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The Change Makers | Creating Better Periods | #nomorelimits

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Meet Taran and Bunny Ghatrora, the creators of ELLEBOX and Blume, a subscription service that provides organic feminine hygiene products for menstruation and self-care. They want to change the discussion around menstruation, and foster normalcy and dignity for women and girls around the world. In episode 2 of the Change Makers, we follow them as they host a menstrual hygiene drive at the West Village Cafe, in Surrey BC. Their mission is to collect 75,000 pads and tampons for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. That’s enough pads and tampons for an entire year!

Join Ellebox/Blume in helping to raise money for Days for Girls, to support menstrual equity and education around the world. Ellebox will be matching all donations up to $1,000. http://unbouncepages.com/menstrualhygieneday/

Why a Menstrual Hygiene Drive?

The fact that 50% of the population has periods, pads and tampons are essential as toilet paper, so the fact if they are not provided in schools, businesses – bathrooms in general, but the toilet paper is, just goes to show how much we don’t recognize the importance of this. We think that the pads and tampons the least needed items across North America because of the stigma and taboo around women periods, and the fact that we don’t talk about them very much. 

Now that we have been talking to the women’s centers, and we have been doing these drives, we realized that when you’re donating food and personal care products it is very much forgotten.

What do you feel is unique about Ellebox/Blume?

I think a big part of what we do at Blume is empowerment, we empower women to make their own decisions and to part of the decisions that they are making, and to not feel scared to say what they feel, and how they feel, at any time, to anybody, and I think that’s something truly exciting for us, because we don’t think women should feel limited by their own beliefs or by any beliefs that people are pushing on them.

What have you learned since you started Ellebox/Blume?

Throughout a year and a half of running this company, we have realised from talking to customers and getting messages from young girls that there is a lack of sex education, and there is a lack of information about women bodies. I’m (Taran) 27 and I am just getting comfortable with like everything about my body, knowing about it, and that’s because society has really limited, you know, the conversation around both periods and women health, and so for us being that go to resource not only for good for you sustainable products but also information and education is our goal.

What are some ways we can all help to create better periods for women and girls?

There’s three ways we can all help create better periods, I think one is just have a conversation and be open to conversation. Two is start stocking bathrooms and public places with pads and tampons. Whether it be in school or business, we shall work towards that. And the third is donate to causes like days for girls overseas, which helps provide access for pads and tampons to girls that are missing school because of their biology, and also causes locally like Women’s Centers and Food Banks where they’re lacking donations in pads and tampons.


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The Change Makers – Episode 4 | Perminder Chohan

I first met Perminder in a small Starbucks in Delta. It was late summer, and it felt like everyone around me was trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as they could before the sun and warmth would trade with the cold and rain of winter here in the lower mainland. The couple ahead of me in line ordered their Cold Brews to refresh themselves before heading back out into the evening sun. There were those, like me, who welcomed the air conditioning and took seats inside.

Paarull, Perminder’s public relations specialist, arranged our meeting. She loved our show, and what we are trying to accomplish with the series, and like any good PR professional, she believes in her client. Up until this point, all I knew of Perminder was the hype. Author of two books, a managing director with over 500 advisors and 7 offices in the lower mainland, and the many charities he is involved with.

They are amazing accomplishments and could make for a great ad campaign, but they are not enough to craft a story. To me, these successes do not make-up a person or a brand, so my desire to meet Perminder was to just listen to his story. This is what I believe is the most important part of crafting video content, stories, and even ads. It’s as much about building relationships as it is understanding all the elements that need to come together.

My turn came up in line, so I ordered a Berry Hibiscus Passion Tea and sat down with Perminder and Paarull. In that two hour conversation over tea, the hype washed away to reveal a very real person. Despite what he has accomplished in his life so far, or the wealth he has earned, he did not want to be remembered for those things. He deeply wanted to be remembered as the kind of person who was there for others.

He was aware that this desire was shaped by his father. Growing up in a small village in India, he would see his father doing his best to help all those who asked. When he was old enough to ask, his father replied and told him that “if you are there for others, others are going to be there when you need them.”

As a young man, he had wild dreams of traveling abroad and making a better life in some far-off country. If you haven’t guessed yet, that far-off country turned out to be Canada. But no matter how far away his new home was, his father’s teaching never left him. He felt as though it was written into his very DNA.

In our conversation, I learned that he firmly believed that if you want to be successful, if you want to make a change, that change begins with you. I don’t know if he noticed, but I could see that this also came from his father’s teaching. How could you be there for others if you were unable to be there for yourself? How can you make a difference in the lives of others if you do not make a change in your own? Change begins with you.

This is what change makers are made of because change begins with one person making a difference one action, one moment at a time.

You cannot overcome your DNA, so despite the challenges that came with immigrating to a foreign country, even in failure and bankruptcy, he was there for others even though it cost him. His tenacity and care for others eventually found their home when he began his career in the financial services and life insurance industry.

Now, as a leader and coach, he teaches his extraordinary secret to business success. Do I have to say it? Have you guessed what that might be? Treat people like they are your family and be there for them. What kind of service or product would you give your family? Only the best.

Please check out Perminder’s website to learn more about him and his foundation. Don’t forget to follow, like, and share this story and others.


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I first met Perminder in a small Starbucks in Delta. It was late summer, and it felt like everyone around me was trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as they could before the sun and warmth would trade with the cold and rain of winter here in the lower mainland. The couple ahead of me in line ordered their Cold Brews to refresh themselves before heading back out into the evening sun. There were those, like me, who welcomed the air conditioning and took seats inside.

Paarull, Perminder’s public relations specialist, arranged our meeting. She loved our show, and what we are trying to accomplish with the series, and like any good PR professional, she believes in her client. Up until this point, all I knew of Perminder was the hype. Author of two books, a managing director with over 500 advisors and 7 offices in the lower mainland, and the many charities he is involved with.

They are amazing accomplishments and could make for a great ad campaign, but they are not enough to craft a story. To me, these successes do not make-up a person or a brand, so my desire to meet Perminder was to just listen to his story. This is what I believe is the most important part of crafting video content, stories, and even ads. It’s as much about building relationships as it is understanding all the elements that need to come together.

My turn came up in line, so I ordered a Berry Hibiscus Passion Tea and sat down with Perminder and Paarull. In that two hour conversation over tea, the hype washed away to reveal a very real person. Despite what he has accomplished in his life so far, or the wealth he has earned, he did not want to be remembered for those things. He deeply wanted to be remembered as the kind of person who was there for others.

He was aware that this desire was shaped by his father. Growing up in a small village in India, he would see his father doing his best to help all those who asked. When he was old enough to ask, his father replied and told him that “if you are there for others, others are going to be there when you need them.”

As a young man, he had wild dreams of traveling abroad and making a better life in some far-off country. If you haven’t guessed yet, that far-off country turned out to be Canada. But no matter how far away his new home was, his father’s teaching never left him. He felt as though it was written into his very DNA.

In our conversation, I learned that he firmly believed that if you want to be successful, if you want to make a change, that change begins with you. I don’t know if he noticed, but I could see that this also came from his father’s teaching. How could you be there for others if you were unable to be there for yourself? How can you make a difference in the lives of others if you do not make a change in your own? Change begins with you.

This is what change makers are made of because change begins with one person making a difference one action, one moment at a time.

You cannot overcome your DNA, so despite the challenges that came with immigrating to a foreign country, even in failure and bankruptcy, he was there for others even though it cost him. His tenacity and care for others eventually found their home when he began his career in the financial services and life insurance industry.

Now, as a leader and coach, he teaches his extraordinary secret to business success. Do I have to say it? Have you guessed what that might be? Treat people like they are your family and be there for them. What kind of service or product would you give your family? Only the best.

Please check out Perminder’s website to learn more about him and his foundation. Don’t forget to follow, like, and share this story and others.


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The Change Makers | #webelong | Part 2 | There is a Future

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How you build relationships, how you include people is not just about integration but how do you include people with disability into community. That is something I never thought can happen here. And now I can see, I can see there is a future here.

Maria Medrea, Co-Founder of the House of Grace

It has been a long journey for Virginia and her team. In Part 1, we followed her team to Hunedoara Romania, where they made friends at the center, lead presentations at schools, professional development seminars for Romanian social workers and teachers, met with government officials to improve accessibility and took the time to visit families supporting members with a disability. Part 1: Experience Something Different has been shared around the world. If you haven’t watched, liked, and shared that video, please head on over there and do that first.

In Part 2: There is a Future, Virginia and her team arrives at the House of Grace camp, Casa Harului in Romanian. The House of Grace was founded as a place of love and respite for people with disabilities and their families because in Romania they are “often met with stigma, discrimination, poor medical treatment and resources for independent living.”

Maria, the co-founder of the House of Grace, has always dreamed that people with disability in Romania “will stand up for their rights, and talk about their needs.” She shared with us that the very future she dreams of for the people of Romania is what she sees in Virginia’s team – a people that belong.


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20 Years in the Making | #webelong

Did you know that BC was the first province in Canada to close all it’s large institutions that segregated people with developmental disabilities? (Inclusion BC). That was 1996! In 2007, Canada signed the UN Convention on Rights of Person’s with Disabilities, which required member nations to develop legislation that promoted the human rights of person’s with disabilities and create a more inclusive society. (CCD) And in 2009, Canada’s first and largest institution, the “Huronia Regional Center” once known as the “Orilla Asylum for Idiots” finally closed. (Wikipedia) Canada has come a long way in 20 years! Now, those who were segregated are full participants of our culture and society.

And that’s because of Change Makers, who worked tirelessly over the last half a century to make a difference one person, one action, one moment at a time. That’s why we are excited to share our next episode because person’s with disability, and their advocates, are taking their message, their story, our story as a nation, to other countries who are beginning their journey from segregation to inclusion. Get ready for episode 3 where we follow a team from Langley BC to Hunedoara Romania.Help us share their message of inclusion by liking and sharing their story when it premiers this week.

Want to learn more about the history of the disability right movement in Canada, watch this story from Inclusion BC:

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Did you know that BC was the first province in Canada to close all it’s large institutions that segregated people with developmental disabilities? (Inclusion BC). That was 1996! In 2007, Canada signed the UN Convention on Rights of Person’s with Disabilities, which required member nations to develop legislation that promoted the human rights of person’s with disabilities and create a more inclusive society. (CCD) And in 2009, Canada’s first and largest institution, the “Huronia Regional Center” once known as the “Orilla Asylum for Idiots” finally closed. (Wikipedia) Canada has come a long way in 20 years! Now, those who were segregated are full participants of our culture and society.

And that’s because of Change Makers, who worked tirelessly over the last half a century to make a difference one person, one action, one moment at a time. That’s why we are excited to share our next episode because person’s with disability, and their advocates, are taking their message, their story, our story as a nation, to other countries who are beginning their journey from segregation to inclusion. Get ready for episode 3 where we follow a team from Langley BC to Hunedoara Romania.Help us share their message of inclusion by liking and sharing their story when it premiers this week.

Want to learn more about the history of the disability right movement in Canada, watch this story from Inclusion BC:

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The Change Makers | #webelong | Part 1 | Experience Something Different

“I don’t know of any other organizations that have taken people with developmental disabilities to another country, not just for pleasure but to have some sort of a mission, or a vision, or a purpose.” ~ Virginia Sawatsky, Executive Director & Vice-President, Pathways

For those who don’t know me, I began my career as a social worker and an advocate for person’s with disabilities. While I believe that each organization that serves this vulnerable population are genuine in their mission and values, when I met Virginia and her team at Pacific Development Pathways (Pathways from here on out:), I was truly taken back with how they have challenged themselves to take seriously their mission statement, “Better Lives.”

“Better Lives” for persons with disability begin when they truly belong in a community. They are afforded the right to live, work, learn, and play in the community. They are given the opportunity to learn anything and are treated with respect and dignity. And they are free to challenge themselves. This seems like commons sense, but as I mentioned in our blog post, 20 Years in the Making, these rights are still very new in Canada for persons with disability, where they were segregated in institutions up until 2009.

Change makers in Canada have been challenging our culture and society to see persons with disability as though they truly belong for over 50 years, and they have learned a lot. Wanting to take that message, our story, and give back more globally, Pathways has partnered internationally with the Bethel Humanitarian Organization and The House of Grace to help the growing community living movement in Romania.

Joseph Kafka from Little Bird Media filming Pathways team in Romania.

In Episode 3 of the Change Makers, I followed one of their teams as they visited Hunedoara, Romania to provide information, training and relationship building opportunities. Each team was made up of people with disabilities, family members, and Pathways staff. All members of the team were involved in training (planned and coordinated before they left) and each member played a leadership role during the visit.

While in Romania, they worked together to lead presentations to schools, professional development seminars for Romanian social workers and teachers, met with government officials to improve accessibility, and took the time to visit families supporting members with a disability.

With all this activity and interaction with the Romanian community, Virginia’s biggest desire was that “hopefully those observing could see that it didn’t matter that someone on our team had a disability or didn’t have a disability that we were a team and we were working together for the same thing.”

Since their first visit in 2012, Pathways has become an integral part of Hunedoara’s growing Community Living movement. Their visits, inspiration, and education have not only encouraged the movement, but through fundraising and partnerships with local businesses in Langley, they have been able to financially support a full time staff member at the Bethel Humanitarian Association to continue the work in the community.

Corneliu Medrea, the President of the Bethel Humanitarian Association

This has been a dream for Corneliu Medrea, the President of the Bethel Humanitarian Association, who has for years wanted to help his people see value in persons with disability and treat them with respect. After working with Pathways, and visiting Canada, he believes that Pathways model is the best model in giving value to persons with disability, the people that surround them, and the community.

By the end of this journey I was deeply moved and inspired. Although this is episode 3 in our series, it was the first project we filmed, and it was while filming this project that I was inspired to find more change makers and help to share their stories. This was filmed in 2016 and it took two years to bring this project to fruition, and I am happy to finally share it with you.

Please don’t stop here. Be a change maker too and share this post and this story with friends, or become a sponsor so that we can tell more stories.


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“I don’t know of any other organizations that have taken people with developmental disabilities to another country, not just for pleasure but to have some sort of a mission, or a vision, or a purpose.” ~ Virginia Sawatsky, Executive Director & Vice-President, Pathways

For those who don’t know me, I began my career as a social worker and an advocate for person’s with disabilities. While I believe that each organization that serves this vulnerable population are genuine in their mission and values, when I met Virginia and her team at Pacific Development Pathways (Pathways from here on out:), I was truly taken back with how they have challenged themselves to take seriously their mission statement, “Better Lives.”

“Better Lives” for persons with disability begin when they truly belong in a community. They are afforded the right to live, work, learn, and play in the community. They are given the opportunity to learn anything and are treated with respect and dignity. And they are free to challenge themselves. This seems like commons sense, but as I mentioned in our blog post, 20 Years in the Making, these rights are still very new in Canada for persons with disability, where they were segregated in institutions up until 2009.

Change makers in Canada have been challenging our culture and society to see persons with disability as though they truly belong for over 50 years, and they have learned a lot. Wanting to take that message, our story, and give back more globally, Pathways has partnered internationally with the Bethel Humanitarian Organization and The House of Grace to help the growing community living movement in Romania.

Joseph Kafka from Little Bird Media filming Pathways team in Romania.

In Episode 3 of the Change Makers, I followed one of their teams as they visited Hunedoara, Romania to provide information, training and relationship building opportunities. Each team was made up of people with disabilities, family members, and Pathways staff. All members of the team were involved in training (planned and coordinated before they left) and each member played a leadership role during the visit.

While in Romania, they worked together to lead presentations to schools, professional development seminars for Romanian social workers and teachers, met with government officials to improve accessibility, and took the time to visit families supporting members with a disability.

With all this activity and interaction with the Romanian community, Virginia’s biggest desire was that “hopefully those observing could see that it didn’t matter that someone on our team had a disability or didn’t have a disability that we were a team and we were working together for the same thing.”

Since their first visit in 2012, Pathways has become an integral part of Hunedoara’s growing Community Living movement. Their visits, inspiration, and education have not only encouraged the movement, but through fundraising and partnerships with local businesses in Langley, they have been able to financially support a full time staff member at the Bethel Humanitarian Association to continue the work in the community.

Corneliu Medrea, the President of the Bethel Humanitarian Association

This has been a dream for Corneliu Medrea, the President of the Bethel Humanitarian Association, who has for years wanted to help his people see value in persons with disability and treat them with respect. After working with Pathways, and visiting Canada, he believes that Pathways model is the best model in giving value to persons with disability, the people that surround them, and the community.

By the end of this journey I was deeply moved and inspired. Although this is episode 3 in our series, it was the first project we filmed, and it was while filming this project that I was inspired to find more change makers and help to share their stories. This was filmed in 2016 and it took two years to bring this project to fruition, and I am happy to finally share it with you.

Please don’t stop here. Be a change maker too and share this post and this story with friends, or become a sponsor so that we can tell more stories.


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Surrey’s West Village Cafe Creates Community, and Incredibly Delicious Food

As cafes in the lower mainland are debating over banning wifi and electrical outlets in order to create environments that nurture conversation and engagement, while others feel financially obligated to meet the needs of the new working class, the West Village Cafe in Surrey is embracing complexity in favor of bringing people together.

It seems like the debate over wifi and devices in cafe culture falls along several dividing lines: comfort vs cafe profitability, technology vs collaboration and conversation, and work space vs social space.

Paul Bhangoo, the owner of West Village Cafe, doesn’t accept these divisions, and believes that if your focus is on community, everyone will be welcome, like a village. So they have created a space that could meet the various needs, and a menu that would make staying longer not only appetizing and nutritious, but profitable for the cafe.

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The space has an open and clean vibe that welcomes natural light for that much needed boost of Vitamin D to keep you feeling positive whether your working on that proposal or trying to feed your kids.

Photo by Joseph Kafka at Little Bird Media.

If you’re on your own and need to sit down to get some work done, you can do that and enjoy a local coffee roast or a freshly baked croissant. With the way seating is arranged, who knows, you may end up having a conversation. I know I have. Each time I have visited, I have met someone I know, or I have made a new connection.

Photo by Joseph at Little Bird Media.

You can sit down with family and enjoy a home cooked meal, play a board game with friends and enjoy a glass of wine, or meet to collaborate with your team over beer. Paul sees this as a place where people can come to “as an oasis. A place where people felt welcome.” 

The West Village Cafe isn’t complete until “everyone is fed and happy,” so they have created a menu that boasts not only “healthy” food, but food and ingredients that are locally sourced and can be made fresh in-house.


The West Village Cafe is also a Change Maker too. No, not because they are sponsoring our series, but because they are active in the community and partnering with other organizations to create change and help others.

  1. They partner with a local church each Christmas to provide presents for school children in need.
  2. They have fed over 4000 people at the Vaisakhi parade in Surrey.
  3. They support and host young entrepreneur networking events
  4. They support and open their doors to other community members trying to make a difference, like Ellebox, who we featured in Episode 2 of the Change Makers.

THE WEST VILLAGE CAFE | Skip the Dishes | Instagram


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As cafes in the lower mainland are debating over banning wifi and electrical outlets in order to create environments that nurture conversation and engagement, while others feel financially obligated to meet the needs of the new working class, the West Village Cafe in Surrey is embracing complexity in favor of bringing people together.

It seems like the debate over wifi and devices in cafe culture falls along several dividing lines: comfort vs cafe profitability, technology vs collaboration and conversation, and work space vs social space.

Paul Bhangoo, the owner of West Village Cafe, doesn’t accept these divisions, and believes that if your focus is on community, everyone will be welcome, like a village. So they have created a space that could meet the various needs, and a menu that would make staying longer not only appetizing and nutritious, but profitable for the cafe.

Interior by Establishment, a full-service Interior Design firm located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, dedicated to delivering innovative, thoughtful and concept-driven spaces. (estdesign.ca)

The space has an open and clean vibe that welcomes natural light for that much needed boost of Vitamin D to keep you feeling positive whether your working on that proposal or trying to feed your kids.

Photo by Joseph Kafka at Little Bird Media.

If you’re on your own and need to sit down to get some work done, you can do that and enjoy a local coffee roast or a freshly baked croissant. With the way seating is arranged, who knows, you may end up having a conversation. I know I have. Each time I have visited, I have met someone I know, or I have made a new connection.

Photo by Joseph at Little Bird Media.

You can sit down with family and enjoy a home cooked meal, play a board game with friends and enjoy a glass of wine, or meet to collaborate with your team over beer. Paul sees this as a place where people can come to “as an oasis. A place where people felt welcome.” 

The West Village Cafe isn’t complete until “everyone is fed and happy,” so they have created a menu that boasts not only “healthy” food, but food and ingredients that are locally sourced and can be made fresh in-house.


The West Village Cafe is also a Change Maker too. No, not because they are sponsoring our series, but because they are active in the community and partnering with other organizations to create change and help others.

  1. They partner with a local church each Christmas to provide presents for school children in need.
  2. They have fed over 4000 people at the Vaisakhi parade in Surrey.
  3. They support and host young entrepreneur networking events
  4. They support and open their doors to other community members trying to make a difference, like Ellebox, who we featured in Episode 2 of the Change Makers.

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