Real Life Stories with Real Life Leaders: Abigael Busari

Real Life Stories with Real Life Leaders, a limited podcast series on Because & Effect, is a partnership between CanU Canada and The Winnipeg Foundation.

CanU is a Winnipeg-based charitable organization that inspires hope and confidence in the leaders of tomorrow through its out-of-school mentorship and educational enrichment program for youth.

The Winnipeg Foundation is committed to fostering collaborative relationships and supporting leadership under the Community Champion pillar of its 2023-26 Strategic Plan.

This podcast series will highlight five stories from incredible storytellers connected to the CanU program leading up to CanU’s Imagine Stories Gala on November 15, 2023.


  • Divya Sharma, CanU Imagine Stories Gala Committee Member
  • Nolan Bicknell, The Winnipeg Foundation Communications Advisor

Producer: Daniel Reimer, CanU General Counsel & Creative Director

Listen or Watch Episode 2

“Keep trying new things, keep moving forward – just keep exploring – that’s all you can really do. There’s so much to do in this world, there’s so much to see, there’s so much to try – The worst thing that could happen is you don’t like it and you try something else.” 

This episode follows Abigael’s inspiring journey from Nigeria to Canada at the age of 11. Abigael shares her challenges and adjustments to a new country, school, and culture, highlighting how these experiences shaped her resilience and determination. She emphasizes the importance of saying “yes” to new opportunities, leading to her exploration of various afterschool programs and STEM-related activities.

Abigael’s introduction to physiotherapy during her involvement in CanU became a turning point in her life, as she discovered her passion for helping others rehabilitate and improve physically. Her mentors played a crucial role in guiding her toward this path.

The podcast also touches on Abigael’s aspiration to become a physiotherapist and her commitment to mentorship, where she hopes to inspire and guide future generations. Her adaptability and openness to diverse perspectives have not only driven her personal growth but also fueled her desire to contribute to her community.

Abigael’s journey highlights the importance of asking questions without fear, seizing opportunities, and staying open to multiple passions. Her story serves as a source of inspiration for anyone embarking on their own path in STEM or seeking to embrace new opportunities in life.

To hear more stories like Abigael’s, join CanU Canada for their Imagine Stories Gala:

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With content provided by CanU Canada.

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