We had the good fortune of connecting with Vicki Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vicki, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Growing up in Dana Point with vegetarian parents, mindful living has been my way of life for my whole life. We ate organically and lived holistically. I learned about volunteering from my mom who was one of the first volunteers for Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace and PETA. Animal and environmental welfare has always been a part of my dna.
On the weekends before I could meet up with friends we would do an asana flow and garden. One of the friends I would meet up with was my neighbor who’s father owned a yacht sale business. Some of most fond memories are playing in the harbor and sailing.
The apple didn’t fall from from the tree, I’ve had an organic garden for over 30 years and my 3 kids are all respectful watermen and waterwomen.
Now that my kids are adults I’m able to pour my heart into this nonprofit, creating a loving community.
What should our readers know about your business?
We’ve created a community that fosters community. We’re asking questions and thinking about things differently all while working to adapt new sustainable habits.
Our board is 100% committed to living as low waste as possible themselves and always trying to lessen their own impact.
Seeing families come of all ages and backgrounds, have fun, compete for prizes (or they come just because they want to give back to our Earth) and learn is the greatest satisfaction.
Being a new nonprofit our meetings are important. A board member will have an idea how to improve and streamline the day, we’ll try it out and talk about it afterwards.
We know that even our cleanups generate waste, whether it’s a plastic bag to fill the trash in once collected or single use gloves; we are constantly looking for ways to be better and set an example.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
We love doing what we do. We are in this world doing one small act and we believe that if everyone did one small thing it would add up to a big thing and change! We are a 100% volunteer organization and want participants to have fun while at our Cleanups and Lunch & Learns.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve lived in Dana Point for over 40 years and I love it! It truly is paradise. We have everything we need here. I love showing people around who are new to the area. I always ask first what you’re into so I cab guide the tour around that. Do you like to hike, are you a foodie, what about shopping? For me, the ocean is the biggest attraction. You can go paddle boarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, diving, whale watching, or just a beautiful walk on the beach. After a day of being in, at or on the water our first day we’ll eat out somewhere in the harbor. Sunsets can not be beat!
We’ll walk the headlands trails and stop for a bite at one of the restaurants in the Lantern District. If you’re visiting on the weekend, we’ll stop at the farmers market and stock up on local fresh fruits and veggies to make the rest of our meals at home.
Day trips to San Clemente and Laguna are a definite as each neighbouring city has so many fun and unique spots to check out! Again, are you a beach person and would enjoy seeing no one on the beach, want to dive through caves, take some trail hikes in the foothills. Stopping a few favourite smoothie places to refuel is a must!
Lunch in Laguna, dinner on the pier in San Clemente. I want to go adventuring and discover new gems too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first donor who had everything to do with this nonprofit starting. My friends and family who have encouraged me to continue. All our sponsors who want to be a part of and believe in what we’re doing.
A HUGE thank you goes out to them!
I also want to shout out to you for having me.