Words to live by….I have


Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become.You never know who these people may be; your roommate, neighbour, teacher, long lost friend, parent, family member, or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power or heart. Everything happens for a reason.
Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of your greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience, they are the ones who create who you are. Even the bad experiences can be learned from…those lessons are the hardest and probably the most important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to who you open your heart to.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.
You can make of your life anything you wish.

Create your own life and then go out and live it
  —-Author Unknown

The shortest talk show gig in CKNW history…..

Laila and Tom in studioTo quote myself ” Sometimes you learn more from your failures than you do from your successes…”

Although I won the contest,  I have mixed feelings about the Sunday show. To those of you who took the time to write and thank me for adding something new and different to the CKNW airwaves, I humbly accept. I have been overwhelmed at the number of total strangers who have taken the time to write a note telling me how much  they enjoyed the show.My mandate the entire time was to educate, inspire and  create change,and among the letters, a few people have even written to say they tried beer for the first time!….. Good on you!! Be responsible while expanding horizons. That the guests were pleased is an understatement-all have forwarded letters and calls congratulating and thanking me, although it is I who is most thankful.

It would take days to email everyone back, so I am posting my response here, knowing those who have written will see it.

To answer all your questions – No, I havent heard anything “official” about my show from CKNW.

 My only professional insight has come in the form of hearsay from someone within the industry –  it was negative – and allegedly came to him from someone at the station. I succumbed to a nasty throat bug the day aftermy show, so I havent been able to make any calls to confirm if this is true – however, I’m sure I would have gotten some sort of feedback ( although what do I really know about the speed of such things in radio?) Remember, this was a contest, and I did receive the prize – beyond that, there were no promises, however much I would like to remain in the CKNW lineup. 

 I do know that many people in the industry were hoping I would screw up that show completely, just to prove what a bad idea the contest was. The possibility of a previously untrained talent ending up on the air seems to threaten people – perhaps because it shows that the qualities that make a good radio personality cannot be taught . Passion,determination, integrity and honesty are generally not  charateristics that can be taught. Voicework, method and mechanics can all be learned.

And so, has the  shortest talk show gig at CKNW come to an end ? …. only time will tell, but that doesn’t mean it’s the last of The Laila Yuile Show !  As I said, I have received countless emails from fans, and some of those fans are in similar industries…. that’s all I can say for now!!!!  Those who recognize how much work went into creating Sundays three hour show – on my own – know that I can and do commit myself fully to every endeavor.  All the research, booking the guests, writing, and format were done with a two year old hovering nearby, and required early am get-ups and late nights to juggle my other  commitments. And what I don’t know, I learn pretty damn fast. You haven’t seen the last of me……

What have I learned? Going back to my own , earlier post ….:

*What says more are not the people who have congratulated you, but the people who have not.

* People generally appear to  hate winners…. and the truth.

Fight hard, keep your integrity, trust no one- and be at peace with your choices.

Count on yourself, and no one else

Just a reminder- Please Support- Greg Drew, H2V

Thank you to everyone who emailed me about Greg Drew’s story, it seems to have hit home with many people – as well, thank you for everyones comments about  juvenile diabetes. Please remember that I have listed all the contact information under the above link ” PLEASE SUPPORT ” …. here you can find out how to help both charities….. Children are our future, lets make  it a better place for all ….

“life is in your hands- no one else’s”

The last few weeks have been extremely overwhelming- in a great way. I found a new talent that,with work, can be developed into something more, yet another step to realizing my full potential in life. through the contest, I am now at a point where I have had a couple options presented, all exciting and fulfilling, although in entirely new directions….I’m not about to jump into anything without great consideration though,into what is best for me, and what kind of legacy I want to leave in life.

In my opinion, there is nothing sadder than a person who never realizes their full potential. We all know someone who has a natural tendancy or gift, that could be a life calling, yet they continue to negate the possibility of making that”leap”. Of course,  sometimes those that love us most can be the biggest obstacle to our success, and talk us out of our ideas and dreams.  “Better play it safe”, ” Don’t risk anything”… or ” Stick with what you are doing, and forget about those dreams”…… sound familiar?

Only you know what is right for you, regardless of what people might want you to do. Whatever their motivation is, there will be people who try bring you down. Chase the dream,take control and live your life, not someone elses.

And they call it education…

Between my career, my personal background and as the mother of three, 16, 14, and 2, I think I’ve seen and heard it all. No one is accountable for anything anymore. Today, my son told me his humanities exam was open book- of course I didnt believe him, it’s an exam after all- but no, I called the school and its true. Apparently  the students “couldnt possibly remember everything that happened from the beginning of the year, so they may use their work for reference.” 

 Ummmm, HELLO… its an exam? Gee, Why even bother wasting everyones time, why dont they just pass everyone and get on with it ? …. What happened to the days of studying, of expectations, and tests to see what you actually know. No wonder the city is filled with flakes like the APC – freeloaders draining our system, taxing our resources and basically just taking up space.

We have the kids whose guilt-induced and over-compensating mummies and daddies hand out dough, cars, clothes to make up for the time they didnt spend with them,therefore creating the self-entitled brat you can see anywhere and usually protesting some cause they dont know anything about, and the poor kids whose parents pass on the poverty ideal to create another generation of undereducated welfare recipients – and you know the difference between those that really need help due to curcumstance and those who work the system.  Somewhere in between is the kid whose parents might be middle of the road, and actually teach them the value of goals, hard work and the contribution of actually earning your way through life.  Pratt and Taylor had it right , talking to APC  token masthead David Cunningham– Hes a freeloading media whore, taking up space in subsidized housing that prevents someone who really needs it from getting it, and we are well on our way to creating more bums  just like him.


“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”  Joel A. Barker

Here are a few of my guests from Sundays show, who have  not only dreams and visions, but have taken action to change the world……cknw-greg.jpg my hero, Greg Drew…… and, dscn1393.jpg Kyle, Willie,and myself holding Taylor, all members of Team H2V.  Thank you as well to the other guests: Matt Young(Innovative Fitness) & Gurj Dhaliwal (Fitness Fantasy), Alex Lee( ICBC),  and Colin Jack & Rick Mohabir ( Just Here For The Beer) .  

Check out the ” Please Support” page up top for more information on how you can support both Greg Drew, and  Team H2V.

Tell me 5 mins of fun are worth it…….

grad.jpgpre-mva1.jpgjays-car-3.jpgjays-car1.jpgjays-shoes.jpgThese are the pictures of  Jay Drew’s car, before and after.  Jay Drew was about 6’4, 225 lbs, and those are his size 15 shoes jammed under the dash so tight they couldn’t have been removed without cutting the car apart. You try telling me its worth the risk . Dont make an example of yourself. Don’t even go there.

The Laila Yuile Show – 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Sunday June 3rd, CKNW news980

On  Sundays show:

  • 6000 kms, 9 days, 5 men, 2 coasts and 1 goal : Cure Juvenile Diabetes. We’ll talk to the men of H2V about the record-setting journey and the inspiration behind it.
  • Thinking about finally getting fit & losing that weight? Swimsuit season is here – Matt Young of Innovative Fitness and Gurj Dhaliwal ,The Province’s  Fitness Fantasy participant, will talk about realistic lifestyle changes and challenges  & answer your  fitness & weight-loss questions.
  • Summers coming and soon your teen will be taking to the street as a driver or passenger. Speed kills -An indepth look at teens and speeding – do you think the penalties are tough enough? tips and advice for parents with an ICBC expert
  • His son died in a tragic high speed accident 4 years ago, and he’s trying to prevent more kids from losing their lives. Firefighter Greg Drew will talk about his struggles getting the message across to teens in schools, and what you can do to help him
  •  Why is beer suddenly the “in” thing to drink? Beer is experiencing a Renaissance like no other & historian, sociologist and beer expert Colin Jack will be here to answer your questions and teach you everything you want to know about beer .

 Plus, listen carefully for our special Sunday afternoon giveaways……