Local vegan vlogger, Luckie Sigouin, is cycling from Vancouver to San Francisco to raise $50k for 10 individuals battling with cancer.
With global destruction appearing to dangle decisively between two goblins with fingers poised above ‘nuke’ buttons, it is easy to slip into a negative head-space. Notable climate scientist, Dr. David Suzuki, was quoted as saying “we’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit,” which if you pay attention to world news, is an easy perspective to adopt. We are constantly being bombarded with bad news, followed by even worse news, and left wondering how to break the cycle of negativity and steer our attention towards positive elements of humanity.
Snap your toeclips in, change gears and zero in on Luckie Sigouin‘s road map to positive living.
If you’ve watched any of his video blogs or follow him on his social channels, you can’t help but be inspired by his positive outlook. Sure, he struggles with the daily peaks and valleys just like you and me, but has decided to do something about it. We spent a few minutes with Luckie so we could get to know more about this local who is aiming his handlebars towards making a difference for those fighting for life.
Yes there is! Several years ago I was traveling through Canada in a Dodge caravan. In many instances things seemed to flow my way, and fall on my lap. Personally, I believe this is due to my positive outlook on life that attracted many positive outcomes; what you put out there you get back. A good friend of mine that I was traveling with at the time, impressed by my luck, suggested that this should be my hippie name, and it stuck. I started introducing myself as lucky three years ago. I later had the idea to start a blog, so I decided to change Lucky to Luckie and make it unique and personal.
We’ve heard that you used to be a high-fashion runway model. How did you get into that?
I somehow just fell into it. Previous to being a model I was a bodybuilder/power lifter and a friend of mine mentioned that I should try it out. I didn’t even think of it as a job back then, but I decided to give it a try and it picked up. It allowed me to travel the world and live pretty amazing life experiences. It also taught me that when you want something in life, you just go after it.
Why did you leave it behind?
Ahah I left it behind. I wasn’t too impressed with the behind the scenes modelling life. I felt very disconnected from it. Although modelling was a fun and a challenging industry, it didn’t align with my values. I just felt it was time for me to move on and try something else. And who knows, I might try it again one day.
You are a vegan. Why did you choose to become one?
To be honest for all the wrong reasons at first. Like I mentioned before, I was a bodybuilder and needed to lose weight in order to be a model. I started looking at the types of diet that would allow me to be leaner and smaller. Veganism was the answer that came up the most often. So just like that I became a vegan and now have been vegan for over three years. It was a hell of a journey to learn how to combine food and eat properly, but after a while I started doing my research on the benefits of being vegan and I stuck to it since then.
What is the greatest challenge you face as a vegan?
I’ll be honest I don’t really face challenges being a vegan anymore. Beside the usual questions of what I can and can’t eat and why, but besides that everything is simple. The biggest challenge I had when starting out was educating myself properly on what to eat and what to replace the foods that I use to eat with vegan alternatives. It took a couple of months for me to figure it out, but once I understood the concept it was easy to keep going.
You are about to go on a 2000km bike ride to raise money for cancer. Why did you choose to do this?
Many close people in my family were diagnosed with cancer and seeing them struggle through that was horrible. Especially when money was a big stress for them, not being able to afford food, supplements that could help them feel better didn’t make sense to me. So I decided to act. I was thinking how helpful it would be if someone came to them and offered them a cheque for $5000 to help support their journey. It would be a game changer, so I decided to create a trip that would take me out of my comfort zone that most people would not do, and utilize my social media platforms as a voice for them. I want to help, so I combined my love for people documenting and adventure together.
How much money are you hoping to raise and how can people donate to your journey?
My goal is to raise $50,000 for 10 amazing human beings that have been diagnosed with cancer. I believe that a cheque of $5,000 would help them get ahead in their health. People can support by going to my gofundme page. Or the facebook event. Any donation is appreciated and will make a difference in their journey.
Can you describe how you are preparing your mind and body for this journey?
I hired a coach, Jeff Doyle, to teach me with the basics of functional movement and to build me a program that would help me perform on this trip. Amazing workout plan that combines strength, flexibility and endurance. I also cycle 2 to 3 times a week on top of a daily meditation, praying and a good whole food plant based diet.
Luckies local go-to spots:
To escape and relax The mountains, anywhere I can go, chasing the sunrise, Grouse Grind, Joffre Lake.
Get together with friends Meet-up in Gastown and go to Virtuous Pie
Go out for date night Hiking and camping under the starts