The VoiceStory family will continue to grow in 2019!

One night every month, members of our community take to the stage and share a moment of their lives with us. Stories of facing their fears, overcoming adversity, accomplishing achievements and experiencing great adventures.

People empowering people through storytelling with the intention of creating connection & community. So we invite you to put away your cell phone, disconnect from the hustle and take a moment to be with yourself & others.

Come join us for an evening and experience connection on a new level!

You can purchase tickets to any of our upcoming shows via The Cultch online box office.

Our Speakers from May 2019 – Theme: Curiosity

Speaker videos coming soon!

Alison Donaghey

After Alison spoke at My Story Mondays someone reached out to her and shared his story on her radio show. At some point during the conversation she realized that she had bought into beliefs about men and women. “I had not been holding men in high regard because of the beliefs I adopted without my permission. I got mad and then curious.”

Join us on May 13 as Alison will open the conversation that when we get curious we get to fully explore our beliefs, where they come from and if they are even ours or done with our permission.

Tien Neo Eamas

“Opening the realm of Wonder and Magick… that our experience of life dramatically shifts, and new realms open because of consciously choosing to approach any situation from a place of curiosity!”

Join us on May 13 as Tien shares with us various points in his life where he chose curiosity as a way to look at his circumstances. He describes what becomes available, what opens up as a result of choosing to come from that place, rather than from a place of fear, cautiousness, past opinions and judgement.

Vanessa Luu

Through generational conditioning, Vanessa’s understanding for what a woman represented was flawed and by acting out the opposite of that representation, she became exactly what she feared. Silence and suffering was her existence until she experienced how it manifested in her reality. This is her claim to the strength in her femininity.

On May 13 Vanessa shares her realization that accountability begins with yourself, if you are accountable for your voice being heard, you can in turn hold others accountable for their voice. That the power of femininity is about claiming the truth of who we are as humans, and it’s about standing for something, not against something.

Daniel Wang

Daniel followed his curiosity over the course of his life which was filled with challenges and suffering, eventually finding his way towards truth and authenticity. Now he realizes curiosity has been one of the greatest gifts he allowed himself to explore as he continues to free myself from all that he wants to be free of.

On May 13 Daniel shares his experience to open your mind, be curious and to try something different. “If a belief or POV is causing you to suffer, be curious as to whether it’s necessary to keep holding onto that perspective. Curiosity leads to exploration, creativity, and imagination… all the ingredients needed to create the life you truly desire.”

Chaplyn

While living in LA, a personal trauma interrupted the height of Chaplyn’s performance career. She lost her husband and her home, then fled to Vancouver where she experienced major depression and PTSD. After 9 months of suicidal ideation, she discovered a piece of brain science that sparked curiosity. A mental reprogramming experiment restored her artistic career and well-being.

On May 13 come experience Chaplyn’s story as she shares that you don’t have to stay broken, as the possibility of healing lives in curiosity and willingness. “There is no prescribed fix to fit each person’s unique journey! We can be self-scientists uncovering the mysteries within our own minds and hearts.”

Peg Ainsley

Peg got into and out of an abusive relationship, then while healing she became curious about her situation, the circumstances and asked herself “What if…”

What if there was education about this in all the schools?
What if we created a media campaign to bring awareness to this issue?
What if I wanted to do something about this?

On May 13 come experience her story, as Peg shares her encounter with domestic violence and how secrets can be poisonous.

Our Speakers from April 2019 – Theme: Mental Health in the Workplace and the Impact on Self

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Stephanie Kennedy

“Deacon’s Story”

After a second trimester miscarriage, it became clear that social and societal expectations of mental health and healing were going to be drastically different than what Stephanie innately knew she needed. “Getting back to it” was not an option and she was being forced to look at and feel through the pain of her loss and stabilize her mental health.

On April 22 come experience her story, as Stephanie shares her insight that it is in feeling and healing pain, that we are lead to freedom and our souls gifts.
As social and societal expectations of mental health are drastically different from what we need.

Mark DeSanti

Despite working for a large entity that prides itself in employee engagement and customer service, it was just one act by a superior in the organization that took all the wind from Mark’s sails. Going from “super employee” to “employee with resignation letter waiting in his back pocket”, Mark wasn’t able to bounce back.

On April 22 Mark shares his journey with us. How his reflection on a downward spiral into depression opened his eyes to the affects the workplace can have on employees. Through this journey the importance of both leadership and employees to take responsibility in the wellness of self and the workplace became evident to him. He will share 3 easy steps that could have changed everything.

Francesca Murray

Francesca was dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar and an entire pain body of mental health. She was able to heal herself from all this debilitation in its entirety, and accomplished this because she did the journey backwards – “from within, from my head to my heart.” It is this journey that thought her about self mastery.

On April 22 Francesca shares her insight that everything is energy, frequency and vibration. Everything is a mirror, there to teach us something about ourselves so that we can extract the lessons and learn how to evolve from it.

Farah Saad

After a burnout, Farah chose to take time off to travel the world and find herself. Not sure what she was going to do next, she discovered mindfulness and continued to do things that make her uncomfortable and facing new fears. “This has brought opportunities to me I would have never even imagined including starting my own business.”

On April 22 Farah shares her insight that it is never too late to follow your dreams and that you will figure it out at the end of the day. “The key is to keep taking steps forward and embracing the unknown, because some of the best experiences in life are still coming. So celebrate how far you have come and keep going!”

Saoirse Wang

Late June of 2015 Saoirse received an email from her mother to pick up her car at Barnett park. “This moment forever changed my life, and deepened my compassion for the journey my mother had with mental illness.”

On April 22 come experience her story, as Saoirse shares that it is important for us to understand, that we require compassion and love for both the person with mental illness and the loved ones living with them.

Christine Hylands

After leaving her job with “good pay and benefits” to be a stay at home mom, Christine started tutoring to help support her family. She would soon discover that her new role earns more and has more benefits than every job that she has held before.

On April 22 come experience her story, as Christine will share some of her experiences about the power of human interaction and the fact that fulfillment is often more valuable than the paycheque.

Our Speakers from March 2019 – Theme: Success

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Jivi Saran

“Success- what does it mean to you?”

Jivi went from allowing others to define how she measured success, to recognizing what success means to herself and how it’s related to what she brings to the world.

On March 11 Jivi shares her insight that we often measure success based on others definition of what success looks like, and until we realize that each of us has their own definition and that it’s much more intrinsic than we think.

“Success is personal and not measured by what others see. Your success is unique to you!”

Alice Zhou

Alice grew up in an emotionally dysfunctional family and experienced the trial and tribulations that result from having lack of boundaries and constantly bending over backwards.

Developing a people pleasing personality, She encountered emotional vampires, narcissists, perpetual liars and had a close call with addiction. All of this lead her to burning out, however, it simultaneously uncovered life wisdom.

On March 11 come experience her story, as Alice shares that “Success doesn’t come just cuz you work hard! Life does not exist in the future. Youth, passion, health are not the currency you should spend so easily when you’re young, because some things you cannot purchase back with money.”

Jamie Lange

Jamie had a childhood dream. With encouragement and the refusal to give up on that dream he made it come true, however, after a tragic event he saw this achievement slowly begin to drift away… so he found the courage to keep that dream alive.

On March 11 Jamie shares with us his experiences, that Life is precious and limited. “If you have a dream and do whatever it takes to make it real, you can achieve it!”

Carmen Smith

In 2009 after testing positive to the BRCA1 gene mutation, Carmen found out that she was at a much higher than normal risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancers. Faced with making some very difficult decisions, she took a gift she was given and began a journey towards self discovery.

Join us tonight as Carmen shares her journey with us! From processing the diagnosis to staring at Fear and pushing past it. “This experience has guided me to embrace the resiliency and possibility that came through facing adversity. My journey has helped me to find the power that I hold within myself!”

Jill Prescott

For 20 years Jill regarded success as having a substantial income, being highly regarded in your industry, owning a nice car and living in a cool apartment. Then one day, she lost it all and was brought to her knees, shattered again and again.

On March 11 Jill shares her experience that satisfaction and peace doesn’t come from the attainment of ‘stuff’. “Yes, in our current world money is required to remain healthy in our bodies and take care of ourselves. It isn’t however, where love or peace live. If you don’t take care of the heart, no amount of stuff will every be enough.”

Azucar Lary

“Success without fulfillment ironically is the ultimate failure.”

On March 11 Azucar shares his experience of massive success leading to the deepening of pain, suffering and depression. Being fortunate to realize his misplaced efforts by witnessing the handling of success and failure by a group of twelve year old girls, this lead Azucar to understanding that successful efforts in alignment with fulfillment brings joy, celebration, playfulness, fun and connection for a lifetime.

Azucar dedicates his presentation to the wisdom of children.

Our Speakers from February 2019 – Theme: Love

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Mat Boyer

For Mat, as a young child Love wasn’t expressed but it was always present. “As I grew up I started to feel Love more even though when I did, I was told I did not know what Love was.” Well it turns out that they were partially right, but he would change it to “I did not know what Love could be.”

On February 11, Mat shares with us how he learned that the description of Love can change. “Even though you may not have received Love at the frequency or the way you wanted, that you can learn from this and ensure that you give Love in the way you what.”

Keri-Anne Livingstone

Keri-Anne believes that Life brings opportunities for growth and learning in one of two ways: where we are asked to BE a mess or to MAKE a mess.

On February 11 come experience her story, as Keri-Anne returns to the VoiceStory stage to share about the day she did and was BOTH, and how “it led me to the greatest love I’ll ever know!”

“Bless the mess and trust the process! When we take the time to tune in, speak up and allow our truth to be expressed, it will always guide us to greater things.”

Ryan Thomas

Serving in the army, Ryan wanted to be a special forces operator. He was leading with his anger and wanted to hurt people. In relationships, he also lead with his anger, and this resulted in unhealthy relationship patterns.

“Once I realized the source of my anger, I was able to choose love over hate.”

Join us on February 11, as Ryan shares his experience that we can either hate the world, or love it. Hate people or love them. And you will find evidence for both options being correct. “Love is a choice! And to make that choice, requires us to challenge our belief systems about ourselves, and the world around us.”

Winston Yeung

Winston had a love/hate relationship with many facets of his life growing up in a world he didn’t feel he fit into.

“Go to school, come home and work in the store, repeat… that was my life.”

Seemingly always on the outside looking in, he envied what he saw the other neighborhood kids had: the cool stuff, the freedom, the fun.

In his teenage years this desire caused friction with his parents, as he rebelled against the monotonous life he wanted out of. A few years later this escalated to a staredown against his father, which is a moment he would never forget.

On February 11, Winston shares for the first time what happened in that moment, the story of “wanting what I couldn’t have” and then realizing much later in life to be careful what you wish for, as once some things are gone, they are gone forever.

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