Celia Vander Velden (she/her) has been a resident of Roseburg for a combined 15 years of her life. She is
mother to a medically complex child of color, now angel. Her passions are with social justice rights for
All. She has spent over a decade advocating for the rights of medically complex children at the local and
state level. She currently brings passion, energy and advocacy skills to her role as Co-Chair of DC Unity.
Her reason for joining UVRC, aside from looking for community, is tied to her current life purpose of
helping Roseburg transition into a city that is fully accepting and safe for all its community members,
regardless of race, sex, gender, religion, and age. “To ensure we have a community worthy of our
children”. She enjoys being outdoors, camping, the warmth of the desert sun, sharing positive vibes with
good peoples, and making every opportunity an adventure. She lives her life looking for the silver lining
in even the harshest of circumstances; Beware, you may randomly hear her sing out in Disney songs or
other little positive jingles.