Something as simple as asking for help if lost can be difficult for a child with autism, as developing communication skills can be a challenge.  Using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) techniques, Special Appucations has developed two mobile apps – ABA Find It! and Street Smarts – to help kids with autism, their families and educators teach practical skills and improve quality of life in an accessible way.

Learn about some of the challenges involved with autism, the long waiting lists for in-person training, and how Sarah is working to get the help kids need as early as possible.

If you live in Hamilton and have not heard of Erin Dunham you may have been living under a rock with your fingers in your ears.  Erin has spearheaded the opening of multiple new restaurants in the city under the wing of The Other Bird, along with the crowdfunded project The Mule.  We chat about what it’s like to open a restaurant, the process they’re using to open new ones, and her dream of opening a boutique hotel the city deserves.

Restaurant

Except for Kenneth

Cafe

Mulberry
Pinecone

Shop

Mixed Media

Event

Art Gallery Gala

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Waterfront

Rochelle MartinFuneral Alternatives is a project let by Rochelle Martin, providing advice and education on the options available to care for their loved ones before and after death.  Learn more about the alternatives that are available and some of the ways we used to fulfill our obligations only a couple generations ago, and what natural options areas like the UK are using in order to benefit generations to come.

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B & T

Cafe

Mulberry

Shop

Mustard Seed

Event

Supercrawl
Paris to Ancaster Race

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Bayfront Trail

Madeline has been a part of the music industry in one way or another all her life, and has seen the effects of not having adequate healthcare services for members of the music community.  We chat about her career and her passion project Revival Hamilton, putting the health of our music community on centre stage.

Live on Locke
In the Round
Tom Wilson

 

Ashley started the campaign Ditching Prom for Nepal, where she gave up all the money she saved for her prom to the Nepal relief efforts.  Hear her story!
Restaurant
Bread Bar (Quinoa Burger)
Cafe
My Dog Joe
Shop
Dollar Store
Event
TEDx King St Women
TEDx Youth
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Bruce Trail

HCC logoTricia LeClair is the Executive Director of the Hamilton Children’s Choir, a local choir group for children aged 5-18 years of age and winner of numerous awards and competitions worldwide.  Hear about the history of the choir and why you should attend one of their upcoming events if you haven’t already!

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Aberdeen Tavern
Jack & Lois
Charred Chicken
Cafe
Mulberry
Cafe Oranje
Shop
Vintage – Old is New / New’s Old? James St
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Theatre Aquarius (June)
Supercrawl
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Pier 1 / North End

Kathleen (Maisonneuve Music) and Michael (moon:and:6) have both been in the music business for a long time, and have been a part of the growing Hamilton music scene for the last 8 years.  We talk about everything music related – from the parallels of the non-profit sector to the music industry, some of the challenges of launching and running a label, the creative ways to make a living doing what you’re passionate about and where the revenue comes from, along with what brought them into Hamilton from Toronto.

If you have any part of the music industry whether in Hamilton or elsewhere, or you’re interested in what it’s like to be a part of it, you need to listen to this chat!

[clickToTweet tweet=”‘Once you get this recorded, that’s when the work starts’ @moonand6″ quote=”Once you get this recorded, that’s when the work starts – Michael Chambers”]

Interview Links

Maisonneuve Music
moon:and:6
Dan Achen
Catherine North Studios

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Cafe

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All of James St North

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jason cassisJason Cassis is a serial entrepreneur in Hamilton, behind restaurant Aberdeen Tavern, the Dundurn Market, the Knollwood Golf Club and more.  We chat about his current and upcoming projects, what it’s like to invest in Hamilton, and some of his favourite parts of the city.

Restaurant

Lo Presti’s

Cafe

Mulberry

Shop

Westbrooke Of Ancaster Fine Tailored Clothing

Event

Festival of Friends
Supercrawl (aka Megacrawl)

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Escarpment

Daniel HaartmanDaniel Haartman is a local psychotherapist in Hamilton, offering cultural mentoring and psychotherapy services for individuals and groups.  We chat about the benefits of therapy wherever we are in our lives, some realizations in his own life over the years, and what drew Daniel closer to the city centre from the outskirts of the region.

Interview Links:

Cultural Mentoring

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WASS Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar

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Hamilton Farmers Market

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Industrial Tools and Equipment

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Open Streets Hamilton

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Chippawa Creek

Justin HallJustin Hall is co-founder of Start the Cycle, a non-profit ‘bike share’ program for school aged children between the ages of 5 and 15 similar to the for profit bike share models others use.  We chat about how the program works, why this and other programs encouraging physical activity are so important, winter biking and why it’s totally doable (and fun!), and some Justin’s favourite parts of the city.

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