About Us

Hey!  I’m Vangel

  • Vangel Roberts
    Vangel RobertsCo- Founder / Speaker
Warm, connected and a wee bit sparkly by design, I am an optimistic-realist (if there is such a thing), committed to keeping it real, and charging ahead with an open heart… knowing that no matter where we are starting from, today is a new day with no mistakes in it!
Dedicated to turning down the noise, and bringing clarity and hope to others, I share openly about my battle with anxiety, suffocating debt, loneliness in marriage, my struggle as a mom, and how I found hope again.  In every part of life, I am committed to getting lasting results from the heart.
Whether pouring over website copy, writing, consulting with local or online businesses, teaching DISC personality training, motivational speaking or connecting at eye-level with the littler people in my life, I am passionate about making others feel valued and empowering them to make the impact only they were designed to make.
Most days you can find me dancing in my kitchen to Uptown Funk while getting my “clean” on, hanging at the beach with my bffs and our massive tribe of kiddies, loving my man, all in all learning to embrace the small as I continue to believe for the big.
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” John C. Maxwell
Courageous, bold and intuitive by design, I am passionate about exploring the roots of beliefs that shape our lives, committed to finding a way to freedom no matter where we are starting from.
I share openly about how I overcame childhood abuse, phobias, lack of self-worth and overwhelming debt, through forgiveness and a simple path towards healing.   Today living my life in joy and confidence, completely debt-free, empowering others to escape the grip of poverty and find their own winning spirit.
I am a Southern Tuchone woman from Kluane First Nation in the Yukon Territories.  Today, I live with my husband, Chief of the Tsawout First Nation of the Coast Salish People, and our two teenage daughters on the beautiful West Coast of BC.
As a graduate of TSW with my BA in Education and the Executive Coaching program at Royal Roads University, I am committed to education on the path towards healing.  I am also a facilitator of The Blanket Exercise with Kairos, where I share my journey of reconciliation and forgiveness all across Canada as a trainer and speaker.
I am a deeply spiritual woman.  In my spare time, you can find me at the mall, shopping with my husband and girls, having coffee with friends, travelling the world, reading, beading, making traditional moccasins and hunting.
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, in both cases you are right.” Henry Ford

Hey!  I’m Lillian

  • Lillian Underwood
    Lillian UnderwoodSpeaker / Executive Coach

Hey!  I’m Chelsea

  • Chelsea Henkel
    Chelsea HenkelCo-Founder / Speaker
Strong, loyal & freedom fighter by design, I am a writer committed to finding the words to the deepest questions and struggles of our hearts, while always remaining in hope. I am a treasure hunter by nature and I love to tell faith filled stories.
As a writer, singer/songwriter, worship leader, speaker and mother of 3 handsome basketball loving sons, I am a cheerleader for the most part, encouraging others to live life courageously, taking the risks they were designed to take.
I share openly, about my personal struggle with an eating disorder as a young woman, my battle with low self-worth and how I found my voice after a lifetime of silence. I am committed to helping others overcome the insurmountable challenges that can threaten to steal from our lives and destroy our dreams.  I share the very same skills my family used to pay off 6 figures of debt, build a multiple six figure income and empower a community of world-changers to move forward together.
In my very “spare” time, I loves to write and perform music with my husband, Adam, (Check us out!) dance with my boys, visit with friends, run, stretch and breath deeply at the beach.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch
Hilarious, vulnerable, and an 80s princess by design, I am the colourful one of the group, who will have you crying one minute and laughing out loud the next.  With a strong desire to see others awaken to their worth, kiss victim goodbye and break the slavery of debt, I am committed to sharing the freedom I have found through forgiveness and personal responsibility.
From the Keeseekoose First Nation, I am passionate about breaking down judgements, building strong communities and empowering individuals through owning our stuff.  Sharing openly about the pain of losing my father to addiction, my personal struggles with health and finances and how finding my voice helped me heal and become debt-free, I will equip and inspire you to begin again and walk in dignity towards your dreams.
I am the owner of Chahoo Threads, a First Nation EA, Facilitator of the Blanket Exercise with Kairos,  motivational speaker and adoring mom to 3 world changers. The coffee and the coco are always on at our home, as we love facilitating large community gatherings, authentic pig roasts and dance parties with our kids. We also enjoy travelling across Canada and the South Pacific to visit family, adventure and speak life over everyone we meet along the way.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

Hey!  I’m Tina

  • Tina Savea
    Tina SaveaSpeaker

Hey!  I’m Sonya

  • Sonya Price
    Sonya PriceCo-Founder / Speaker
Loving, supportive and ridiculously funny by design, I am the friend you can always count on to listen and dream with, because I believe in you. I am dedicated to making people feel safe, heard, grounded and able to be their true selves, as I believe this is the first step to healing.
Co-founder of By Design, and teacher by trade,  I am a loving mom of two amazing kids, committed to the journey of living life from the heart and valuing the little things along the way. With a passion to reach into communities with a message of hope, I aspire to chase beauty wherever I go and embrace every soul, no matter where they are starting from, with empathy and love.
Passionate about relationships, communication skills and living life by our core values, I share my  journey of learning to say “No” to the good, so I could say “Yes” to the best. I also share the LIFE BY DESIGN personality profile and effective communication skills, and am passionate about reconciliation in our nation and our homes.
My friends know me as a free spirit by nature who loves to wander in the great, wide open, travel the world with my family, garage sale on the weekend, yoga with friends, drink good coffee, eat popcorn and take funny pictures of my dog, Daisy that make us all laugh out loud.
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” Winnie the Pooh

Our Story

In December of 2011, 4 Entrepreneurs and 2 Educators got together with the mission of mobilizing a generation to make the time to make the changes that matter most in our lives. Before long, our team grew to include First Nation leaders who shared our passion. With a belief that every thing we do matters and a value for the little things, we began a journey to change the world – one life at a time.

“Without a clear vision – people lose heart.”

Our driving theory was “If we can challenge people to dream again, to begin at home in the little things and create a culture of honour to support one another, we will uncover the leaders who will affect change in every arena of the world.” January 2012, By Design launched it’s first challenge, and has successfully unlocked a way to not only awaken the dreamers to action, but to build a community moving forward together.