Sam Thiara is a professional who has created a personal journey as a storyteller, coach, speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, educator and entrepreneur. His goal is to support others in their personal and professional development. Presently, he is a lecturer at the Beedie School of Business and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting. He is also the author of two books.


Q: How have you had to adapt your work life? What has been easy/hard?
My life was turned upside down because I had to teach online, hold conversations virtually and was not able to be present in the ways I was used to. Saying that, I have reconnected with people virtually that I had not spoken to in years and have had visual conversations online with people from around the world. It has opened a whole new world of ways to communicate.

Q: How have you had to adapt your home life? What has been easy/hard?
Homeschooling has certainly been a challenge because I am trying to do my daily work while equally trying to answer questions and make sure someone else is on track…who might not be so interested. We did find that the one-on-one attention has helped my son and his marks have gone up. It has also been nice to have us all together at home where every day seems like a Saturday.

Q: What are you doing for fun?
I am undertaking something I have not done in a long time and that is woodworking. Building tables and shelves and reigniting something that was once in the past. I am also doing more writing at this time and for inspiration, bought an old school 1947 typewriter.

Q: How are you staying connected with family/friends?
Zoom has been amazing! I have been able to reconnect with cousins and family in the far reaches of the globe, in real time and visually. Has been a lot of fun.

Q: Advice for fellow alumni during this time of physical distancing?
CARE – There is a huge need for us to CARE at this time: Collaborate with each other, be Adaptable as the world changes around us, remain Resilient because this is not over soon and show Empathy to each other because compassion will get us through this.

Q: Anything else you would like to say?
Keep well, keep safe and keep strong!