My Warm Table ... with Sonia

My Warm Table ... with Sonia

My Warm Table is an independent podcast amplifying the passion and purpose of smart, generous and civic minded Western Australians who are making our communities better. We gather around a warm table of good conversation, acceptance, positivity and curiosity (in Italian we call this a Tavola Calda - a warm table). We'll talk politics, religion, science, sustainability, wellness, inclusion, social impact ... in fact no topic is off limits - but good table manners will rule!


December 13, 2023 15 mins

Thanks for listening to Season 2 of My Warm Table Podcast.

In this episode, Sonia wraps up the season with highlights of the previous episodes.

Thanks to all of our wonderful, generous guests and to you our listeners for supporting a warm table of curious conversations, acceptance and spreading positivity in our communities.

Warm thanks to:
Sponsor: Females Over Forty-five Fitness in Victoria Park

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In this episode  we  stop a moment to think about how we are so connected to electricity. 

We’re going to honour the courageous and skillful men who climbed heights without fear to assemble and construct those tall steel structures which look like mini Eiffel Towers across our Australian landscape.

We’re going to step back in time to 1951 when the Australian branch of an Italian company set up in Australia to con...

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We are in what scientists call the 6th mass extinction with wildlife disappearing at a rate of 1000 times the natural extinction rate.  

Today’s warm table conversation is a big one.

We share tears and fears with Donalea Patman who, 12 years ago, locked eyes with a lion - one of the world’s most majestic and revered creatures – and from that moment she has dedicated her career to ending the cruel and barbaric industry of canned hunti...

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The number of trucks on WA  roads is set to double within the decade and triple by 2050.  In fact we'd all  come to a stop if it wasn’t for the work of our amazing truck drivers carting everything from milk to machinery across our vast state.  

 So it’s really important as drivers that we know how to share our roads safely with trucks.

Rob Sharpe of Transafe and InsTRUCKta! has traversed more than 1.4 million kms as a...

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Have you ever been hacked? Are you worried about your data privacy? Do you know someone who has been unscrupulously scammed and lost money, lost data and basically lost their trust in the cyber world?

Cyber security is a growing concern for everyday people like you and me, as well as every organisation and government body - costing millions in our economy.

Cybersecurity specialist Vannessa Van Beek joins us to help us learn...

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October 3, 2023 45 mins

PASSION: The study and mastery of allergic conditions.
PURPOSE: Investigating, managing and relieving allergy symptoms through his practice
Perth Allergy so people can live healthier, happier lives.

Is hay fever your nemesis in the Springtime or maybe the sentence “may contain traces of nuts” gets your heart racing. Allergies have become a common companion for many and so often they rob us of our energy levels, concen...

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September 19, 2023 52 mins

PASSION: Changing workplace behaviours for the better.
PURPOSE: Translating the law on workplace behaviours through interactive theatre and training workshops through her business
EEO Specialists.

The laws have changed around workplace behaviour. In fact more change has occurred in the last 2 years than 20 years prior …

So this is an important episode for everyone with a job - because you need to know where the new lin...

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September 5, 2023 56 mins

One of the greatest ways we can channel our passions for purpose is through volunteering. It’s good for civic society, it’s good for our local clubs, and research tells us that volunteering even increases our sense of wellbeing. 

Today I’m joined around the Warm Table by Craig Spencer – who has volunteered most of his adult life and knows better than most the importance of giving things a go and getting involved. 

As Head of Communit...

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Jenny Baraga is a pioneer of Aboriginal mental health practice and training in Western Australia’s north west region. 

Jenny describes herself as a quiet achiever. She is a trusted voice, an experienced health practitioner and a proud Garra Yarra woman with a compelling story about the importance of taking the time to have a yarn and show cultural respect to people – especially when they are at their most vulnerable. 

During our warm...

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Endometriosis is a chronic and painful condition which affects about 176 million women worldwide. One in 9 women suffer (almost daily) with this condition which impacts a woman's physical, emotion and social wellbeing. 

There is currently no cure, the cause is unclear and diagnosis takes an average of 7 years.

Kath Sloan and Emma Dixon are passionate about sharing their lived experience of endometriosis so ...

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July 25, 2023 33 mins

Christin Smith is an award winning earth scientist with qualifications in geology, natural resources, sustainability and environmental management, and education.  

She's the founder of EARTHMAD - an acronym which stands for Everyone Acting Responsibly Today Helps Make A Difference.

Christin found herself leading the charge in her Mandurah coastal suburb to protect her local beach from coastal erosion and with the suppo...

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PASSION: Identifying unmet needs and then taking action to enable a stronger, more vibrant community where everyone feels connected.
PURPOSE: Creating community as CEO of her charity
Motion by the Ocean.

Alanagh Godderidge lives and breathes her values.  

Alanagh is the CEO and Founder of Motion by the Ocean and a pioneer of the Cycling Without Age movement in Western Australia.

Motion by the Ocean reconnects s...

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Kelli Reilly has poured all her passion and purpose into creating Females Over 45 Fitness which aims to make women over 45 stronger and fitter into their older years. 

Kelli is proof that even in our 50s we can go back to study, launch a successful business and follow our dreams. 

I’m delighted to welcome Kelli around the warm table to learn more about her life as a country girl and farmer, and to share with you what happen...

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PART 2 of our warm table conversation on GRIEF with local bereavement organisation Lionheart Camp for Kids CEO Shelly Skinner and Board Member Professor Lauren Breen.

PASSION:  Building a community where grief is seen as a healthy and positive response to death and life challenges.
PURPOSE: Empowering bereaved children and families to navigate their grief journey through education, peer-support, strength-building and ...

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PASSION:  Building a community where grief is seen as a healthy and positive response to death and life challenges.
PURPOSE: Empowering bereaved children and families to navigate their grief journey through education, peer-support, strength-building and resilience through Lionheart Camp for Kids (a not-for-profit organisation).

We’re talking about grief through the expertise of local bereavement organisation Lionheart...

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PASSION: Building a society that is inclusive, kind and where we can all lead social change
PURPOSE: Inspiring people to unlock their leadership potential through her social business Alyceum.
Alicia Curtis has led award-winning board diversity programs, experiential millennial leadership programs and social change campaigns.She’s co-written a book and been named as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence. 


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PASSION: Harnessing our brain chemicals (think oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine and cortisol) to be our very best selves and thrive!
PURPOSE: Teaching everyone how to tap into these happy chemicals - including people in prison - for our wellbeing, emotional intelligence and to live our best lives. 

Charlotte Ingham Ellery runs her own business called Well Built Mind and she is a woman of many talents. She’s a mother, a y...

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I am very excited to welcome you to My Warm Table Season 2. 

Over the last few months, we’ve done a lot of thinking, listened to your survey feedback and tried to sharpen the focus of the podcast a little more. 

My Warm Table Podcast is an independent podcast which is unashamedly focussed on Western Australians. It’s my way of adding some positivity to our state’s media landscape and amplifying the smart, kind, values-driven people i...

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I’m sneaking in this live and raw episode of My Warm Table recorded on 28 March 2023 with Season 1 guest Sister of Mercy Anne Tormey. 

I had the privilege of hosting a conversation with Sr Anne during the 25 year reunion of the Catherine McAuley Developing Women in Leadership and Service Award.  

We celebrated this milestone in the olive grove at MercyCare Wembley - a foundation sponsor of the Award Program.  Speakers on the night in...

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December 11, 2022 10 mins

Thank you for your support of Season 1 of My Warm Table Podcast. 

Sonia Nolan wraps up the Season with an overview of some of the smart conversations with heart we have enjoyed around the warm table.  She shares  how your feedback affirmed her goal to build empathy and perspective by adding more positivity and warmth to the WA media landscape.

This episode is also an opportunity to say thank you for all of the w...

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