Career and Organizing Experience:
2004-Present: Clipper Street Scrapbook Co.
My history within this company is varied and extensive, having started with Clipper Street as a part-time Class Instructor and eventually as a co-owner when our family purchased the store from previous owners. In 2013, I stepped away from ownership to focus more on community building projects. Currently, I am employed part-time and enjoy the opportunity to engage with our customers, in-store or during classes.
2016: Compassion Pop-up Langley
Concerned by the increase of people living on the streets in Langley, I wondered what residents could do to assist this community. After some research and lack of volunteer opportunity, I decided to organize our own outreach project with the assistance of friends and family.
Our first project was gathering donations of food, clothing, etc and partnering with L.C.S.S to share these items with the community during their annual Christmas celebration.
Our next projects were "Pop-ups" in Langley and the Downtown Eastside Vancouver. Our goal was not only to share much needed essentials with those experiencing homelessness, but to provide a space to engage in conversation and enjoy a meal with neighbours. Our first Compassion Pop-Up was held on February 2017 in Downtown Langley and was an incredible community effort. Our second Compassion Pop-up was held in a store front on the Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where we welcomed neighbours with an opportunity to enjoy some refreshments and select any essentials needed (personal grooming products, clothing,etc).
2017: Creativity Counts Workshops
In 2016, I started the Creativity Counts project to bring the power of the creative process to those that need it most. Using donated arts & crafts supplies, to design and teach classes for local non-profit organizations. Often these non-profits have the desire to offer arts & crafts classes, however, staff do not have the time or resources to do so. Volunteering with Options Community Services was an incredible experience, teaching a series of arts and crafts classes within the Settlement Program, to assist seniors from the immigrant and refugee community to learn English. Thanks to the donations of craft supplies from many individuals, I was able to provide the supplies and donate my time as an Instructor. In 2018, I organized an event for Options called "Open Studio", where the art projects created during our classes were on display, along with the art work of several Options clients that are professional artists. It was an opportunity to learn more about these Artists that have come to Canada as a refugee, while providing an opportunity to sell their work.
2017: Founder, BC Families For Inclusivity (Langley, BC/Lower Mainland)
After having a conversation with a Friend/Fellow Parent in SD35 about the experience her son was having in school, it became impossible to remain quiet when anti-LGBTQ2S+ activists were targeting LGBT youth.
"The other side of this debate was covered quite heavily,” says founder Stacey Wakelin. “I think that Langley gets a bit of a bad rep — people say we’re in the Bible Belt, we’re not progressive, we’re not inclusive — that sort of thing. I don’t believe that to be true. I know the Langley with a big heart and I wanted to show people that — especially to the people who say they’re speaking for Langley parents,” Wakelin says. Local newspaper coverage can be found here.
2017 - Present: Community Dinner Event Organizer
Community building and creating opportunities for neighbours to connect has become a passion of mine. In 2017, I organized a community dinner that brought together community leaders and residents for a meal. These community dinners have become an bi-annual event, with no barriers and all welcome to gather to enjoy a conversation and a meal.
2018: Attended UBC's Institute for Future Legislators
The Institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the experience and knowledge necessary to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.
Media Spokesperson|BC Families for Inclusivity (2017/18): As Founder of the BC Families for Inclusivity group, it was my responsibility to engage with media to share details of our events and positions regarding equality in school's for LGBT youth, SOGI123 resources.
BCTF "Advocacy Works" Event (2018): as part of a parent advocate panel, I shared my experiences gained through advocacy.
"Women in House Program" at the UBC School of Public Policy & Global Affairs: part of a panel sharing our experiences and reflections, as political candidates.