Vaelei Walkden-Brown is our next guest. She is the Executive Director of the Penticton & District Arts Council, one of the driving forces behind Arts Rising. This is something she is very proud of and you can hear the enthusiasm in her voice.

"Arts Rising is about us as a community evolving together. A Positive Image of Unity and Harmony and Celebration. "

Vaelei’s roots are Polynesian, Australian Feminists and Edmontonian Rocker. OMG Yup, she is one of the most balanced people I know. Love exudes from her when you’re around her, you can feel how strong she is and when you watch her take on a project the badass Rocker Chick comes out! Look out world this girl is gonna get shit done!

We talk about the Arts Council, Arts Rising and all the details, getting into the nitty gritty of it all. What's really interesting is that half the board is new and under 30. This is HUGE for a town that has been governed by retirees for so long, showing that we are in the midst of big change. Penticton is an influx on a massive scale and it's happening fast. Arts Rising is the beginning of this beautiful change. A change that I think we all want to see. A balanced community that is about inclusion and acceptance for all.

Amongst all this Arts Rising stuff I did manage to squeeze in my favourite question. “If you could pass on one thing, what would that be?” Vaelei’s answer is beautiful, “You need to love yourself. Shame doesn't have a place in our hearts.” Well said Vaelei and Thank You.

Vaelei was in Australia just a few years ago and when her parents said they were buying a home in Penticton Vaelei said ok, I'm coming home! We’re so happy she made this decision. Our little town is growing up and we need some strong women to make sure it's on the right track!

Please welcome to Awesome People, Vaelei Walkden-Brown.

I hope you enjoyed this interview with another amazing community hero!

My goal is to change the way art is sold and experienced.


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