Hi Friend, my name is Sienna Jae – I am a Community Engagement Specialist, an advocate for equity and inclusion and a believer in good. I have been working in the world of social impact for 10 years now and I love exploring questions, sharing ideas and overcoming challenges with you through this space.
Despite what some people may think – Millennials were not born into a world of constant connection, addictive technology and the never-ending pull of the attention economy.
I can still remember the rotary dial phone that used to sit beside my mom’s bed in our “twisty stair house”. I remember living rooms without televisions… and televisions without cable. I remember our first computer ever, and everything it couldn’t do. I grew up knocking on my best friend’s door asking her if she wanted to come out and play. … More One Year Scroll Free
This global pandemic is harder for some than others.
And while I type this I hear the echo of so many that we cannot compare our struggles. And yet, if we do not acknowledge the power dynamics at play, we will never be able to seize the opportunity to balance the disparities in our communities … More Finding Equity in Quarantine
My love for the nonprofit sector is not some summer fling. It cannot be likened to a passionate affair, destined to be short-lived after the fires of passion burn out. It’s not the kind of love that will become a story of the past when I finally settle down with a calmer, more realistic and stable choice
This, my friends, is the real deal … More It’s Love, Actually
I didn’t really process that I was poor until University. I remember sitting in my first year Sociology class listening to my professor speak about wage gaps, the working poor, and poverty in London. I remember thinking “Wait a second… she’s talking about us like we’re not even here.” … More 30 Years and 30 G’s Deep
How many guys do you think won’t read this post, simply because I mentioned my period?
Today is International Women’s Day and this entire week I have been completely obsessed with justice for menstruation.
Let me tell you about when I first got my period. … More This post is about my period.
Even when I was in Ireland and people asked me about my plans for my trip they found it so bizarre that A) I wasn’t backpacking and B) that I was staying in one place.
But I love travelling to new places, and I don’t want to backpack… I wanted to spend enough time in one spot to really experience it. … More Alone in Ireland | Part 3
One of the most iconic parts of Ireland is its vast, green landscapes. It was one of the things I was most looking forward to when I decided to go to Ireland. I wasn’t aware of how much I would be taken by these spaces… and the lesson that I would learn from these spaces. … More Alone in Ireland | Part 2
For the first time in my life I decided to go on a solo adventure. I was excited by the thought of doing something on my own and pushing myself outside my comfort zone. I was (and still am) in a place where I really needed some time to myself – to relax, explore, focus on me and gain some new perspective on life. … More Alone in Ireland | Part 1
Everybody is flawed. Everyone has those things about them that are less than glamorous. I, fortunately, have come to terms with some of mine. More specifically – the fact that I am a classic know-it-all. The truth is, I have always been a know-it-all. My friends and my family know it, people have called me … More Confessions of a Know-it-All
The other day someone around me used the term “retarded” to describe to their email – I have a light-hearted relationship with this person and so I pulled out the phrase “words that hurt”. This phrase is something that I discovered in my first year at the University of Western Ontario. During O-Week my Sophs … More Words That Hurt
In 2017 I had the pleasure of participating in something new and exciting – an exercise in movement my friend Ben, otherwise known as Ellio Blox, is now calling Co-Acro Movement. I first met Ben when he was facilitating an acro-yoga session with a youth group from the Cross Cultural Learner Centre in my city. … More Lessons in Movement
As some of you may know, I spend most of my time surrounded by brilliant, creative and innovative people who work within the realm of community change. World Changers, I like to call them. *You can find a ton of them at Innovation Works in London, Ontario – go check it out! You won’t regret … More Give it Time to Grow…
Lately, every morning when I wake up and click to the news on my phone, I read about another fatal shooting at the hands of the law and I am so utterly disappointed. As a society we blindly trust in a broken system that is meant to protect us all, yet causes very real danger … More Black Lives Matter and Why White People Don’t Get It
Today I am feeling inspired by the people around me. More specifically, I am inspired by those who live with the intention to connect with those around them, those who create a sense of belonging both for themselves and others, those who value the concept of community. By our very nature we are social creatures, … More Social Media | A New Kind of Connection
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