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Liz & Abhay

Episode 8: Liz Reid and Abhay Sharma



In this episode, Liz Reid and Abhay Sharma talk about building connection through theatre, and how it can be a way to break down barriers and learn about one another.

Liz acts with GeriActors, an intergenerational theatre company in Edmonton, and Abhay is a grade 11 student at Jasper Place High School who in actively involved in the school’s drama program.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. That’s it for season one, thanks for listening along! Stay tuned for what’s next and take care.

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Liz and Kinia

Episode 7: Kinia Romanowska and Liz O’Neill



In this episode, Kinia Romanowska and Liz O’Neill talk about balancing careers and family. Liz is the executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area and Kinia is the founder of Pros & Babes, an organization that empowers working parents.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our next episode on March 30.

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Tony & Tegan

Episode 6: Twin Brooks Community League Part II



Twin Brooks Community League invited The Shared Mic hosts Salima Suleman and Eric Storey to a special event in Dec. 2019, which brought together community members from diverse backgrounds, ages and stages of life. 

At the event, Salima and Eric invited pairs to sit down together for a few minutes and talk about how technology has changed or impacted their lives. You’ll hear from community members Thelma Reid & Mengzhe (Maggie) Wang, Sofie Rong & Fareda Baksh Marshall, Mohammad Hussan & Andy Xia, Yubiao Chang & Melissa Carvalho, Tony Wang & Tegan Liberty. 

We’ve split the conversations from Twin Brooks into two parts, and you can listen to the first one here

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our sixth episode on March 16. We will be releasing bi-weekly through April 2020!

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Twin Brooks Part I

Episode 5: Twin Brooks Community League Part I



Twin Brooks Community League invited The Shared Mic hosts Salima Suleman and Eric Storey to a special event in Dec. 2019, which brought together community members from diverse backgrounds, ages and stages of life. 

At the event, Salima and Eric invited pairs to sit down together for a few minutes and talk about how technology has changed or impacted their lives. You’ll hear from community members Dinesh Gupta & Yuqi Yang, Ivor Edwards & Chris Carvalho, Ida Richards & Cathy Rong, Vaughn Atkinson & Edward Li and Cheryl Atkinson & Albert Wu. They discussed how cellphones have improved their ability to communicate, grappled with how much technology has evolved, and more. 

We’ve split the conversations from Twin Brooks into two parts, so the next episode will also feature conversations from the special event. Please note, this episode is not recorded in our usual space so you may hear some extra background noise or tidbits of other conversations from the event.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our sixth episode on March 2. We will be releasing bi-weekly through April 2020!

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Eric and Salima

Episode 4: Salima Suleman and Eric Storey



Salima Suleman and Eric Storey are the hosts of The Shared Mic. In this conversation they talk about friendship — tackling questions like navigating friendships in the workplace to friendship at first sight, and whether there is a difference between friendship and kinship. Listen as they share their stories and reflect on how those experiences have uniquely shaped their relationships with others. 

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our next episode on Feb. 17. We will be releasing bi-weekly through the end of March 2020!

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Episode 3: Sadru Nazarali and Ndumiso Gama



Sadru Nazarali and Ndumiso Gama are both proud Edmontonians who find commonality discussing the joys and challenges of moving to Canada. Both men had to work incredibly hard and acknowledge the difficulties of immigrating, but also recognize the opportunities afforded by living in Canada.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton. Stay tuned for our next episode on Feb. 3. We will be releasing bi-weekly through the end of March 2020!

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Nisha Patel and Michael Phair

Episode 2: Nisha Patel and Michael Phair



Nisha Patel, current poet laureate for the City of Edmonton, and Michael Phair, former Edmonton city councillor, discuss the unique experience of representing historically marginalized communities using a prominent public platform.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.

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Larry and Gregory

Episode 1: Larry Jewell and Gregory Caswell



In the first episode, Larry Jewell and Gregory Caswell, LGBTQ2S+ change-makers from different generations, find common ground on the topic of love and relationships. While they have taken different paths to find happiness, both men note the importance of building an extended chosen family of people who support them.

The Shared Mic is produced by Age Friendly Edmonton.

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