EVENT CANCELLED

We deeply regret to announce that The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been CANCELLED. We are currently in the process of contacting ticket holders to arrange full refunds.

Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation go out to the six amazing individuals who agreed to share their journeys with us: Eyoälha Baker, Makenzie Chilton, Bryan Gidinski, Laura Koch, Mocha Ochoa-Nana, and Angie Quaale.

Many thanks, also, to everyone who purchased tickets, who supported us on social media, and who followed our blog.

~ Stacey Wakelin and Debbie MacLeod

A Reason for Being

… more and more people are falling victim to ennui. This dreadful feeling of bitter disillusionment stems from the loss of meaning in their lives… Perhaps rather than happiness, which is generally momentary and fleeting, we should seek a purposeful life. – Philip Perry, Searching for meaning in your life? This Japanese concept can help you find it.

“What do you love? What are you good at? What does the world need from you? What can you get paid for?” To read Philip Perry’s article, please click here.

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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!

The Other Side of Tonight

The moment that connects you to your true passion might be on the other side of tonight. – Lin-Manuel Miranda

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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!

Sharing Your Passion

… your passion is… an interest, or an activity that fills your heart with joy, and it’s the dream most closely connected to your heart… when you immerse yourself in your passion, you will find your purpose. It will manifest itself in the way you choose to share it with other people. – Define Passion & Purpose For Me

If you’re just not able to reinvent your life at this point, or to start a side hustle that focuses on your passion, but you really want to do something in that direction, I came across an article that might help. In Gwen Moran‘s 10 Ways To Change The World, Even When You Think You’re Too Busy, she connects giving back to helping your favorite causes, and to making a difference, both of which figure hugely in the idea of purposeful work.

10 ways to change the world

We talked about volunteer work in an earlier post, and listed a bunch of resources for individuals living in the Lower Mainland. Moran lists volunteering, as well, and specifically encourages people “to look at how you can devote a few hours of what you know you do well to an organization that matters to you.” The additional list items are as follows:

  1. Focus your giving: There are three general categories of gift giving, the third of which is “where your values and personal interests align.” Moran suggests evaluating where your gift giving dollars are going, and adjust as necessary for the biggest impact.
  2. Team up: Does your employer have a social responsibility team? This is a great way to give back, and encourage others to work along with you.
  3. Look at your ties: Ties refers to your network, the people you know. For example, “Making connections and helping organizations find the people who can assist with the advice and resources they need is invaluable.”
  4. Give a gift: Moran suggests a number of different ways that presents can become a “gift of giving back.”
  5. Check your organization: Will your employer match your donations? “You may find that each donation you give to a qualified nonprofit could be doubled.”
  6. Grow an endeavor: A few organizations finance business start-ups in developing countries. For example, since 2007, Kaytlyn Sanders has contributed to Kiva.org, and “has grown her investment of $548 into $1,650 and has loaned money to 66 women and groups.”
  7. Shop right: “Look for brands that give a portion of their proceeds to charitable causes or which have a ‘buy one, give one’ model.”
  8. Use your voice: Advocate. “Add your voice to their cause” through lobbying, letter writing, phone calls, etc.
  9. Give blood“Giving blood is the ultimate pay-it-forward opportunity. It just may save a life.”

To read the entire article, please click here.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo: Benjamin Combs/Unsplash


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!

The Long Game of Creativity

If you haven’t created a masterpiece at 30, you’re not a failure… ‘genius’ has less to do with innate talent than just doing the work.  – Open Culture

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was once a loser from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

The Long Game Part 2: The Missing Chapter from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

The Long Game Part 3: Painting in the Dark from Adam Westbrook on Vimeo.

I accidentally came across Let the Elephants Run at the library a few weeks ago, and snatched it up. Usher’s premise is that creativity is 5% inspiration, and 95% hard work. He believes we’re all born with the creative gene… – Stacey’s Pink Elephant


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!

Define Passion & Purpose For Me

Really, when you think about it, the words passion and purpose are fairly ambiguous, imprecise, possibly even shadowy terms. As organizers, you’re probably wondering what Stacey and I were even thinking when we coined our tag line:

PURSUE YOUR PASSION | DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE | LIVE YOUR DREAM

We began with the assumption, based upon our own experiences, and the stories and insights of our friends and family members that most of a person’s big decisions are made within the framework of societal norms, and family expectations. Laura Koch, Suburban Mom to Rockstar, summed it up so eloquently here: “graduate high school, go to university, get a job, climb the ladder, find a spouse, buy a house, have kids, and get a dog.”

That is not to say, of course, that our journeys don’t become personalized by our lived experiences, our likes and dislikes, and our talents and skills; but when life happens it’s also very easy to lose sight of, and eventually give up on the crazy dreams we secretly nurture.

STOP. RIGHT. THERE.

Why are they crazy? Who said your dreams were crazy? Who told you your dream was too impossibly big? Or too different, and nobody would buy it, or visit it, or read it? Who said there was no money in it, or that we don’t do that in this family? Challenging someone’s dream doesn’t even have to happen in words. It can happen through indifference, or through subtle sabotage that undermines a person’s confidence, their self-esteem, their belief in themselves.

Think about this:

  • Mocha Ochoa-Nana grew up in Edmonton, AB. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and is the Founder and CEO of The Oracle Group International, a literary PR firm. Her clients are world-famous authors. Do you think she believed her dream was too impossibly big?
  • Eyoälha Baker is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer, and muralist with an international reputation. She’s currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in the Coachella Valley, CA. Nobody stopped her from believing in herself, and the possibility of making a living from her art.

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Pursuing your passion is, quite simply, doing something you love. It’s an interest, or an activity that fills your heart with joy, and it’s the dream most closely connected to your heart. We believe, and our Speakers will tell you through their stories, that when you immerse yourself in your passion, by learning, exploring, and participating, you will find your purpose. It will manifest itself in the way you choose to share your passion with other people.

And, the examples:

  • Angie Quaale has worked her entire life in the food and hospitality industry, and she loves it! Now co-owner of Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store, Angie volunteers extensively with local business organizations, serves on the Langley Township Council, and will see her first book, Eating Local in the Fraser Valley, in bookstores in May.
  • Bryan Gidinski has been an educator for more than 20 years, and is also a writer, which has led to the creation of rich writing experiences for his students. He has a graduate degree in Literacy Instruction, and is the Founder of Lost Boys Consulting, through which he shares his innovative strategies for instruction with other educators.
  • Makenzie Chilton was employed as a counselor in the prison system for 4 years, and loved it. Laid off three times, followed by a deeply unfulfilling stint in administration, she decided it was time to take the best of what she loved about her job, supplement it with specific training, and become a business owner/career coach at Love Your Mondays. Now, through Makenzie’s perfect job, she helps others find their perfect job!

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.

~ Debbie MacLeod

Photo via @secrets2success 


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: Nicole McLaren

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays is an opportunity to feature stories of individuals whose journeys can be examples for all of us. Most often, these stories have popped up in my social media feeds, and although the randomness is amazing, there is a common thread connecting them all. Whether through a career reinvention, an unexpected opportunity, or an a-ha moment; because of boredom, or maybe circumstances, these individuals have followed their, often meandering, paths to find fulfillment through purposeful work.

PALEOBIOLOGY | cOMMUNITY & Economic devpt | RECONCILIATION

I have always had a passion for finding interesting ways to engage, inspire and motivate those around me. My mixed-heritage and Indigenous roots are what drove me to do this. – Nicole McLaren, Raven Reads

Nicole Mclaren, Raven ReadsNicole McLaren, Founder of Raven Reads, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Paleobiology/Archaeology. Since then, she has worked primarily for mining sector companies in a variety of capacities in both Saskatchewan, and for the past few years, in British Columbia. Prior to her departure for BC, McLaren served as an elected Councillor for the Town of Langham, volunteered extensively, and also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology.

Much of McLaren’s work has involved consensus building for community and economic development initiatives between Indigenous and non-Indigenous interest groups. As an Indigenous Affairs Coordinator, then Advisor, for an international mining and metals company, and as a woman with Indigenous roots, Nicole has often wondered what reconciliation means, and what role she might have in it. Within the past few years, two things happened which, when combined, led to the creation of Raven Reads.

McLaren started a book club at work. Not only was it a way for her to read more, it was an opportunity to introduce her co-workers to Indigenous writers. “Almost none of the women in her book club at work had contact with Indigenous communities, so reading about Indigenous experiences created better understanding.” (CBC Unreserved) And, secondly, quite by accident, Nicole discovered the concept of subscription boxes. Although Raven Reads wasn’t conceived as a Reconciliation project, it has slowly evolved into one.

In honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Raven Reads aims to inspire and create safe space for dialogue by expanding our understanding and perspectives of the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people around the world, through the written word, from the past and into the present. – Raven Reads

Subscription boxes are mailed out seasonally throughout the year. Each beautifully packaged box contains one book by an Indigenous writer, along with giftware from Indigenous-owned companies. In the spirit of giving back, in 2018, Raven Reads will donate $1 from each subscription box to the First Nations Caring Society. For more information on Raven Reads, and their giving back activities, please click here.

Sources: Raven ReadsLinkedIn, CBC Unreserved

Photo via CBC Unreserved: supplied.

~ 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!