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Episode 33 - Amanda Landa

Episode 33 - Amanda Landa

June 10, 2019

In this episode, Amanda will detail her experiences as the former chef and co-owner of the beloved but now closed, Hope Bay Cafe. She will describe how she developed a passion for cooking, sailing and riding motorcycles. Amanda will also discuss being the proud new co-owner of Southridge Country Store, along with her husband, Rob. She will also let us know the story of how they first met.

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Episode 32 - Ewa Jarosinska

Episode 32 - Ewa Jarosinska

May 16, 2019

In this episode, Ewa will discuss her new-found love of photography and her philosophy behind trying to capture people as they truly are. She will speak about her life in Poland before moving to Canada and the working in the construction industry there. As well, Ewa will describe the bike trip she and her husband-to-be took nearly fifty years ago along the mountainous coast of Bulgaria and also talk about her twenty-five years of baking and selling cakes at the Saturday market.

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Episode 31 - John Miles

Episode 31 - John Miles

April 14, 2019

In this episode, John will discuss how he wound up becoming the owner of Southridge Country Store and share details about the ups and downs of being a retail business owner on the island for over twenty years. As well, John will talk about his love of Paris, the unfortunate history of heart disease in his family and what made him decide to remain on Pender after he recently retired from the country store business.

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Episode 30 - Leslie McBain

Episode 30 - Leslie McBain

March 30, 2019

In this episode, Leslie speaks about being a young hippie growing up in Edmonton and eventually moving to California where she resided for close to three decades. She discusses the hosting duties she has been performing at the monthly Speakeasy for the past ten years, as well, she will also speak about the loss of her son Jordan, who sadly passed away just over five years ago and her subsequent involvement in co-creating Moms Stop The Harm, a nation-wide group aiming towards drug policy change for the purpose of harm reduction. 

 

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Episode 29 - Karl Hamson

Episode 29 - Karl Hamson

March 11, 2019

In this episode, Karl discusses how he ventured from Canada to New Zealand at the age of twenty and while living there he would begin a journey that would eventually lead him to creating his own business designing and manufacturing automatic case packer machines from his home on Pender Island and shipping them all around the world. Karl also details his passion for restoring and driving Hudson automobiles, his involvement in the Medicine Beach conservancy and he speaks at length about the details involved in building our Community Hall, the design of which was based on the barn on his property, which previous to the hall being built held local community events.

 

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Episode 28 - John Gowen

Episode 28 - John Gowen

February 27, 2019

In this episode, John shares stories from his forty year career as a musician for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, which along with performing a countless number of times nationally, also included traveling international many times to perform. John also speaks about his involvement with the Socrates Cafe-a local philosophical discussion group that regularly meets on the island. We also talked books, what it was like for John to teach music and how he met his wife, Liz. If you are a fan of music, I'm pretty sure you are going to love this one.

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Episode 27 - Andy Nowak

Episode 27 - Andy Nowak

February 4, 2019

In this episode, Andy explains how thirty years ago, he and a group of others on the island helped move and re-create the recycling depot into how we know it today. Andy also discusses his involvement with the Pender Solar Initiative 2020 group, which has worked towards placing solar panels on various buildings on the island. As well, he speaks about his passion for growing his own food, growing up in Germany and how he and his wife, Mary built their combination straw bale & cob house.

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Episode 26 - Lisa Baile

Episode 26 - Lisa Baile

January 12, 2019

In this episode, Lisa will share stories about mountaineering trips in the coastal mountains along with her husband, Peter. She will also detail the experiences they had building a log house on the island, discuss the book she wrote about her close friend, John Clarke and Lisa will also tell us some tales from her time growing-up in Lincolnshire, England.

Episode 25 - Sam Boyte

Episode 25 - Sam Boyte

December 27, 2018

In this episode, Sam pays homage to his great-grandfather, Bob Bugg. He talks about his experiences attending boarding school, which included many successes playing rugby and led to playing internationally with his team. Sam also speaks about his career in real estate, the close connection he has to Hope Bay, as well, he will detail how he met his wife, Rita.

 

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