Each week, TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart will bring exclusive conversations with experts and influencers making a difference for Canadians right now. From health and wellness, to community, to social responsibility, we’ll share stories, bust myths, provide simple and practical tips, and deliver information of value to Canadians.
Are you burnt out?: Dr. Diane McIntosh
34:54We welcome back Psychiatrist and TELUS Chief Neuroscience Officer, Dr. Diane McIntosh, to help us explore the complicated world of burnout. Dr. McIntosh speaks openly about her personal experience with burnout and shares how we can identify and then break out of a harmful cycle.
We’re wired for music: Adriana Barton
33:53Adriana Barton, best-selling author of Wired for Music, spent 17 years of her life as a cellist, entrenched in the demanding world of elite classical music, before leaving it for a career in health and science journalism. She shares how she rediscovered her passion for music, what she learned about its remarkable effects on our emotional and psychological health, and how we can all use our inherent musicality to live happier, healthier lives.
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On the frontlines of decolonization: Angela Sterritt
37:43As an award-winning journalist, Angela Sterritt is passionate about shedding light on racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples and helping give voice to the underrepresented. She talks about the challenges of trauma-informed reporting, her mixed Gitxsan and settler heritage, and how she’s exploring the topic of Indigenous identity through her new podcast, Land Back.
How tech is changing patient care: Roee Ben-Eli
26:01Roee Ben-Eli loves being a nurse – but thinks health practitioners are going through a tough time right now as we continue to wade through the pandemic. The Director of Strategic Programs at TELUS Virtual Healthcare discusses how new technologies can transform the patient and care experience, why we need to integrate new ideas and models into patient care, and what you can do to help relieve pressure on one of our greatest professions.
Venture capitalist with a purpose: Lise Birikundavyi
27:44Lise Birikundavyi, the first Black woman to head a venture capital fund backed by an institutional investor in Canada, shares how to help build successful entrepreneur-led businesses, deliver returns to investors and increase diversity in the venture capital ecosystem.
How our pets can curb stress: Dr. Aubrey Fine
35:46Dr. Aubrey Fine often calls on some special assistants skilled in supporting mental health and well-being: animals. The leading expert in human-animal interactions shares his journey from dog-phobic child to dog-loving adult, the science of why spending time with animals is good for you, and how just a few minutes of watching critters on-screen can bring some calm to your life.
How your body holds onto trauma: Dr. Arielle Schwartz
37:14Trauma doesn’t just live in the mind, it’s also stored in the body. That’s the message shared by clinical psychologist Dr. Arielle Schwartz, creator of Resilience-Informed therapy, who shares her wisdom about releasing the pain of the past to enjoy a more joyful and resilient future.
Get outdoors, doctor’s orders: Dr. Melissa Lem
32:36Spending time in nature doesn’t just feel good – it’s also good for you, says Vancouver-based physician Dr. Melissa Lem. The founder and director of PaRx, a nature prescription initiative with the BC Parks Foundation, discusses the physical, emotional and mental health benefits of spending time in nature and why you might just leave your next check-up with a prescription for the outdoors.
How to make friends as an adult: Dr. Miriam Kirmayer
33:38Clinical psychologist Dr. Miriam Kirmayer is passionate about helping people build stronger, healthier social connections. One of the only licenced clinical psychologists to specialize in friendship therapy, she shares her insights on how to combat loneliness, why not everyone needs a BFF, and how conflict can actually strengthen a friendship.
When the overdose crisis hits home: Tara McGuire
36:54Tara McGuire, author of Holden, After and Before, experienced every parent’s nightmare when her 21-year-old son, Holden, died of an overdose in 2015. She shares how she wrestled with guilt, how she keeps her son’s memory alive – and how she transformed her grief into meaning.