The misty spring rains have returned to Vancouver and the cherry blossoms, magnolias and tulips are blooming en masse. Serendipitous timing for the first Late Bloomers Collective.

Today’s post is about a gathering I’m hosting and it would be fantastic if you could come. The details are still being finessed, but I’m super excited to be holding space for female identifying people that are forging new paths.

Do you ever feel like you’re late to the party? Like everyone else got their stuff together sometime around 2002 and you’re finally getting some clarity on your life mission? Yes? Read on and get excited. You are not alone.

I’ve started this group and event series after realizing there’s nothing like this in the Lower Mainland.

If you’re female identifying, 35+ and starting something new while feeling unmoored and confused, these groups are for you.

Maybe you’re launching a new social enterprise, writing a book, going for your master’s, directing a movie, perhaps having your first visual art show.

There’s a lack of resources for mature women who have the guts to start new ventures and I’m determined to shift that.

Events will include inspiring speakers, connecting with other courageous women, spontaneous collaborations, getting a grip on marketing/social media, and a wisdom exchange that is designed to connect you with the resources, insight, and information you need to reach your goals.

Let’s get together and take action on our dreams.

Event schedule:

6:30 Mingling and snacks

7:00 Introductions. What area in your life is blooming a bit later than most people you know?

7:15 Speaker: Anthonia Ogundele will be sharing her passions and experience in community building. She’s been featured in Flare Magazine and the Tyee and she is the Manager of Business Continuity, Emergency Planning and Environmental Sustainability at Vancity Credit Union.

A trained planner, Anthonia has a passion for cities and engaging communities. She is on the board of the Coal Harbour Resident’s Association and was a member of the North East False Creek Stewardship Committee, igniting the re-imagining of Hogan’s Alley. In 2016 she turned a storefront facing closet into the Cheeky Proletariat, located on Carrall street, which is an accessible and inclusive space for the free expression of all people. Since it was launched 22 “creatively inclined” individuals presented projects, sharing personal stories about such diverse subjects as being Queer and Black to Finding Spiritual Meaning in Trumps tweets.

As a new mama to an 11 year old, her daughter has opened her eyes to see the city in a new way and support future generations. Now, on a leave of absence, Anthonia is exploring leveraging the cooperative model to support youth empowerment by partnering with Solid State Industries ( to incubate a black youth cooperative that will ultimately develop members only youth spaces (13-18) (inclusive of all youth not just black youth). She describes it as ‘The Wing’ meets ‘Hogwarts’ meets ‘Wakanda’.She is hoping to inspire a legacy of black leadership as well as answer the question: “what might place/space making look like when you centre the black experience?”

7:45 Q&A with Anthonia

8:00: Asks and offerings aka wisdom circle. An opportunity to share your goals/challenges and ask for feedback and insights from the community. This is where the magic happens. It’s an opportunity to hear from others who share your struggles and have found solutions and resources to guide you to the next step. A supportive space to share your emerging ideas. If you have an insight or resource to share with the group, this is also a chance to be generous and articulate your offering.

8:30 wrap

Cost: $15.00
For those looking to book tickets in advance, click to the Eventbrite page:
We’ll also take credit card and cash at the event.

Let’s bloom it up!