2016 HEROES

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US CONGRESSMAN ROB WITTMAN from Virginia

~ Dedication and Service with a Heart & Soul for our Human Family!

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Al Cole, Executive Director of the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards, extends his heart-felt appreciation to US Congressman Rob Wittman for his inspiring speech at our 2016 People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards on Capitol Hill.

Rob Wittman was first elected to serve the First Congressional District of Virginia,  America’s First District, in December of 2007. He was re-elected for his fourth full term in the House of Representatives in November 2014. For more than 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government, from Montross Town Council to United States Congress. Rob is truly a representative for the people, he spends time at civic events listening to constituents, as well as traveling to dangerous areas in the world to get the ground truth on issues straight from the source. Rob’s passion shines clearly in his words, deeds and desire to create a brighter future for us all.

Rob is child of adoption who has always remembered his upbringing in the face of both successes and challenges. In April of 2015 Rob was the co-sponsor of the “Protecting Adopted Children Act” with the bipartisan support of Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “The Protecting Adopted Children Act” would provide more stable homes through pre-adoption and post-adoption services and strives to protect adopted children from being subjected to dangerous and unregulated situations. The bill also expands the scope of the pre-existing Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice to include combating the illegal transfer of children.

Too many children today are falling victim to a system that lacks necessary oversight,” said Congressman Wittman. “As a child of adoption myself, I am personally invested in this issue. I’m proud to support this legislation today to reduce that risk in order to better help these children find stable, loving homes and to improve support services for adoptive parents.”

In the U.S. Congress, Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee. He has quickly earned a reputation for being an advocate for our men and women in uniform and for being a champion of the Chesapeake Bay. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob brings his professional expertise in water quality, fisheries, and other natural resource issues.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rob spent 26 years working in state government, most recently as Field Director for the Virginia Health Department’s Division of Shellfish Sanitation. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech.

Rob’s wife, Kathryn, a teacher at Cople Elementary School in Hague, Virginia, is a Westmoreland County native whom he met when he spent high school and college summer recesses working in a Leedstown tomato cannery and on a Reedville fishing boat in the Northern Neck. They live in Montross and have two children: daughter Devon, son-in-law Daniel Gooch, son Josh, and daughter-in-law Tiffany. They also have three grandchildren, Morgan, Mark, and Macon.

 

~ 2016 HONORARY HERO: US Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California!

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Al Cole, Executive Director of the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards, extends his heart-felt appreciation to US Congresswoman Maxine Waters for her inspiring speech at our 2016 People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards on Capitol Hill presenting Honoree, Gene Saunders, Founder of Project Lifesaver (listed below).

Congresswoman Waters has served our country in the US Congress since 1991. Thank you, Maxine! May you offer many more years of very much needed and dedicated Leadership to our nation.

 

~ 2016 HONORARY HEROES: Dr. HANS MUMM & his Wife CHRISTINA MUMM ~ Without them, there would have been No PDHA Event this year on Capitol Hill…

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Dr. Hans Mumm and his wife Christina are two of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. And without them, there would have been no PDHA event this year on Capitol Hill… for they introduced the work of the PDHA to the office of Congressman Rob Wittman!

Dr. Mumm. a retired Army Captain, helps to create ways that technology can enhance the lives of our Human Family… and Hans and Christina are living examples of how to create beautiful pathways of love within a lasting marital relationship!

We can learn a lot from this wonderful couple, and our entire PDHA Family thanks them both for so very, very much!

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~ 2016 Hero: PRINCE ERMIAS SAHLE SELASSIE ~ A true Crown Prince… and a Patron for Children In Need

PRINCE-1- 380-SharpPrince Ermias Sahle Selassie is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Prince Ermias is currently next in line of succession to the vacant Imperial Throne.

Prince Ermias currently serves as the President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia. The Crown Council has pursued a mission devoted to the promoting a cultural and humanitarian role. Prince Ermias is also patron of the Haile Selassie Fund for Children in Need which continues to sponsor student scholarships. In August 2011, Prince Ermias established the Water Initiative for Africa, which is designed to bring drinking water to the People of Africa. This has resulted in the development of a unique series of water purification units, The Argonaut Series, which totally eliminates 100% of all biological contaminants in water. It is now deployed in Ethiopia, with trials of this system in the U.S., Australia, Thailand, and Ethiopia. Prince Ermias is currently a Senior Fellow at the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), and is a Recipient of the ISSA’s Silver Star Award for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress.

Prince Ermias received his education at Old Ride Preparatory School in England, and then at Haileybury College. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies (with an emphasis in Economics) from the University of California at Santa Barbara. From 1983 to 1985,  he continued his education at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Visit Prince Ermias at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ermias_Sahle_Selassie

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: TEMPLE HAYES ~ Along with Rev. Michael Beckwith, she is a member of the Leadership Council of Association for Global New Thought

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A global spiritual leader, Temple Hayes inspires and transforms a diverse group of international new thought seekers through her books, public speaking, radio shows, digital presence and social media evangelism.

Along with Rev. Michael Beckwith, she is a member of the Leadership Council of Association for Global New Thought and active in two international nonprofits she founded: LifeRights, a peace through people initiative, and The SOFI Project, a world-wide rescue plan for companion animals.

As CEO and Senior Minister for one of the most innovative largest Unity churches, she creates and implements strategies and nurtures a culture of  community in a diverse downtown campus which includes a free-standing new thought book store and a global soul food café.

She is a much sought after speaker, collaborator and difference maker because she demonstrates not only why we need to be the change in the world but how we can co-create a world that works through everyone.

“United we stand; divided we are merely a distraction.” Temple Hayes

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: REAR ADMIRAL GARRY E. HALL ~ A Dynamic & Dedicated Voice for America’s Sailors on Capitol Hill

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Rear Admiral,  U.S. Navy (ret), Garry Hall is President and CEO of the Association of the United States Navy, a non profit association that is the voice for America’s Sailors on Capitol Hill. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy he served 35 years on active duty. A naval aviator, he flew anti-submarine warfare helicopters and commanded two squadrons. Additionally, he commanded the capitol ship USS Tarawa LHA 1, which had a compliment of 1000 Sailors, 2000 Marines, 32 aircraft and 3 landing craft.  As a Flag Officer he served as General Tommy Franks Information Operations Officer at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, served with NATO in the United Kingdom, commanded an Expeditionary Strike Group deployed to the Middle East, and led a Senior Service college at National Defense University. Admiral Hall is a sought after leader, consultant, speaker and mentor.

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: DAWN ENGLE ~ Executive Director of The PeaceJam Foundation: Led by thirteen Nobel Peace Prize Winners!

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Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist, author, filmmaker, and co-founder and executive director of The PeaceJam Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by thirteen Nobel Peace Prize Winners, including the Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu, and a pioneer in creating future global leaders and inspiring everyday citizens to create positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world.

Dawn began her career working for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., and became the youngest women ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator.  In 1991, after meeting and befriending the Dalai Lama, she co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, and in 1996, she and husband, Ivan Suvanjieff, launched The PeaceJam Foundation, to create and implement peace education programs worldwide.  In May 2014, the One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign launched to engage everday citizens to join the global call to action to address: poverty, rights for women and children, climate change, and other pressing social human rights issues. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, PeaceJam has been recognized internationally for excellence in peace education, and is responsible for engaging over one million young participants, who have created more than 2 million PeaceJam service action projects around the world.  The Billion Acts campaign has already inspired everyday people in 50 countries to create more than 10 Million Acts of Peace.

Dawn is also the co-author of “PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace”, and has directed many award-winning documentary films including the 2016 critically acclaimed, “Rigoberta Menchu- Daugther of the Maya”. Dawn has been nominated fifteen times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and believes that “average, ordinary people can tackle the toughest issues facing humanity.” Dawn continues to work hard to empower everyday citizens to address the most important issues of our time, so that together, we can create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world for all.

Visit Dawn at: www.peacejam.org and www.billionacts.org

 

~ 2016 Unsung Hero: JUSTIN BROWN ~ An Up and Coming Positive Force in the fields of Education… and Human Compassion!

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Justin Brown is a well known speaker and diversity instructor in the field of higher education. He currently works as a resident director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Justin’s passion for working with students developed while pursuing a bachelors degree in public relations from Slippery Rock University. During his undergraduate tenure, Justin was actively involved on campus, working and collaborating with various offices and departments on campus. It was during this time that Justin created the Diversity Awareness Program (D.A.P), a program dedicated to raising awareness and educating college campuses about the importance of diversity, and the embracing of all cultures and backgrounds.

Justin then continued nurturing D.A.P through his graduate studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while working towards earning his masters degree in student affairs in higher education. D.A.P. has successfully grown in popularity, having visited over 100 colleges and universities, and over 20 chapters established within those institutions.

~ The People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards congratulates you, Justin, on your inspiring and needed work… now and into our Human Family future!

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: LYNETTE LOUISE ~ Renowned international Mental Health & Global Autism Expert who addresses Parenting, Disabilities, Education, Sleep issues, Diversity & Sexual Assault

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As the single mom of eight now grown kids (having adopted six, including four boys on the autism spectrum) Lynette Louise, aka The Brain Broad, works tirelessly to insist on fairness, fun and actionable answers in the world. Lynette is a unique and renowned international mental health expert, doubly board certified in neurofeedback, working on her PhD. Topics she addresses include parenting, disabilities, education, sleep issues, diversity, sexual assault and much more, but she works most specifically in the world of mental health and abuse. The list of things Lynette does is endless. She is an author, play therapist, neurofeedback technician, speaker, popular podcast host of The Brain Broad Builds a Brain and A New Spin on Autism: Answers!, writer and performer of the one woman musical comedy CRAZY TO SANE, creator, host and expert for the international reality series FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD, consultant to professionals and parents around the world, and loving mom. All of this, and more, while getting her doctorate in Psychology with a specialty in Psychophysiology.

Lynette Louise travels the globe as an in-home therapist to give families living with a brain dysfunctions the tools and understanding that were hard learned and earned in her home. She shares with kindness, no judgments and an unmatched understanding of how to help entire families toward comfort and healing. And she never stops. Her bank account is often empty but her heart is always full. The world of mental health has a global advocate that is uniquely qualified in Lynette Louise. And since the world of mental health is, quite simply, the world we all live in, her efforts and dedication is felt by all!!

Lynette’s vision is one of giving the gift of health to others so that they can move on without her. In this way, it’s a testament to her deep love and ability that she remains somewhat under the radar, sort of an unsung hero. Yet the lives she touches and and the happiness and health she helps facilitate has given thousands of people around the world reason to sing with her! After all, one of Lynette’s gifts is making music that heals. So though she is an unsung hero, she is the reason we know how to be our own hero. And that’s something to sing about! Visit Lynette at: http://www.lynettelouise.com/

 

~ 2016 Unsung Hero: CAPTAIN DAN WILLIS ~ A Police Captain with a Heart… and great writing talents too: “Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart”

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Dan Willis is a Captain (retired) of the La Mesa Police Department near San Diego, California. Dan was a crimes of violence detective, child molest detective, SWAT Commander, and the developer of his agency’s innovative wellness program that has been credited with advancing the cause of emotional survival and wellness for those who serve. He has been honored with the “Officer of the Year” award twice in four years, the “Distinguished Service Award” for his work in solving cold homicide cases, and was nominated as “Detective of the Year” for the State of California, as well as “Homicide Investigator of the Year” for the California Homicide Investigator’s Association.

During his career, Dan suffered through several instances of emotional turmoil, as he came to terms with the fact that a professional life devoted to protecting and giving life to others while immersed in danger, violence, tragedies, and suffering, can often scar the spirit of those who serve. He witnessed numerous colleagues suffer from PTSD, and others who nearly took their own lives. Suicide is the #1 cause of death for police officers every year in America and there are currently 120,000 officers working every day with symptoms of PTSD.

Dan has devoted the rest of his life to providing help to all first responders and their loved ones in order to prevent the tragic loss of life of so many of these heroes. He has taught at the San Diego Police Academy for the past 10 years, while continuing to offer himself to instruct those to maintain a healthy, resilient, loving, and compassionate spirit in service to others. Dan is the author of Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart. Bulletproof Spirit” is an emotional survival guidebook that provides hope, and a path toward healing. For the first time, this book provides over 40 emotional survival and wellness strategies that protect, heal, and nurture the spirit of those who serve, so that they will no longer lose their life—their inner spirit—in service to others. More information about Bulletproof Spirit” can be found at firstresponderwellness.com

Dan deeply believes it is our spirit that makes us human and able to give life to others. Our spirit is the reservoir of our hope, and is the flame within that has the inherent ability to light another’s consciousness into a greater awareness of our purpose in life to love, as well as our responsibility to care for our Human Family!

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: DR. SIMON CASEY ~ A Therapist’s Therapist!

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For over 20 years Dr. Simon Casey has been instrumental in educating, motivating, and inspiring others to achieve their goals of inner fulfillment and happiness. He is exemplary in approaching others non-judgmentally and effectively guides each individual to a deep understanding of their feelings and how they express their feelings as emotions to others.  He insightfully guides individuals, couples, co-workers, and groups, how to best understand their emotions and interactions amongst each other.

Dr. Simon is superlative in developing such concepts as Emotional Mastery and Executive Emotional Coaching that provides others with effective emotional skills and tools to overcome their emotional frailties and vulnerabilities.  This provides individuals, groups, and therapists the skills they require to overcome their inherited or acquired behaviors to become effective and productive in life’s activities.

Dr. Simon’s nonjudgmental yet insightful knowledge of his clients’ various problems is astounding. His specialties include eating disorders, cutting behavior, couples in distress, chemical dependences of all types, and especially dual diagnosis.  Dr. Simon has a gift of listening to and reflecting the client’s true feelings and emotions.  He assists clients in gaining new insights into their behaviors that empowers them toward self improvement and happiness in life.  By gentle and appropriate education Simon is able to unentangle years of twisted feelings, emotions, and behavior so that clients are able to face the trials and tribulations within their life with greater a greater sense of confidence and insight leading to successful outcomes.

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~ 2016 Organizational Unsung Hero: VETERANS MOVING FORWARD ~ Making a Meaningful Difference in the Lives of  Veterans!

VMF-Logo-R-Tagline_RGBVeterans Moving Forward has served our Nation’s veterans during the past six years by providing service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veterans.  Veterans Moving Forward “Stands Out” from other service dog organizations as VMF places service dogs anywhere in the continental U.S. with veterans of any age, generation, or military conflict, whether their health challenge(s) occurred as a result of military conflict, disease, or an injury occurring after their honorable service.  Our “Vision” is to be a leading source of canine therapy and assistance dogs for veterans with physical or mental health challenges and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these veterans, increasing their safety and independence within their homes and communities.

While there are many organizations providing assistance/service dogs to individuals of all ages with physical and mental health challenges, veterans are under-served.  Support is needed for the visible, as well as the invisible, injuries.  Today, there is a critical need for the use of therapy and service dogs in the rehabilitation of veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, and with physical disabilities.

Since its founding on July 7, 2010, VMF has achieved the following successes:

  • Placed service dogs with veterans from all four military services in six states
  • Placed a facility dog at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune that serves active duty Marines alongside a licensed clinical social worker
  • Provided canine therapy and comfort dog services in more than 23,000 individual and group engagements

VMF’s staff and volunteer team, many of whom are veterans or veteran family members, its dog raisers, and trainers, and dedicated healthcare and business professionals, know the veteran community. VMF’s customized matching and placement process focuses on the specific needs of each veteran, and VMF provides financial and training support until each veteran-service dog team passes the Public Access Test, enhancing the likelihood of success for each service dog placement. This program’s effectiveness is evidenced by VMF’s 100% service dog placement success rate. For more information, please visit our website:  www.vetsfwd.org

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: Samuel Cachola, Jr. ~ An “En” Abled United States Marine Veteran, Co-Founder of Heroes Alliance Network, Heroes Media Group, and Heroes Alliance Network For The Dutiful Foundation (The H-A-N-D), Community Hero Advocate, Philanthropic Business Owner

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Samuel Cachola, a US Marine veteran, was wounded in the line of duty… and now calls himself an “En” Abled United States Marine Veteran! Sam heads up the Heroes Alliance Network, created to help our nation reconnect with her Community Heroes, appreciate their efforts, and support their unique long term care needs. Their motto, “Honor The Debt”, helps to focus all on the “true” national debt which is the sacrifice made daily by selfless community heroes which enables the American dream to flourish! Additionally, it is hoped by creating this platform to honor Heroes, their contribution, and sacrifices, the Network  can help to eliminate suicide within the  community hero professions. Heroes Media Group is both the media platform of choice and the communications arm of the Heroes Alliance dedicated to providing Community Heroes and their advocates an outlet to broadcast successes, their specific needs, and service support requests nationwide! The Heroes Alliance Network, Heroes Media Group, and The H-A-N-D primary focus is to educate, entertain, and serve the needs of our Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, and Veteran, Military, Firefighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Educators, Medical Professionals, and Clergy.

Samuel Cachola began his service in 1990, enlisting in the Marine Corps where he would continue to serve for the next twelve years. During this time, Samuel evolved from a line Administrative Clerk to that of a certified and credentialed Counterintelligence Agent, Polygraph Examiner, and a Technical Operations Officer. He was deployed to Somalia, Bosnia, the Persian Gulf, Haiti and Afghanistan. In 2002, Samuel transitioned from the Marine Corps into the Defense Intelligence Agency , where he would continue to serve as a civilian Intelligence Officer, until he retired in 2015, as the ‘acting’ Deputy Chief for DIA’s Office of Technical Operations.

In 2004, having been both witness to and a victim of the predatory real estate market, Samuel decided to create his own real estate company in order to bring his ethos of service, integrity, and loyalty into a career field that he found wanting. Over the course of the next several years, Samuel earned his real estate license, gained the experience he needed, secured his brokers’ license and founded Reality Realty Professionals in 2010. Samuel evolved his principles into a pioneering philosophy of, “Caremenship™ vice Salesmenship” and “Purpose with a Profit™”. Sam’s focus on a client’s “Life” cycle rather than the salescycle resulted in his team earning numerous awards. In 2012 he and his team were honored as the the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Military Friendly Business of the Year Award , The Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013, the #1 Homes For Heroes (HFH) Affiliate Nationwide from 2010-13, and #1 HFH Affiliate in VA, DC, and MD for the past 6 years!

Sam proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Pinups for Patriots™and for Stafford Junction™, a program for at-risk youth. Samuel and his wife, Georgia reside in Stafford, VA with their children.

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: GENE SAUNDERS ~ Founder of Project Lifesaver: The First Organization to apply Locating Technology for Search and Rescue of Individuals with Cognitive Disorders

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Jarvis E. “Gene” Saunders, Jr. founded the Project Lifesaver program in October 1998, while serving with the Chesapeake, VA Police Dept., as a Captain commanding Special Operations and SWAT and Chief of SAR, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, when it became apparent to him there was a major void that needed to be filled. Project Lifesaver International, a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization, was the first organization to apply locating technology for the search and rescue of individuals with cognitive disorders (Including Alzheimer’s disease and Autism) and has remained the leader, the Gold Standard, in this field for the nearly 17 years.

Experts estimate that today over 5 million people have Alzheimer’s disease; nearly 60% of people with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during the progression of the disease. Additionally, children with autism and Down syndrome also have a tendency to wander, and in a recent National Autism Association survey, nearly 92% of parents felt their autistic child was at risk of wandering away and becoming lost. Project Lifesaver program is now in 48 states, the District of Columbia and six provinces throughout Canada with over 1,461 member organizations. The success of the program can also be measured by the lives of the “at risk” individuals and their families the program has touched with over 3050 rescues.

Gene is a subject matter expert and adviser on the wandering issue for: Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s disease (LEAD), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The Project Lifesaver training program is recognized and approved by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

During his Police service of 33 years and Project Lifesaver, he has received numerous awards and commendations including the following; Police Silver Star for Valor (3); Police Commendation (3), Star Performer; Legion of Honor (2); Masonic Building Communities Award (2); Commendation from the President of the United States; ABI Medal of Honor; Pilot International Virginia District Hero Award; Bank of American Local Hero Award; Moving America Forward Award; Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation “Service before Self” Commendation.

Learn more at: http://www.projectlifesaver.org

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: DONNA BELLE ~ CEO/Founder of Bringing Home America ~ Author of Space Management/Glory of Home Training

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Donna Belle is known for innovative teachings related to principles of space and team leadership. Some of her clients are United Way, Community Action Services and Franklin Covey as well as entrepreneurs, small businesses, and civic leaders. Donna teaches about space in non-traditional ways. Donna Belle is CEO of Bringing Home America- a private non-profit. BHA is committed to the Prevention of Homelessness in our society by working with groups and individuals in how to recognize and resolve embedded beliefs and behavior. She assists individuals who are feeling resigned and overwhelmed in their chaotic environments and lives.

This is a proven grass roots movement where thousands of volunteers have been trained: in aiding participants in rising from welfare, helping youth to come out of gangs, reducing PTSD, improving academics, and training youth in entrepreneur leadership positions. Ms. Belle’s focus is on “renewal, reconciliation and rejuvenation” of individuals and families. Volunteers learn how to serve without judgment, alongside disenfranchised individuals. They are taught how to have an inspired relationship with themselves and their environment and how this can positively impact their lives and their world.

Individuals learn how to release clutter of the mind, spirit, emotions and their limiting beliefs to create affirmative living environments that influence the choices they make; rather than reinforce chaotic environments that drain the life force of individuals. Ms. Belle says, “as you awaken to the needs of your own community, you discover what each of you have to contribute”. BHA is a movement which includes everyone from volunteers, struggling families and agencies, who are attempting to keep up with escalating homelessness and hunger. She is dedicated to supporting people in their homes while breaking apart judgments that perpetuate the issues of ongoing poverty in our society. “YOU make the DIFFERENCE!”

Bringing Home America… Person by Person… Home by Home… Community By Community – bringinghomeamerica.org

 

~ 2016 Unsung Hero: DR. TED FATTOROSS ~ Healing and Strengthening Families and Communities within the FAMILY ALLIANCE FOUNDATION, now a Division of Donna Bell’s “Bringing Home America!”

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This is a posthumous award to a wonderful, caring and enlightened man: Dr. Ted Fattoross!

Dr. Ted was an inspirational public speaker and CEO/Founder of The Family Alliance Foundation.  Ginny Gutierrez, his inspiring and dedicated friend, was President of that great organization. The Family Alliance Foundation raised awareness and offered hope, inspiration and support to people around the world both on and off line -. from small school districts to corporate giants, from the classroom to the boardroom – on topics such as anti-bullying, character building education, personal and social development, fatherhood, parental involvement.

The extraordinary words of Dr. Ted Fattoross still ring out loudly and clearly even after his death, as Ted found himself caught in the web of false accusations, parent alienation and courts that he never dreamed he would find himself in. “Let us not sit idly by and watch the breakdown of our families and communities. As you go into our world of beauty and peril, follow your heart. At the core of a strong society are strong families…. Today, we witness with dismay and trepidation, the outbreak of school shootings, violence, bullying, substance abuse, suicides, teenage pregnancies, divorces, and spousal/ child abuse. We look to our government to pass laws to fix these problems only to realize that in the final analysis—we know what’s best for ourselves and our children. Our hope lies in the strength of our families and communities.”

Towards the end of Ted’s Life, he saw that the way to reform the effect that Family Court has upon struggling families, is to focus upon resolving generational patterns and issues that influence the choices that people make which lead to confusion and parental alienation that ends up in courts.

~ Let’s continue to keep the mission and awesome vision of Dr. Ted Fattoross in our hearts, in our everyday lives and in the depth of our inspired prayers. Always remember, that the shining guidance of Dr. Ted is still with us to help… as we also need your help. And with the outstanding work of Donna Bell and “Bringing Home America” at Dr. Ted’s side… we will beautifully and very lovingly continue to help serve each other!

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: BELAXIS BUIL ~ An Artist who Shifts our Perspectives on Ethics & Morality

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Belaxis Buil is an Artist exhibiting works internationally. Buil has gained the attention of a global audience by creating visceral and stunning visual images and brute de force performances which focus on social issues. These topics range from violence of women, gender identity, geo-politics, and media sensationalism. 

Buil has made connections around the world with ambassadors, organizations  and institutions supporting causes in advocacy and activism in human rights, and has commenced projects such as ” Cuba Portrait” Photographic journal of Cuba before the change, “SIN/ Art without Boundaries and Power“, working with impoverished children and women in Columbia, and “Voice in the Sun” Radio Series ( Rumbera Club, MoM & PoP Show), focusing on the refugee camps of the Western Sahara.

Buil continues in the path of power and with the mindset to shift our perspectives, making the viewer question morales, principles and ethics by challenging with provocative demonstration.

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: C. ETTA POWERS ~ A Poet who is Sure to Leave You Thinking!

c-etta-powers-235Poet C. Etta Powers is a native Washingtonian. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with concentrations in journalism and public relations, and a master’s degree in communication with concentrations in political and intercultural communication. She is a published author. Her book titled, “C. Etta Powers Book of Poems,” published by Rose Dog Books, covers many real-life situations in today’s world. She covers hot-button topics in a down-to-earth way. Titles like, Why I Prayed Yo Ass Away (love), Indelible Ink (love), Death of The GOP(politics),The House That Boehner Built (politics), An Ex-Prisoner’s Prayer (socialconsciousness/socio/political), A Miscarriage of Justice (social consciousness,socio/political), Moral Responsibility (social ills/social consciousness),and many more, are sure to leave you thinking about some of today’s love and socio/political dynamics and events in a different way.

Poet C. Etta Powers has acted on small stages and has often been called upon to perform narrations and recitations. She is also a freelance writer. Over the years, her opinions and feature stories have been published in The Washington PostThe Washington Times, The Washington Informer online newspaper, and in other publications as well...……………

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~ 2016 Unsung Hero: LEXIE SHABEL ~ A Cancer Survivor & TEDx Speaker who asks: “When Did Our Breasts Become An Accessory?”

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Lexie Shabel is the Founder and CEO of Breast Wishes Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to Give US Choices for breast cancer treatment and prevention. She’s also a documentary film director and producer who turned the camera on herself ten years ago in the ME film after being the fourth generation to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Her TedxTalk: “When Did Our Breasts Become An Accessory?” catapulted Shabel as a thought leader in the movement for true healing from disease versus the business of cancer and keeping people patients.

Lexie founded Breast Wishes Fund because ofthe lack of information about her cancer treatment choices beyond chemo, surgery and radiation. She has “guinea pigged” and filmed her path through immunology, virotherapy, ayurveda, homeopathy and many other uninsured modalities. Many of the health care professionals she’s worked with serve on Breast Wishes’ Advisory Board. This community of healers brings choices to the dialogue at the time of diagnosis, those interested in prevention of disease and feeling great right now! Breast Wishes supports these and other options with the Uninsured Treatment Fund.

Shabel’s eloquent articles and blogs, numerous radio appearances and short films such as “What is a Cancer Vaccine” are all seva or selfless service. Lexie has cooked for thousands of people, showcasing vegetarian food as medicine and as a gateway to enhanced spirituality. In this spirit, Breast Wishes offerings are free and include diagnosis, recurrence and prevention support at http://www.breastwishesfund.org.