The Oral History Centre, CKUW 95.9 FM and the Finding Your Voice literary project have partnered to create the Find Your Voice Radio series which aired Thursdays at 11:30 am on CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg.
The Finding Your Voice literary project published "The Past is Another Country," an anthology of stories by New Canadians. The collection represents the experiences of writers from China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Korea, Macedonia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan.
The aim of the Find Your Voice Project was to bring to the airwaves a series of radio programs that featured stories, experiences, issues and challenges of New Canadians.
Four stories of the radio series are featured on the OHC site.
To read stories of the "Past is Another Country" check for an available copy at the Winnipeg Public Library.
Find Your Voice Project Participants
Weyni Abraha (Ethiopia)
Roselyn Advincula (Philippines)
German Cruz Reyes (Mexico)
Brianna Jeon (South Korea)
Lucy Kaikai (Sierra Leon)
Julia Kim (South Korea)
Florence Okwundili (Nigeria)
Nathaniel Ondaika (Kenya)
Daniela Petrovski (Macedonia)
Coordinators and Interviewers
Scott Price is a history student at the University of Winnipeg, studying Oral History. Scott has volunteered with CKUW for the past three years in the CKUW news collective. Currently Scott is a researcher at the Oral History center at the University of Winnipeg.
Kent Davies is a former freelance journalist and longtime radio host with CKUW 95.9 FM. Kent has worked as a coordinator and instructor for the U of W ESL department, CKUW 95.9 FM and with various Winnipeg community groups. Currently he’s the Oral History Centre’s Audio Technician providing faculty, staff, students and community members with technical assistance for their research projects.
Nina Singh grew up in a tiny village called Vigilance, situated on Guyana’s East Coast. She moved to Canada with her mother in 2009. After four years, she is still in transition, learning everyday to adjust to a new world with optimism and mindful criticism. She now works as co-facilitator for the Finding Your Voice Life Writing Program which is geared towards helping newcomers find their writing voice, while at the same time interacting and forming meaningful relationships with other newcomers. Nina believes that everyone, no matter what race, ethnicity or gender, should have the freedom to live a life without persecution and violence.
Janine LeGal is a freelance writer, community activist and the Communications Coordinator for the General Child and Family Services Authority. She’s written stories for numerous magazines, websites, organizations, and newspapers including Canadian Immigrant and the Winnipeg Free Press. She’s worked as program coordinator for the Canadian Authors Association, the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and is one of the three founders of the Writers’ Collective. She’s also the founder and facilitator of Finding Your Voice, an ongoing creative writing program for new Canadians, a labour of love which brings people from all over the world into a classroom on Saturday mornings and empowers them to share their compelling stories of strength, resilience, and inspiring courage.