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Games of Thrones, Girls, Fringe: the leading ladies in television

Some disappointments and some triumphs, either way the ladies are taking over television.

Pain, poverty and pleasure: Shifting the perspective behind bars

For a 19-year-old woman, seeing life as an opportunity takes work, and a helping hand.

Audience breaks their silence at youth-designed art exhibit

At the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre's art exhibit, the public was invited to share their letters, poetry and art. They told moving stories of forgiveness and hope.

Next stop, Rolling Stone

If you ever have the privilege of meeting Alex R., you’ll immediately recognize her shining character and authenticity. I met Alex two years ago when she was 16. She was her own person with her own...

A young woman fights for independence, despite personal tragedy

In 2008, I met a young woman who had more barriers than most girls. Maria* was 17 when I met her. Her mother had just died from cancer. She was diagnosed with borderline autism as a child and had a...

Young female offenders connect to the community through artwork

It’s project go time. The girls of Emerald and Asperity units in the Burnaby Youth Custody Center (BYCC) have created community projects and the projects have turned into innovative initiatives....

One step forward, another step back

That night, I received a call an hour before I was supposed to be at the custody centre.  I work with a group of girls there. We were about to move to the next step of the Passion Project, which...

The power of showing up

When I work with people I have one rule: regardless of how good or bad your day is, show up. Show up for your commitments. Show up with your best self whatever state is it in. It’s amazing how hard...

Young women search for forgiveness in cycle of violence

Once a week I run a program out of the youth custody centre in Burnaby.  I work with a group of girls who experience a wide range of life challenges; most of these challenges relate to some form...

Love Local for Your Lady's and Little Girl's Christmas Jewelry

Diamonds, pfff! Get rewarded (hint, hint, wink, wink) on Christmas night by following my suggestions and buy her something she'll never allow to gather dust... There's also something for your little p