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Unsilencing Stories

Unsilencing Stories

Previously, this podcast featured interviews with bereaved people in smaller communities in B.C. and Alberta who have lost loved ones to fatal opioid overdose. The project was facilitated by Aaron Goodman, Ph.D., faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C., and student researchers, Jenna Keeble and Ashley Pocrnich. 


In this phase, we’re sharing interviews with seven harm reduction workers, also known as peers, in different parts of B.C. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control Harm Reduction Services defines harm reduction as “support services and strategies” that aim to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour.” 


Peers face a lot of challenges. This has been documented by many researchers, including Zahra Mamdani and colleagues in B.C. In their 2021 paper, they outline significant challenges peers face, including financial struggles, difficulty finding housing, and stressors at work. 


We wanted to explore these themes with peers and find out more about their experiences and share this information with the public. So we conducted multiple remote interviews with harm reduction workers and invited them to talk about the stressors they face


The podcast is part of a research study led by Aaron Goodman and conducted under the auspices of the Chancellor’s Chair Award. Several researchers, including Caitlin Burritt, Chloe Burritt, and Giorgia Ricciardi, and a number of student research assistants played key roles in the study, and you’ll hear many of their voices in this podcast.



Episodes
Lenae Silva: Episode 7: Exposure to Death, Trauma & StressJune 24, 2024
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Lenae Silva: Episode 6: HousingJune 17, 2024
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Lenae Silva: Episode 5: Stigma & BurnoutJune 10, 2024
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Lenae Silva: Episode 4: Financial Compensation, Work & StressJune 03, 2024
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Lenae Silva: Episode 3: BurnoutMay 27, 2024
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Lenae Silva: Episode 2: Tokenization & BurnoutMay 20, 2024
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Lenae Silva: Episode 1: IntroductionMay 13, 2024
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Episode 30: Shane Matthis Remembers his Friend ScottyMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 29: Cameron Gauthier in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers his UncleMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 28: Peter Eugene in Cranbrook, B.C. Discusses his own Non-Fatal Opioid OverdoseMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 27: Joseph Unterschute in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers his Cousin TravisMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 26: Myles Toddington in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers his Friend SteveMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 25: Bowe McDonald in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers his Friend JohnMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 24: Sydnee Traska in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers her UncleMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 23: Clinton Gravelle in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers his CousinMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 22: Jaime Berg in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers her Ex-Partner TimothyMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 21: Colin Goddard in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers a FriendMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 20: Marianne Ryan in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers her Friend JarredMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 19: Santana Jones Remembers her Ex-Partner CraigMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 18: Roland Soobotin Remembers his Friend FrankMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 17: Stacey Andrew in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers her Ex-BoyfriendMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 16: Amy Goodon in Cranbrook, B.C. Remembers her friend BrendanMarch 25, 2023
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Episode 15: Juls Budau in Prince George, B.C. Remembers Her Friend Blair LaurenMarch 18, 2023
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Episode 14: Monique Gognou Remembers Her BrotherMarch 18, 2023
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Episode 13: Shauna Russell in Prince George, B.C. Remembers Her FriendMarch 18, 2023
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