About Don Shafer

I'm a broadcaster, community activist and pretty average guitar player. I studied English & Psychology at the University of Texas and Communications & Journalism at the University of Southern California. I'm currently completing my MA at Simon Fraser University. I work with many for profit as well as not for profits and I am on a number of boards and committees including Variety the Children's Charity, PFLAG Vancouver, The British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Deans Advisory Board at the University of British Columbia. I volunteer with the Climate Reality Project and other environmental groups. My academic interests include depth psychology, promoting environmental justice, peace building and ecological sustainability. I am actively interested in the relationship between media, art and culture and our interconnectedness with each other and the world we share.

Hanna Morris (Dec17 2017)


Hanna Morris joins Don on Impact to discuss how “we can recognize and visualize Global Warming” by investigating the absence of what we cannot see and experience. Coming on the heals of the impactful environmental decisions this past year, it leaves us to seriously discuss how human civilization can possibly begin to integrate lessons from the past into our future decisions on this planet, not because we should but because we now must. Please join us in this inquisitive and insightful interview.

Dr. Stephen Shepard, Steven Zhang, Dr. Jiaying Zhao and Miguel Rozo (Dec 9, 2017)

What do psychology and Climate Change have in common? Listen this Sat. to Impact and find out when Don jumps in with the organizers of a local social innovation hub, IdeasXchange and thought leaders from UBC connecting the dots for us.

Andrew Gregg (Nov 18, 2017)


Director, Writer and Producer of Secrets From the Ice, a documentary that airs this weekend, tells us about what got him into film-making and enticed him about this project which offers a look at some never seen artifacts that recently ‘released themselves’ from the melting ice in the Yukon.

Michael Challenger (Nov 12, 2017)


Michael Challenger, Best Selling author, award-winning producer and director joins Don to discuss understanding how working with our fears can open up many more doors in our lives so we can live more truthfully with ourselves. His new book Don’t Let Fear Paralyze You; A Guide To Your Own Personal Freedom was launched this past October with his first book singing in Quebec on Nov. 11th.

John Englander (November 8, 2017)


Join us as we jump into the topic of our sea levels rising and how our city here in Vancouver is doing to get prepared with our guests John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and The Coming Coastal Crisis as well as Brad Badelt, Assistant Director, The City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group.

Impact with The David Suzuki Foundation – Brett Dolter, Jerome Laviolette, Melina Luboucan-Massimo and Harpreet Johal (October 1, 2017)

The first recipients of the newly created David Suzuki Foundation Fellowship feature conversations with Brett Dolter, Jerome Laviolette, and Melina Laboucan-Massimo. We are also joined by Harpreet Johal the DSF Senior Fellowship Specialist who shares more information about this program. I am looking forward to a fun and engaging conversation as we learn what this opportunity means as they dig into their individual interests around finance, transportation, and sustainability. I hope you can join us!

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