Social City Networking is all about COMMUNITY, and encouraging members of each community to become more engaged positively in theirs! We encourage people to become community leaders, and that they are capable of anything – that networking and connecting to like-minded individuals positively contribute to both personal and professional aspects of your life! Since we felt that Madeleine and her work with Lunapads is of serious inspiration to people, as well as to communities around the world! We felt that sharing her personal story and advice could help people realize their own potential and capabilities. Check out her story – it’s a good one.
SC: Describe what community means to you in one word:
SC: Why are you participating in the upcoming Fearless Freedom Summit? (What about it spoke to you?)
Madeleine: I love the idea of coming together to explore our dreams and support one another in making them reality. I am also a huge believer in peer mentoring, and the speakers and attendees that Nicki is gathering are truly amazing.
SC: What about Vancouver attracted you to become engaged positively in the community, and how do you feel being engaged benefits the community?
Madeleine: Vancouver my hometown, so it’s the place where I feel the most connected and supported. I remember attending the annual Peace march as a teenager, so even then was being exposed to social change ideas in the city. The progressive social change community here is extraordinary.
SC: What is Lunapads inspired from, and what is it all about?
Madeleine: I started making Lunapads when I realized that I was having allergic reactions to tampons. Once I switched from tampons to washing my own pads, I found that I actually felt way better about my periods and more connected to my body and fertility cycle. Starting a business to market them was a way to share that beautiful shift in consciousness with other women.
SC: What is one major lesson/learning you are taking away from your journey so far with Lunapads, as well as your experience involved in it?
Madeleine: That the closer we can get to understanding, appreciating and accepting our bodies, the better people we become. We judge less, love more, feel better and are happier. We take better care of the planet and are gentler with one another.
SC:Why is community important to you (personally)?
Madeleine: I would say primarily as a parent and a business person: I couldn’t be either effectively without the support of others.
SC: In your own opinion, how would you encourage others to live more Fearlessly and Freely?
Madeleine: Get dialed in with really matters to you, align it with your gifts and talents, and be open to what comes next. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and can give you feedback and support as you step out.
SC: What is a personal experience you have had where social networking has benefited you in accomplishing your dreams and your goals?
Madeleine: That happens so often it’s hard to pick just one example! It just seems to happen so often that we’ll identify a need for help and then “just happen” to know someone who can do it – that kind of thing. It feels like the river that carries you wherever you are meant to go.
SC: What is some advice that you would like to share to aspiring community leaders/people looking to accomplish their dreams out there?
Madeleine: Your passion and enthusiasm are the most potent sources of motivation for others. If people can see your dream and how totally crazy you are about making it happen, they will be moved to help you.
SC: What are your and Lunapad’s socially conscious contributions to your community, and what inspired the idea behind them?
Madeleine: Our notion of community is global. Here in Vancouver, we employ 10 women and also do most of our manufacturing. We support organizations like Beauty Night, Women Against Violence Against Women and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Our biggest project is Pads4Girls, which since 2000 has been addressing the fact that girls in the developing world often lack access to menstrual products, and therefore stay home from school for several days every month. Educating girls is a gamechanger when it comes to development, and through pad donations as well as mentoring social enterprises Pads4Girls has helped over 120,000 girls in 15 countries get the education they need to change their lives (and possibly even the world!)
Writer: Sara Rose McKenna
Editor: Krista McKenna
Social City Networking INC.: SOCIAL in the CITY 2013