For the past 14 years I have been involved with Early Childhood Education, with my interest being in how and what educators are teaching our future citizens. I have watched the current childcare crisis evolve into what it is today and there has never been a better time to tackle the major issues of unaffordability and quality in early years education settings. I have come to Groundswell with the aim to evolve and clarify some creative ideas to give both families and educators more options as to how we care for our young children. With the focus on sustainability, the importance of community and ensuring children have access to nature I believe we can evolve childcare in to more meaningful care and education programs. It is my passion to bring more quality care to the field of early education rather than make profit on the already deepening childcare crisis. I am excited to work with Groundswell to start a pathway to develop the future of our community.
Tania Alexis Clarke
Art and music have been an integral part of my life since I was a child. My parents encouraged me to do what I was drawn to and supported my decision to eventually complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UBC.
I grew up in Vancouver and had a love/hate relationship with the city for quite some time. I used travel as an escape, counting the days until I could take my next trip, feeling that everywhere was more interesting than here. More recently I have learned to love it, and accepted it as my home and where I want to make a difference. As the saying goes, "Be the change you want to see”.
For the past decade I have been freelancing as a graphic designer along with part-time employment. For years I’ve dreamed of launching my own creative, community focused business, but trying to make ends meet with day to day work has left me going in circles. Whenever I’ve started to plan a business, I end up feeling overwhelmed by the process, or get too busy with other work, and go back to old routines.
I realized that I needed to stop trying to go at it alone, and eventually found Groundswell.
I am looking forward to the journey I am about to embark on with the Social Venture Program. I’m ready to dive in, connect with new people, and acquire the tools and knowledge I need to move forward into this next chapter of my life. Here we go!
Tammy Lea Meyer
I’m deeply inspired by people, and how we respond so beautifully and creatively to the challenges of our time. All my life I’ve felt a sense of a deeper purpose that wants to emerge from the collective. My compass is tuned to the whisper of right action and progression towards a collectively designed and activated world.
Over the last decade and a half, I’ve had the opportunity to work within organizations, often in a public outreach role. In that time I’ve managed and developed canvassing and fundraising programs, knocked on over 70,000 doors, developed training programs for community outreach, and done a deep dive into the economy, with a special focus on innovative and transformative economic practices.
At Groundswell, I’m excited to bring my life experience, and design and test scalable models that serve social and economic change.
I am an actress who works in theatre, film & television; an independent producer; an emerging writer; a daughter; a sister; an aunt; a friend; a lover of food, wine, and chocolate; a server; a thinker; and a sharer. I grew up in an Italian Immigrant household on Vancouver Island, and have since lived in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, and Rome. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto in Arts & Culture with a Multidisciplinary focus, and an Acting Certificate from Victoria Motion Picture School. I am an eternal student of life, humanity, and art, and strive towards living day to day with compassion, empathy, kindness and love.
I regularly seek out new ways to expand upon my education and grow my mind, body and soul - constantly questioning myself and the world around me. This, in part, is due to my analytical nature but also is a bi-product of the expectations that are put on actors to constantly be reevaluating their motivations, intentions, goals and objectives, whether it be within the context of a character or themselves. I am a creative, resourceful and capable individual who thrives off communication, and has a desire to make a larger contribution via what I have to offer the world. I was introduced to Groundswell by one of my best friend’s from university and am so excited to have this opportunity to explore an idea with the support of such a diversely qualified and inspiring group of individuals.
For most of my life I have been pursuing my own ideals, without too much concern for what is practical or realistic in the long term. I have tried to say yes to every opportunity in front of me and it has taken me to some amazing places, from a solo motorcycle trip across Canada and handling logistics for Tough Mudder Canada to spending my summers as a tour guide and my winters as a ski bum here in Vancouver. Through all this my focus has been in developing practical and hands-on experience, which has turned me into a bit of a generalist in a world of specialists. A goal of mine has always been to take this skill set and apply it to something that has a purpose in the bigger picture of health, well-being and community. Groundswell is an exciting new step towards that goal. I am thrilled (and a little nervous) to begin to hone my passions into something with an impact on the world around me.
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
- Dr. Seuss
As a SFU alumni who graduated with a degree in psychology more than a year ago, I have been looking for ways to better engage the local community to bring individuals together for common causes. Taking the lessons I learned from SFU Change Lab (via which I had my first exposure to Groundswell), I spent much of the past two years doing work related to community outreach. Having worked with the SFU Sustainability Office, the Langley Green-Cart Outreach Program, and the Ancient Forest Alliance, I want to play a role in making BC a more sustainable and livable community than it already is. With interests ranging from gender equality to environmental sustainability, I wish to carve out a career through which I can treat work like play and- at the same time- give back to this community someday.
Drawing much inspirations from hockey players and stories, my favourite motto over the past several years has been “people before professional”. As both a responsible citizen of this community and as an aspiring professional who wishes to bring forth constructive innovations and values, my motto will continue to motivate me and help me stay true to myself no matter where I go!
“If you suffer, it is because of you. If you feel blissful, it is because of you. Nobody else is responsible, only you and you alone. You are your hell and your heaven too.” Osho
I, like everyone else, want a quality life. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, with a BA in Environmental and Indigenous studies. It’s been difficult for me to find opportunities in the workforce that align well with what I wish to contribute to the world.
I want to develop entrepreneurial skills so that I have the chance to share my skills and passion with the world on my own terms. I want to support others in this same endeavor to the best of my abilities.
I love all things design, and am excited about the Makers communities that are popping up all over the Lower Mainland. I look forward to an active local economy, where the lineage of constructed products can be traced back to their original form, as a tree or whatever else.
I believe that strong communities are the foundation of any change movement. I look forward to learn about what business ideas can help change our world for the better. I’m excited to work with the Groundswell community.
I like to think of myself as a Progressive Early Childhood Educator. And by that I mean: a scientist, an artist, a coach, a counselor, an architect, a journalist, a nurse, a librarian, a creative director, a neighbour, a producer, a curator, an environmentalist, a photographer, an enthusiast, an advocate, a member of the community, a guide, a champion, a mother, and a friend.
Now, with Groundswell's energy, innovativeness, education, support and mentorship, I have no doubts that within a few months, I will be able to add "super" in front of 'mother', social entrepreneur behind 'member of the community', and change maker to the front of the line up!