Meet Larry Mellott

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HOW DID YOU GET THAT JOB

 

WHO ARE YOU?

Name: Larry Mellott

Birthplace: Barrie Ontario

Where do you live? Guelph Ontario

Career: Radio Broadcaster

 

Congratulations Larry, you are celebrating 30 years of employment at Corus Entertainment (CJOY/Magic106.1)?

30 consecutive years, from 1988-present, with an additional 8 years from 1974-82, then out west at a couple of different radio stations for 6 years. I’ve worked in radio for 48 years.

You are known in the Guelph Community as the, “Voice of the Guelph Storm”.  Please tell us a little more about what your role is with the Guelph Hockey Team?

I’am the radio play by play voice of the Storm and broadcast every game they play, including 5 Memorial Cup tournaments. My first year broadcasting Guelph hockey was with the Platers in 1975.

WHAT does community mean to you? 

Many radio signals are clearly heard in our city from other towns. Some of them play exactly the same music. What they can’t do is focus on the many events that happen in Guelph and make themselves available to get involved on a personal level. Community means interacting with what’s going on in your city, on air and off air!

WHAT would your listeners say about you?

I’ve listened to you since I was a kid! Honestly I’ve heard that observation as much as anything. That’s what happens when you’ve been on the air “forever” in one place.

 WHAT changes have you seen within your 30 years in the industry?

I’ve gone from seeing 2 or 3 turntables in the studio to 2 or 3 computers. Interaction on social media has played a big part in how the job is handled, that didn’t exist to any great extent until the last 5 years or so.

WHERE do you find Inspiration?

Reaction from listeners when they let us know about the impact we have on them, with the entertainment, information and insight we provide.

Favorite quote / and or a favorite person?

Child-hood idol, who’s never been replaced over the years, hockey legend Gordie Howe. You can’t be a Canadian, or least not a Canadian hockey fan, without having a favorite player! I interviewed him twice and the legend was a humble, gracious man, easy to talk to and easy to respect and admire.

WHY did you choose this career, or did it choose you?

I wasn’t good enough to be a serious hockey players, but the opportunity existed to be a serious hockey play by play broadcaster.

Tell us something people usually don’t know about you?

The old line used to be “you don’t look like you sound”…I was never quite sure how to react to that!

WHAT did you want to be as a child?

If I couldn’t become a successful athlete I wanted to be involved in sports somehow, this job worked!

 

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT LARRY?

  • My wife, 2 of our 3 children and all 3 of our grandchildren were born in Guelph
  • Guelph has been my home for 38 years, far longer than any other place I’ve lived
  • Former Guelph mayor and long-time CJOY new and sports director Norm Jary was my hockey play by play mentor, a great teacher and friend
  • I’ve served as CJOY PD for 26 years now, longer than any one of the other 3 who served in that position over the years
  • My grandfather was from Pennsylvania. We had 54 ancestors fight in the American Civil War, all for the Union, no rebels!

 

 


Contact Information:
* (Where can people find your business/organization)

 

Emaill Address:    lmellott@cjoy.com      

Website: cjoy.com

Phone: 519-824-7000

 

Thanks Larry for sharing a little more about you.  Guelph is so lucky to have you & thank you for sharing “YOUR VOICE” with the community.  CJOY is celebrating 70 years in 70 days.  Larry will be at the Guelph Rib fest for the 1460 CJOY wrap up event, he is broadcasting LIVE.

 

Talk soon,

 

Nancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatting with, Lisa Browning – 2018 Guelph Y Women of Distinction Honoree

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WHO ARE YOU?

 

Name: Lisa Browning

Birthplace: Toronto

Where do you live? Guelph

Career: Assistant Manager, Graduate & Professional Programs, Ontario Universities’ Application Centre

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Owner & Publisher, One Thousand Trees

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU, TO BE A “2018 GUELPH Y WOMEN OF DISTINCTION?”

It means the world to me! Being selected as a Woman of Distinction has given me such a feeling of acknowledgement.

It’s funny … at first I felt very uncomfortable (those old “Who do you think you are?!” messages were loud and clear!). But I’ve challenged those messages, and now, to be in the company of so many incredible women, my co-honourees, is such a blessing! I am deeply grateful to those who nominated me, and to the selection committee for having chosen me for this honour.

 

“IT TAKES A VILLAGE”, is this year’s theme. Describe who / what your village is like?

I am blessed to have a community of like-minded people, who have been through their own struggles, and because of that, are passionate about empowering others, and spreading the message that there is always light after the darkness.

 

WHERE do you find Inspiration?

I find my inspiration in nature. I walk my dog twice a day, on a trail through the wetlands surrounding my subdivision. It is there that I find peace, and that ideas and inspiration just naturally come to me. The energy of the trees is amazing, and it gives me peace. When my mind is quiet, I am able to dream.

 

 

 

 Favorite quote / and or a favorite person?

This one is easy! My favourite quote of all time is by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”.

 

WHY did you choose this career, or did it choose you?

When I started One Thousand Trees, I had planned for it to be only a monthly on-line magazine, even though my background is in publishing. But one thing led to another (as it always does when we are doing something that we are passionate about), and the company has taken on a life of its own. I know that my purpose in this life is to empower others through telling their stories and speaking their truth, so I think I can say I chose the career, but it also chose me.

 

 Tell us something people usually don’t know about you?

Hmmm … that’s a tough question. I think I’m pretty transparent.

 

WHAT did you want to be as a child?

VERY interesting question! (Or, perhaps, my answer is very telling!) I went back and forth between two different things: a writer, and a psychologist. (Maybe not as a young child – for the psychologist for sure – but certainly by high school.)

The interesting part is that now my passion is empowering others by telling their stories! I guess I’ve melded both of those aspirations!

 

 

 Contact Information: * (Where can people find your business/organization)

 

Email Address: lisa@onethousandtrees.com

Website: http://www.onethousandtrees.com

Phone: 519-362-5494

 

Thank You Lisa for taking some time out of your busy schedule to chat with Wandering Wellington County! 

Lisa is one of the twenty women who you will meet May, 3rd at the River Run Centre, Guelph Y 2018 Women of Distinction Honorees at the Fundraising Gala. Please join us at this great fundraising gala for the Guelph YMCA/YWCA, here the link for more information.

https://www.guelphy.org/en/community-events-and-programs/women-of-distinction.aspx

 

Talk Soon ~

 

Nancy

 

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Miranda Kissick – YOGA Teacher

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Miranda Kissick is a Yoga Teacher. I met with Miranda 2 years ago when I began my  journey in learning the practice of Yoga. She is awesome! If you have never tried yoga before, go see her!  If you have been practicing yoga for years, go see her you will not be disappointed. My friend Tanja (who is devoted to the practice), summed it up perfectly “Miranda speaks and practices from the soul!”  I know if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend her class and experience her spirit and quiescence you will know you have found something truly wonderful in your life.   I call this a gift!

HOW DID YOU GET THIS JOB?

I am in essence a private contractor, so I am self-employed.  I work for a studio, teach yoga to people in their homes and work at a local fitness club.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

First and foremost I like helping people.  We live in a society where many people’s’ lives are over-scheduled.  As a result, people are more stressed than ever.  So if I can be of help to someone in learning how to breathe and relax, then I am happy.  Another benefit of this type of work is being able to set your own hours.  I can work as much or as little as needed and schedule my day around family commitments.

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE WORKFORCE? (Especially if they want to do what you do?)

For someone just starting out, the first decision is where to go for your yogic education.  There are many schools/programs available, so ask around find the best fit for you.

Also, had I known I was going to be teaching yoga for a career, I could have benefited from greater exposure to courses such as anatomy and kinesiology.  Being a physiotherapist or personal trainer would be helpful to someone wanting to teach yoga.  the more knowledge you have about he body the better.  Also, having a degree or career in one of these areas would allow someone pursing yoga to support themselves! 

Yoga training is a lifelong pursuit, and training is expensive.  It is possible to make money teaching, but many people struggle to earn a living solely through teaching yoga unless you have another means of support.  To actually own and run one’s studio is costly and one needs business savvy as well as the ability to hire additional teachers.

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

I’m where I am today via a very circuitous route!!  I attended Purdue University (many years ago) and have a degree in Humanities, with a minor in travel and tourism and recreation.  I worked in the travel industry for many years and then I working in the publishing industry in sales.  I always had an interest in fitness and dance and yoga…. but never expected to actually become a yoga teacher.  I did take several yoga classes throughout my young adulthood, so perhaps I was preparing all along.  The seeds were planted years ago…..but just took time to sprout!

WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?

The Bhagavad Gita, a mystery novel, and La Prisonnaire.  (A true story of the 20 year imprisonment of a Moroccan woman, by her own adopted father.)

FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Blue…..For as long as I can remember.

IS THERE SOMETHING IN YOUR CHILDHOOD WHICH MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER PATH TODAY?

When I was in grade school, I used to watch a PBS program called Lilias Yoga and You.  I was strangely attracted to this very slow-moving program with one person (Lilias) in a body suit doing yoga.  She had a very gentle and calm manner and wore her hair in a long braid down her back.  She seemed quite exotic to me!

This was in the 1970’s and I lived in a small farming community in the middle of Indiana.  I was truly mesmerized by Lilias, and have only realized recently that this was the very first seed of yoga planted for me.  One can see old videos of Lilias on You Tube and she is still teaching today!

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WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT (work related?)

One of the truly wonderful benefits of teaching yoga is the daily satisfaction of seeing someone’s life change (if only a little) by their practice.  If someone  feels better after class than they did when they walked into class, then I have accomplished my goal.

IF YOU COULD TALK TO A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE INTERESTED IN YOUR WORLD – what would you say to them and why?

Number 1 … any person (body) can do yoga and every “body” can benefit from yoga practice.

Yoga is the simplest action or practice that one can adopt to achieve the greatest, most powerful positive change in one’s life.  Mental happiness,m the ability to concentrate, relationships, personal peace and contentment compassion for self and others. 

The health benefits include better sleep, a balanced nervous system, flexibility, better digestion, lower blood pressure, a calm mind and happy heart, more energy, and increased sexual satisfaction…..just to name a few! 

Need I say more!  Try yoga today.

You can find Miranda at the Awareness Yoga Studio in Elora, www.awarenessyoga.ca  The studio is located downtown Elora, with a view of the Grand River.  Miranda has a great “Gentle Yoga”,  Friday Class.   I always enjoy coffee after the class with “my yoga girls!”  

 

 

 

 

3 Greek Sisters – Cookbook Authors

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I had the pleasure of meeting with the 3 Greek Sisters recently.  They are Cookbook Authors of 2 published cookbooks.    We are both members with the Guelph Mompreneur’s Group.  An association connecting Mom’s in the business community with chapters across Canada.

 

Owners of “Adelfes” – Publishing Company

  Cookbook Authors  –  Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos

“Three Sisters Around the Greek Table”

“Three Sisters Back to the Beginning”

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HOW DID YOU GET THIS JOB?

We created our own job!  The 3 of us had careers of our own before the cookbooks, one of us was still is an artist, and two are former teachers.  There came a time when our lives took us in different directions.  We were either at home raising children, or due to our husbands’ careers, found ourselves displaced in Ontario somewhere.  During this time, we pooled our energies, combined our talents and passions and started writing down all recipes that we grew up with.  We were lucky enough to grow up with wonderful home-cooked meals and our family dinner table was always the centre of our home.  We knew we not only had great recipes to share but a great story that many people would relate to and perhaps be inspired by.  We had all the parts required for writing a cookbook:  we love writing, we are passionate about food, and Eleni is a photographer.  So the adventure began.  We also decided to self-publish and started our own publishing company.

Four years later, we have 2 award-winning Greek cookbooks, best-selling status and we have appeared on radio, television and in print across the Country.

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

We love that there are always exciting new things happening that we never would have dreamed before writing the books.  Our first book was awarded Best Foreign Cookbook by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  This meant that we would be competing on an International level, and that competition took place on Valentine’s Day in Paris, France.  It couldn’t get more exciting than that!  We decided to take the plunge, we all went to Paris in the winter and we took along our parents – they deserved the award just as much as us.  We ended up placing 4th in the World.

This year, our newest book won Best Mediterranean Cookbook and the International awards take place in Beijing, China in May.  We are hoping that we can head to the far East and be there in person.

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WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE WORKFORCE?  (Especially if they want to do what you do?)

The best advice is to talk to someone who has already walked the path.  They can give you so much information on what the world of publishing is all about.  We reached out to several cookbook authors, Emily Richards, Elizabeth Baird, and Greta Podleski; each women was candid and honest and their feedback was priceless.

Also, you need to realize that the world is changing, and social media plays a big role in marketing.  Whether you like it or not, you will have to engage in twitter, Facebook and all the rest if you want to expand your brand and business.

 

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

It was a lot of hard work – writing the book was just the first part, and in many ways it is the easiest part.  Marketing is a job that never ends.  You always have to think of ways to let people know about your products and why it is something that every home should have.

One of the best pieces of advice we read was, “do 5 things a day for your product” – it could be a phone call to a book-store, a blog, or a Facebook post.  If you keep to that each and every day, you will reap benefits.

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW:

Betty:  Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden

Eleni:  The Orenda, Joseph Boyden

Samantha:  419, Will Ferguson

 

FAVOURITE COLOUR:

Betty:  Purple

Eleni:  Red

Samantha:  Blue

 

IS THERE SOMETHING IN YOUR CHILDHOOD WHICH MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER PATH TODAY?

When we were young we were very fortunate to spend our summers in Greece with our Grandparents and extended family.  We jokingly referred to it as “Greek Girl Guides.”  It was like travelling back in time.  We made egg noodles from scratch with our Grandparents.  We went crab hunting in the ancient Neda river, and had lamb on a spit in the shade of olive trees.  Those memories made a very strong impression, one of food, celebration and family as the key to happiness.

 

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT (Work Related?)

Selling over 16,000 books!  In Canada, that is a huge number, especially when 4 years ago, no one knew who we were.

 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR WORLD – WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM AND WHY?

When it comes to food and family, make the time.  Eat together.  Connect with your food and each other.

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON (MENTOR?)

We would all agree – our parents.  They came to Canada in 1970 not knowing the language and having to work so hard to make ends meet.  They were like all immigrants in the 70’s.  They worked days and nights to make a better life for their kids.  And they did just that.

They also gave us courage to become entrepreneurs, they have been truly supportive of us throughout the cookbook journey.  In fact, they still join us at events and roll up their sleeves to wash a pot or two if needed!

 

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

We have a warehouse full of books!  They can be purchased at Chapters, Amazon, and our website, www.3greeksisters.com

 

 

 

 

Lisa Dalrymple – Children’s Author

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HOW DID YOU GET THAT JOB?

Lisa Dalrymple and I sat down at a local coffee shop in Fergus, Ontario where she lives with her husband and 3 children.  She began her writing journey at the age of 8 in England.  She has a Masters Degree in English and is a published Author of 3 Children’s Books.

1.  IF IT’S NO TROUBLE … A BIG POLAR BEAR

 Written by Lisa Dalrymple / Illustrated by Lizz Pratt (Tuckamore Books, 2012)

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2.  BUBBLY TROUBLY POLAR BEAR

Written by Lisa Dalrymple / Illustrated by Lizz Pratt (Tuckamore Books, 2013)

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3.  SKINK ON THE BRINK

Written by Lisa Dalrymple / Illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo,

(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013)

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HOW DID YOU GET THIS JOB?

We moved from England to Canada when I was 8.  I don’t know when I began writing, but it was least that long ago. Lisa has a BA in English from the University Western,  and a MA in English from the University of Guelph.  She is a published author of 3 Children’s books.

1.  If It’s No Trouble… A Big Polar Bear

2.  Bubbly Troubly Polar Bear

3.  Skink on the Brink

Lisa alongside the illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo of the book Skink on the Brink, were the Winner of the Writers Union of Canada’s Writing for Children’s Award, 2011.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I have learned patience.  She said it might take months or years for someone to follow-up about her submissions. Through this she has honed her ability to focus on multiple projects at one time.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

I get to work in my pajama’s  Being a mother of 3 children she enjoys her flexibility she has with her young growing family.  Although she has flexibility she follows a daily routine and tries to write every day.

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE WORKFORCE? (Especially if they want to do what you do?)

Read a lot and talk to people about your writing and create a network of peers.  Feedback is critical and appreciated to Lisa with her writing.

Find “like-minded” people.  Figure out how and why they are doing well and surround yourself with this attitude! Mentor-ship is very important.  She finds women or other writers to be very supportive.  Yes, many writers of kids’ books are women, but I hate to sound like I’m stereotyping.

She really enjoys being part of the Canadian “kid lit” , as in kid’s literature.  It takes skill, perseverance and luck!

HOW DID YOU GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

Lisa works very hard at her craft.  She has faced over 200 rejections from publishers and submissions but that didn’t stop her from following her dream.  She knew in her heart and wanted to share her stories which she felt needed to be published for our children.

She held on to her dreams and motivation and surrounded herself with supportive people.  She didn’t give up! Having personally met with Lisa and attended one of her writing workshops I know she is truly passionate and inspirational to aspiring writers and and anyone who wants to follow their dream!

WHAT ARE YOUR READING NOW?  

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Lisa quickly told me it was purple!  She used her favourite purple pen when signing a copy of her book, “Bubbly Troubly Polar Bear” for my children.

IS THERE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE IN YOUR CHILDHOOD WHICH MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER PATH TODAY?

One significant memory from her childhood is sending her “Grand Pop”, who was a Champion Boxer” her writing to review.  They would share letters with her family back home in England.  They would offer her their feedback and reviews.  This helped her support her writing craft at an early age and they continued writing for many years.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT (Work Related)? 

LISA WON!  Her book  “Skink on the Brink”, was the WINNER of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Writing for Children’s Award.

It is a coveted award which there were over 800 entries.

IF YOU COULD TALK TO A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR WORLD – WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM AND WHY?

Perseverance, do not give up.  Lisa has had her share of rejections and used her patience, perseverance along with her supportive community of friends and family to overcome the 283 rejections.  Until that day, July 1, 2011.  Her first book would be published, “If it’s No Trouble …. A Big Polar Bear”.  Later that same day she found out she was the winner of the “2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children’s Award for her book “Skink on the Brink”.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON (Who is your mentor?)

Husband Marc and 3 children, Natalie Sage, Danielle Kate and Ethan Alexander.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU (or anything else you would like to add to this interview?)

Lisa will be busy writing new stories for her launch in 2014.  In October 2014 with illustrator David Sturge and another book launch in the Spring of 2015.

A Moose Goes a Mummering, illustrated by David Sturge, published by Tuckamore Books, Fall 2014.

WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR BOOKS?

Look for Lisa’s books at our local book-store (Roxanne’s Reflections & Books), in Fergus,  or Chapters.

Lisa has a Facebook Page.  Visit her Website.   She loves to visit children in local schools and organizations to share her stories, contact her for more information!