Sophie Fouron is a Canadian journalist and TV host. Based in Montreal, Sophie worked as head of content for various cultural and public affairs programs before becoming an on-cam reporter on several celebrated shows. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters in Communications from “Université de Montréal”. She has been traveling the world since 2013 as host – both in English and in French – of “Ports d’attache/Waterfront Cities of the World” and, more recently, of “Chacun son île/The Island Diaries”. She is also a contributor to “La Presse” newspaper. The most important, rewarding and challenging job for Sophie remains the parenting of her two teenage daughters, Julia and Marie.
1-Could you please tell us what is the secret of your positive energy?
I wish there was a secret. I’ve always been happy and positive. I’m very lucky that way. Also, I was brought up in a loving, crazy funny and open-minded family that gave me wings to accomplish whatever I wanted. My dad would always remind us how lucky we were. It stuck with me. Complaining is not an option.
2- We know that you travel a lot, and this is definitely your source of inspiration. According to you, how do you think we can get inspiration in our everyday Life?
Meeting people all over the world, from all walks of life, has been extremely fulfilling, gratifying and inspiring. But the more I travel, the more I realize we are more similar than different. Hence, you don’t have to go very far to be inspired. There is a lot of kindness in this world (even though our newsfeeds tend to show the contrary). Every day, everywhere, there are random acts of kindness, love and generosity. It inspires me and makes me hopeful for the future. I try to look out for them and create them myself.
3- Sophie, What is your mission in this life?
I never really thought of my life in those terms. I never had a precise goal, a career plan or a particular mission in life (apart from the fact that I wanted to be a ballerina when I was 10). I always did what I thought was right, true to my parent’s values of hard work and respect (for yourself and others) and seeing the positive in every situation. These days, I am extremely lucky and grateful to be able to travel the world and meet the most interesting people. I like to think the show helps people open their hearts and minds to different cultures. If I had to pin point my mission, I think it would be to build bridges between communities and cultures, one encounter at a time. Hate less, travel more!
4- When you imagine an empowered human being, what do you see?
It’s all about confidence. Michelle Obama comes to mind. Her ‘when they go low, we go high’ resonates strongly with me. Someone who will take on the unpopular but necessary fights. The women who denounce sexual assaulters for example are, in my opinion, the strongest and bravest people.
5- Based on the following description, how do you relate to the Mayshad Woman Philosophy?
To Be a Mayshad Woman, is a Choice a Woman makes to live a stimulated life with a positive Philosophy based on Gratitude, Acceptance and Accomplishment, in order to Be Who She Wants to Be.
She handles different Aspects of her Life with Confidence, and makes sure to always remain herself, guarding her own values.
She is a free spirit, who designs her own Life inspiring others to do the same.
Who wouldn’t want to be all these things! But ‘being who we want to be’ takes a lifetime sometimes and I think it’s important to remind ourselves that we can also feel stimulated and alive through our mistakes. We can’t be everything all at once! I think staying true to our values is key and not be too hard on ourselves too. Life is a highway with lots of bumps, curves and beautiful scenery!
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