~ 2017 Special Honoree: Rev. Temple Hayes ~ An ordained Center for Spiritual Living Minister & CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus
Temple Hayes is a spiritual leader, author and international motivational speaker. Rev. Hayes is an ordained Center for Spiritual Living Minister and an ordained Unity Minister. She is currently CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg, Florida that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicity, and reaches beyond national borders.
Temple is currently serving on the leadership team of the Association of Global New Thought. www.AGNT.org. She is a successful radio host on Unity FM with her show, “The Intentional Spirit” – Seeing and Being and reaches people throughout the world. She is the author of “The Right to Be You” and “How to Speak Unity”. Her latest book, “When Did You Die: 8 Steps to Stop Dying Every Day and Start Waking Up” is an Amazon bestseller.
Temple is also the founder of Global Peace Workers – a 501(c)3 which focuses on Peace Through People Initiative. GPW brings relief through products, services, and education which provide assistance to help Humanity transcend to a greater sense of empowerment and positive change. Additionally, Temple also founded Life Rights – a 501(c)3 dedicated to education, teaching and supporting the awareness of valuing life in all living things creating a world longing for peace. Because of Temple’s dedication to Life Rights, she has been awarded with the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards in September, 2016.
~ 2017 Unsung Hero: Jane Morse-Swett ~ Head of Women With Purpose ~ Jane Helps to Ease the Burdens of Cancer in People’s Lives
Women With Purpose started in 2012, after Jane Morse-Swett had spent over 20 years working in oncology and witnessing the toll that the diagnosis of cancer had on devastated families. Even if one has insurance, it is not enough. The cancer patient still has to pay their rent or mortgage, utilities, car insurance, car payment and of course the list goes on in today’s world. Women With Purpose is there to help take some of the anxiety away!
Women With Purpose does a direct pay of living expenses to families facing financial distress when a loved one is undergoing treatment. Women With Purpose members are all volunteers with no one receiving a salary. They all believe in the power of paying it forward, support from local leadership, positive attitudes and the support of local entrepreneurs. Financial contributions are what Women With Purpose need to succeed. Women With Purpose helps cancer families everyday in the Tampa Bay area. Their motto: “Give Where You Live: It doesn’t matter how much you give, it only matters that you do.”
~ 2017 Unsung Hero: Linda Burhans ~ The Gal That Cares For the Caregivers!
As an expert in Caregiver Advocacy and Best Selling Author, Linda Burhans has facilitated over 1400 support groups, speaking engagements and workshops for caregivers. She shares lessons learned and coping tools with thousands of caregivers who attend her events, read her work or listen to her weekly radio program.. Her weekly blogs provide expert guidance on resources and best practices for caregivers all over the United States.
She is ever awed by the strength, resilience, and commitment of the caregivers she meets and seeks to remind them that they are not alone. Help is available and it is okay to accept that help. Caregivers that seek to take on everything on their own often decline in health. The most important thing she teaches is that caregivers need and deserve the time and space to take care of themselves. Linda Burhans is The Gal That Cares For the Caregivers!
…~ 2017 Unsung Hero: Stephen Schirra ~ Helping to Change the World… One Soccer Ball At A Time!
At the age of 23, Stephen Schirra set out to use soccer as a driving force for youth development and social change. His efforts materialized into the founding of Around the Worlds, Around the World – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the game of soccer and distributing soccer equipment to orphaned and otherwise underprivileged children all over the world. Stephen has also touched the lives of children within the United States by running programs at emergency youth shelters and refugee homes for Latin American youth in Texas (Dallas & San Antonio). To this day, he has shared the game with over 3,400 underprivileged children from 70+ organizations spanning 18 different countries. He has also hand-delivered 1,153 soccer balls through his workshops.
Stephen has also created a perpetual scholarship fund to award one $1,000 scholarship each year to a local, graduating senior using sports to make a difference in the community. Stephen also uses his off days in between international workshops to visit local classrooms and youth groups in order to share stories and lessons he has learned through Around the Worlds. Stephen’s hope is that he might inspire a new generation to give back and make a difference in the world.
~ 2017 Unsung Hero: Sara Taylor ~ Cultural Greatness through Diversity!
Sara Taylor, President and Founder of deepSEE Consulting, has twenty five years of extensive training and consulting experience serving local, national and global clients. While her areas of specialty are in both Diversity and Leadership Development, Sara has become a thought leader particularly in the field of Cultural Competence. Her bestselling book, Filter Shift: How Effective People SEE the World, is used by numerous individuals and organizations to increase success and create greater effectiveness.
Sara holds a Master’s degree in Diversity and Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota, is bi-lingual in Spanish and English and, prior to founding deepSEE, held positions such as Chief Diversity Officer and Leadership and Diversity Specialist.
~ 2017 Unsung Hero: Tom Melville ~ Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Sarasota (LCS)
Tom Melville has been the Executive Director of The Literacy Council of Sarasota (LCS) since February, 2014. Having relocated from Monterey, California and buying a new home, Tom brings with him almost 20 years of nonprofit executive management experience.
A military veteran with over ten years on active duty, his previous positions also include working with homeless organizations, HIV/AIDS service agencies, coalitions, and with community foundation development and fundraising.
~ 2017 Special Honoree: Lisa Hein ~ Author, Motivational Speaker, Former Radio Talk Show Host
Lisa Hein has authored two wonderful family oriented books. Her heart and compassion thrives on family issues. During her encounter with ‘parentdom,’ she says she realized that no matter how hard she attempt to raise a magnificent child, he had a very strong personality of his own. Her first book, THE BOOK “I’m Doing The Best I Can!” (They won’t always be cute and adorable) came to her through journaling her desires to reach a healthy plateau with her teenage son. Several years later Lisa chose to write a Christian-based parenting resource that allows parents and children to realize that we are not in charge and that God, who is her higher power, is.
Because of her passion, she took to the internet media with her own talk show entitled, “Everyday Parenting.” For three years Lisa interviewed ordinary everyday parents to very well-known authors and some of Hollywood’s elite. During the height of her career, Lisa became very ill and took a break from the things she loves the most – helping others. She says that God has taken her in another direction and feels that another book is being stirred up inside her. Lisa is an asset to anyone who she is in contact with. Lisa is always willing to jump in and get things done and always with excellence.
* Al Cole, founder of the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards, owes a great debt of gratitude to Lisa – she introduced Al to many of the wonderful Unsung Heroes who will be honored at our 2017 Florida event!