Media Appearances & Publications
As an award-winning public speaker, I’ve taught seminars at universities and been a guest on several shows. I’ve also written for Toronto-based publications, such as Vitality Magazine. Below are links to various media appearances, interviews, webcasts, and other published materials related to the work I do.
Watch my interview as a guest on Rick Archer’s popular YouTube show, Buddha at the Gas Pump. The show aired live on July 23rd, 2017. Watch here.
CANADA TALKS RADIO INTERVIEW
Listen to my interview as a guest on Richard Garner’s s radio show, What in the World?! The show aired live on Sirius XM Channel 167, on May 14th, 2015. Listen here.
INTUITIVE SOUL RADIO INTERVIEW
Intuitive Soul Radio is hosted by Laurie Huston, and features interviews with a global community of experts, leading edge authors, and thinkers in the field of spirituality. The show aired live on May 27, 2010. Listen here.
LIQUID LUNCH INTERVIEW
Liquid Lunch is ThatChannel’s flagship TV show program. Interview with Hugh Reilly and co-host Nikki Hayes. The show aired live on May 13, 2010. Watch here.
TORONTO STAR ARTICLE
The Toronto Star featured my grilled cheese shop, Millwood Melt, as part of their neighbourhood series. It was published on October 13, 2018. Read it here.
LEASIDE LIFE ARTICLE
The local paper, Leaside Life, featured my work as a spiritual teacher. It was published in the December 2017 issue. Read it here.
VITALITY MAGAZINE ARTICLE
One of Canada’s largest publications on Natural Health, Alternative Medicine, & Green Living. My article, Parenting and Spirituality, appeared in the December 2010 issue. Read it here.
GOOD NEWS TORONTO KINDNESS CAMPAIGN
In 2010, I partnered with Good News Toronto to spearhead the Kindness Campaign, which is still going strong today. Featuring inspiring stories based on suggested acts of kindness. Download it here.
Social Action Projects
In 2007, I started Global Awakening In Action (GAIA), a social action group dedicated to helping others. Below are some of the activities we’ve done here in Toronto.
Cover Toronto Blanket Drive. We began this in 2010. Every winter we collect donated blankets and other warm items and distribute them to homeless people on the streets of Toronto.
Egale’s OUT at Night. On May 30, 2015, GAIA participated in this national fundraising and awareness campaign that invited participants across the country to spend a night outside, briefly experiencing the struggles that over 6000 LGBTQ2S youth experience in Canada every year.
Second Harvest’s Lunch Money Day. Three years in a row. First on February 17, 2011, then on February 16, 2012, and most recently on February 28, 2013. GAIA participated in Lunch Money Day, which is Second Harvest’s annual one-day campaign that asks Torontonians to donate what they would usually spend on lunch.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Charity Challenge. On October 14, 2012, GAIA participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 5k Run / Walk while raising funds for Second Harvest.
North York Harvest Food Bank. On November 24, 2010, GAIA spent the day food sorting at the North York Harvest Food Bank.
Clicktivism is the use of the internet for facilitating social change and activism. It isn’t just the support or promotion of a cause online. It starts online but leads to real changes in the world. These are the main clictivism sites that I engage with regularly.
Avaaz is a 31-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making.
SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.
Giving is good for you. Studies show that giving money to help others tends to make people feel happier than when they spend it on themselves. It also creates good karma and attracts blessings. Below are charitable organizations I fund and support.
Lion’s Roar is an independent non-profit foundation whose mission is to offer teachings from the Buddhist and other contemplative traditions, with an emphasis on applying the principles of mindfulness and awareness practices to everyday life.
Buddha at the Gas Pump is a popular Youtube channel and website hosted by Rick Archer that highlights the spiritual journeys of everyday and famous people and features in-depth interviews with all sorts of interesting thinkers and spiritual teachers.
Greenpeace is a non-governmental organization for the protection and conservation of the environment. As an independent global campaigning organisation, they are committed to the principles of non-violence, political independence and internationalism, acting to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, one of the most visited websites in the world.
For almost a century, People’s World have taken the side of the 99 percent and worked to promote the struggle for a sustainable environment, jobs, democracy, peace, and equality. A pioneer in grassroots independent journalism, People’s World tells the stories and struggles of ordinary people through reporting and commentary and also provides timely analysis of domestic and international political, economic, and social developments. It’s an angle you won’t find in the corporate press.
Democracy Now! is a global news and public affairs program. Unlike so much of the corporate-owned mainstream media, Amy Goodman and her team provide independent news and information from the perspective of those most adversely affected and stressed by global events and domestic policy, including the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized, and those living in war-torn areas. The program is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations and does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding.