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From the creators of the Burning Man 2011 Trojan Horse and the recent Hot Dog Water sensation, the dynamic duo Douglas Bevans and Alaya Boisvert bring you their latest creation, Adventures in Co-Parenting.

Adventures in Co-Parenting is a refreshingly honest, easygoing, and engaging exploration of the highs and lows of co-parenting in the modern world. As heard on CBC’c Now or Never, Douglas and Alaya will combine their shared experiences and guests’ expertise to offer insight and highlight positive opportunities to families after separation.

 
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Douglas Bevans, Co-founder and co-host

Artist, Douglas Bevans hails from the oil city, Leduc, Alberta. He began his life path as a musician in the popular Canadian punk rock band, “the smalls.” He is the brain behind the revered Burning Man installation, “The Trojan Horse” and recently achieved worldwide media attention with his edu-performance piece, “Hot Dog Water.” When not struggling for intellectual superiority over his six-year old daughter Cohen, he is designing student educational tours of Canada through his company, Nomad Travel. He has been a featured personality in three documentaries, including the esteemed feature length film, “The Smalls: Forever Is a Long Time” and has amassed a broad list of radio and television performances. A travel enthusiast, having visited over 55 countries in 20 years, he is stoked to bring his unique life experience and vision to the Adventures in Co-parenting Podcast, where he will share the radio waves with his friend and co-parent Alaya Boisvert.


Alaya Boisvert, Co-founder and co-host

Alaya was born to two hippy parents on the Sunshine Coast, of British Columbia. As a baby, she and her older sister were nearly blown away from her parents tree planting camp during a storm on Nootka Island. A middle child, she spent her formative years in Toronto, made tolerable by being surrounded by her beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She later went to McGill to study something interesting; it took her four years to decide what. Her love for people and the planet has taken her to Peru, Guatemala, Sweden, Australia, Cuba, and Thailand. Throughout her career she’s appeared in numerous publications and broadcasts, including “Power and Politics,” the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Globe and Mail and National Post. She has always loved radio and first fell in love with podcasts listening to “This American Life.” She and her co-host and co-parenting-partner-in-crime Douglas live side-by-side on the Sunshine Coast with their spirited daughter, Cohen. They can often be found bounding along forest trails and all look forward to meeting Ellen DeGeneres one day soon.

 
 

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The hosts are two people who have succeeded over the last six years at raising their child together-apart. In addition to now being good friends, Alaya and Douglas have approached co-parenting with a focus on putting their daughter Cohen first, despite their differences.

Alaya and Douglas have the experience of fulfilling big projects. Before the two separated, they oversaw the completion of the 50 foot, 30 ton Trojan Horse art project in 2011. This included raising over $130,000 and managing a team of 50 collaborators. Adventures in Co-Parenting is a passion. Douglas and Alaya will apply their combined skills in entertainment, project management, and communications to bring their vision to life.

Cohen Moon Boisvert, Daughter and honourary guest

Kathy Bevans, Executive administrator

Eric Swensen, Chief content editor

Doug Naugler, Audio editor

Arielle Boisvert, Producer

Basheer Bergus, Marketing advisor

 

 
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AIC Blog

Guest articles

Lead with Curiosity: Tips for Skillful Co-Parenting, Karen Bonnell, Feb 2016

Blogs

Healing after the pain of separation: a conversation with Dr. Jocelyne Lessard

Other resources

Up to Parents - provides parents with a free online class about co-parenting. They also have videos and articles with information provided in English and Spanish.

The 6 Best Resources for Creating a Better Co-Parenting Environment

Most young people who have experienced divorce do not believe parents should stay together for the sake of the children, according to a 2015 survey by the family law organization Resolution. The poll found that 82% of those aged 14 to 22 who have endured family breakups would prefer their parents to part if they are unhappy. They said it was ultimately better that their parents had divorced, with one of those surveyed adding that children “will often realize, later on, that it was for the best”. An overwhelming majority—88%—agreed it was important to make sure children do not feel like they have to choose between parents.
— The Guardian, Owen Bowcott, November 22, 2015
In 2011, approximately 5 million Canadians had separated or divorced within the last 20 years. Of these, about one-quarter (24%) currently had at least one child aged 18 years or younger together.
— Statistics Canada, “Parenting and Child Support After Separation or Divorce,” February 2014
Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.

— Divorce and Children Statistics, McKinley Irvin Family Law, Posted Oct 30, 2012
 
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