Born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Colleen recently quit her corporate job of 25 years and relocated to Vancouver to become her own boss. She has been basking in the joy of cultivating her inner crafty being: Seamstress, Bracelet Maker, Photographer and Writer. With this refreshing new start, she hopes to live her life doing the things she loves instead of living someone else’s dream.
She has been sewing since she was a child but found that the older she got, the more life got in the way of pursuing her dreams. Her sewing business, Meins Designs, was born in the spring of 2014 out of a desire to do something meaningful. A passionate animal lover, Colleen is momma to a 6-year-old Field Spaniel named Cooper and a 17-year-old cat named Charlie. She donates 10% of her business to an animal sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario. She also volunteers her time every month at an animal sanctuary in Langley, BC and does her best to live a cruelty-free life.
Her love for writing started as a young child when she dreamed of becoming a poet. Her writing flourished throughout high school but came to an end when “real life” took over. Picking up where she left off almost 30 years ago, she now has a collection of 70+ poems, has her own blog and is writing a book to help women like herself find their freedom. She also volunteers with One-to-One, A Children’s Literacy Program. She shares her love for reading by tutoring children in need of extra help at a local school every week.
Colleen believes that Every Day is Earth Day and has evolved into an avid upcycler. She is super-excited to be working with VACS to help others learn how to consume less and reduce, reuse, recycle & UPCYCLE more!!!