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Broken Open: the podcast

34 EpisodesProduced by Maureen TownsWebsite

"Never Waste A Good Crisis" - Winston ChurchillGuest interviews about unexpected crisis and how in hindsight, they've turned out to be pivotal moments that made them better, stronger, more insightful people. Hosted by Maureen Towns, author of Broken Open: A Mothers Journey to Survive Her Children's … read more

34 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Cathlyn Melvin, Copywriter, Editor and Full Service TEDx Coach - S3E2

June 7th, 2022


Please enjoy this conversation with the great Cathlyn Melvin (originally recorded in December 2021).

Hear how Cathlyn took a 90 degree turn off her …

Sheldon Crocker, Author and Inspirational Keynote Speaker - S3E1

February 9th, 2022


Sheldon Crocker has taken his experience of growing up with a physical disability and abuse and turned it into an inspirational message.  He shares his message is his book "Keep On Walking" and in his keynote speaking. …

Mike Govoni - Integrative Holistic Recovery Coach - S2E11

July 16th, 2021


Mike Govoni wandered into the forest feeling hopeless; he was highly allergic to almost everything, and had debilitating digestive inflammation. He was at the point that functioning in society was beyond him.  He was …

Leona deVinne - Author, Coach, Consultant, Advisor - S2E10

July 9th, 2021


Leona deVinne is all about JOY.  And not in a trite, 'just be positive' way; she is a student of neuroscience, behaviour change, and overcoming trauma.  She walks the talk - she's experienced serious hardships and now …

Jean McCarthy - Author, Blogger, Podcast Host - S2E9

May 27th, 2021


Jean McCarthy is articulate, honest, and very talented.  She has chronicled her alcohol-free lifestyle since her first day of sobriety in 2011. …

John Loxley - LifeCoach, Author, Podcast Host - S2E8

May 6th, 2021


I feel like I could chat with John Loxley for days.  I love his insight and easy way of articulating complex recovery concepts.  

John Loxley (also …

Veronica Cisneros - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Motivational Speaker, Podcast Host - S2E7

April 15th, 2021


Hear about how Veronica's family of origin story (trust me, your won't want to miss it) inspired her to aim higher than she thought possible.  It made her passionate about helping women become "Empowered and …

Kanchan Prinsloo - Executive Coach with a focus on Women of Colour S2E6

April 1st, 2021


Kanchan gets real in our conversation about her move to England and then back to Ontario, and how that experience had her examining who she was and what really mattered to her.  Kanchan believes that your power comes …

Dr. Lotte Valentin - NMD, author, evidential medium

March 18th, 2021


Dr. Lotte Valentin is an N.M.D., author, evidential medium, spiritual educator and an international keynote speaker! She teaches several different spiritual workshops as well as offering one-on-one sessions for …

Aly Pain - Certified Life Coach and Certified Relationship Systems Coach focusing on teens and parents.

March 4th, 2021


If you are a parent who could use some help with your relationship with your teen, or a teen struggling with your parent, this episode is for you! 

Ben Bondar - Personal Shopper and Host of the Fashionably Sober Podcast

February 18th, 2021


Our outward appearance is often indicative of how we feel on the inside!   

For Ben Bondar fashion is reflective of his energy, sense of self, and his mental health.  Hear how he helps others find and express themselves …

David Lewry of Freedoms Path Recovery Society

February 4th, 2021


David Lewry has made a life's work of getting honest, facing his demons, and using everything he's learned to help others in the most accessible, non-judgemental and creative way.  He founded Freedoms Path Recovery …

Lynn Courey, Founder and President of The Sashbear Foundation

January 21st, 2021


Lynn Courey lost her daughter Sasha in 2011.  Sasha died by suicide after a short time in treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.  Hear how Lynn and her husband started a Foundation that offers skills and hope to …

Broken Open #21: Erin Ekman: A Deeper Dive

July 21st, 2020


Erin Ekman is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation(ICF), and the principal facilitator and leadership …

Broken Open #20: Adele Fedorak

July 14th, 2020


The beautiful Adele Fedorak and I chat about the power of storytelling.   Adele, speech pathologist and certified coach, has combined her many …

Broken Open #19: Claudia Jungert

July 7th, 2020


Claudia Jungert, Portfolio Coordinator, Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies at SAIT, shares her story of becoming a widow and …

Broken Open #18: Kristin Moore

June 30th, 2020


Kristin Moore is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach and Intervention Specialist.  The founder of Shift Recovery Solutions, she specializes in …

Broken Open #17: Karine Dazé

June 23rd, 2020


Karine has been a snow and skateboard coach for 18 years.  A graduate of the National Coaching Institute Program at the University of Calgary, she blends her formal education with her 26 years as a snowboarder - …

Broken Open #16: Donna Hughes

June 15th, 2020


Donna Hughes is the President, Executive Director and Clinical Director of Inner Solutions in Calgary.    Hear her story - how she went from being a …

Broken Open #15: Ally Towns

June 8th, 2020


Ally Towns is changing the world!  Ally is training to become a Child and Youth Care Counsellor at Mt Royal University in Calgary.   Her passion for helping others is based on her own experience with self-harm and her …

Broken Open #14: Clare Keast

June 1st, 2020


Clare Keast is the courageous mother of five beautiful children.   Clare shares her journey as a mom supporting her kids with mental health and …

Broken Open #13: Nikki Takahashi

May 25th, 2020


I always knew that Nikki Takahashi was edgy but  I had no idea that she had a boatload of courage as well.  Listen to the end to hear her answer the "broken open' question.  She drops a bomb about listening to your gut …

Broken Open #12: Lisa Marie Genovese

May 18th, 2020


I have known Lisa Marie Genovese for the past 8 years, and always enjoy connecting.    

Lisa is the President at BottomLine Marketing where she "helps brands level up and get where they're going FASTER".   She's smart, …

Broken Open #11: Jerome Zeyen

May 11th, 2020


I've known Jerry Zeyen since 1982, and in this episode we have a great conversation about his career .   Jerry is as an executive leadership coach with an impressive CV.  Jerry's passion for helping leaders create a …

Broken Open #10: Amber Brososky

May 4th, 2020


Meet Crossfit and Nutritional Coach Amber Brososky.  I met Amber a year ago and she has inspired me to train harder and smarter ever since.   We have become friends and now enjoy chatting about change, personal growth, …

Broken Open #9: Randal McDonald

April 27th, 2020


Everyone should have a listen to Randal.  We always have great conversations with a few good belly laughs.  Randal is a great friend who is a …

Broken Open #8: Calvin Butts 2.0

April 23rd, 2020


Join Calvin Butts and me for another conversation.  Hear about what's new in the bespoke tailor business (it's going to be GREAT) and hear Calvin describe a time that he experienced adversity in trying to support …

Broken Open #7: Joanne Gibson

April 20th, 2020


I love chatting about all things leadership with Joanne.  She's a great friend and always thought provoking.  Enjoy!



Broken Open #6: Tamara Sheppard

April 16th, 2020


A casual conversation with the beautiful and talented Tamara Sheppard, a brilliant communicator and facilitator.   Hear about how she is embracing …

Broken Open #5: Kathryn Kolaczek

April 13th, 2020


A conversation with the great Kathryn Kolaczek.  Kathryn is the CEO of Alchemy Communications, a full-service Public Relations firm in Calgary.

You …

Broken Open #4: Matt Landsiedel

April 9th, 2020


A conversation with Matt Landsiedel all the way from Vietnam!  Matt is a transformation coach.   He inspires and educates people to create and live the best version of themselves.  He has a new book called Be The Space: …

Broken Open #3: Erin Ekman

April 6th, 2020


A conversation with Erin Ekman, founder of Centrivity.  Erin is a certified coach with ICF and helps individuals and organizations who are committed to growth and transformation.


Broken Open #2: Lindsay Recknell

March 29th, 2020


A conversation with Lindsay Recknell, expert in HOPE.  LIndsay teaches people to use hope to motivate and propel action.  

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Broken Open #1: Calvin Butts

March 26th, 2020


If you're looking for relief from all the Pandemic talk, this is not your episode.  Calvin and I chat about his business as a bespoke tailor, and our predictions for pandemic in Alberta.

Find the Great Calvin Butts, …

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