Team Ten Eight

Christian Lane

Inspired by the radio code for "in service", Team Ten Eight provides a platform for the incredible people who choose to step up and serve and provides a different perspective of the law enforcement, emergency services and military communities that counters the narratives that often dominate the headlines. Go behind the scenes and beyond the badge. Delve deeper into the issues that impact these professions. Honour those who serve and sacrifice by simply listening.
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Marissa Rose: Finding Caesar
Jun 10 2024
Marissa Rose: Finding Caesar
SummaryMarissa Rose, a paramedic with a background in advanced care paramedicine, shares her journey of navigating the challenges and traumas of her profession. She discusses how her childhood experiences and the need for help shaped her desire to become a paramedic. Marissa highlights the demanding nature of the job, the accumulation of trauma over time, and the impact it has on mental health. She talks about the feelings of betrayal, anger, and depression that she experienced, as well as the physical and emotional toll of working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the difficulties, Marissa continues to do the job because of her passion for helping others. Marissa Rose shares her journey of struggling with mental health and finding healing through equine therapy. She opens up about her darkest moments and the decision she made to end her life. However, her encounter with horses, particularly a horse named Caesar, brought her a sense of relief and connection that she had never experienced before. Equine therapy became a transformative experience for her, leading her to advocate for its benefits and pursue research in the field. Marissa emphasizes the importance of understanding the physiological changes that occur in the brain during therapy and the need for more comprehensive studies in this area. Marissa Rose shares her journey of resilience and healing after experiencing trauma as a paramedic. She emphasizes the importance of self-care and finding balance in life, as well as the need for better support and mental health resources for frontline workers. Marissa discusses the impact of trauma on the brain and the potential for healing through holistic methods such as equine therapy, yoga, and art therapy. She also highlights the significance of debriefing and the reconsolidation of memories in managing PTSD. Marissa's mission is to empower and support her peers in the first responder community.Chapters00:00Introduction and Background07:55Challenges and Trauma in the Job26:34The Physical and Emotional Toll of the Job38:02The Transformative Power of Equine Therapy44:41The Need for Research on Equine Therapy55:32Overcoming Challenges and Finding Hope01:02:30The Significance of Saving Lives01:10:24Understanding the Impact of Trauma01:18:48Training to Do vs. BeingMarissa's The Inner Response website is available here: https://innerresponse.com.au/Shawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Dr. Scott MacDonald: Prescription vs. Prohibition
May 30 2024
Dr. Scott MacDonald: Prescription vs. Prohibition
SummaryDr. Scott MacDonald, a physician at the Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, discusses the drug crisis in British Columbia and the need for safe supply harm reduction strategies. He emphasizes the limitations of current treatments and the importance of diversifying options for people with opioid use disorder. Dr. MacDonald advocates for the use of prescription heroin and explores the potential of prescription fentanyl. He highlights the need to move beyond the abstinence-only approach and prioritize patient-centered care. Dr. MacDonald also addresses the role of law enforcement and the importance of resources for individuals seeking help with substance use disorder.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background01:42 Criticism of Drug Decriminalization03:07 Insufficient Treatment Options05:00 Lack of Access to Treatment06:06 Attracting More Patients to Treatment07:26 Prescription Heroin as an Option08:12 Challenges of Prescribing Heroin09:36 Exploring Prescription Fentanyl11:07 Success Stories and Case Studies20:11 Factors Driving Fentanyl Use23:39 Moving Beyond Abstinence-Only Approach25:24 Following the Evidence27:39 The Need for Diversified Treatment Options29:24 The Role of Law Enforcement33:07 Addressing Drug Diversion35:53 Reevaluating Prohibition41:17 Personal Experience with the Crisis43:22 Resources for Substance Use Disorder44:00 Connecting with Dr. Scott MacDonald45:11 ConclusionShawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Christopher Litrell: The Breaking Point
May 4 2024
Christopher Litrell: The Breaking Point
SummaryIn this episode, Christopher Littrell, a former police officer and mental health advocate, shares his journey of resilience and healing. He discusses the impact of traumatic experiences, the importance of support systems, and the challenges of balancing personal and professional life. Litrell also opens up about his struggles with alcohol abuse and the role it played in his mental health. He emphasizes the significance of mutual support in marriage and the need for first responders to seek help and overcome the stigma surrounding mental health. Overall, Littrell's story highlights the importance of mental health support for first responders and the power of resilience in overcoming adversity. In this conversation, Chris Littrell shares his personal journey of dealing with post-traumatic stress and the importance of seeking help. He emphasizes the need for a culturally competent counselor and employer support. Chris also discusses the impact of an intensive treatment program and the value of self-care practices, including talking to trusted individuals and being self-aware. He concludes by providing his top three must-do's for someone struggling and shares how to connect with him.TakeawaysTraumatic experiences can have a lasting impact on first responders, leading to mental health struggles such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Having a strong support system, both within and outside of the law enforcement community, is crucial for coping with the challenges of the job.Balancing personal and professional life is essential for maintaining mental well-being. Setting boundaries, seeking help, and prioritizing self-care are important strategies.Alcohol abuse can be a coping mechanism for first responders, but it can also exacerbate mental health issues. Seeking treatment and finding healthier ways to cope are essential for recovery. Seeking help is crucial for dealing with post-traumatic stress.Culturally competent counselors are essential for effective treatment.Employer support is vital in creating a supportive environment for employees.Intensive treatment programs can have a significant impact on recovery.Self-care practices, such as talking to trusted individuals and being self-aware, are essential for overall well-being.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background01:26 Transition to Law Enforcement06:21 Impact of Traumatic Experiences09:21 Importance of Mutual Support in Marriage12:21 Balancing Personal and Professional Life13:05 Seeking Help and Overcoming Stigma14:45 Cumulative Trauma and PTSD20:16 Supporting Spouses and Sharing Responsibilities23:24 Recognizing the Signs of Mental Health Struggles25:13 Reaching Out for Help26:09 Importance of Mental Health Support for First Responders26:19 The Importance of Seeking Help32:01 Employer Support38:07 Chief Guerrero's Response40:47 Intensive Treatment Program45:31 The Value of Intensive Treatment47:40 Self-Care Practices53:52 Top Three Must-Do's for Someone Struggling57:41 Connecting with Chris LittrellClick here to visit Gravity Training and Consulting and to listen to the Gravity podcast. Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Calvin Chrustie: Converging On Canada
Apr 7 2024
Calvin Chrustie: Converging On Canada
Calvin Chrustie, a former senior operations officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, discusses the importance of navigating the threats, risks, and challenges of the contemporary world. He highlights the convergence of threats and the weaponization of activities by foreign threat actors, which he refers to as hybrid warfare. The conversation covers various topics related to the challenges and issues faced by Canada, particularly in relation to fentanyl and toxic drug deaths. It highlights the ineffectiveness of current approaches, the weaponization of fentanyl, societal indifference towards drug deaths, lack of interconnectivity and collaboration, concerns for the future of Canada, the role of politicians in addressing the issues, concerns of business leaders, advice for aspiring politicians, and the need for self-reflection and courage. The conversation emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing these issues for the well-being and security of Canada.Chapters00:00    Introduction 01:15    Background and Interest in National Security11:36    Convergence of Threats and Hybrid Warfare22:43    Factors Contributing to Canada's Blind Eye28:04    Comparison of CSIS Mandate with Other Intelligence Agencies29:24    Lack of Legislative Changes to Address Contemporary Threats29:52    The Ineffectiveness of Current Approaches31:16    The Weaponization of Fentanyl32:21    Toxic Drug Deaths and Societal Indifference36:26    Lack of Interconnectivity and Collaboration37:26    Concerns for the Future of Canada40:21    The Role of Politicians in Addressing the Issues45:08    Concerns of Business Leaders50:04    Advice for Aspiring Politicians55:24    The Need for Self-Reflection and Courage56:10    Conclusion and Contact InformationShawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Jas Dhillon: From the O-line to the Frontline
Mar 16 2024
Jas Dhillon: From the O-line to the Frontline
Jas Dhillon, a former professional football player and current police officer, shares his journey from the football field to law enforcement. He discusses the excitement of draft day and the challenges he faced transitioning from a defensive player to an offensive lineman. Jas highlights the importance of teamwork, resilience, and determination in both football and policing. He emphasizes the need for effective communication and building trust with the public, especially in diverse communities. Jas also reflects on his personal experiences with the police and the cultural differences that can impact interactions with law enforcement. In this conversation, Jas Dhillon, a police officer, discusses his experiences with law enforcement and the community. He shares how his South Asian background and proud military history influenced his decision to become a police officer. Jas emphasizes the importance of positive interactions, trust, and respect in building relationships with the community. He also highlights the significance of effective communication, humility, and listening in achieving the platinum standard as a police officer. Jas shares stories of his worst and best calls, showcasing the emotional impact of the job. Overall, he emphasizes the importance of teamwork, culture, and mentorship in law enforcement.Chapters00:00     Introduction and Football Career06:14     Transition from Football to Policing12:54     Lessons from Football Applied to Policing20:15     Building Trust with the Public26:36     Personal Experience with Police and Cultural Differences30:26     Interactions with Law Enforcement31:17     Proud Military History32:08     Positive Interactions with the Community33:08     Policing in the Neighborhood34:37     Building Trust and Respect35:17     Achieving the Platinum Standard36:13     Continued Learning and Growth37:35     Effective Communication and Respect38:21     Humility and Listening39:05     Being Heard and Treated with Decency40:24     Dealing with Newcomers and Long-Time Residents41:31     Recognized as a Police Officer42:04     Connecting with the Community43:15     Teamwork and Leadership44:17     Importance of Communication and Culture48:10     Field Training and Mentorship49:08     Worst and Best Calls55:26     Family History and Sikh Culture57:04     Connecting with Jas Dhillon58:41     Appreciation for ServiceTo follow or connect with Jas check out the links below:Instagram: @jdhillon54Email: jas.dhillon@surreypolice.caShawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Necole Belanger - Pride Amid Prejudice
Feb 25 2024
Necole Belanger - Pride Amid Prejudice
In this conversation, Necole Belanger shares her experiences as an openly gay woman in the Canadian Armed Forces. Necole talks about the importance of language skills in the military and the respect given to French-speaking troops. She reflects on the French-English question in the military and the challenges faced by Francophone members. Necole also discusses the impact of the Purge, a period of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in the military. She shares her personal journey of self-acceptance and the trauma she experienced. Necole highlights the need for change and allyship in the military to address gender disparities and discrimination. In this conversation, Necole Belanger shares her experiences in the military and the challenges she faced as a woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. She highlights the importance of mentors and supportive figures throughout her career. Necole also discusses the difficulties she encountered in speaking out about her experiences and finding support. She shares her motivation for writing her book 'Pride Amid Prejudice' and the cathartic process it provided. Necole emphasizes the need for change and inclusivity in the Canadian Armed Forces and offers advice to her younger self.Takeaways The Purge was a period of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in the military, and its effects continue to impact those who experienced it.Self-acceptance and seeking help are crucial for individuals who have faced trauma and discrimination.Gender disparities and discrimination still exist in the military, and there is a need for change and allyship to create a more inclusive and equitable environment. Mentors and supportive figures play a crucial role in one's career development and success.Speaking out about personal experiences can be challenging but can also lead to finding support and making a positive impact.Senior appointments can present unique challenges, including biases and lack of support.Standing up for oneself and refusing to accept unfair treatment is important for personal growth and change.Writing can be a cathartic process and a way to share one's story and inspire others.It is important to create a culture of inclusivity and support in the military and other organizations.Reflecting on one's experiences and offering advice to one's younger self can provide valuable insights and lessons learned.Chapters 00:00 Introduction 03:20 Joining the Military and Language Skills07:03 The French-English Question in the Military09:05 The Dual Language System in the Military12:36 Early Desire to Join the Military16:12 Coming Out and Family Rejection23:20 The Purge and Discrimination25:54 Trauma and Seeking Help34:03 Challenges Faced as a Woman in the Military39:37 Gender Disparity in the Military45:12 Reconciliation and Allies46:18 Mentors and Supportive Figures48:11 Speaking Out and FinShawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Brendan Hynes: Breech, Breech, Breech
Feb 3 2024
Brendan Hynes: Breech, Breech, Breech
SummaryBrendan Hynes, a military veteran and advocate for mental health and brain injury research, shares his journey of resilience and service. He discusses the challenges he faced during his military career, including failures and injuries. Brendan emphasizes the importance of seeking help and the support of loved ones in overcoming mental health issues. He also highlights the need for better understanding and support for brain injuries in the military and first responder communities. Brendan's advocacy work aims to raise awareness and drive change in these areas. This conversation explores the work of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and Project Enlist in addressing sports concussions and brain donation. It also delves into the importance of embracing technology and brain research, as well as the overlap between sports and military/first responder brain injuries. The conversation highlights the institutional challenges and lack of action in addressing these issues and emphasizes the need for more resources and support. It concludes with advice for those going through similar experiences and the importance of buddy checking and opening up discussions.TakeawaysSeeking help and support is crucial in overcoming mental health challenges.Brain injuries, including concussive and sub concussive injuries, are often overlooked and require more research and support.Advocacy and raising awareness are essential for driving change in the military and first responder communities.Resilience and the support of loved ones can help individuals overcome challenges and continue to make a positive impact.Chapters00:00 Introduction 11:37 Defining Moment in Military Service20:15 Overcoming Challenges and Seeking Help25:46 Job as an Explosives Technician29:02 Concussive and Sub concussive Traumatic Brain Injuries34:33 Rock Bottom Moment and Seeking Help41:43 Advocacy and Taking Action49:02 Concussion Legacy Foundation and Project Enlist49:59 Embracing Technology and Brain Research50:57 Overlap with Sports and Military/First Responder Brain Injuries51:53 Institutional Challenges and Lack of Action53:16 The Need for More Resources and Support54:06 How to Get Involved and Make a Difference57:42 The Importance of Buddy Checking and Opening Up Discussions59:01 Advice for Those Going Through Similar ExperiencesBrought to you by:Shawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Special Episode: Supporting Shawn Coady's Battle Against Cancer
Jan 20 2024
Special Episode: Supporting Shawn Coady's Battle Against Cancer
In this episode, we revisit an interview with a remarkable individual, Shawn Coady, a retired Vancouver Police Department Sergeant, Canadian Armed Forces veteran, and the founder and president of the Police and Peace Officer Memorial Ribbon Society. Shawn's life has been one of service, dedicated to his community, law enforcement colleagues, and his country.After an illustrious career, Shawn and his wife settled into a well-deserved retirement in the tranquil community of Armstrong, British Columbia. Unfortunately, life had a different plan, as cancer has entered the scene, challenging Shawn and his family in their fight for his health.A Hero's Journey: From Service to SurvivalShawn's story is one of resilience, strength, and dedication. As a Canadian Armed Forces veteran and decorated member of the Vancouver Police Department, Shawn shares his experiences as a domestic violence investigations specialist, shedding light on the challenges he faced and the impact on his life. He bravely discusses his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, offering listeners a raw and honest perspective on the struggles that often accompany a life of service.Creating Symbolism: The Birth of a Memorial RibbonDuring the interview, Shawn talks about what inspired him to establish the Police and Peace Officer Memorial Ribbon Society. He reveals the driving force behind creating the official national symbol of mourning for law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. His dedication to honoring those who serve, even in the face of adversity, is truly inspirational.Joining Forces: A Call to ActionAs a testament to the strength of our podcast community, we are re-releasing Shawn's interview to rally support for him during this challenging time. Shawn was one of the first to join our show when we launched, and now, it's our turn to stand with him.How You Can HelpIn the spirit of teamwork, we invite you to support Shawn and his family by contributing to the Help Shawn Coady Beat Cancer Go Fund Me Page mentioned in the show notes. Every donation, big or small, brings us one step closer to helping Shawn face cancer head-on and allowing him to enjoy the peace and good health he deserves in retirement.Closing Thoughts: Giving Cancer the Salute It DeservesAs we listen to Shawn's powerful story, let's unite as a team and give cancer the salute it deserves. Together, we can make a difference in Shawn's journey towards recovery. Join us in this special episode dedicated to the resilience of a true hero, and let's show Shawn that he is not alone in this fight.đź”— Help Shawn Coady Beat Cancer Go Fund Me PageTogether, as a team, let's support Shawn and his family on their journey to overcoming cancer.Shawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
John Vintar: The Fragility of Peace
Jan 8 2024
John Vintar: The Fragility of Peace
SummaryIn this episode, Christian sits down with John Vintar, an author and Army officer who has served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 30 years. The conversation revolves around Vintar's book, 'A Swamp the Size of Belgium,' which details his experiences in South Sudan. They discuss the history of Sudan and South Sudan, the challenges of peacekeeping missions, the impact on returning soldiers, and the perception of peacekeeping in Canada. Vintar shares his most fearful moment in South Sudan and the importance of history for military leaders. The episode concludes with book recommendations and contact information for Vintar.TakeawaysThe book 'A Swamp the Size of Belgium' provides a unique perspective on the experiences of a peacekeeper in South Sudan.Peacekeeping missions are often invisible to the majority of Canadians, leading to a lack of understanding and appreciation for the work of peacekeepers.Returning from a peacekeeping mission can be challenging, and veterans may struggle to convey the full extent of their experiences.History plays a crucial role in shaping military leaders and providing valuable lessons for the present and future.Chapters00:00Introduction and Background01:29The Book: A Swamp the Size of Belgium04:52The History of Sudan and South Sudan08:27The Invisibility of Peacekeeping Missions10:00The Challenges of Returning Home11:27The Most Fearful Moment in South Sudan14:48Establishing Safety and Gaining Trust15:49The Genesis and Objective of the UN Peacekeeping Mission18:18Tribal Cleansing and Violence in South Sudan20:17Lessons Learned from Peacekeeping Missions24:13Public Perception of Peacekeeping29:36Canada's Number One Threat31:13The Fragility of the World Order37:20The Importance of History for Military Leaders39:54The Role of Research in Mission Success42:27Top Three Must-Read Book Recommendations45:53Book Promotion and Contact Information46:31Closing Remarks and Thank YouShawn Pinto - Mortgage BrokerMortgage consulting services for those who serve. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!
Dr. Alika Lafontaine - Canada's Care Crisis
Jul 29 2023
Dr. Alika Lafontaine - Canada's Care Crisis
Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, the first Indigenous doctor listed in Medical Post’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors and the first Indigenous president of the Canadian Medical Association. He has served in medical leadership positions at the Alberta Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and as the vice-president and president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.From 2013 to 2017 he co-led the Indigenous Health Alliance project, one of Canada’s most ambitious health transformation initiatives, successfully advocating for $68 million of federal funding for Indigenous health transformation in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and was recognized for his work by the Public Policy Forum. In 2020, Dr. Lafontaine launched the Safespace Networks project with friendship centres across British Columbia, providing a safe and anonymous way for patients and providers to share their own experiences and contribute to system change without the risk of retaliation for sharing their truths.On this episode, Dr. Lafontaine discusses his personal experiences with racism as an indigenous man navigating medical school, the significant challenges faced by health care providers in what he calls a system in collapse, and offers advice for patients on how they can better advocate for themselves and navigate the complex labyrinth that makes up Canada’s system of care. Thank you for listening! For more Team Ten Eight content, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!