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

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!

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!

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | Fort Langley Community Hall

Conference Details | Facebook Event

REGISTER HERE!

Early Bird: January 18 – March 18, 2018 | $50 + $4.16 fee

Standard: March 19 – May 25, 2018 | $65 + 5.23 fee


CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Speakers

EYOÄLHA BAKER: Photographer, artist, and community muralist who believes joyful art contributes to positive social change. Joy Ride will outline Eyoälha’s personal journey to a place where success is malleable, and ever changing, and reflective of the positivity she can share with others.

Say what? “Feel the fear, and do it anyway.”

MAKENZIE CHILTON: Career coach, entrepreneur, and counsellor who has, herself, navigated through the uncertainty and indecision involved with a career reinvention. WTF should you do with your life? is Makenzie’s signature coaching program, to which she will add never-before-shared tips, specifically for our attendees.

Say what? “Finding your passion can leave you floundering in a Google vortex.”

BRYAN GIDINSKI: Educator, and writer will describe how an impromptu presentation opportunity became a series of engaging workshops. In Lost Boys: Finding Innovation by Accident, Bryan shows us that receptivity to change, and the support of people who will challenge us with their questions, and their critical feedback are essential for change.

Say what? “Take risks that might not turn out perfectly.”

LAURA KOCH: Musician, and band leader who exchanged her life as a homeschooling mom, and birth doula for that of a professional performer. From Suburban Mom to Rockstar – Trading in the Cultural Norms for an Intentional, Passion-Filled Life is Laura and her husband’s journey of self-examination based upon their core values, and a desire to give of themselves more authentically.

Say what? “Feel inspired by the notion of NOT following the status quo.”

MOCHA OCHOA-NANA: Marketing professional, and literary activist who will give us tools to lay the foundation for moving forward. In Discovering Purpose Through Your Story, Mocha will encourage us to examine our life experience – both the good and the bad – so that we can discover our purpose, and the passion that will ignite it.

Say what? “What makes your heart sing?”

ANGIE QUAALE: Entrepreneur, volunteer, and elected Councillor who will show us how every experience is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to meet people who make it all worthwhile. Angie will present The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, a testament to the power of an open mind, and a willingness to make mistakes.

Say what? “Say yes.”


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 Best-Laid Plans…

“You can’t plan everything.” via @artbanksy

You Can't Plan Everything by Banksy

Our speaker line-up is almost finalized, and it’s been an incredibly exciting process. Six guest speakers from different backgrounds, are prepared to share their journeys from start to finish, and answer any questions you may have about them. As different as these individuals are from each other, some similarities in their stories are beginning to emerge including

  • courage,
  • creativity,
  • humour,
  • flexibility,
  • passion,
  • innovation,
  • vision,
  • joy, and
  • examples of how

The best-laid plans of mice and men

Go oft awry – Robert Burns

Follow our News Blog and/or our social media channels for our Speaker Line-up announcement next week.

~ 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!

Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference will host residents of the Fraser Valley, and Lower Mainland who are seeking to change, or redirect their lives. Audience members will attend the Conference to be inspired by the stories of others, to search out information, and to learn, to participate, and to grow as individuals.

EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITY

You will have the undivided attention of more than 125 conference participants by being the sole Exhibitor at the Conference. Set up your wares in the same space where attendees will circulate for morning and afternoon breaks, and lunchtime beverages. This includes an opportunity to address the audience directly.

SPONSORS

In what way would you like our audience to engage with your product? What kind of image, or feeling about it would you like attendees to take home with them?

We have put together an inventory of assets and opportunities in the following areas:

  • brand building,
  • product placement,
  • sampling,
  • thought leadership, and
  • more!

From Passion to Purpose Events is looking for sponsorships in these areas: meals and breaks, program and printing, the Quiet Space, the Networking Event, the Panel, delegate bags, and a photo booth.

Let’s join forces to create a day that is both inspiring, and life-changing for everyone involved.

To set up a phone call, or a face-to-face, email Stacey or Debbie at passiontopurposeevents@gmail.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.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

Fort Langley Community Hall | 9167 Glover Road | Fort Langley | BC | V1M 2R9

Event Accessibility

VENUE  | LOCATION | FINANCIAL

The historic Fort Langley Community Hall was formally opened in 1931 and continues to operate year-round as the host to a wide variety of community events. Fort Langley Library also shares the ground floor space. The Fort Langley Community Improvement Society has initiated a discussion on upgrades to the property with two design concepts currently on the table. Timelines are unclear, and it is unknown if the plaza will be under construction during our event on May 26, 2018.

VENUE

The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference will be held primarily in the upstairs Ballroom with Registration, light breakfast, and breaks set up in the Meeting room on the ground floor.

Wheelchair Ramp at Rear of Building

  • Wheelchair Access: Wheelchair users may access the Ballroom via a ramp at the rear of the building. There is a curb cut to allow smooth passage. The Exhibitor room is accessible from the exterior of the building, as well, via ground level doorways (no step). Unfortunately, inside access from the Ballroom to the Meeting room is via stairs. There is not an elevator, which means wheelchair users will have to exit the building, descend the ramp, then enter via a ground floor door.
  • Seating: Concert style seating will be used, which means chairs are moveable, and wheelchairs will be able to be accommodated in a number of different locations.
  • Restrooms: There is a small powder room on the upper floor, and full men’s and women’s washrooms on the ground floor. Please note the library will be open for most of the day, and the public will also be using the ground floor restrooms.
  • Temperature Control: Air conditioning, ceiling fans, and heat controls in the Ballroom are accessible to the organizers. We will monitor the temperature with the comfort of attendees in mind.
  • Photo Gallery: To view a full range of Interior Upper Floor, Interior Lower Floor, and Exterior photos, please click here.

 

LOCATION

No Parking SignFort Langley is a village of approximately 3,400 residents within the Township of Langley. It is situated on the Fraser River, on the traditional territory of the Katzie, Kwantlen, and Matsqui First Nations. For a complete description of almost everything there is to see and do in the area, please click here.

  • Local Public Transit: Route C62 – Langley Centre / Walnut Grove, a community shuttle bus. Route and timetable information.
  • Greyhound: Vancouver Pacific Central Station to Langley Greyhound Bus Station. Fares and schedules.
  • Route 66 Fraser Valley Express (FVX): Chilliwack to Langley. Fares and schedules.
  • Cycling: Bike rack available near Fort Langley Library entrance.
  • Carpool & Parking: Free event parking is available at rear of building. Additional parking is on the adjacent south side Township of Langley parking lot, accessed from 96th Avenue.

FINANCIAL

This is a passion project. We’re not a business, and we don’t have corporate partners. We believe it’s important to pay our speakers, so for that reason, we must charge registration fees. However, we are offering Early Bird rates to kick off ticket sales.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.


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!

Fingers Crossed for a Sunny Day

networking [net-ˌwər-kiŋ] noun: the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically, the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business, Merriam-Webster

networking [net-wur-king] noun: a cringe-inducing activity designed to make individuals down glasses of (insert chosen alcohol here) in order to become socially-functioning adults among a group of strangers with some sort of common interest, Taylor Henriquez

Wine and CheeseLove ‘em or hate ‘em, networking opportunities are an integral part of all conferences where people have been invited to learn, and to share information. While it’s true a lot of us are uncomfortable with formal events like wine and cheese Meet ‘n Greets, most of us do look forward to making new friends, to sharing our experiences with like-minded people, and to engaging in lively conversation.

Keeping that in mind, The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference will organize a formal networking event for the end of the day, as well as create informal situations throughout the day, that will make it easy to meet your fellow attendees. Our venue, the Fort Langley Community Hall, was selected specifically for the variety of networking possibilities it offers.

Fort Langley Community Hall, grounds - Photo by Jamie DelaineAlthough, we’re in the early stages of the planning process, and while we don’t want to give it all away yet, we will emphasize that the Hall is located in the heart of historic Fort Langley. The grounds are beautifully landscaped; the famous downtown core is only blocks away; parks and riverside trails are close. In addition to the numerous health benefits that come from taking a break outdoors, we’re hoping for a beautiful spring day to refresh, and to remind us of beginnings.

We encourage all those who attend the event to wear comfortable clothing and footwear, and to be prepared to take their coffee, or their lunch outside into, what we hope will be, the glorious sunshine. Fingers crossed…

~ Debbie MacLeod

Wine & Cheese photo by Dianne Hope 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!

Date and Location Confirmed

Fort Langley Community Hall | 9167 Glover Road | Fort Langley | BC | V1M 2R9

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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!