- Episode 16: Clara Hughes on the power of nature, mental health and the healing journey
- Episode 19: Dr. Gary Burlingame and Sue Jenkins
- Episode 18: Jeff Wilson
- Episode 17: Rob Long
- Episode 15: Dr. Scott Miller
- Episode 14: Right Use of Power
- Episode 13: Dr. Keith Russell on research and evaluation, advice to students and paddle-boarding in the rain
- Episode 12: Chris Sullivan on social work education, working with “liar” kids & more.
- Episode 11: Letters to Addiction
- Episode 10: Glynnis Lieb on addiction and mental health from 3000ft
- Episode 9: Margo Talbot on the canary in the coal mine, the 100th monkey, and other interesting things
- Episode 8: Jann Arden on golf, charity and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- Episode 7: Lisa Arsenault on addictions treatment and the magic of witnessing change
- Episode 6: Dr. Lee Gillis on Experiential Learning, Outcomes and Evaluation and his journey in psychology
- Episode 5: Candace Windisch on what makes kids successful and the importance of building community
- Episode 4: Liam Law on being a youth worker and the role of progress monitoring in treatment
- Episode 3: Stephen de Groot on being a transformation architect in the social services field
- Episode 2: Kelly Waters-Radcliffe on program design, therapeutic perspectives, progress monitoring and a lot more.
- Episode 1: Joe Roberts discusses homelessness, addiction and how he’s “pushing for change”.
In 2006, when Clara stepped onto the Olympic podium in Torino, Italy, she became the first and only athlete ever to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Four years later, she was proud to carry the Canadian flag at the head of the Canadian team as they participated in the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. But there’s another story behind her celebrated career as an athlete, behind her signature billboard smile.
While most professional athletes devote their entire lives to training, Clara spent her teenage years using drugs and drinking to escape the stifling home life her alcoholic father had created in Elmwood, Winnipeg. She was headed nowhere fast when, at sixteen, she watched transfixed in her living room as gold medal speed skater Gaétan Boucher effortlessly raced in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Dreaming of one day competing herself, Clara channeled her anger, frustration, and raw ambition into the endurance sports of speed skating and cycling. By 2010, she had become a six-time Olympic champion.
But after more than a decade in the grueling world of professional sports that stripped away her confidence and bruised her body, Clara began to realize that her physical extremes, her emotional setbacks, and her partying habits were masking a severe depression. After winning bronze in the last speed skating race of her career, she decided to retire, determined to repair herself. She has emerged as one of our most committed humanitarians, advocating for a variety of social causes both in Canada and around the world. In 2010, she became national spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk campaign in support of mental health awareness, using her Olympic standing to share the positive message of the power of forgiveness.
We talk about mental health, the power of nature and a lot more.