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Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is different, and that’s a good thing.

The social pressure to conform to ‘the norm’ is strong enough that we tend to sit up and take notice when people very publicly refuse to do so. In the late 90s, a struggling software company called Apple (maybe you’ve heard of it) created the wildly successful ‘Think Different’ advertising...
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Grinch

It’s OK to be “Grinchy” at Christmas. You probably have a reason.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a Christmas classic and I’ll brook no argument on the subject. I’m referring, of course, to the original 1966 television special (I haven’t seen the new film currently in theatres, and I’ll save my opinions on the Jim Carrey version). When I...
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Bradley with son

What My Son Taught Me About Limits, Parenting and Listening to Experts

My son Cooper is five years old. He is a beautiful, amazing, hilarious bundle of joy. Everything changed for me the moment he was born. There’s nothing else like holding your child for the first time. Nothing else like the feeling that he needed me and his mom more than...
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DeMar DeRozan

On DeMar DeRozan and the Power of Vulnerability

Being swept by Lebron and the Cavs again hurts. But in opening up about his depression this season, the Raptors’ star has done something powerful. In the midst of leading the Toronto Raptors to the greatest regular season in their history, DeMar DeRozan had the best year of his career....
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Man at Horizon

What Tony Robbins, Joni Mitchell and I All Have in Common

We all experienced pain as kids. And we were never the same. In a good way. I didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. I initially became a respite worker because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids who were dealt a tough hand. My education...
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Elderly Woman with Hands Closed

Edie Found Sunshine in the Little Things

A story of the wonderful, spunky woman who still inspires us. “You’d Never See Her Without A Smile” Before I joined Spark, I worked as an activities director at a retirement residence. I used to love crocheting with the ladies, it’s how I kept up to date with the latest...
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Bradley with Father

Misfit: My Story of Family, Mental Illness and Belonging

Like my father and his father before him, I’ve battled anxiety all my life. I learned early how important it is to talk about it. It’s taken some time, but I’m finally ready to share my story. Bradley Bezan Home and Second Home I grew up in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Industry...
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