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 https://pckc.ca/ – 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.


7 Questions Peterborough – featuring Paul Hickey

Meet Paul Hickey. He’s the founder and president of BrandHealth, an award-winning ad agency located right here in downtown Peterborough.

Listen in as Carol Lawless and Andrew Wilton ask Paul 7 questions about himself, and why he came back to the city of Peterborough, the place he loves to call home.

Episode 1: Interview with Paul Hickey