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!

Leading by Example: Mocha Ochoa-Nana

When you lead by example, you create a picture of what’s possible. People can look at you and say, “Well, if [she] can do it, I can do it.” When you lead by example, you make it easy for others to follow you. – Bruna Marinuzzi

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. These individuals are leading by example with journeys of inspiration that highlight courage, creativity, and passion.


MOCHA OCHOA-NANA (Panel Speaker)

Mocha Ochoa-NanaMocha is the Founder and CEO of the public relations firm The Oracle Group International in Washington D.C. She is a literary entrepreneur who passionately seeks best-selling author status for her clients by connecting with local, national, and global communities. She is also a literary activist who:

  • co-founded the NAACP Author Pavilion at their Annual Convention;
  • served as Diversity Chair for The National Book Festival;
  • created the International Women’s Book Club Summit, The Silver Spring Book Festival, and The Soul of South Florida Book Festival:
  • consulted on the development of The National Press Club’s Annual Book Fair, and the National Council of Negro Women’s Author Pavilion at the National Family Reunion; and
  • founded the Reading Across Continents initiative, an interactive cross-cultural literary exchange project connecting students, teachers, and authors in international book clubs, and book discussions around the world.

My questions: What kind of education/background/work experience did you have when you started your own company? How do you get a book festival off the ground? How do you create a global initiative with three different stakeholders? How the heck did you find the time for all of this?

These are just a few of the questions I’d love to ask Mocha during the afternoon panel session on May 26th. I bet you’ve got a list of your own!

~ 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!

Ask Angie About Volunteering

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. — William Shakespeare

Meaningful work can be found in almost any direction; the search is never a simple straight line. Volunteering for a cause you care about may help you to define your purpose. On the other hand, maybe the volunteer work becomes your purpose, or your purpose evolves into employment in the not-for-profit sector. The beautiful thing about volunteer work is that while it may benefit us personally, giving freely of our time to help others is the better part of it. And, if you think there are limitations on the type of volunteer work available, think again!

Volunteeer word cloud

GoVolunteer.ca began its life in 1943 as the Central Volunteer Bureau of Vancouver, and has expanded into an organization that connects volunteers with not-for-profits throughout BC and Alberta. While it still provides volunteer matching services, its organizational focus has shifted to include the professional development of not-for-profit leaders. Here’s their list for areas of interest:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Research
  • Immigrant Services
  • LGBTTIQQ2SA
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Capacity Building
  • Environment & Animals
  • Indigenous Services
  • Philanthropic
  • Volunteerism
  • Community Development & Housing
  • Family & Children
  • International Development
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Women’s Services
  • Disability Services
  • Health, Social Services
  • Law, Advocacy & Politics
  • Seniors
  • Youth Development

Instead of GoVolunteer.ca, you may choose to contact your organization of choice directly, or the regional volunteer bureau in your community. Depending on the type of position, you may be required to complete a Criminal Record, or Vulnerable Sector Check. For more information, please check the RCMP website.

A partial list of Volunteer Bureaus:

Angie QuaaleAngie Quaale, entrepreneur, elected Councillor, and one of our Panel Speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference, is also a longtime volunteer. Angie has been a board member with the BC chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Langley, and the Langley Community Farmers Market.

If you have any questions about community service, Angie is the one to ask! Listen to her story, and speak with her directly on May 26th, 2018!

~ 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: Vancouver Workshop Session

Makenzie Chilton's WorkshopLove Your MondaysMakenzie Chilton will be one of four Panel Speakers at our Fort Langley Conference in May. She’s a great example of the kind of person for whom this event has been designed. Makenzie went to university, found employment in her field and loved it; then was laid off not once, not twice, but three times! She took a position in a related field, but hated it, and didn’t know what to do next. She thought she was stuck.

This is where creativity stepped in. Makenzie took the best parts of her education and work experience, and crafted herself her perfect job. Today, as a career coach she helps others through the same career-change process. On February 17, Makenzie will hold a Live WTF?! Workshop for a limited number of participants at Vancouver’s The Juice Truck Store. If you’re booked up for The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference, check out Makenzie’s session next week.

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!

What’s a Side Hustle?

Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business… to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business. – Fast Company

I’ve been receiving Fast Company’s daily newsletter, now, for more than two years. I came across it on Twitter, and even though workplace issues, and co-worker relations are no longer relevant for me, their articles cover just about everything else, too. I’m especially interested in items about the gig economy, being a successful digital nomad, and creating the career that suits me best.

Fast Company covers so much ground that they actually put together over 2 dozen newsletters on a daily/weekly basis. Subject areas include: big ideas, leadership, business news, productivity, creativity, philanthropy, virtual reality, etc. in the worlds of business, entertainment, fashion, technology, financial, and more. Please note this is not a paid endorsement; it’s my explanation for why I link to so many business/entrepreneurial articles – and why I’m doing it again, today.

BC Chamber of Commerce

Side Hustle: originally, something that brought in extra income outside of your regular job; trending, a self-initiated project, still outside of your main job, but intended to become your full-time business.

If your dream of purposeful work involves self-employment, then a side hustle may be the safest, and most cost effective method to get a business off the ground. In 5 Tips For Launching A Successful Side Hustle (For Real This Time), Ryan Robinson interviewed 5 successful entrepreneurs for their advice, and his article features one best tip from each of them. Business advice is readily available online via newsletters and blogs, through local organizations like Chambers of Commerce, and face-to-face at networking events.

Bryan GidinskiSpeaking of face-to-face, Bryan Gidinski, one of our panel speakers at The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has established a successful side hustle. An educator in the Burnaby school system, Bryan is also the founder of Lost Boys Consulting. Listen to his story, and ask him questions directly on May 26th, 2018!

~ 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!

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 Panelists

Fort Langley Community HallSeeking Storytellers, Innovators, and Creative Thinkers

Identifying your passion, and finding a way to use it to do purposeful work is not as easy, or as simple as it sounds – especially if you want your activities to bring in an income, or to mesh with your current lifestyle.

From Passion to Purpose Events is seeking speakers for The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference Panel who have successfully transitioned from thinking about a new life, to living it.

We need storytellers whose passion has become the basis of their work, whether by building a business or a social enterprise; through public service, in a not-for-profit setting, or as a volunteer, etc. We need people who can inspire others with their experience, as well as answer audience how-to questions about changing one’s life direction.

All panelists will receive an honorarium and one free Conference Registration. Since this is a passion project, funding is limited, and travel expenses cannot be reimbursed. For complete details, and to submit, please click here.

Deadline to submit: January 3, 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.

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

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