The Stories That Brought You Here
Episode 23 - Andrea Spalding

Episode 23 - Andrea Spalding

December 1, 2018

In this episode, Andrea discusses her experience writing and along with her husband David, performing on a Canadian children's television program titled, 'Storytime'. She will also share stories of their time as traveling folk music performers, describe in vivid detail parts of her youth spent growing up in Manchester, England. As well, Andrea will speak about how the island has changed in the past thirty years and in the process, honoring many Penderites no longer living on the island.

Episode 22 - Tim Frick

Episode 22 - Tim Frick

November 20, 2018

In this episode, Tim discusses aspects of his coaching career that included everything from working with a young Terry Fox to having phenomenal international success with the Canadian Women's wheelchair basketball team. He also talks about how he and his wife, Gerry are involved with the volunteer organization, German Shepard Rescue of British Columbia. As well, Tim shares stories from his involvement with Rick Hansen's Man in Motion world tour. All that...and his favorite kayaking spots!! How good can it get? Enjoy.

Episode 21 - Theresa Carle-Sanders

Episode 21 - Theresa Carle-Sanders

November 10, 2018

In this episode, Theresa discusses how she came upon the idea to create recipes based on the book series, Outlander. This led her to first creating a blog, then eventually developing that into a popular cookbook. She also discusses her time growing up in Vancouver, playing field hockey in those days, the experiences she has had at silent retreats and how she met her husband, Howard.

Episode 20 - Jo Down

Episode 20 - Jo Down

November 1, 2018

In this episode, Jo talks about his family immigrating from England when he was very young. He speaks about growing-up in Sidney, his love of playing basketball and recounts the details of one of his first jobs, a bingo caller. As well, Jo speaks at length about the outpouring of community support his family received in 2011 when his son was diagnosed with a serious illness.

Episode 19 - Shelley Sarakannas

Episode 19 - Shelley Sarakannas

October 23, 2018

In this episode, Shelley shares very personal stories about the profound impact the death of her brother had on her life and how it helped her on the path towards a career as a massage therapist. She speaks about her first job on the island, as an end of life care worker She discusses the amazing synchronicity involved with the two different houses she and her husband, Pete have purchased since coming to the island, as well, she tells how she came to meet that great guy over forty years ago.

Episode 18 - Ben McConchie

Episode 18 - Ben McConchie

October 12, 2018

In this interview, Ben talks about his passion for music and some of the ways he has helped to foster the music scene on Pender Island. Ben also talks politics and describes his recent involvement with the First Nations community and how it has impacted his life.

Episode 17 - Ethan Smith

Episode 17 - Ethan Smith

September 9, 2018
In this episode, Ethan talks about his time working at The Empress Hotel in Victoria and his early career as a radio personality. He also discusses trying to make it as an actor in Calgary and speaks about his lifelong passion for competitive endurance sports. All this and so much more in a really jam-packed episode.
Episode 16 - Josephine Spaxman

Episode 16 - Josephine Spaxman

August 14, 2018

In this episode, Josephine talks about her three amazing siblings, Finnish saunas, her new job as a medical transcriptionist and she describes growing up in Vancouver and being into punk rock! That's right, punk rock with an explanation mark! Fun chat we had in this one...enjoy.

Episode 15 - Davy Rippner

Episode 15 - Davy Rippner

August 2, 2018

In this interview, Davy talks about living in San Francisco during the mid-sixties and how it was there, he began working with leather. As well, Davy discusses his over twenty-five year career working with solar technology and also tells his amazing story of dodging the Vietnam War draft in the sixties and how it eventually lead him to flee to Canada.

Episode 14 - Brent Marsden

Episode 14 - Brent Marsden

July 21, 2018

In this interview, Brent describes flying to Pender Island in a float plane during the late-sixties to purchase a lot in Magic Lake Estate, he discusses his background building boats, as well, Brent talks about his involvement, with a group of twenty-six other parties, in bringing the commercial space at Hope Bay back to life after it had burnt down.  Plus, I ask Brent where his very fitting nickname originated from.