Oct 17, 2012 | 4:09Women Faye Peterson Video
Women Faye Peterson Oct 17, 2012 | 4:09Staff at the Faye Peterson House in Thunder Bay are on a mission to make women's shelters, more loving places. Big changes are taking place at the shelter, where for the past four years, staff have been trained in yoga and meditation. The newest addition to the shelter is its new "snuggleroom' for children.
Oct 5, 2012 | 2:47Lifestyle Human Library Project: Diana Miller Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Diana Miller Oct 5, 2012 | 2:47Diana is diagnosed with major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and anxiety. She suffered abuse as a child and began experiencing symptoms of mental illness as a teenager. At her lowest point Diana was suicidal. After the birth of her second child she decided to get help. She now heads a local organization dedicated to supporting people with mental illness.
Oct 5, 2012 | 1:59Lifestyle Human Library Project: Lenny Carpenter Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Lenny Carpenter Oct 5, 2012 | 1:59A Cree from the James Bay coast, Lenny grew up in Moosonee before moving to Timmins during his high school years. He moved to Thunder Bay three years ago to attend film school. He is currently a journalist with Wawatay News. Growing up, Lenny would take part in the spring goose hunt, an annual tradition in the James Bay area. He tries to maintain this cultural practice while living in urban areas.
Jan 16, 2013 | 2:49News Human Library Project: Marlene Pierre, Thunder Bay Audio
News Human Library Project: Marlene Pierre, Thunder Bay Jan 16, 2013 | 2:49Marlene is a member of Fort William First Nation, but she’s always lived in town. She did a lot of work to improve supports for First Nations people in the city. She’s well known as an activist for First Nations women and children in particular. These days she focuses on her family, and passing on her culture to her grandkids.
Oct 5, 2012 | 2:50Lifestyle Human Library Project: Donna-Lynn Wiitala Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Donna-Lynn Wiitala Oct 5, 2012 | 2:50Donna-Lynn was born with cerebral palsy, and walking has become progressively more difficult for her. She started using a scooter to make it from class to class in her job as a french teacher. She can also use canes or a wheelchair to get around. Donna-Lynn runs her own business as a french tutor, and still finds time to works as an advocate for people with disabilities.
Oct 5, 2012 | 2:12Lifestyle Human Library Project: Aiden Kivisto Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Aiden Kivisto Oct 5, 2012 | 2:12Aiden began his transition about three years ago. He recently returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay; before he left, his name was Lea. Aiden is undergoing hormone treatment, and will eventually have surgery. He leads a support group for transgender people in Thunder Bay.
Oct 5, 2012 | 2:49Lifestyle Human Library Project: Marlene Pierre Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Marlene Pierre Oct 5, 2012 | 2:49Marlene is a member of the Fort William First Nation. In the 60s she became involved with the Indian Friendship Centre and since then she's dedicated her life to improving conditions for First Nations people in the city, especially women and children. Marlene was involved in founding such organizations as the Ontario Native Women's Association, and the Beendigen Native Women's Crisis House. She's been recognized with the Order of Ontario and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Oct 5, 2012 | 2:47Lifestyle Human Library Project: Mike Croft Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: Mike Croft Oct 5, 2012 | 2:47Mike was introduced to marijuana at the age of 8. It was the beginning of a life-long struggle with addiction. He became addicted to drugs including heroin, morphine, and oxys. In 1998 Mike began methadone treatment. After over a decade of treatment, he is now being weaned off methadone. He works at Aids Thunder Bay as an injection drug use outreach worker.
Oct 5, 2012 | 3:15Lifestyle Human Library Project: John Walmark Audio
Lifestyle Human Library Project: John Walmark Oct 5, 2012 | 3:15John's been part of the force for over two decades. For much of that time he was part of the uniform patrol division. But when he wasn't in the police cruiser, he spent a lot of time doing community work. So it was a natural transition to his current job as an officer with the Aboriginal Liaison Unit. The Unit is tasked with bridging the gap between the police force and the Aboriginal population.