Notable Heroes

Stories from people who combine their personal experiences and public profiles to connect and empower us.

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Sound mind: my bipolar journey from chaos to composure

A passionate, wholehearted performer known for her “vibrant cello playing” (The Whole Note), Dora-nominated cellist Erika Nielsen has a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. She is also the author of the multiple-award-winning and #1 bestselling memoir and wellness guide, Sound Mind: My Bipolar Journey from Chaos to Composure (Trigger Publishing, 2019), which won both a 2019 Nautilus Book Award (Gold) and a 2019 Canada Book Award,

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18 things I learned since my attack and the events that followed

I was attacked on the streets two years ago on September 5, by a stranger whose views towards women were not the best. He spat on the side of my face, l fought back which lead to being further attacked and pushed against the wall. Very derogatory things were said. It is blurry but somehow l escaped. I was shaking while having a panic and anxiety attack on the street.

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My Career Starting Injury

My name is Kieran Block and I was born on June 14, 1985. I am a World Champion in the sport of sledge hockey; I am a USports Hockey National Champion, a Western Hockey League Champion and a 3x National Coach at the provincial level in the sport of sledge hockey.

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Day 11 of Quarantine

Honestly, the first nine days if quarantine were an emotional roller coaster. There I am, standing in the middle of the living room scanning the room, a confused look on my face, completely forgetting what I was looking for. Day three, lying in bed, heart racing as I wonder if the world was really ending, if my kids were safe,

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Silken Laumann: this is hard, but we will be OK.

As more and more of us are self-isolating in our homes, worrying about the health of our loved ones, and generally having our lives turned upside down, I am not, for the most part, hearing people complaining. Yes, we are stressed. Yes, we are worried. Yes, we have moments of freaking out. But, what I […]

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Erin McLeod: A Purposeful Life

If you’re a soccer fan you already know who Erin McLeod is. A veteran goalkeeper who’s played at the highest level for Canada (Olympics, FIFA World Cup, the list goes on…) Erin knows the kind of success that is truly the stuff of most Canadians’ dreams. If you Google her, you will read an impressive list of accomplishments from a woman known for her calm confidence

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Sound mind: my bipolar journey from chaos to composure

18 things I learned since my attack and the events that followed

My Career Starting Injury

Day 11 of Quarantine

Silken Laumann: this is hard, but we will be OK.

Erin McLeod: A Purposeful Life

I have MS. MS doesn’t have ME!

My name is Andrea Dunn; I’m a radio and podcast host from Southern Ontario, and I was diagnosed with MS when I was 31-years-old.

In 2008, I began to experience numbness and tingling in my legs. I also experienced a static feeling down my spine when I would bend my neck forward.

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Sound mind: my bipolar journey from chaos to composure

A passionate, wholehearted performer known for her “vibrant cello playing” (The Whole Note), Dora-nominated cellist Erika Nielsen has a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. She is also the author of the multiple-award-winning and #1 bestselling memoir and wellness guide, Sound Mind: My Bipolar Journey from Chaos to Composure (Trigger Publishing, 2019), which won both a 2019 Nautilus Book Award (Gold) and a 2019 Canada Book Award,

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The Gift of Gratitude During Coronavirus

I have never felt as grateful as I do right now.

In the middle of a pandemic, it would seem that our practice of gratefulness might be wearing a little thin. Job losses, financial strain, fear and uncertainty; these are realities for so many of our friends and neighbours. We know that the worse of the economic devastation has not yet been felt, and the threat of the pandemic spiraling out of control is always present. The pandemic marches on.

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18 things I learned since my attack and the events that followed

I was attacked on the streets two years ago on September 5, by a stranger whose views towards women were not the best. He spat on the side of my face, l fought back which lead to being further attacked and pushed against the wall. Very derogatory things were said. It is blurry but somehow l escaped. I was shaking while having a panic and anxiety attack on the street.

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My Career Starting Injury

My name is Kieran Block and I was born on June 14, 1985. I am a World Champion in the sport of sledge hockey; I am a USports Hockey National Champion, a Western Hockey League Champion and a 3x National Coach at the provincial level in the sport of sledge hockey.

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The Choice of Optimism is my Greatest Superpower

Oprah said to our Toronto audience several years ago, “when someone shows you who they are, believe them.” This is advice that I have not done a great job of following. I am a self-proclaimed optimist on human nature, and honestly this optimism is what has sustained my spirit in the most difficult of times.

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