People First Radio

People First Radio is an education and awareness program broadcast on traditional radio and in online podcasts.

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Comox Valley organization turns shipping containers into homes
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  • Comox Valley organization turns shipping containers into homes

    Comox Valley organization turns shipping containers into homes

    May 20, 2024 • 23:41

    WeCan Shelter Society is a Comox Valley organization that builds homes inside shipping containers for people who had previously been experiencing homelessness to move into. Charlene Davis, one of the group’s founders, spoke with People First Radio. She said it takes between $25,000 and $30,000 to build a unit and…

  • Victoria 'cafe classroom' providing opportunities to youth who face barriers

    Victoria 'cafe classroom' providing opportunities to youth who face barriers

    May 19, 2024 • 13:14

    Managing director Dorothy Morrison calls Victoria’s Imagine Studio Cafe a “cafe classroom.” The cafe offers employment to young adults who may otherwise face barriers due to mental health, addiction, and homelessness. “There’s a lot of talk, but not a lot of action. So we needed to try to make a…

  • Monday Lunch Together using food to help people move forward

    Monday Lunch Together using food to help people move forward

    May 17, 2024 • 16:15

    The Nanaimo Foodshare is using food to help people move forward. On Mondays, in the basement of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, anyone from the community is invited to come share in a free meal, prepared by people in the Foodshare’s employment programs, under the tutelage of professional chef Calven Chow.…

  • People First Radio - May 16, 2024

    People First Radio - May 16, 2024

    May 15, 2024 • 57:00

    Featuring a visit to the Monday Lunch Together program from the Nanaimo Foodshare, a conversation with Imagine Studio Café’s Managing Director Dorothy Morrison, and reflections from Charlene Davis, one of the founders of WeCan Shelter Society in the Comox Valley.

  • Chatting AI therapy apps

    Chatting AI therapy apps

    May 12, 2024 • 26:45

    Artificial Intelligence is making its way into more and more areas of our lives, a phenomenon that isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. While AI isn’t necessarily part of our official publicly insured health care system quite yet, Zoha Khawaja says that day is coming, so we should be…

  • Victoria's Red Cedar Cafe turning potential food waste into meals

    Victoria's Red Cedar Cafe turning potential food waste into meals

    May 11, 2024 • 13:15

    When the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic meant closures and reduced service for restaurants, there was a bunch of food that was suddenly without a place to go. Enter the Red Cedar Cafe in Victoria, which was born as a way to put that food to good use. Four…

  • Sensory processing disorder from a parent's point of view

    Sensory processing disorder from a parent's point of view

    May 10, 2024 • 15:28

    As a teacher librarian, Sara Stone is no stranger to children’s books. But it was what she wasn’t seeing on the shelves, combined with some personal experience, that prompted her to add author to her resume. Stone has written a series of children’s books about sensory processing disorder. Healthlink BC…

  • People First Radio - May 09, 2024

    People First Radio - May 09, 2024

    May 9, 2024 • 57:00

    Featuring conversations on sensory processing disorder, Victoria’s Red Cedar Cafe, and the use of AI chat bots for therapeutic purposes.  

  • Supportive housing tenant shares thoughts ahead of move into new Nanaimo building

    Supportive housing tenant shares thoughts ahead of move into new Nanaimo building

    May 6, 2024 • 16:37

    Marlo Mayers spoke with the media ahead of moving into a new supportive housing building in Nanaimo. Called Corenerstone, The 51 unit building is operated by Connective Nanaimo, formerly known as the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society. Residents at a temporary housing site in Nanaimo called Newcastle Place are being…

  • Training people who've experienced homelessness to be walking tour guides

    Training people who've experienced homelessness to be walking tour guides

    May 3, 2024 • 39:57

    Around a decade ago Zakia Moulaoui Guery was working in a job where she’d get to know the stories of people who’d experienced homelessness. She realized that people in her life outside work were interested in hearing those stories as well, but that they didn’t have any awareness or exposure…

People First Radio is a weekly one-hour radio broadcast to educate and raise awareness about issues related to health and wellness — with a particular emphasis on topics related to mental illness and mental health, homelessness and housing, and addiction, harm reduction and recovery.

It’s currently broadcast weekly from Nanaimo, B.C. on CHLY 101.7 FM, Victoria, B.C. on CFUV 101.9FM, and Saint John, New Brunswick on CFMH 107.3 FM. People First Radio is produced and presented by Joe Pugh.

 

The program is also available as a podcast, click below to listen and subscribe to People First Radio on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

 

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