As a native of Southern California, Stacia Rae Robitaille (pronounced stay-sha rae robe-a-tie) has spent her life pursuing five passions: spirituality, making music, creating art, adventuring the great outdoors and helping those in need.
After leaving home at a young age, Stacia found small success in the entertainment industry, often spending her entire paycheck to help the homeless who lived on the streets nearby.
Stacia gained great strength through adversity in her fifty-six years of life, which sparked her deep passion to help and guide those who may find themselves in similar situations even as a teenager.
In 1990, Stacia fell in love with the man who graced the foster care billboard that won her heart, NHL hockey legend Luc Robitaille. She soon began a lifelong dream of working with foster and at-risk youth through the LAPD's Jeopardy Program. Two years later, Stacia and Luc were married, beginning a life with Stacia's three-year-old son, Steven.
While Luc played for the New York Rangers from 1995-97, Stacia continued to fulfill her passion by flying in foster youth from Los Angeles, creating life-changing experiences. It was also in New York that Stacia once again pursued her passion for singing and songwriting by attending Juilliard, where she emerged with a certificate in vocal studies and musical theater.
In 1998, Stacia started her own record label, Raystone Records. Her debut album, Hush, was released in 2002. With chart-topping music, Stacia began touring and received consistent airplay on radio stations throughout the United States.
It was in 2005 that Stacia's deep hankering for helping others took over. After the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to New Orleans in search of four families she could bring back to her summer home in Utah. It was there that Stacia and Luc created Shelter for Serenity, their first nonprofit. Living with the displaced families while Luc was busy playing hockey, Stacia cared for, cooked and cleaned after them. Shelter for Serenity not only helped dozens of families in devastated areas, but the four families who once lived in the Robitaille household were all thoughtfully relocated with clothing, supplies, furniture, and cars. Truly creating a new chance at life.
In 2007, Stacia made her passion for foster and at-risk youth official in her hometown of Los Angeles. It was there that she and Luc founded the non-profit Echoes of Hope, an organization that awakens the spirit of hope and alleviates barriers in the lives of children, youth, and young adults so that they may reach their full potential. Stacia and Luc have been the recipients of many prestigious awards in Los Angeles for their commitment to the community.
In April of 2013, after enduring repeated back surgeries due to a childhood abnormality, one surgery leaving her to learn how to walk again, Stacia traveled to Spain. It was there that she was finally able to embark on her own spiritual journey, and with only a backpack, completed the Camino de Santiago. Stacia began in France, trekking 663 miles through snow, sleet, hail, rain and a little bit of sunshine across the mountains and valleys of Northern Spain. It was also there that Stacia found her new passion of writing.
In 2014, Stacia underwent hip surgery and her last back surgery, only to get hit by a car crossing the street in Beverly Hills. An unfortunate accident that lead her to years of recovery, however, it only enriched her spirituality. In addition to attending a master’s program in spiritual psychology back in 2010-11, Stacia has continued her growth through several workshops and spiritual retreats, even with his holiness the Dalai Lama and spiritual leader, Eckhart Tolle. As of late, through Echoes of Hope, Stacia has partnered with the Eckhart Tolle Foundation who provide book donations and event scholarships for the EOH youth.
Today, while balancing her work with Echoes of Hope, designing her home, working on drawings/paintings, and writing her memoir, Stacia is about to graduate from Eckhart Tolle’s School of Awakening and is currently in a two-year teaching program taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach to get her teacher's certificate in Mindfulness Meditation through Sounds True.
All in all, Stacia's proudest accomplishments has been raising two incredibly loving sons, actor Steven R. McQueen and recording artist/songwriter Jessarae, as well as her deep love for her taken in son Jevon Wilkes — not to mention the love she has for many other Echoes of Hope youth which she considers her family — and, of course, her beloved dog
"A smile can echo hope in the heart of a complete stranger."
~Stacia Rae Robitaille
Most of us spend our lives trying to be something we're not. Yet, for true happiness, all we have to do is fully be that unique spirit who came here to live life in the first place.
~Stacia Rae Robitaille