Barb Higgins

Award-winning journalist turns curiosity to the effect of toxic stress

Barb is best known for her work as anchor of the CTV Calgary News at 6. As a journalist, she was honoured with many regional and national awards for her writing and producing of news series and documentaries.

Barb left television in 2010 to run for Mayor of Calgary. She was the only female in a field of thirteen candidates.

After a surprising discovery about her own burnout, Barb turned her journalistic curiosity to the effect of toxic stress. She is a Certified Wellness Counsellor and is completing her studies in somatic trauma therapy. “I reported the news for 26 years and was exposed to so much of peoples’ pain and trauma. I am concerned about the images and stress we are constantly exposed to and how this can have a negative impact on our health.”

Barb continues to bring a visionary perspective and big heart to her community. For her contributions, she has won the Peter Legge Philanthropy Award, the Queens Jubilee Award, and the UNICEF Canada Volunteer Service Award for her work in Africa.

Barb enjoys anything that sparks new thinking, including TED talks! She travels the world to learn about wildlife and cultural perspectives.

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