Tips for engaging in your community

January 21, 2015
Hosted by Susan Cranston

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Episode Description

It isn't always easy to meet new people or establish healthy roots where you live. Sometimes you can feel unsure, shy, or reluctant to connect with others. There are some easy, fun, and free ways to learn about what is happening in your community. On this episode, veteran radio news anchor and managing editor, Lisa Drew joins me to explore tips for volunteering, getting involving, and finding happiness through connecting with people in the community. Lisa has won awards for her volunteer efforts and through her radio show, helps listeners stay connected to what's happening and how they can get involved. Tune in and learn more about ways to gain confidence, build skills, and develop inspired connections.

Your Authentic Life

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There is greatness inside everyone and yet many struggle to live the dreams that are buried deep inside. Through years of conditioning we listen to the “should” instead of what is truly right for us. The window from which we view our world is dirty from years of conditioning. Deafened by life’s “shoulds”, we find it difficult to listen to the messages our body transmits. Our thoughts rationalize away what is truly the right choice. We then suffer a build-up of physical and emotional toxicity. This leads to depression, and physical ailments.

Guests share inspiring stories along with the tips, tools and resources I communicate. My goal is to ignite sparks of hope and confidence in you. It’s time to nourish the connection to your mind, body and spirit. It’s time to connect with what you really want to do whether it be a change in career, relationship, or pursuit of a seemingly unattainable goal.

It is time to break free of past conditioning and live your authentic life now!

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Susan Cranston

Susan Cranston

Susan Cranston is a Chopra Certified instructor, a CCF master life coach, a TV and radio talk show host, a writer and a motivational speaker. Her mission is to help people ignite the greatness within. She also uses her marketing and communications background to help people develop and foster a positive personal brand.

As a TV Talk Show Host and producer of the radio show of Your Authentic Life, Susan interviews inspiring guests who have pursued their passion to lead their most authentic life. As a motivational speaker, Susan addresses various audiences throughout North America on a range of topics.

Living by example, Susan knows the sense empowerment that comes from bringing dreams to life and that it is never too late to start. In her forties, she ran the Boston Marathon three times, tried surfing, and self-published two novels.

Susan is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in English Language and Literature and a diploma in Business Administration. She holds the designation of Certified Employee Benefits Specialist from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). In 2010 she was elected the first Canadian President of the ISCEBS Governing Council.

Susan was named the 2014 Inspiring Women at the annual Inspiring Women's Event. She is a member of the Women's Leadership Committee for the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce and co-lead of the media and marketing committee of Wow the World Waterloo Region.

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February 2015

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Colleen Bowers

Colleen Bowers is a Cancer Care Nurse Navigator who promotes a colon screening program to adults in British Columbia. She also enjoys coaching and teaching others that there is life after job loss. Given her firsthand experience with job loss, Colleen is eager to teach others how to survive and thrive.

In the final stages of completing her first book on the topic of job loss, Colleen uses her years of experience in the healthcare industry and life in a northern community as background for this compelling guide.

Colleen is committed to helping others live the life they deserve – happy, healthy and vibrantly View Guest page

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Heather Clarke

Heather Clarke, Executive Coach

Heather helps leaders increase their personal and professional impact in ways that produce sustainable and rewarding results. Her mission is to be a catalyst for leaders and teams to create inspiring and highly successful companies through leveraging people’s natural talents and strengths. Heather accomplishes this by getting curious, challenging current reality and bringing tough issues to the surface in order to explore new possibilities.

Heather is a seasoned coach and entrepreneur who believes whole-heartedly that nurturing the human spirit makes good business and social sense. Heather uses her extensive business experience paired with her social services background to help CEO’s and senior executives understand how being an expert in 'relationships' can help them excel in their business and personal goals. Her management experience in both the private and non-profit sectors brings a depth of knowledge to her coaching relationships in the areas of Visioning, Change Management, Succession Planning, Executive Development, Team Effectiveness, and Career Advancement.

Along with running a successful coaching & corporate training company, Heather’s entrepreneurial spirit coupled with her sense of social justice lead her to create a company that focussed on assisting injured workers who needed to transition their careers. For 7 years she, along with a stellar team of professional trainers, assisted hundreds of individuals discover their strengths, passions and abilities in order to move on to satisfying new careers.

Heather's social media coordinates are: @heatherclarke14, LinkedIn: and email: View Guest page

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Lisa Drew

Lisa is co-anchor and Morning Managing Editor of the 570 Morning News. The show started back in November of 2005 but Lisa has been a part of the local morning airwaves for many years. Lisa was a regular on the George and Tara show, as the station’s first full-time traffic reporter. You can still hear her news updates on our sister station CHYM 96.7.

She has anchored mid-day news on 570 CKGL and spent years as a reporter hitting the streets to cover police investigations, the courts, and council meetings. Lisa is proud to share a 2007 Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscast with the incredible team at 570.

Lisa has also been honoured by the OPP and the RTNDA (now RTDNA) for her “Behind Closed Doors” series on domestic violence. She has also devoted time to go in-depth with special series dealing with organ donation and teen suicide. In December, she put the spotlight on sex trafficking in Waterloo Region. Recent honours include the 2014 Cambridge YWCA Women of Distinction award in the category of Communications and Public Relations.

Lisa is a proud supporter and volunteer with United Way and has served as a Campaign Chair in KW. She also serves as an emcee for a number of charity and women’s events around town including the annual Inspiring Women event and WOW WR ( formerly Women of Waterloo Region (WOW) awards. When the microphone is off, Lisa and her family spend time at the hockey rink and keep busy with numerous pets and home renovations.

You can reach Lisa at Find her on Twitter @lisadrewradio View Guest page

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Dr. Margaret Glenn

Margaret Glenn, EdD, CRC is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling at West Virginia University. She is also co-founder of Morgantown Meditation and Counseling in Morgantown, WV. Margaret has married her innate curiosity about the world of work, love of helping people find their true purpose through work, and deep work in the areas of counseling, meditation, spirituality and energy work into a venture in career coaching.

Before graduating with a doctorate in counseling from The George Washington University, Margaret served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and supervisor, specializing in working with people with substance use disorders. This started a 35 year path of exploring possibility for people who are looking for ways to express their unique talents.

She has also investigated the practices of Eastern and other indigenous cultures, became a Reiki master; a full mesa carrying shaman in the tradition of the Quero Indians with The Four Winds Society; studied Cognitively Based Compassion Training under the instruction of Geshe Lobang Tensin Negi, PhD.; and most recently certified as a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor, a technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India, through the Chopra Center in California.

The combination of all of these experiences has led her to a place where she can support others in career and work decisions that will allow them to become deeper, more mature people in service to a healthy, happier future. View Guest page

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Jeff Horst

Jeff Horst, Entrepreneur

Based out of Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario, Jeff Horst is the Co-founder of two companies; echosims, a digital marketing firm and Meersocial, a startup offering social media training online. Being the Business Developer for both companies it has him in many coffee meetings (although he doesn't drink coffee) and connecting with a wide range of industries and individuals. Good thing he is a people person.

He is currently an active member of the Grand River Hospital Foundation but in the past has been a part of many local charities and initiatives. This past year he initiated the first annual ball hockey corporate challenge event in Waterloo called Family.Hockey.Food with proceeds going to the local Foodbank. He loves his community, is proud of his mennonite roots, and feels very lucky to be doing what he loves every day.

Contact coordinates for Jeff Horst include:

- Twitter

- LinkedIn

- Meersocial

- echosims View Guest page

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Amanda Knapp

Amanda is now in her 25th year at RBC Financial Group, with over 2 decades in weatlh management. She is a Vice President, Wealth Advisor & Financial Planner at RBC Wealth Management - Dominion Securities. She holds a degree in Economics and is a Fellow of The Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) with designations as a Canadian Strategic Wealth Manager (CSWP), International Wealth Manager (CIWM), a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM), a Registered Insurance Representative and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Amanda works in a holistic and authentic partnership of professionals founded on the core principles of integrity and transparency applying these attributes to all business endeavours. She also believes in giving back and participating in our community, both on a local and global level.

In 2012, Amanda received the Inspiring Woman Award for her work with WOW, the women of waterloo region she founded in 2009. WOW was an annual event recognizing outstanding contributions women made to society. This platform grew to attendance of over 400 in 2014 donating thousands to the United Way of KW. It has evolved into WOWtheworld launching in 2015 spotlighting stories of men, women & youth. For 2014, Amanda also assumed the role as Campaign Champion for the United Way of KW encouraging participation and donations. She is also a member of the DSAB (Dominion Securities Advisory Board) for Canada and a member of the WAB (Womens Advisory Board) focused on encouraging a career in wealth management for women.

Amanda loves to travel, bike, hike, kayak. She is married to Chris Iles who together amalgamated a family of 3 sons, 2 labs. When she grows up, she would like to be Audrey Hepburn.

Her business model is "Do Something Different" View Guest page

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Natalie MacNeil

Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award-winning media producer, bestselling author of She Takes on the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose, and the Creator of

She Takes On The World is one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. It was recognized by Forbes on “Top 10 Websites for Entrepreneurial Women” and was featured by ForbesWoman on “Top 100 Websites for Women.” She Takes on the World is also the 2013 recipient of “Website of the Year” at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Natalie is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media. She has appeared in top media outlets like Glamour, People StyleWatch, Inc., Forbes, ForbesWoman,Wall Street Journal, CNN,, Globe and Mail, Mashable, and more. View Guest page

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Derrick Sweet

Derrick Sweet

Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Author

Derrick is best known as a popular corporate keynote speaker and author of three highly celebrated books: Healthy Wealthy and Wise, Get The Most Out Of Life , and You Don't Have To Die To Go To Heaven. Derrick is the Chairman and Founder of the Healthy Wealthy and Wise® (HWW) Corporation, an international training & development company committed to teaching the world how to create physical, spiritual and financial abundance! With locations across Canada, United States, and Europe the HWW brand has become synonymous with true “higher learning.”

Derrick is the CEO & Founder of Certified Coaches Federation, one of the Leading Life Coach Certification and Executive Coach Certification Programs in the world! Derrick is also the Creator & Program Director of the highly acclaimed Healthy Wealthy and Wise Wealth Creation Coaching Program™ that is taking both the coaching and the self-improvement industries by storm! View Guest page

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Trista Thorp

Trista Thorp has been sharing the gifts of meditation, emotional healing and holistic lifestyle practices with thousands of people around the world.

A brilliantly certified Vedic Master Educator (by Deepak Chopra) and internationally-recognized leader in the field of meditation and emotional healing, Trista embraces a wide array of approaches to help people transcend the barriers that keep them from living their to full potential. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, group classes and workshops, Trista helps her clients co-create transformative experiences that will propel them from where they currently are to where it is that they would like to be.

Trista is devoted to inspiring and empowering others to cultivate and maintain mindfulness-based lifestyle practices that lead to greater clarity, purpose and fulfillment.

Trista Thorp is Board Certified by the Association of Integrative Psychology as a Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy, a Certified Reiki Master, and an E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance. You can learn more about Trista and her work as a lifestyle and leadership coach and master educator at

Trista Thorp

Personal Empowerment and Wellness

Lifestyle | Leadership | Longevity

t. 619.320.5661


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Gerry Visca

Gerry Visca is regarded internationally as Canada’s Creative Coach with a gift for unleashing WHY power within Fortune 500 leaders and inspired entrepreneurs. He has impacted over 100,000 people across 10 countries and through his World WHY tour, is inspiring 1 million people world-wide. Gerry is also the found of BIG THINK YOUTH, Canada’s largest WHY youth tour inspiring 33,000 youth. Gerry has published 13 books and audio programs in the areas of Creative Thinking, Transformational Branding, Innovation and WHY Power. Gerry has captured numerous international awards and made over 2 dozen media appearances including CBC Fortune Hunters. Gerry is the founding publisher of Defyeneurs MAG and Book series, one of the fastest growing inspired collaborative book series in North America. Gerry is also co-authoring The Success Principles for Defyeneurs with Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series.

Known as Canada's top inspirational speaker - as the WHY Guy - helping audiences Ignite their WHY and Live their WHY and inspiring leaders to Lead knowing WHY - a 13 time author and Publisher of Defyeneurs MAG & Book Series. The current publications that I am promoting are: Live your WHY and Inspired Athletes and my inspired publication Defyeneurs MAG - The Freedom Issue. All of these are available for purchase at or at

The 2 new and upcoming book projects releasing in 2015 are: I don't know what the HELL I'm doing and Ignite your WHY. View Guest page

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Amanda Weber

Amanda Weber is a certified instructor, coach, speaker and blogger who's passion is to take the science of happiness, the ancient wisdom of meditation and the power of tiny habits to support people in uncovering their ‘aha' moments; moments that lead to greater happiness and feelings of success however they uniquely define it. Following more than 17 years as a Marketing & Communications executive, Amanda graduated from The Chopra Center University in 2011, Masters of Wisdom Teacher Certification in 2013 and studies the Science of Happiness at UC Berkeley. You can find The Spiritually Savvy Success Coach pushing the limits on the idea that you can meditate anywhere...some calm amidst the chaos of life always exists. View Guest page

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Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman

Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman,CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Started selling door-to-door in second grade, everything from greeting cards to operating a small international import business by age 14. Worked his way through college and graduate school as a retail salesperson, radio broadcaster, recreation manager, and prison therapist. Listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” Earned Bachelor’s degree from U of WI in Speech and Political Science.

Master’s degree from U of MN in Communication and Sociology. Doctorate from U of MN in Interpersonal Communication and Psychology. Graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors each time. Has 15 years of experience as a university professor at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Mankato), Emporia State University, and University of St. Thomas. Selected as “Outstanding Faculty Member” by two different universities. Founded Zimmerman Communi•Care Network, Inc., a speaking, training, and consulting company. Provides 90+ programs a year across the United States and around the world. View Guest page

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