Season 2 kicks off with a 40-year celebration of the New Canadians Centre

Join us as we kick off Season 2 of 7 Questions Peterborough with a special segment recorded live at a 40-year anniversary gathering for the New Canadians Centre, an organization  committed to welcoming, inspiring and encouraging newcomers to this community. Andrew spent the afternoon interviewing a wide range of folks – from long-time loyal friends and partners to newcomers who have recently arrived in Peterborough.  We hope you enjoy this season opener as much as we loved meeting and speaking with the people who helped make this event so special.

Photos of the many friends who took part in the 40th anniversary gathering for the New Canadians Centre

Mary Ladky, former New Canadians Centre Board Chair instrumental in the organization’s move from Sherbrooke Street to St. James United Church

Reverend Julie van Haaften, Minister at St. James United Church

Shahed Khaito, newcomer youth from Syria

Tamara Hoogerdyke, former Director of Client Services, New Canadians Centre

Goodith Heeney, community leader and friend to the New Canadians Centre

Alan Slavin, host of 40th Anniversary gathering and long time New Canadians Centre supporter

Patricia Johnston –  her mother Gwen was instrumental in starting the New Canadians Centre 40 years ago

7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Rosemary Ganley

Meet Rosemary Ganley

Activist,  teacher and writer Rosemary Ganley joins Carol and Andrew for an unforgettable interview reflecting on  a lifetime of work dedicated to making the world a better place.  Sharing her experiences of moving her family to live and work in Jamaica, Rosemary is a champion for human rights, the environment, and the power of seizing the moment -when she learned she was heading to the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver in May, Rosemary decided to add a visual statement to her travelling wardrobe and had a handmaid’s uniform made.

Tune in to find out more about this Peterborough luminary.

Thanks for joining us.


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Rosemary’s favorite place to eat? Naturally it’s Caribbean Sizzle in downtown Peterborough (427 George St N).

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7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Kim Dolan

Meet Kim Dolan of PARN, Executive Director of Your Community AIDS Resource Network

Kim Dolan believes everyone matters. She’s been working hard for people who don’t have a voice most of her life. In a recent news story,  Kim shares how working at the YWCA Crossroads Shelter in 1989 was a turning point in her life.  “As my thoughts about women’s access to resources changed, I experienced an inner transformation of my values and beliefs.”

As the Executive Director of PARN she is committed to building a Peterborough where everyone is welcome.

Kim is looking forward to connecting with her community on May 1 when PARN hosts its annual ‘A Taste for Life’ fundraiser in Peterborough and the surrounding areas.

Join Andrew and Carol as they sit down and learn more about Kim and her vision for a better world – for everyone.




7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Rick Fines

Rick shares two excerpts from his newest songs

Meet Rick Fines – musician, storyteller, father

Rick Fines grew up in Peterborough during an era when the city’s manufacturing industries were thriving, your parent’s profession was described as either blue or white collar, and musicians got their start at the Red Dog Tavern and the Dick Turpin Lounge.

For more than 38 years Rick Fines has been living a life of music – as an award-winning songwriter, performer and teacher.

Whether he’s performing on his own, or with the legendary Jackson Delta, this award-winning troubadour loves to cook Indian food, spend time with his family, welcome newcomers to our community, and so much more.



Please join Andrew and Carol as they sit down with this Canadian icon of roots music for the most recent episode of 7 Questions Peterborough.  In this episode you will hear Rick play excerpts from two new songs as well.



7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Avery Esteves

Meet Avery Esteves,  Actor

Naturally gregarious and charismatic, Avery credits his reputation as class clown for his foray into acting. “My parents wanted to channel my energy,” says the 12-year-old whose journey into the world of acting began at the age of eight.  Avery’s early experiences as an actor have garnered him national and international commercial spots (Carnival Cruise Lines, Air Canada – Winter Olympics, Swiss Chalet, Dr. Dreadful, Rusty Rivets). His recent projects have positioned him as a supporting character in the feature horror film “A Wakefield Project” due out later this year, and as a co-host on the U.S. series “The Big Fun Crafty Show” (Universal Kids). Avery’s work in Second City’s improv program showcases his love for comedy and character development which parlayed into voice acting in animated series’. Avery is renowned for his voice talents and ability to embody a wide range of characters. Most recently, he earned a lead role on a hit animated series broadcast worldwide. He was thrilled to take home a “Joey” Award in Vancouver this past November. “The Last Wife” marked Avery’s first experience as a stage actor.  Join Carol and Andrew as they speak to Avery about everything from his favorite place to eat, to gaming, to why he treasures a special coin that’s brought him good luck.

Avery likes “One Fine Food”

Join Chef Blair for great wood oven pizza and more…

800 Erskine Ave



7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Tessa DeSouza

Meet Tessa DeSouza

Tessa is a Special Education Resource Teacher in Peterborough who happens to be a gold medal Masters division kayaking champion.  Balancing these two passions can be challenging, especially when kayaking with alligators.  When speaking with Tessa, who radiates warmth and positive energy,  it’s clear her attitude allows her to face obstacles head on. Join Andrew and Carol as they learn more about Tessa – an advocate and role model for her love of sport, an advocate for children and lover of life and the outdoors.

1,  Would you like to eat here?  Tessa’s created a vision board in her mind and this is the picture of where she wants to travel to Crans-Montana, Switzerland!

2.  Come and check out the Peterborough Canoe and Kayak club mentioned by Tessa – kayakers of all ages and experience levels are welcome!

3.  Carol spoke about the power of reconnecting  with one’s self through nature – as Mary Oliver did –  in the podcast today.  Here is a poem of Mary Oliver’s we hope you enjoy!

The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice–

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried.

But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.

It was already late

enough, and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.

But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do–

determined to save

the only life you could save.











7 Questions Peterborough- featuring Christopher Wilton

Meet Christopher Wilton – he came to Trent University because it offered a program like no other in the country – Cultural Studies. Like so many of us, he  left and then came back to Peterborough to raise a family. Find out more about Christopher who shares his passion for art, literature, his work as a sommelier and a teacher, in this episode of 7 Questions Peterborough.

Oh and in honour of St. Valentine, he’s picked three of his can’t-miss wines to help celebrate the feast  of love.


Voice of Fire                                                    The Matrix


Wines Mentioned by Christopher that are available right now at the L.C.B.O

Antica Hirpinia Taurasi 2010  $30.75 (Peterborough)

Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol  $725.00 (Bayview and Sheppard store)

Duckhorn Merlot  2015 $67.95 (Elgin St West and Rogers Rd)



7 Questions Peterborough- featuring Jeremy Kelly

Meet Jeremy Kelly

Jeremy Blair Kelly is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and furniture builder who is passionate about his work, his family and in his spare time, racing cars. Andrew and Carol sat down with Jeremy and discovered who he looks up to, where he loves to eat and why Dumb and Dumber is one of his all-time favourite films.



7 Questions Peterborough- featuring Kate Story

Artist, director, writer, dancer and performer – Kate Story’s body of work is as big and bold as her infectious laugh. Andrew Wilton and Carol Lawless sat down with Kate just before the holidays to discover more about one of Peterborough’s most revered artists. Be sure to catch Kate at the Theater on King –  she stars in The Mute Canary with Dan Smith opening the weekend of January 19,2019


7 Questions Peterborough- featuring Megan Murphy

Join Carol Lawless and Andrew Wilton for a 7 question journey with Megan Murphy, current chair of the United Way campaign here in Peterborough Ontario.  Megan Murphy has had an interesting and varied career in the performing arts for over two decades. Since graduating from York University’s Fine Arts program, she has worked as an actor in both the Peterborough and Toronto, Ontario,  film, television and theatre scenes. For more than a decade, she was a morning show co-host on two Peterborough radio stations.  During our interview you will learn about what makes Megan stay and give back to the community she loves.