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Episode Info: Episode 4 | Leona Woodmass “I have always believed that if I’m involved in something, that I should offer my creativity to it.” Leona offers her creativity to life through growing organic food in her beloved gardens, spending time with people that love conversation, travelling with her daughter (the creator of Quill!), finding great restaurants, exercise and her deep passion for her family. Leona is convinced that developing creativity is crucial to development of all individuals.  She believes that it adds beauty and intelligence to our senses, and is key to the way we seek to solve problems. This belief led her to include the arts in the education of her children.  She now teaches a weekly art class for the next generation, represented by her 3 oldest grandchildren. She is a feminist, and an advocate for marginalized people.  This last year has been filled with controversy in the heart of the Bible Belt of Manitoba, where she lives.  As a member of a group called Steinbach Neighbours for Community (SNC), she is working to open minds to LGBTTQI* people in her community.  She was thrilled to participate in the inaugural Pride Parade in Steinbach.  Along with her fellow members of SNC, she is working on a theatre/music presentation to air in fall.  The goal of the presentation is to give voice to the LGBTTQI* members of the community. Leona feels honoured to be part of the Quill project through this interview. About the Podcast Every month, I interview someone about their creative work and process. The podcast is available on Stitcher and iTunes. Thank-you to Emily Campbell for teaching me some basic sound recording and interviewing skills, and to Athena Holmes for composing and recording the music you hear before and after each episode. Do you know someone who would be a perfect guest for the Quill podcast? Email me!
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