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A Digital Storytelling Case Study

Removing Barriers Transforms Lives & Creates Lasting Legacy Before creating their digital stories, Rocky Mountain Adaptive was seeking a powerful tool in stakeholder communications and advocacy. Creating digital stories added dimension to their marketing and communications strategies and allowed them to connect with their stakeholders in a deeper, more meaningful way.  When founder, Jamie McCulloch,…

Back in San Antonio

The first time I was in San Antonio, Texas was in October 2015. It was my first time at a photography conference. And my first trip away from my littles. This week I have been back in San Antonio, Texas.I am at my first non profit conference.And it’s just as exciting to have a few…

Local Love Blog Series — Lou Doyon Freelance

Local Love Blog Series – Kristy Wolfe Photography Welcome back to the Local Love Blog Series! We’ve got a great feature this week on the amazing digital storyteller, Kristy Wolfe! Photo Credit: Alexis McKeown Her passion lies in teaching kids and adults how to narrate their own experiences through photography and digital storytelling. Kristy believes […]Local…

Leading Through Stories: What’s Next

We’re heading into summer break in the northern hemisphere. It’s nice to imagine those eight weeks flowing by as a series of restorative events that re-connect us with family and renew our connection to ourselves. Creating an action plan for the summer may sound counterintuitive, but it is essential to ensure the weeks don’t fly…

Leading Through Stories: Think Back, Look Ahead

Two years ago, our plans and goals for our lives and businesses changed. Most of us had to hit pause as we endured the restrictions of a global pandemic. Now as those constraints finally seem to be easing, it’s time to dust off those plans, revisit them, and decide if a new set of goals…

Home

Tonight, I find myself thinking about the word, home. About what it means. About where it can be and who needs to be there. I’ve thought about writing this blog so many times, I actually started writing this in February, but late on a Saturday night the perfect storm of inspiration hit. Quite a few…

Leading Through Stories: The Impact of Gratitude

In its simplest form, gratitude is the expression of appreciation for something or someone, and it is given freely with nothing expected in return. But did you know that giving thanks can actually make you happier and healthier? Living in a state of gratitude can be life-changing, not only for you, but for the people…

Give Life

It’s been a few weeks since I finished the Quietly Loud Workshop with Kristine Nyborg and Felicia Chang and I’ve given myself some space and time to process what I was working on. Not all of it is ready to share but my assignment involving researching a topic of interest is ready to go. Honestly,…

Leading Through Stories: Live Well Lead Well

In moments when we find it difficult to lead from where we stand, it is important to reflect on what we are feeling and thinking. Recognizing where you are mentally, emotionally, and physically is the first step to raising your vibe. Do you take the time to ask yourself what you are doing to live…

All In for Mental Health

January is the time of year in our household where we talk a lot about mental health. This coin has already helped us start conversations with our boys about goals and gratitude, strengths and sacrifice. The language may be simple. The ideas are not. I am currently participating in Quietly Loud, a 3 month photography…

RAW Podcast with Sarah Freeman

Best podcast intro EVER… “Kristy is this incredible woman. She just has this way about herself, this no bullshit way. She’s direct, but it’s beautiful and I love her for that. I hope you get the chance to sit down and talk with Kristy. She has a beautiful heart and she has lots to share…

Leading Through Stories: The Gift of Grief

It is human nature to try to help our friends, neighbours, family, and friends though their grief. This compulsion to offer advice, or say something we think will ease the pain, often serves to diminish the feelings people are experiencing, and can sometimes even cause harm, despite our best intentions. It is important to know…

Becoming a Local

“Then came the winter. And, again, I was excited; ice skating, snowboarding, cross country skiing. But how can I teach my son something I don’t know how to do? I don’t have the time to learn. What will people think of me not knowing? I decided not to try. I am an immigrant and I…

Leading Through Stories: Tell Your Story

We have all experienced meaningful moments in our lives that have transformed us. Although each of these stories is unique to us, the impact and lessons we learn are often universal. That is why story creates connection and builds relationships. Sharing these stories gives us the opportunity to not only support ourselves through these experiences,…

A Session with Felicia Chang

Felicia Chang is a Vancouver based documentary photographer and someone I have looked up to for years. This summer, Felicia spent time capturing my boys and I on a trip to Vancouver Island to visit my mom. I first saw Felicia speak at the Real Life Conference in 2019. And I’ve just signed up for her Quietly…

Leading Through Stories: Impactful Leadership

What does impactful leadership mean to you? What words come to mind? Perhaps the names of people who have impacted you through a traditional leadership role; a manager, CEO, or team leader. Perhaps values and characteristics show up for you; passion, authenticity, great communicator, and visionary might top the list.  When you create a picture…

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