Chef and Coach Lorraine Mallon Encourages Us To Play In Our Kitchens!


contributed by L. Mallon

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Lorraine Mallon for tea at our local Red Beard Café. A tiny, articulate lady with a sunny disposition, she swiftly made me feel at ease as we settled into the tasteful ambiance of the café to talk about her business, Lorraine’s Health and Wellness.

Lorraine has been studying Integrative Nutrition Coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is currently halfway through her studies. She is also a Chef and a Reiki Practitioner. Food and health and wellness has been a focus for her for a long time. She currently resides in the beautiful rural community of Pinantan Lake, just outside of Kamloops.

“I left a career with the Health Authority back in 2010 to chase a dream of becoming a Chef and running my own Bed and Breakfast; I did and I loved it. But, living in a rural community was also a dream of mine and my husband’s, and the more I worked in my B&B I realized I wanted to focus less on hospitality and more on health through my food.

I am absolutely fascinated with food, healthy food, food as our medicine really. I have always been extremely passionate about what we eat but since my recent studies it has brought my understanding and need to educate others to a whole new level.

I have been a vegetarian for almost 30 years now so cooking delicious healthy food has been important; my studies at IIN is really just an extension of what I’ve learned and practiced over the years.

At IIN we learn about whole life wellness, also called integrated wellness. Primary food being our relationships, career, spirituality and our physical activity; secondary food, the food we consume. It’s simple really when you think about it. If one or more parts of our life are out of sync then it’s difficult to find balance in our whole life. It’s also difficult to have a healthy approach to food if we are out of balance so most of what our coaching focuses on is our life, our primary food and not just our secondary, the food we consume.”

Lorraine is passionate about helping others find health and balance in their lives. She knows that each person is made up differently and therefore everyone needs an approach unique to their specific requirements.

“I love seeing people fit all the pieces of the puzzle together using primary and secondary food as a basis for an approach to making lifestyle changes. When it comes to diets, we don’t believe in them; if diets worked then we wouldn’t have the health issues we have today.

There is no magic pill or solution when it comes to diets because we are all different. We use a “bio individual” approach as IN Coaches because everybody is different, not one diet fits all.

This is where my passion for food and cooking comes in. I support clients through their exploration of food choices and of course empower them to experiment and find what works for them and to play in their kitchen. I cannot believe how little time people spend in their own kitchens these days and how much packaged and processed food we consume as well as fast food. Learning to purchase and cook whole healthy food is really the foundation to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. There are no diets or fads needed, just whole, unprocessed healthy food.”

Lorraine’s business and vision for her future are growing. She wants to get out into the community more to share her coaching practice with others. She wants to keep the health and wellness ripple effect growing.

contributed by L. Mallon

“I want to touch as many lives as possible to help educate and support people with their food and lifestyle choices. There are many aspects of my Coaching that I’d like to expand on and I don’t expect to call it quits with education when I complete my IIN certification in May; stay tuned for more!”

In her free time, Lorraine loves to volunteer and has done so in many capacities over the years. One of those places was the Pit Stop at the Kamloops United Church kitchen, a place she really enjoyed volunteering at. There she led crews in the kitchen and participated as a crew member.

“It’s the most real and rewarding thing to do and I encourage everyone to think about getting out to help Rick and one of his many crews, they are such beautiful people.

The list is endless really as to how and where I’ve volunteered over the years. It’s such an important part of who I am as I love to give back to my community in any way I can possible. Giving is receiving for me.”

As Lorraine and I finished our tea, (okay, she had tea while I had a dry cider), our conversation began to stray. But I wanted to know a bit more from this intelligent, intuitive woman. I asked her for words of wisdom to share with others.

“Never stop learning and educating yourself in any way you can or want to. I know so many people doubted my departure from my career to become a Chef but it has led me to the most amazing and rewarding experiences I could never have imagined in my previous career.

I am a life-long learner, always wanting to know more and of course love to chase dreams. Making dreams come true can be scary; it takes bravery, work, lots of hard work and trust that what you are doing is the right thing.

I can honestly say that once you start to live it, the rewards of your hard work (and being scared senseless some days) is what makes it worth the while.”

You can connect with Lorraine via her website at


The Great Canadian Hockey Debate


My husband, Ian, was born and raised in a town two hours east of Montreal. He has been a Habs fan for as long as he can remember. I grew up in BC, watching over the shoulders of my mom and older brother as they religiously watched the Canucks lose.
In short, I am not a hockey fan and up until now this has not been something I have been keen to share as the sport is, after all, our national sport.
The topic of hockey has caused many debates between Ian and I, and we still have not reached common ground on the issue. Every time his Habs games are televised out here in the West, Ian makes chicken wings and drinks beer and yells at the tv, hopping up and down from his seat on the couch. When the games are not televised, he stands in the kitchen hovering over his phone watching the stats.
The idea of eating fattening food while watching other people exercise is not appealing to me, and the yelling at the tv thing? Why? They can’t hear you.
I just came home from a local game between the Blazers and a team from Seattle. I was there because my daughter is part of the Brock Middle School choir who sang both anthems, and very well, I might add. Beyond that, I only found interest in observing the event, not watching the hockey.
The announcer was too loud, the fans were dressed in everything gawdy, yelling at the air while simultaneously stuffing themselves with garbage food, and the music was tacky, for example, Bachman-Turner Overdrive Taking Care of Business. Meanwhile, men in pressed suites and shiny shoes stood looking ever-so-important, on the sidelines.
I simply don’t understand the hype? Other than the money factor of course, which brings me to our biggest hockey-related marital debate. The debate started long ago when we went to watch the Canucks (lose) in Vancouver. We were handed a pamphlet listing stats and info about each player. As the arena grew in volume around me, my confusion grew as I read the pamphlet.

“Wait a minute,” I said, turning to my husband, “there are very few players on this team who are even from BC, never mind Vancouver.”
That man rolled his eyes at me.
“How can all of these ‘locals’ be supporting a team that isn’t local?” I pressed on, wiggling my toes toward a soapbox of disgust that would ruin the game for both of us.
“Shannon, they are bought and traded. All sports teams do that.” With his eyes he added, where have you been? Everyone knows this?

“So it is all about money then? Rich people buy a team and slap a city’s name on their jerseys?”
No comment from Ian, just a hunched shoulder that requested I drop the topic and watch the game. But that was not going to happen.
“Ian,” I demanded, “why would anyone support a home team that isn’t from their home?” My feet found the soapbox, good and solid, and there they remain.
“It all started with trading players. It is the way it is. It’s a money maker. If you have a winning team everyone is making money.”
I crossed my arms and huffed at that man.
“People love the sport. It’s about using what resources you have to make the best team,” he said with a shrug, repositioning his ‘be quiet’ shoulder at me.
“Well that’s just stupid,” I griped, and spent the game pouting and watching Canucks from Europe skate around the ice.
To this day, after 10 years of marriage, and 10 years of Saturday night hockey between us, I am still waiting for a reasonable answer and he is still watching hockey by himself.

Rather sad I think?

Marlene Hibbs is Not Backing Down in her Pursuit of Better Supports for Mental Health.


contributed by M. Hibbs

Marlene Hibbs is managing something important and groundbreaking called Days of Action.

Petite, fit, and full of positive energy, Marlene has been described by many as inspirational and strong as she actively tackles the medical system, politics, and stigma surrounding mental health and eating disorders.

The past few months have been busy as her campaign has been picking up speed.

However, according to Marlene, this has been decades in the making.  She courageously tells us her story.

“I remember being a little girl and wanting to be a lawyer or a philanthropist. I always felt a deep sense of right or wrong and a sense of justice. I first learned lessons through many brutally painful experiences, both uniquely by my own hand-made consequences and through entrenched systemic violence, social formalities/normalities and simply the cruelty from ugly parts of human nature which we all have.

Over the years, I came to understand that, in order to help people, I would first have to learn how to fully love and accept myself.  I had been given an eating disorder, fueled by decades of emotional abuse, genetic proclivity for the disease, abusive lovers, and utmost betrayal of my rights as an individual by our highest courts in our country.”

Marlene has been living with anorexia and bulimia since she was about 12 years of age, around the same time she remembers having her first suicidal thoughts, binging on food, and trying to cope with severe pain.

In late May of this year, the combination of stress and her disease, posed a serious threat to Marlene’s health.  One day she started involuntarily dry heaving and vomiting.

“It was completely foreign and scary, and knowing what I know through my own research around my disease, I wondered if maybe I had lost sense of a true connection with my body and the disease had gone too far. In short, I feared organ failure.  Anorexia can result in organ failure or electrolyte imbalance.”

While her physical body was falling apart, Marlene’s mind was too.  She felt her reality was slipping and was having suicidal thoughts.

“I had been at this level of suicide before, where my mind was thinking of ways to do it painlessly and quickly. I can tell you the fastest ways to die are also the riskiest and the most painful.

This is a disease that is always looking for ways to override the sense of purpose, identity, and life.  Anorexia is a long slow suicide, but I don’t just live with anorexia, I also live with bulimia. I don’t intentionally vomit, my body just does it on its own sometimes now, and when I am not taking my ADHD medication I will binge eat or binge drink because my brain is fighting for dopamine at all costs.”

A business owner at Embodiment Personal Training, Marlene then got her classes and clients covered for training and checked herself in at RIH (*Royal Inland Hospital).  She had not been hospitalized for six years.  She told hospital staff about her eating disorder (ED) and that she was feeling out of control and was having dry heaving spells.

She didn’t tell them she was feeling suicidal.  She was too ashamed of her thoughts.

“How dare you, Marlene, think about killing yourself. How fucking selfish you are, you may as well do it. You would be so bad for doing it. You don’t have the guts. You are such a loser you can’t even kill yourself….”
She waited three hours before seeing a doctor. She had her blood work taken and her pee checked.  Then she met a doctor .

“I will never forget our interaction to this day. The doctor looked at me and I could see his brain rewiring everything he thought he already knew about me, while simultaneously trying to hide the fact that I could tell he was judging me and that I knew he was trying to hide it.

He instructed me to lie down so he could poke my belly, looking for my problem, looking for my answers. However, it wasn’t him listening to me, it was him attempting to implant his bias very subtly by asking me leading questions: Are you sure it isn’t the flu, its going around you know? You have no fever or any symptoms, maybe it’s a stress flu?
I could feel two parts of myself in the conversation: the meek me who wanted to submit and impress authority figures, and my true self that was screaming,  ‘Marlene! You know that doesn’t feel right… tell him you are suicidal, tell him the truth…”

Marlene told the doctor about her ED and her mental health problems, but still didn’t muster up the gumption to disclose her suicidal thoughts.  He took her to a corner to look at her blood results, claiming Marlene was perfectly healthy, she just needed to relax.  He prescribed Xanax.

He had not addressed her issue of dry heaving.

She was suddenly angry.  She said angry words to the doctor and proceeded to leave, but was intervened by a young care aid.  The aid grabbed her arm and sat her down, reassuring her a psych nurse was on the way.

The nurse offered her some programs and sent her on her way.

“I said no. I am not leaving. I am here because I am very sick I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t. You need to help me and believe me. I felt like I was negotiating terms for a car payment or something. 45 minutes later she came back and said, ‘we cant really help you. You can see the same doctor who saw you in ER again?’

I’m suicidal. I am afraid I will hurt myself, are you not going to help me?”

Marlene then waited under supervision for hours for a psych doctor.  RIH does not have one on staff full time.  When he did arrive, he really listened to her and apologized for the lack of services, and commended her for coming in for help.

“He could only offer me 1 South (*psych ward) or some non-addictive, anti-anxiety medication. I thought carefully, and if I hadn’t had my boyfriend’s home to go to that night, I would have accepted the offer.

I learned then too that the doctor who prescribed Xanax was way out of line; the psych doctor said it would have been a one-way street to addiction for me, and that’s because he understands my disease. EDs often are coupled with substance abuse. Medical doctors only receive about 6.5 hours training on average for EDs.

I think EDs are the stigma within all stigmas. We so often modify our physical bodies to appear more then we are, and that in itself is a false dichotomy. We live this way in our lives too, many of us modify reality to numb the pain of the reality we aren’t enough and the debt is spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional in nature.”


contribute by M. Hibbs

Days of Action is Marlene’s call to action for increased supports for those with mental health and EDs.

It starts on December 4th with the call for all people affected by these health issues and the broken systems around them to collect at City Hall to advocate to our leaders as a group.

“I will start the call for action in Kamloops on  December 4th and from that I want to fill city hall so that people are spilling into the streets; I want that image to echo through our entire province into every municipality, so that one person in each municipality do as I did, and request the same request as I have done. From that, we can all move together. If we do it together we can all win.”

The next phase takes place on February first to seventh, 2019.

“My hope is that everyone who has ANY form of ED or knows someone who does have one, not only attend this event, but also  go and start the conversation with their health care practitioner around the issue.”

The last phase is scheduled for September 29, 2019.

“I am calling for a province-wide demonstration for mental health in general. That we all step out and just stop what we are doing and walk into the streets on September 29th and we stand united together saying we want more.

I truly believe and feel it in my heart this is the next logical step in our province and country. We have been begging for years for better health care, we need to put our different stories aside and unite under the pain of being the same.

I want health care in all its forms to be number one priority in government. Our own human bodies act this way and it should be our fiscal houses that do too. Look what happens when even one organ is sick, the whole body reacts. We are sacrificing function for a system when we should be upholding our functions to build the best systems possible. It is inversion.
I want emotional and mental literacy to be taught in every grade to every child all the way through school. If children understand their own bodies better we can heal society;
if we heal childhood trauma in ourselves and prevent it from spreading further through education, we can begin to heal the world.
I want to see diet industries regulated. I want money and research prioritized for understanding EDs more because we really don’t get them one bit.”


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To join the movement, click here @daysofaction

In my darkest hours my brightest lights have come through. I have angels all around me.    -Marlene Hibbs

Jason Hewlett, Co-Founder of We Came From The Basement, Is Off The Cuff!



Self-described international man of misadventure, Jason Hewlett is a film critic and radio personality for We Came from the Basement in Kamloops, BC.  Edgy, honest, and funny, the video production covers everything film and movies, including interviews with film and movie stars.

Here is what Jason has to say about his venture:

“I have to credit my wife for We Came from the Basement. My buddy Shawn Knippelberg, along with mutual friend Anthony Michael Bosa, met weekly to watch movies, usually bad horror, action, and sci-fi flicks. We’d generally give a running commentary while watching the show, and have a somewhat heated discussion about it afterward. Jess, my wife, told us we should post what we say to the Internet, as, according to her, we were pretty entertaining to listen to.”

That was 2010. Shawn and I created a twice monthly podcast at first, before moving to a weekly radio show at 92.5 FM CFBX, which is the campus radio station at Thompson Rivers University. The format of the show was simple, two guys reviewing and talking movies, along with playing music and interviewing people in different parts of the film industry.

Our friend Mike Stewart, who is a wiz at social media, listened to the show and tweeted a running commentary to it. He continues to do this with our segment on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show.

Over the years we’ve interviewed dozens of people, including actors Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, Goonies, Friday the 13th Part 4), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow) and Leah Cairns (Battlestar: Galactica, 88 Minutes), author Steve Alten (The Meg, The Loch), directors Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary), writer/director John Fallon (The Shelter), composer Harry Manfredeni (Friday the 13th) and filmmaking collective RKSS (Turbo Kid, Summer of ’84).

In 2012, we partnered with the Kamloops Film Society and created Dark Fest, which became the genre arm for the annual international film festival.

We quit the game in 2014, but that only lasted about three months. The show continued as an on-again/off-again podcast for the next four years, until Radio NL came calling this past June. The station was in the midst of a revamp, and they asked Shawn and I to come on Friday mornings and talk movies and other entertainment news. It took us about 30 seconds to say yes, and we’ve been back in full force ever since.”

Jason does an eight to 10 minute segment every Friday during the Radio NL morning show, where he and his crew highlight what’s new in theatres and what to watch in the home market.

“Every Friday morning I join NL Morning Show host Howie Reimer and talk what the weekend’s big movie releases are, what to watch on Netflix and other TV platforms, what’s going on in the world of entertainment, and, when we can land them, we run interviews as well. Shawn comes on as often as he can slip away from work. We hit the air at about 8:40 a.m. and run for eight to 10 minutes.

What was interesting about the NL segment is our long-term fans were a bit “upset” that we’d gone from a hour-long variety show to something so short and, dare I say, so professional.

It was Shawn’s idea to go with an extended cut of the segment, and record additional material that had more of a “Jason and Shawn vibe” to it. This extended cut podcast, complete with the NL material, debuts every weekend, and Shawn and I recently started live streaming us recording the podcast on Facebook.

I’m not sure what the ratings are for the NL segment, as those numbers don’t come in until some time in December. However, we’ve received positive feedback from everyone at the station. We’ve noticed our podcast traffic has increased. We’re getting thousands of listeners a week and climbing, with people tuning in from all over the world.”

Jason and Shawn have known each other for almost 25 years and have a chemistry that is a big part of what has made their We Came From The Basement show successful. Mike Stewart fills in for Shawn when Shawn is unavailable.

“Back in 2015, we added actress and podcast personality Amy Wickenheiser to the show. We met her via John Fallon, as she played a role in his film The Shelter. However, since we returned this June, she’s sadly been too busy with her own ventures to come on the air. I say sadly because she’s awesome and we miss her, but we’re super happy she is finding success.”

When watching Jason and Shawn’s show, it is pretty clear to see that the two of them are having a great time.  Jason claims he is having a ton of fun. And their years of experience working together speaks for itself.

“Shawn and I have been doing this long enough that we’re pretty dialled in. We used to spend hours prepping for our show. Now, we have a quick discussion about what we want to say and push play. The majority of what we say is off the cuff and, as a result, doing the show — and the NL spot — is pretty stress free and a joy to do. Doing the NL spot and the podcast is the best part of my week, hands down.”

I wanted to know what the challenges are for the crew in running a regular production.  Here is what Jason has to say:

“It used to be time, but as I said, Shawn and I have been doing this long enough that it’s become second nature. There’s technical issues that come up with audio and computers, but Shawn understands that stuff so well, that we can get through pretty much anything.

In the past we struggled to keep things fresh, I think, but by focusing on what’s current in entertainment, we’ve always got new things to talk about, and say.”

The small crew has recently made the jump to video, and Shawn and Jason are keen to see where they can take that. The hope is to monetize it, so they can make some money doing this.

“The Internet is moving away from word-heavy content to images and video, and so we’re doing less newsy articles on our website and looking to create content people can read quickly, or listen to while they drive or workout, or watch. In a way, the Internet and current popular culture is our biggest challenge, because you always want to keep up with it and stay relevant that way.

I was always concerned with creating something people liked, and would try to push us in a direction where I thought we’d generate the most listeners. Shawn maintained that, if we build it, they will come, and this should be what he calls a “fun-do” as opposed to something we have to do. He was right all along.

When we quit in 2014, this felt like work. Now, it’s pure fun no matter how much effort we put in. So, really, doing this show has taught me how to have fun doing something I’m passionate about.

I love hanging out every week with my bro, talking about a subject I enjoy. We don’t care if we’re politically correct or if people are offended by our language (we have been known to swear a lot and say what our current society would deem inappropriate things). We just say what we say, and have fun with it. It’s great that people dig it, and have stuck with us for eight years, but we’d be doing this even if they didn’t.”


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Kamloopsian Chad Saville Talks Photography, Photojournalism, and Music

Chad Saville, artist and amateur photographer

Chad Saville is a nineteen-year-old amateur photographer living in Kamloops. He also has a passion for writing and creating music.

He started his photography career recently, just this past summer. He went to Nova Scotia, and thought it would be an excellent time to buy a real camera and no longer use his phone to take sub quality photos. So, he went down to the local London Drugs and bought himself one.

“I bought the camera the day before I went on the plane to Prince George. The camera I decided to buy was the Canon rebel t6, a standard entry-level DSLR camera. And when I got my slimy hands on that camera, I went completely bonkers with taking photos. At the end of the week vacation, I took more than 10000 pictures with my new camera; it was a lot of fun.

I remember walking around with the camera on my neck, with the thought of people looking at me and thinking, ‘now that’s a professional photographer, he looks like a really cool guy’. At that time, my camera was my necklace of pride, even though it made me look tacky and pointless, and I am glad now I don’t think that way anymore with my camera on hand. And it wasn’t just tacky; I believe it was more of a hot kind of tacky look. None-the-less, I enjoyed the thought of getting attention at the time.chads3contributed by Chad Saville

Chad was born and raised in Smithers, a town he describe as beautiful with a strong community spirit. As much as he loves his home town, his brief travels highlighted his need for new views and a change of environment. To his delight, following his summer travels, his Grandparents moved to Kamloops, giving him the opportunity to move in with them to start a new life full of new adventures. He flew to Kamloops on the 20th of October.

“Travelling during the summer really opened up my mind to what photography actually was. Besides the main components of the camera being aperture, shutter speed, f-stop, and exposure. I found out in that one week down east that photography really is an art on its own. There are so many things I could say about photography. It’s not just point and click and there you go, you’re a photographer now. It’s a lot easier to feel like a photographer due to the introduction of digital cameras.

However, there are many apparent aspects when it comes to taking a photo that makes photography art in its own category. For example, when I was in Toronto, I learned that in photography, you’re not just trying to take a nice photo of something or someone, you are trying to send a message to the viewer of your photograph. Whatever that message is you want to proclaim in that photo, you want to capture the raw emotion in your eye that you can convey to someone else, and have that viewer experience what you were feeling in that moment before the shot.

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Another thing I learned in defining photography as an art instead of a gimmick, is the thing I struggle with as a photographer, and that is style. Every photographer who has taken photography as a full-time career has their own style, their own way and thought in creating their product. For me, I’m purely an amateur photographer as I am still learning my style in taking photos.

Style is what contrasts the amateur from the professional photographer. It’s the photographer’s sense of composure. Is everything lined up correctly? What angle can I take the photo to make it pleasing to the eye of the viewer? Style is the photographer’s knowledge of lighting. What light will create the appropriate mood to compliment the atmosphere of the shot? And lastly, style is the photographer’s boldness and gusto in how far they are willing to go. Are they willing to break the barriers of their comfort zone and to expand past the fear of experimenting in or out of the moment of the photo shoot? Are they inclined to the long, tedious hours of waiting for the time and weather to be correct in the day to take a more mature photograph? Are they active to interact with the client or environment that they’re in to cast the true ideology of the photo in which they genuinely want to reveal to the public?

The photographer’s camera image sensor is the canvas of the world, a world they have the freedom to paint in their own little box.”

Chad is also very interested in writing. These two arts, photography and writing, have a meeting point called photojournalism. He thinks of photojournalism as the combination of two different art forms of storytelling.

“As a photojournalist you have to be bold and confident, not brazen, and definitely not someone that beats around the bush and always second guesses themselves. You have to be clever and sharp to the point, if you want to be a good photojournalist. Photojournalism, for me, is a step up to effortlessly starting interesting conversations and building foundations in relationships with individuals.”

Chad’s passion for the arts doesn’t stop with photography and writing. He is also interested in music. Even though he didn’t get the opportunity to be educated in music when he was younger due to lack of money, he was given an inexpensive keyboard when he was a child.

“I dedicated an interminable amount of time in determination to learn the piano. You see, I was a very broken child at the time when the piano was introduced into my life. I saw the keyboard as an escape from my loneliness and indescribable depression. But besides the long backstory, I spent most of my time, energy, and emotions, in improving my ability to play the piano. And as I went on with my journey with music, I ultimately wanted one day to share my music across the world; to inspire, entertain, and emotionally impact others.

With that goal realized, I started playing the violin, the accordion, and the guitar, inspired by the underrated French composer, Yann Tiersen. Most of his music is nothing short of emotionally invoking, inspiring, and just plain good. Yann’s music from the get-go, for me, was a pleasurable accident that I stumbled upon, and when I first heard his music, I stayed up all night enveloped by his playing. And at the end of listening to all his music, I had this indescribable desire to share the emotional feeling I had experienced. That I should create music and inspire people around the world. And that’s my dream, to create music.”

Right now, young Chad wonders if his photography and photojournalism work is more of a hobby than a career path. He views Kamloops as a crucial stepping stone for these big goals in his life.

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“I have made a lot of local connections with the community here in this city. And the local relationships for me in Kamloops keep on growing day by day. It’s almost a guarantee that I will make a new connection with someone anytime I go downtown.

My biggest goal here in Kamloops is to grow and befriend the community, to create a face-to-face connection with individuals, and overall, to establish a stronger bonded and healthier Kamloops community.

I hope all the effort I put in creating lasting friendships and rapport here in Kamloops will be carried throughout my life, allowing recognition and appreciation of my talents in other places that aren’t just here or local.

Another ongoing aspiration I have is to grow my recognition through my work on social media. I wish to build my Instagram, ideally making myself a product of my music and photography. This city is going to play a significant role in sharing what I love as I divide my time and talents with the beautiful people here.”

You can connect with Chad via Instagram @ringo8savage
or view his website at

Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc New Chief and Council, Contributor Denny Thomas Hopes For The Future

Denny Thomas, cultural dancer, Shuswap First Nations

So I have been on hiatus for awhile but I’m planning to change this cause I’ve been going through some changes in my health, personal, and work life. I’ve been changing over and over what I wanted to write cause I felt scared to make a second impression on more personal ideas.

I look at our new chief and council and like any new group going into power I am full of hope thinking this could be the group that could make our band better by just a few moves while in control of the power. This is easier said than done.

First the new chief must believe that our band is in need of full change. Then our council needs to recognize the strength is together, not as individuals.

The biggest first step after getting settled in will be setting a way to go through the old band business, recognize the mistakes taken, then sit together and go through these mistakes so they are not repeated. Take what good was done and learn from that as well.  What a moment that would be. 

A huge next step our band has never done yet is bring to our membership the major share holders in this corporation, then sit down for as many ugly days as it would take to go through each department budget and show our members how the money was moved around and give exposure to past spending. This would show the people what was attempted in the past and give them a voice and an opportunity to share a healthier way to spend our money as a whole unit.

Exposing the budget of millions of dollars to the people, from the department head’s salary to the lowest worker in each department, would likely cause a big fight. Our people have never seen how much we spend from salaries to expenses, from each source to how it gets spent, or what was government funded and how that funding was spent.

I think if every corporation has laws to follow so should ours. Chief and council have in the past made too many bad decisions and nobody has ever been punished for them.

I find if you allow a person to cost your company millions of dollars then you should be fired with them. This way chief and council bring a full proposal to the table and let those at the meeting have their share of ideas of what’s good and bad, then weigh the cost difference, then vote if we go forward or step away. That way leadership is truly being delivered, making the members accountable for their voice, which our people have never had with our so-called leadership.

Heck, in our corporation you get a great business and trailer park for losing money. I don’t want to sound negative but that’s the scar left after each voting day. How many more of these before our people go on strike as the cost of living goes up and wages never go up?

The sad part is that people with tickets and education are told, ‘if you don’t like it go work somewhere else. There’s someone who will do your job for what you’re paid’. Sad but it’s true.

The main reason I am voicing what I see is going on is out of hope for the new elected body in any chief and council or those who want to step up for their people.

The time is coming where healthy changes are going to happen cause like any bad versus good moments in life, the people can only take so much darkness. Sooner or later light will force its way through.

I believe in my band. It can achieve its status as a front runner of all reserves or at least be in the top of the pack setting new standards of living and bringing people from survival to enjoying life. We have an awesome chance to be a band that could set new standards and become one of the richest bands in North America.

We have an honest ability to bring the cost of living down and own our own utilities, even being a green energy environment company. We have a chance to put money into money making situations. Therefore, in a few years we could seriously have a chance to give our people a fund like other prosperous bands do twice a year, once in the summer to take a major summer vacation and once before Christmas to relieve the stress of bills after losing your money for gifts.

In the overall picture, we the Shuswap people are at a point in life where change is coming.

Now is the time for healthy communication from leadership to membership. Is the budget going to be opened up like the fall law states its suppose to be? Are the business proposals that have major impact on our budget and business going to be put on the table? Are there opportunities for lowering cost of living while people with tickets and education get wages worth smiling about?

Well let’s hear what you people think of my thoughts and see if we can get a healthy debate going. Can healthy change happen or have we lost our spirit and fill our pockets as quickly as we can? Mentality is all that is left.

Podcaster Nevin Webster Is Promoting Our City


You may be familiar with the name Nevin Webster. He is a creative entrepreneur and the voice of Kameo Podcast. He chats with interesting people around town.

Most recently, he did the city of Kamloops the great service of covering most of our local electorates and making the podcasts available for everyone on social media.

Though experienced in other forms of digital media, he prefers podcasting, which allows him to multitask as he works. He enjoys capturing people the way they sound, with their unique accents and dialects.

“Audio is such an intimate medium. You can learn a lot from someone by their voice. Are they confident? Nervous? Does their voice quiver? Often I see my interviewees change over the course of the interview and you can hear them relax as they get more comfortable chatting. I think that level of intimacy is often missed by other mediums.”

Nevin uses his podcast to promote Kamloops and the people living here. You may have seen him doing interviews at Red Beard Café with his professional equipment. He took some big risks to be able to do this.

“I bought my microphone when I didn’t have much money at all. I had to finance my audio field recorder since I was, and still am, broke. I quit my well-paying job without a job lined up, and when I got one it was 45% less than what I was making before… and that was with my wife on mat leave.

I financed the computer I am typing on right now because I needed something that didn’t take 45 minutes to boot up. My wife did not see the value in many of my financial risks at first, especially when I quit my job when we had a one-month-old baby at home. But I believe in the law of attraction and when I got fired from my job at a digital agency, the law of attraction was super strong, and I got a gig.

I am in a much better place than I was and the risks I have taken are starting to pay off!”

Raw, creative, and not afraid to push boundaries, some may think of Nevin as controversial.

“I don’t consider myself controversial. Do I talk about controversial things, maybe. But I don’t chase controversy which I think some people think I do. I just don’t care to hide who I am and I am radically honest with who I am. And that scares people because that makes them uncomfortable.

Fronting caused depression and I am not going to pretend I am someone I am not just to appease a few people. I really don’t give a fuck what they think about me, they aren’t my audience. They can listen to their talk radio, read their newspapers, and watch cable TV.

I want to connect with those who appreciate who I am, at my core, at my rawest, at my darkest.

Here is a good explanation about what I mean:

Old Kamloops is just not used to my level of honesty. But new Kamloops gets it.”

Nevin has a lot of mentors and he learns from everyone he interviews on his podcast. Here he shares some bigger names who inspire him.

“I love GaryVee. I find myself buying the books by @cthagod for radio personality inspiration, watching Casey Neistat on YT, and I find a lot of inspiration from many podcasts like Reply All, No Jumper, Q, or many Youtubers.

These days I have a big brother/mentor/mentee relationship with Ayren at the Mattress King. He is always there to bounce ideas off of and he has stopped me from making some BIG mistakes. He also supports me in my vision even though we don’t always see eye to eye on everything.”

I wanted to know what Nevin’s goals are and what his vision of the future looks like.

“My end goal would be to just be happy. Part of that is to be financially stable and pay off my student loans and other debts through the monetization of my podcast.

But if think about a BIG BIG BIG goal, I would love to have a small studio where I can produce my podcast to share with Kamloops and the world. I would love for big artists, musicians, and performers to reach out to me for an interview. I’d get to know what brought them to Kamloops and what they think of it.

Part of this project is to help grow the arts and entertainment scene in our city. To make that happen we need the world to see Kamloops as a creative hub, and so we need to have people want to stop here to perform. Often they just drive through on their way to Calgary from Vancouver.

Kamloops needs to be a destination for performances, not a drive through.”

For now, Nevin continues to hustle, expanding his podcasting project with every interview and every publication. He hosts a facebook group called #kammunity, which is a ‘digital performing arts centre’ he is building.

You can join the group or just see what it is about by clicking here:

If you have interesting views or stories to share with Nevin he is ready to connect with you!

Nevin talking to CFJC about recent local election

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