Treana Peake: Philanthropist & Fashion Designer, Obakki

Producer/Director: Missy McIntosh

As the founder and creative designer of the luxury fashion line Obakki and its philanthropic counterpart, the Obakki Foundation, Treana Peake fuses her lifelong passions together to change lives.

“I grew up in a really small town, living in a one-bedroom house with my grandma, my grandpa, my mom. My upbringing was quite humble, some might even say on the verge of North American poverty. Every year, around the same time, this white envelope of money would slip under our front door, and it was unmarked, there was never a note or an explanation, or a name or an address or anything attached to it. It was just a plain white envelope of money. And that money, I realized, was to help me and my mom through the year. As the years went by, that envelope kept coming. It wasn’t because somebody wanted any thanks, or recognition or praise back in return, they just did it because they wanted to help. The white envelope itself made me realize the type of person that I wanted to become. It made me want to make an impact in the lives of others to [how] that person made an impact in mine.”