Podcast: Learning Transforms

Learning Transforms with Emma Edmunds, Shauneen Pete and Ted Riecken is a podcast from the Faculty of Education on inspiring ideas related to education from people who are contributing to making our community and the world a better place.



Student mental health with Annie Lucas

Being a university student can be stressful at times. We had a conversation with Annie Lucas, a nurse with the University Health Services (HEAL) to find out what services are available on campus and what works for students.


The Table with Vishnu Punwani and Parker Johnson

UVic psychology and education students Vishnu Punwani and Parker Johnson started The Table, a welcoming safe space where people of colour (POCs) are invited to share their stories and experiences with the community. People coming from all walks of life and generations express themselves around a table to further intercultural reconciliation, share their truths and connect with the stories of others. Everyone is welcome to sit in and listen.


2019 episodes

W̱ILṈEW̱ Radio with Nick Henry Listen

Cycling Without Age with Carson Sage Listen

CORE with Carmen Rodriguez and Claire Moser Listen

Indigenous Music Education with Anita Prest Listen

The Ethics of Scientific Discovery with E. Paul Zehr (part 1) Listen

Scientific Communication using Superheroes with E. Paul Zehr (part 2) Listen

Lifting up young Indigenous spirits through sports with Alex Nelson Listen

7-Point Parental Compass with Jillian Roberts Listen

New Year's Resolutions with Ryan Rhodes Listen

2018 episodes

Beauty in Science with David Blades Listen

Brainwaves to Mars with Olav Krigolson Listen

Building a Trauma Informed Community with Tim Black Listen

Classrooms Live It with Mike Irvine Listen

Inclusive Education with Donna McGhie-Richmond Listen

Indigenous Language Revitalization with Onowa McIvor Listen

Indigenous Resurgence Gaps with Shauneen Pete Listen

Indigenous Resurgence in Education with Chaw-win-is Listen 

Museum Hacks with Darlene Clover Listen

Queer theatre scene with Alan Chaffe Listen

Social and Digital Impact on Health with Sam Liu Listen

Our team

Emma Edmunds (host)

Emma Edmunds was born and raised on Vancouver Island on unceded Coast Salish territories. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from Vancouver Island University (VIU) and a certificate in Community Health Promotion in Indigenous Communities from VIU. She is a Master of Education Candidate in Adult Education and Community Engagement offered by the Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Department. She is passionate about helping to build wellness in her community by being conscientious, involved, and compassionate.

Shauneen Pete (host)

Shauneen Pete is from Little Pine First Nation (Treaty 6 territory).  Beyond hosting the Learning Transforms podcast, she is the Faculty of Education’s Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator. She views her work as helping students, faculty and staff to build stamina for the ambiguity of decolonial work. Shauneen was a professor and university administrator; and a storyteller, a magazine writer, and co-producer on two television programs in Regina before moving to Victoria. 

Ted Riecken (host)

Ted Riecken has been a podcaster since 2004 when the medium first emerged. His show Islandpodcasting was one of the first podcasts from Vancouver Island and ran for five years with over 100 episodes. After working as a Director of Graduate Studies & Research, as an Associate Dean, and as the Dean for the Faculty of Education, he now teaches and does research as a professor for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He spends his spare time thinking about exciting ideas for podcasts and hanging out with his dog Watson.

Emily Mahbobi (audio editing)

Emily Mahbobi is a pianist, composer, and electronic musician currently studying computer science at UVic. She is also a member of the keyboard faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. In her spare time, Emily enjoys photography, the study of latin dances, and collecting cacti.

Bryce Mennie (audio recording)

Bryce Mennie is an undergrad student in Music and Computer Science. Previously a student at the University of Waterloo, Bryce had the chance to record and mix shows for Sofar Sounds KW while in Kitchener-Waterloo area. Though this is his first time recording a podcast, he hopes to help create the best audio experience the show can offer. He spends his free time listening to 70s progressive rock and being with his girlfriend Hannah (though not at the same time).

Julie Rémy (producer)

Julie Rémy is the Faculty of Education's communications officer. She is looking into ways to inspire and reach out to the community to share our stories. Julie was previously working for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the creative communications team based in Brussels, focussing mainly on photography and multimedia. In her spare time, she does floral design and lives on a small flower farm with her partner near UVic.