The power inside the heart.
The human behind the story.

Heroes in our midst is a podcast created by Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood (Professional and Olympic sport psychologist) and Michelle Sawatzky-Koop (Olympian and radio talk show host). In addition to the incredible humans that they gather for the podcast, they work with sport teams, coaches and corporate leaders to help them be the best version of themselves. Find us anytime at

“It is a privilege to capture the journeys of the heroes that walk among us by listening with care and compassion. We know their words will empower others to have the courage to authentically be themselves, to lead and to make a difference. We are humbled by the trust our guests place in us so that we can creatively share the authentic stories that they tell”.

Heroes walk among us; they are in our midst everyday. At Heroes in Our Midst we find them, we celebrate them, and we learn from them.

Recent Podcasts

Ron MacLean #43

June 21, 2021

We couldn’t be happier to introduce our guest for today’s episode, broadcasting great, Ron Maclean! Yep – Canadian sportscaster extraordinaire and yet, the guy we all feel like we know. Ron interviews, Ron collects stories, and Ron digs into the…

James Bolton #42

June 14, 2021

Sometimes you know you need to talk about something as soon as possible and mental health seems to be top of mind right now. So, as we have shared the stories of some of our mainstream, frontline healthcare workers in…

Chau Pham #41

June 7, 2021

There was once a thought that by May of 2021 Covid would be a thing of the past. As we know, it is far from over and so it’s fitting that our focus in this episode is once again on…

Partner Podcasts: Pro Prep Academy

Desiree Scott

MAY 20, 2021

Desiree Scott has played on two Olympic soccer teams and won two bronze medals for Canada.

Tyler Hodgson

JUNE 17, 2021

Tyler Hodgson is a UBC Football Commit.

Rick Henkewich

JULY 15, 2021

WHSFL Ambassador and former Commissioner

Glenn Bruce

AUGUST 19, 2021

The Speed Guru


Ace Burpee Season 1 Review

February 28, 2021

Join Michelle and Adrienne as they re-cap Season 1 with Ace Burpee. The tables get turned and Ace Burpee helps them reflect on where they started, what they learned and what impacted them most from listening to these amazing heroes.

The Human Podcast (6 episodes)

March 17, 2021

A two-time Grey Cup champ, Andrew is a man of integrity who’s battled through adversity his whole life. Despite growing up without a dad and having to switch schools in grade 12, he didn’t fold.


Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood

Sports Psychologist

Michelle Sawatzky

Olympian / Radio Talkshow Host

“I have never felt more comfortable in an an interview talking about very personal events in my life. I am so grateful for this platform to tell my story - the story many people never knew.”

– Andrew Harris

Heroes In Our Midst is located on the original lands of Anishinaabe, Cree, Ojibway-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.  We acknowledge that Winnipeg’s water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. We respect the Treaties made on these territories. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We are dedicated to educating ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.