Melanie Matining - queer pinay activist & community organizer

  • Groundswell Cafe & Clubhouse 566 Powell Street Vancouver, BC, V6A 1G9 Canada

A Speaker Series for the social impact community

Happening every Tuesday evening at the Groundswell Clubhouse!

Doors: 5:00
Speaker: 5:30

Bar open to 9:00
$10 in advance or at the door gets you in and a drink (beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea...)

Groundswell is answering a call to create space to come together for community and meaning in our work by opening up our Social Venture program’s Tuesday evening guest speaker series to the public - join us and find your community here!

Speaker lineup:

September 27th
Melanie Matining, queer pinay activist & community organizer

Melanie Matining is a queer pinay activist, community organizer, and settler on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Her work focuses on the importance of social spaces in movement building and the necessary intersections of community-determined access, placemaking, and solidarity building. She convenes communities to create platforms for celebration, healing, and just dancing it all out.

Melanie makes up one half of the duo that brings us Denim Vest, a queer sweaty dance party for the people. In the recent past, she also worked as the Community Development Manager at Heartwood, a social space that was centred on community and movement building. Amidst the towering cranes, she continues her work in advocating for accessible and inclusive spaces in the city. Melanie walks everyday in love and liberation alongside her communities working towards queer rights, Indigenous solidarity, and migrant justice.

You are invited

         to the Groundswell SocialS: a weekly event featuring local entrepreneurs, community activists, and professionals who are making real positive change on the ground in Vancouver and are eager to share their experience and insight with you.

Call it social enterprise, community building, social innovation, changemaking, meaningful work, professional development, or just kicking back with a beer and a room full of curious, smart, heart-centered doers (yes, this means YOU!) - come and find your community here.  And, get the tips, tricks, and stories that are creating the map to that better future, as we venture there.

Each week        

       a new speaker, or set of speakers, will share their story and experience and engage in dialogue with attendees in a Q&A session.  Afterwards, the bar will remain open and you can stay - or come late and join us then! - for a casual, warm soiree where you can energize and grow the groundswell of social change together, with play and work.

$10 gets you in with a drink in your hand (a beer/wine/coffee/tea/soda is included with your donation).  


No one will be turned away: please email socials@groundswellcommunity.ca if the entry fee is a barrier to your attendance.