I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Silken from the conception of the Unsinkable organization. From hearing her say the words, “I have always wanted to create a platform that empowers people through story” to actually building a place that reaches, supports and empowers so many people across the globe.
Unsinkable was born completely out of Silken’s passion for helping people discover their courage to live full, healthy, and vibrant lives. Our community has shown me the strength in vulnerability, taught me that struggle is universal; and continues to remind me of the power of human connection. Together, we can turn our darkness into our greatest gifts. I look forward to continuing our important work in health education and mental health support, while being a community that people can rely on.
When I’m not working you can find me navigating the messy world of parenting, pretending to be an adult, playing baseball and dodgeball, reading, cooking, shopping, and laughing with my friends and family.
Favourite book: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
Favourite podcast: Armchair Expert
Favourite quote: ”Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.", Pema Chodron
My theme song: Blackbird, The Beatles
Role: Community and Impact Lead
Favourite book: Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert OR, Educated – Tara Westover
Favourite podcast: “Unlocking Us” – Brene Brown
Favourite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
My theme song: I don’t want to be - Gavin Degraw OR, Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader (instant dancing mood)
When I am not working you will find me on a volleyball court (either as the athlete or coach), baking my heart out in the kitchen, playing a heated game of crib, dancing like no one is watching or buried deep in belly laughs with my friends & family. Life is too short to take things too seriously.
Favourite quote: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude", Maya Angelou
My theme song: Fast Car, Tracy Chapman or I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Whitney Houston (depending on my mood)
When I’m not working you will find me on the mountain snowboarding or snowshoeing!
Role: Manager of Youth Engagement
Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Favourite podcast: Pretty Big Deal
Favourite quote: “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”, Maya Angelou
My theme song: May it Be, Enya
When I’m not working you can find me writing, dancing like no one’s watching, frolicking in nature, sleeping (big fan), and annoying my friends & family by asking “what makes their heart sing”.
Thaisa Matias de Paula
Role: Digital Community Manager
Favourite book: The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield
Favourite podcast: Mark Groves Podcast
Favourite quote: “May you attract someone who speaks your language, so you don't have to spend a lifetime translating your soul.”, Unknown
My theme song: We're Here For a Good Time, Trooper
When I’m not working you can find me having thought provoking and soul touching conversations, travelling around the globe, exploring nature’s beauty, making jewelry or laughing till my cheeks hurt. Oh, and possibly crying. I truly love feeling all the feels. (Pisces alert!)
Role: Financial Consultant
Favourite book: Atomic Habits, James Clear and The Home for Unwanted Girls, Joanna Goodman
Favourite podcast: The Daily
Favourite quote: “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things.”, The Office
My theme song: Follow the Sun, Xavier Rudd
When I’m not working, I am playing sports or spending time with my big family!