Because We Are Strong

INTERVIEW: Sam Thiara & Telling Your Story

December 14, 2021 Kristine Hoestermann Season 2 Episode 83
Because We Are Strong
INTERVIEW: Sam Thiara & Telling Your Story
Show Notes

Through his tireless work, Sam continues to be committed to the betterment of communities. In 2016, Sam received the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Volunteer Medal as a past recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. Also, in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Rick Hansen Difference Maker medallion. As a writer and blogger, his passion is to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional development through his many adventures and reflections on life’s journey.

Sam has mentored hundreds and engaged with thousands of students and professionals over the last many years and as a result, was the Co-Founder and Chief Motivating Officer of GradusOne, an organization to help high school/post-secondary and recent graduates in their life and career. More recently, after a successful few years, GradusOne merged with the League of Innovators (LOI) and he now is an advisor to LOI. Added to this, Sam is an accomplished speaker and storyteller. Either as a mentor/coach to a single student or speaking to hundreds as a keynote speaker, he shares his experiences through storytelling and has helped thousands in the pursuit of their dreams. he has just recently released his latest book called, ‘Lost and Found: Seeking the Past and Finding Myself’, where he went in search of his ancestral roots and discovered himself. In 2011, Sam delivered a TEDxSFU speech about ‘Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary’. This then led to a published book on personal storytelling and helping the reader build their story-voice – He is now writing his next book about his adventures to India to find his ancestral roots and in the process, better understand his identity.

Prior to SFU, Sam was part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Committee and ICBC road safety where it was about about community building. With 45 + volunteer organizations that Sam has been involved with from the board, advisory to volunteer level, he has dedicated countless hours to his communities. Presently, he is working with multiple organizations such as the SFU Alumni Association, Shanti Uganda, Room to Read and many more.

Sam consistently strives to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary and his journey is documented at His favorite saying and what he lives by: “Everyone’s life is an autobiography…make yours worth reading!”

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