Founder & Director
Ginger is the visionary conceiving and shaping Otauna. She performs various roles with passion, from the development of products, tools, and the Otauna pattern system to structuring, implementing, and managing all programs.
Ginger is a seasoned educator with a Bachelor and Masters of Education. Her expertise in this field is a cornerstone to Otauna’s success, guiding participants around the world in their experiences with Otauna’s programs.
A public speaker, Ginger travels extensively to share the Otauna mission and her vision.
Steve, Ginger's life partner, created what would be the prototype of our first dotting tools for her birthday in August 2015. He now coordinates the production of hundreds sets of dotting tools a week that travel as far and wide as the Mandalas of Hope.
Lisa is our front line of communications, responding to emails, organizing event lists, and more. With her years of experience in marketing and her in depth understanding of the development of Otauna, Lisa plays a critical role in planning, promotion, and other aspects of our evolution.
With years of administrative experience, Luella oversees the bookkeeping, tracks funds raised through various initiatives, and handles payroll.
Tina is an exceptional graphic designer whose skills enhance numerous aspect of Otauna. From the creation of our logo to product design and development, from brochures to business cards, Tina's expertise allows Otauna to bloom. Visit her website at www.arquoisedesign.com.
From our founder, Ginger
My name is Ginger. I believe my life's purpose is to create Otauna, an organization with the mission to connect humanity.
Prior to painting my first dot, for the beginning 36 years of life, I had a sense that I am here to do something specific, some sort of career or project. As a young girl, I was drawn to music. I excelled at it, studied it in university, and started to teach others. I knew this was not it, but had a peace that whatever it is, was laying dormant until something more unfolded. I went on to study education and let a career in the field develop for ten years, finding fulfillment and meaning, yet still knew this was not it.
Then one day in May 2015, I painted a few dots with my grade 5 students as part of a classroom activity. The spark that had laid dormant for so long ignited and very soon I knew this is it.
In the same time period, I trained in energy healing modalities, which served to strengthen my intuition and my understanding that the platform I'm creating is my healing offering to the world. An inner knowing guides me along this pathway, from the minutest of details, such as the tool size to use at a specific step in a mandala, to larger decisions, such as when and how to expand the organization.
This path requires tremendous trust. Sometimes I waver and doubt creeps in. Just like the centre white dot of all Otauna mandalas, I then align myself with my Source by meditating, spending time in nature, and reading inspiring books.
I usually call myself the creator of Otauna and not founder because this path is one that stretches out far beyond the point in time of me writing this: I am still creating the platform that is Otauna. There will be a time when Travelling Kindness Rocks are painted by thousands of volunteers from multiple countries and the colourful mandala dots will represent millions who financially support their journeys. When that free gift, from no one specifically and everyone collectively, is opened by a person experiencing grief, battling an illness, or any other of life's most darkest times, they will be holding a physical representation of all of humanity's support in their hands. All they will have to do, when in doubt or pain or fear, is look down on the dots and see us all right there with them.
It is my hope that as our organization grows, our work will help fade boundary lines and the walls humans have built up will soften. The pattern process has the ability to solidify connections across countries and cultural and religious groups and remind us that we are one human family. In times of conflict, strife, or disaster, humanity will have a platform to respond with people around the globe dotting the same mandala design. People everywhere will hold it up, unified, in our stance of support of one another, connection, and peace.
This is my life's purpose.