“Changemakers” highlights the people of Prince William who are making a difference in our community. This month, we feature Valerie Meale.
Committed to raising the community that raised her, Valerie Meale is a changemaker in every sense of the word. From leading like-minded individuals on boards of directors across Prince William to fostering a love for the endless activities the community has to offer, she is truly dedicated to her cause.
How long have you lived in the Prince William area, and what do you most like about living here?
I have lived in Prince William my entire life. This community raised me, my siblings and my kids. I have loved watching it grow up! My favorite thing about living in this community is the diversity — of the people, the scenery, the activities, the entertainment, the lifestyles and the way we have blended the historic and the modern so beautifully. Endless diversity brings endless possibilities.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the area and why?
My very favorite way to spend the day is in a boat on the river. I do my best to take advantage of all this area has to offer. I love our parks and have enjoyed hikes in most of them with the Neabsco Boardwalk being my definite favorite. I love the array of entertainment venues we have to offer also, from the Hylton
Performing Arts Center to the breweries, wineries, restaurants and so on. There’s always something interesting going on.
How have you been involved in the community?
My community involvement runs deep and is near and dear to my heart. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to help raise the community that raised my family. I sit on the boards of directors for Leadership Prince William, the Prince William Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management,
Woodbridge Rotary and the Friends of the Chinn Park Regional Library. I’m the Immediate Past President of Good Shepherd Housing Foundation.
I’m very active in the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the Secretary/Treasurer of Commercial Industrial Land Exchange and one of the organizers of the Prince William Chapter of 1 Million Cups, a mastermind group for entrepreneurs. In 2018, I was even the Dale City Civic Association Ernestine S. Jenkins Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award Recipient. People ask me regularly how I do so much, and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Gayle and Bennett Whitlock. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for them!
If you had to give advice to someone new to the area, what would you tell them and why?
VOLUNTEER! It’s the best way to learn about your community, meet new people and make a difference all while having fun and rising the tide!
How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?
Valerie Meale is the Business Development Director for Whitlock Wealth Management. On top of that, she is a mother of four and a staunch community supporter.