Lunch Options Confirmed

I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much better than the ones we have indoors – Enid Blyton, Five Go Off in a Caravan

The wait is over: lunch options for the Conference have been finalized!

Although, you’re welcome to visit any of the local restaurants, please keep in mind our lunch break is only 60 minutes long. On a Saturday afternoon in downtown Fort Langley many of the restaurants will have significant wait times…

… which means we are very pleased to announce that Well Seasoned, a local Langley company, will provide lunch for us on May 26th. If the name looks familiar, you might have recognized it from Panelist Angie Quaale‘s bio, because she’s co-owner of the gourmet food store!

Fort Langley by Jamie Delaine

We invite you to pre-order a picnic lunch prepared by Well Seasoned, which will be available for pick-up on-site. All food provided by Well Seasoned, including the dressings and sauces, is home-made. All options, including dessert are gluten-free except the Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie box. Lunch selections are as follows, and can be purchased during the registration process:

  • Big Bowl Salads w/ choice of Wild BC Salmon, Roasted Chicken, or Roasted Chick Peas & Sweet Potatoes (vegetarian)
  • Big Bowl Salads w/ Quinoa and choice of Wild BC Salmon, Roasted Chicken, or Roasted Chick Peas & Sweet Potatoes (vegetarian)
  • Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie box w/ an assortment of crackers and all of the accompaniments
  • San Pellegrino Sparkling Limonata or Sparkling Water

We have our Fingers Crossed for a Sunny Day, but if the weather doesn’t hold, we’ll have seating inside, as well. And, in keeping with our plan to implement green options wherever possible, our picnic lunches will come in eco-friendly packaging. Bon Appetite!

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo by Jamie Delaine.


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

More Connecting the Dots

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. – Steve Jobs

Poetry (Stories + Testimonials) + Photography + performers

Stories and first-hand testimonials from refugees, along with Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ inspired the spoken word poem, ‘What They Took With Them,’ by Jenifer Toksvig.

This 5-minute film was produced by the UNHCR – The United Nations Refugee Agency, and is performed by  UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett, actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth and Jesse Eisenberg, and writer Neil Gaiman.


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays: Sandy Sharkey

When I began work on The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference with Stacey, I thought we’d have a difficult time finding speakers for the event. Although, there was no doubt in my mind we’d have an audience interested in the subject matter, I wondered if there were really people out there who had pulled off a successful career change, or found a way to incorporate purposeful work into their lives. Now, not only have we lined up an inspiring and accomplished group of Speakers from a variety of backgrounds, but I continue to come across individuals whose journeys can be examples for all of us.

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays features stories of people who reinvented themselves, or who came to a crossroads and chose a different path, or who rediscovered, or returned to the pursuit of their youthful passion.

WRITER | RADIO ANNOUNCER | PHOTOGRAPHER

When you’re a kid, you have dreams, and as you start to get older, you learn you have to have responsibility, and you have to have a career… And somehow your childhood dreams just go away and they’re lost. – Sandy Sharkey

Sandy Sharkey, Founder of Sandy Sharkey Photography, grew up in Ottawa, Ontario spending much of her childhood free time exploring the outdoors, and the rest of it leafing through the Funk and Wagnalls Wildlife Encyclopedia series. She dreamed about seeing those animals in their natural habitats, and knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up: a veterinarian.

Instead, Sharkey spent more than 35 years in broadcasting, and it’s only been in recent years that she’s returned to the world of animals, her first love. Carol Anne Meehan, from the Ottawa area podcast series Coffee With, featured Sharkey in the 10 minute video below:

My job as a photographer is to show those interactions between the [wild horses], which are absolutely stunningly beautiful to watch; and hopefully turn people’s minds… there are pockets of people who want them gone forever. – Sandy Sharkey

Now, you must visit Sharkey’s website, which not only features beautiful photos of wild horses, but also stunning pictures of birds, animals in the wild, and assorted musicians, too!

Sources: Coffee With, Sandy Sharkey Photography

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Planning a ‘Green’ Event

People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. Desmond Tutu, Archbishop emeritus

Today in my Twitter feed:

Plastic bottles


When Stacey and I began to think about hosting this event, we agreed we’d make the experience as environmentally-friendly as possible. Although, on days like these (see news items above), it’s really hard not to wonder if there’s any point in any one person making any kind of effort. But, this is where the advice we put out on Instagram a while back comes into play:

We will not give up. We will keep our eye on the prize. We will believe that every effort we make to lessen pressure on the environment is essential, and is worthwhile.

With that in mind, the following list outlines our actions to date. We kindly ask that you look them over because some of them will require your buy-in:

  1. Speakers: The individuals we’ve lined up to present at the Conference are either local, or already had plans to be in the area on the event date, which means we will not need to support air travel.
  2. Venue: Fort Langley Community Hall is locally owned, so the rental fee will remain within the community.
  3. Transportation: A limited amount of on-site parking is available behind the building, although we question whether or not it will be sufficient for all conference participants – should everyone choose to drive. At this point, we kindly ask that you consider taking the bus, carpooling with a friend, or walking/biking, if that’s a regular activity for you. For more info on venue accessibility, please click here.
  4. Wellness breaks: We strongly encourage all participants to dress for the weather, with comfortable shoes, as the venue is situated in a beautiful spot for taking fresh air breaks.
  5. Delegate bags: Out of respect for, and in consideration of the environment, we kindly ask that participants bring their own re-useable tote, and notebook. We will not have any on-site.
  6. Beverage Containers: We kindly ask that you bring your own water bottle and/or re-useable (travel) coffee mug. We will provide a water filling station. No bottled water will be on-site.
  7. Catering: TBD (but local, for sure).
  8. And more to come!

If you have any questions – or ideas – regarding the greening of our event, please email Stacey or Debbie at passiontopurposeevents@gmail.com or fill out the contact form here.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo credit: clarita via morguefile.com


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

The Thought Outside the Box

Urban PathMake time for the creative process. Schedule a daily walk outdoors, in a park, along the river, through an urban area with interesting storefronts, a spectacular skyline, or a mountain view. Allow your mind to glide from thought to thought as your body takes the exercise. Often the answer – the thought outside the box – will appear unbidden.

Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking. – Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo: emlyn via morguefile.com


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life

Leading by Example: Bryan Gidinski

Leadership is action, not position. – Donald H. McGannon

Being brave enough to take a first step towards anything new is always a challenge. The alternative, though, is to stay on the “path of least resistance,” even though it may be taking you in the wrong direction. If you’ve discovered that your path is not heading towards happiness and fulfillment – and you don’t know how to change that – then the Speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference may be exactly the people to meet.


BRYAN GIDINSKI (Panel Speaker)

Bryan GidinskiBryan is an educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience. He currently teaches grades 6 and 7, but has also worked as a course instructor for post-secondary education students. In his own classroom, Bryan tries to remain sensitive to the issues that surround boys and their learning. To that end, he’s combined his passion for writing with innovative methods of engagement so that both boys, and girls are motivated to achieve to their highest potential.

Lost Boys Consulting was created as the means by which Bryan could, more formally, share his innovative classroom practices with other teaching professionals. Bryan addresses writing instruction, and issues around boys and literacy learning:

  • through speaking engagements at conferences and conventions;
  • with professional development workshops and accompanying resource packages;
  • by creating new workshops on relevant topics;
  • by maintaining an up-to-date website with access to conference materials; and
  • with website content that includes annotated links, and downloads.

My questions: How much time do you spend on your company? Could Lost Boys Consulting become a full-time job? Have school administrations been receptive to your work? Have you thought about writing a book?

These are just a few of the questions I’ll have for Bryan during the afternoon panel session on May 26th. What will yours look like?

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Creative Framework for New Beginnings

Colin Winterbottom is a Washington, DC based photographer, well known for capturing the ‘soulful energy’ of local landmarks from unique perspectives. With a degree in Economics, and a Masters in Philosophy and Social Policy, Winterbottom worked in the city for 8 years as an economist before deciding to pursue his long standing interest in photography.

So as I trained myself in photography; I set some rules for myself… I mean, I had just left a “sensible” career track to make artsy photographs, so the last thing I wanted to do was duplicate other people’s work. – Colin Winterbottom

In 2015, Winterbottom held his first exhibition at the National Building Museum (NBM)Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom, and was interviewed about his creative process by NBM curator, Chrysanthe Broikos. The article is a quick read, and in addition to explaining how he reached the decision to leave his day job, it includes his approach to creating original artwork.

Winterbottom’s ‘rules’ also provide an interesting perspective, or framework for creative thinking. Should you be considering a new beginning, the comments below might easily be re-framed for thinking outside-the-box about your own project / journey.

  1. “I’d literally think of every way I had seen it photographed and would just avoid repeating that.”
  2. “I always tried to avoid the obvious vantage points and to find a unique way to look at something.”
  3. “Defy expectation.”
  4. “Explore and observe and wait until you see unusual things.”

Winterbottom specializes in black and white photography, and had been photographing a scaffolding set-up in the interior of the Washington National Cathedral after the earthquake of 2011. While there, he noticed how the sunlight shining through the stained glass windows traveled across the interior walls. He had the idea to use the unusual vantage points (see no. 2 above) provided by the scaffolding to film the sun’s daily progress. The video, set to original music, is stunning in its beauty.

Stained glass time lapse, Washington National Cathedral from Colin Winterbottom on Vimeo.

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays: Kate Ming-Sun

When I began work on The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference with Stacey, I thought we’d have a difficult time finding speakers for the event. Although, there was no doubt in my mind we’d have an audience interested in the subject matter, I wondered if there were really people out there who had pulled off a successful career change, or found a way to incorporate purposeful work into their lives. Now, not only have we lined up an inspiring and accomplished group of Speakers from a variety of backgrounds, but I continue to come across individuals whose journeys can be examples for all of us.

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays features stories of people who reinvented themselves, or who came to a crossroads and chose a different path, or who rediscovered, or returned to the pursuit of their youthful passion.

ACCOUNTANT | CFO | OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PROFESSIONAL

At first I found thinking about change hard. I didn’t know what the drum beat called me towards. I had gotten out of the habit of paying attention to what my intuition told me. – Kate Ming-Sun

Kate Ming-SunKate Ming-Sun, Founder of KMS Outdoors, writer, and photographer, spent a good portion of her childhood playing outdoors, swimming at the lake, and on camping adventures with the Girl Scouts. As a college student, hiking with friends became a regular activity, and once Kate began working, weekends were filled with rock-climbing, snowshoeing, kayaking, etc. with a multi-sport adventure group. Outdoor activities were a large part of Kate’s life… until they weren’t.

With undergraduate degrees in Finance and French, and a Masters of Accounting, Kate easily moved up the corporate ladder. Her financial career, which began in audit and accounting, eventually led to a plum position as Chief Financial Officer for a company in Toronto. Kate’s student loans were paid off; she and her husband enjoyed vacationing around the world, her partner even had dreams of becoming a house-husband but… Kate was putting in 50-hour work weeks, and was bothered by a niggling feeling of dissatisfaction that wouldn’t go away.

Kate’s company agreed to let her take a 5-month hiatus to figure things out, but that didn’t work. So, she hired a career counselor, which did. At the end of their sessions, Kate quit her job to register in the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program at Algonquin College. Now, a few years later, she is “the chief adventurer and owner of KMS Outdoors,” a business that is bent on inspiring individuals to spend time outside. In addition to guiding, Kate is a writer, a photographer, and an entrepreneur. Through her website, she blogs, markets her consulting services, her photographs, as well as a line of branded products.

Five years into her new life, Kate’s resolution is this:

This year I’d like to… explore more consciously what my contribution will be to the world around me. How can I offer my time, skills, and strengths to my community or community organizations that will line up with my values and create value for all involved? – Kate Ming-Sun

Sources: KMS Outdoors, LinkedIn.

~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Love Your Mondays & #IWD18

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. March 8, 2018 – International Women’s Day

Makenzie ChiltonUnapologetically HER is a one-day event that’s been organized to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 by showing the “world the power of HER.” Included in the “unapologetic girl talk portion” of the day is Makenzie Chilton, Founder of Love Your Mondays, and panelist at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference in May. Makenzie will participate in Unapologetically HER‘s Live Coaching Panel along with two other coaches, and will answer audience member questions.

Makenzie Chilton, one of four Panel Speakers, will present WTF should you do with your life?! at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Fort Langley Community Hall. Register NOW for Early Bird rates!


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Bigger Badder Dreams tours BC

It’s all groovy fun with these guys. If the Barenaked Ladies were a married couple they’d be The Kwerks. — Jeff Bonner, Tractorgrease Multimedia & Cafe

Bigger Badder Dreams by The KwerksIn 2015, Laura Koch ditched her career as a birth doula, put her home-schooled kids in school, and along with husband Ryan, embarked on a journey to become a full-time performing musician. The result has been The Kwerks, a Frazey-nominated touring band all set to launch BIGGER BADDER DREAMS, their third album, on Friday, March 2nd!

Laura and Ryan, and their Kwerk band-mates will follow up Friday’s Album Launch Party at the Swallowfield Barn (info here) with the Album Tour’s Kick-off Performance on March 3rd at Tractorgrease Multimedia & Cafe in Chilliwack (info here).

To check out Laura in her element, follow the BIGGER BADDER DREAMS tour on these platforms: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Laura Koch will present From Suburban Mom to Rockstar – Trading in the Cultural Norms for an Intentional, Passion-Filled Life at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Fort Langley Community Hall. Register NOW for Early Bird rates!


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!