THE OPEN FOR CHANGE TEAM
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
"My recent trip to Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand opened my eyes and changed my life in unexpected and profound ways! Seeing others with so much less, but in some ways so much more. I believed making money was my passion, now I truly feel it's to help others and give back! The best way I know how to achieve that, is to utilize my entrepreneurial skills towards building something designed for empowerment, while sharing my belief that Social Enterprise will change the world! Are you Open For Change?"
Greed is killing our planet. I'm a geek, a father, an entrepreneur and I truly care for the planet that we live in. If we could all work together, we can change this world for the better benefiting the lives of our children and our children's children. I'm Open For Change. Are you?
I am passionate about clean renewable energy. I believe that we, as a society, have the ability, determination, innovation and passion to turn this world into a clean-energy society, and put an end to fossil fuel burning once and for all. It's time we as citizens of the world support companies that are ushering in a new era of business!
I have lived in Kelowna all my life. I love my community and believe that all of us should work together to make our society a better place to live. We can start by getting out into our communities and helping others in need. If you have never volunteered before, you have to try it. The feeling you get when you help someone else touches your heart in ways you didn't think were possible! We want to inspire people to give back, and encourage others to pay it forward.
As an Interior Designer, I am very passionate about sustainable design and creating spaces that positively impact not only our health and well being, but our planet as well. My personal design goal is to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting, because we have consciously made an effort to incorporate and abide by sustainable design practices that will have a long-lasting effect for many generations to come. Eco-friendly design is not a passing trend, and I wholeheartedly believe that we need to make informed choices about the products and building practices being applied to our homes and living spaces if we want to create change.
Chief Operations Officer & Co-Owner
I am a business transformation consultant, focused on helping organizations to build and improve business processes, manage change, align service areas, build capabilities and improve operations. I have worked largely in public sector, specifically with local government and education. With a passion for entrepreneurship, and as an entrepreneur myself, I have begun working with small businesses and entrepreneurs as a mentor and COO, helping start-ups become operational and providing hands-on support for small businesses that are ready to mature.
Social Media Networker
As a Practitioner of Life, my legacy, my wish is to create hope, courage and self-love in others, to help them realize their own value, to teach them how to become stronger and free of their burdens and to live full, happy, healthy and loving lives through sustainable change. I'm an energetic, effervescent and polished Human Resources Recruitment and Networking Professional, Relationship Manager and Business Consultant, Social Entrepreneur, Office Administrator and Executive Ninja with a passion for people. I am a Mother, Grandmother, Daughter and valued friend. I have a keen ability to build lasting, respected, authentic relationships and valued partnerships through Media and Public Relations. I am a published writer and an International Best-selling Author. As a champion for change, being brave and victorious in my own personal growth, I am a fierce advocate for those who have yet to find their voice by using my own through my writing and public speaking engagements.
Rawle James is a poet, teacher and spiritual coach who mentors individuals seeking a connection to their true nature. Rawle spent over 20 years in the corporate world as a trained facilitator using tools like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, True Colours, Myers Briggs and others methods to assist people in reaching their potential. In conjunction with his spiritual walk, education, life experiences and foundational principles training, Rawle has a deep-rooted desire to contribute positive and healing energies to humanity. Rawle lives in Kelowna, BC where he wrote and self-published his first book of poetry, "Truth Experienced". He is the founder of the Inspired Word Cafe, a coffeehouse show that invites poets and musicians to share their creative brilliance. He has years of experience working with youth through coaching football and working with people with mental challenges.
As a professional educator and health promotion specialist, I am inspired every day by the students I encounter who persevere and flourish despite the challenges they face. I believe in promoting and supporting early prevention opportunities for health and social-emotional wellbeing. I believe in creating healthy communities through partnerships that foster resiliency and wellbeing no matter what age or stage we may be at in our lives.
I have a passion for spreading unconditional love to everyone I encounter. It is important to me that those who can't feed themselves are fed, and those who cannot clothe themselves are clothed. I believe we all have a purpose on this earth, and our time here shouldn't be wasted. That is why I am a part of Open For Change. To ensure time and money is well spent where it's needed most!
I am a relationship development specialist, helping individuals, families and organizations to develop ‘key’ relationships internally and externally. Just as a key is unique to one lock, each relationship is different and so must be handled uniquely. My approach in Life Coaching focuses on developing strong and healthy relationships. When learned, this can create growth for each of my client’s unique relationships.
A middle child of 6, Jonny finds himself upon an uncontrollable journey into the depths of human experience. Here among the flows, he finds deep grace and gratitude for the ability to hold the entire spectrum within and loves exploring all the profound abilities in life from resisting resistance and judging judgment through to the infinite spectrum of other glorious paradoxes we experience. As of now, Jonny loves to express right through the illusions of life in a multitude of forms, from his external expressions such as: Yoga, growing probiotic elixirs, and naturally frolicking about, through to his internal expressions such as: Meditation, writing, and exploring the unknowable; Jonny loves to express the expansion of an open heart through unconditional play and turning every breath into an adventure. Here, in the space of his truth, you will find him dancing among the waves of experience and portraying himself as a passionate adventurer.
Michel is a professional 'Big Kid' and stay-at-home Dad to his amazing daughter Kaya Laija. His passion lies in the empowerment of others to follow their own path, whether it be parenting, education, business or any other life endeavour. His time is spent raising his three-year-old daughter, long distance running and starting up a part-time PC repair business, all imbued with an unconditional presence and the empowerment of the individual and thus the whole. He enjoys foraging for adventure, conscious experience and general tomfoolery in the beautiful Okanagan, which he calls home, along with his family, his daughter and his beautiful wife Katrina.
"Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known." – Winnie The Pooh
"Written in the gaze of every child is the message that the universe has not forgotten you." – Michel Martin
I believe that you, as an individual, do not have power - you embody it. Because of this, you can never be powerless. You are power itself. You have been influencing people's thoughts and feelings (and therefore their actions) since the day your parents found out they were pregnant with you - and every day since. Everything you are matters, because your constant influence is part of the foundation of our collective future. My passion in life is sharing with you the reminder that, in this interconnected ecosystem we all belong to, there is no such thing as insignificance. Everything is significant; especially YOU. YOU matter. You make a difference. Why not fall in love with the difference you make?