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Episode #32: Leisha Strachan

March 1, 2021

1:00:25 minutes


Leisha Strachan knows a lot about excellence. A talented athlete, she competed at the World Championships in Baton for the first time at age 13. She finished her competitive career with consecutive bronze medals at worlds in the pairs event. She holds a Ph.D. and is a professor in the faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. When asked to share a piece of advice, she quotes this excerpt from “The Four Agreements”: “Be impeccable with your word. Do not take things personally. Do not to make assumptions. Always do your best.” It is advice that she gives and that guides her life as well.

In our discussion we talk about being a first-generation Canadian (Leisha’s parents immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada from Grenada), what it is like to be the only black person (or one of a few) in the sport of baton, including how hard it is to find tights and shoes for dance in colors that match your skin tone (you don’t really find them, you have to purchase the readily available lighter colored ones and then dye them so they work for you). We talk about excellence, the power of faith, the importance of community and gratitude for the people who both came before you and who surround you on your journey.

Please join as we uncover another Hero in our Midst in our discussion with Leisha Strachan.

“The idea of allyship, I think is really, really important. You know, that’s not just us trying to push our agenda, but that we have friends who are there and supportive and will have our back and listen to the things that we want to talk about and change in our communities.”