Welcome to  Fire Side Stories- Human Libraries!

With this video podcast I’m looking to improve connection and storytelling not only in my immediate community but worldwide. I truly believe that one of our problems as a human race is that we have social media platforms that show us highlights of life, snippets of the truth, really. The issue? We don’t take the time to truly listen to each other’s stories or find the connections that tie us together. The human journey is made up of so many layers, and I want to peel back those layers and get to know who you are underneath.

The goal is to reconnect, slow down and travel back to a time when humans sat around fires and shared their best, exciting tales and created verbal stories that others passed on, legacies.

Episode 1- Jennifer Wallace

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“I’m born and raised in Niagara, and haven’t ever really explored the world outside my backyard and a day’s drive away. I’m committed to my community and enjoy volunteering for causes and organizations I’m passionate about, including supporting the arts and women’s organizations.
I’ve been self-employed for some time, first being in the family business from the age of 20 and then pushing out on my own just over a decade later, creating a business and brand that was more reflective of my own professional values and personality. And here I continue to work to help others improve their lives and reach their goals.” – Jenn Wallace

Episode 2- Ben Skinner

Ben is a trans/non-binary person of colour living in Kitchener, ON. He plays elite level rugby, is a graduate student studying Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and works at a Peace Research Institute called Project Ploughshares.
Ben: “My ‘coming out’ story is complex and multifaceted, which I think ultimately lends itself to being relatable for a lot of LGBTQ+ people. It is filled with highs and lows, making for a dramatic saga that ultimately ends with a message of love and hope.’


Episode 3- Ali Rutherford

Ali’s story of loss and resilience will inspire and make you think about the unique way we all maneuver life and cope with change. At only 32 years of age, Ali has experienced a level of loss that many of us would struggle to understand. After her husband’s tragic passing, followed by the sudden and unexpected deaths of both her Dad and Step-Mother, she has had to pivot and regain her footing in the under talked about and confusing world of grief, death and life beyond.

Ali is an inspiration with her determination to remain on top of her mental health and willingness to speak about her experiences- with a smile!


Episode 4- Theresa Sawchuk

Are you ready to face your fears?  Theresa’s inspirational discussion about stepping into and speaking your fear is one that will leave you thinking for days. After leaving the financial security of a position that she had held for close to 19 years, Theresa started the business of her dreams.   

Follow along as she talks about the lasting effect of COVID on her personal life, family, business, and the global impact it’s having on all aspects of life.



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