IONS 18th International Conference

NextGen Awards

NextGen Consciousness in Action Awards

The IONS NextGen Consciousness in Action Awards honor three emerging changemakers who are making a positive impact in the world. We are delighted to announce our second annual Consciousness in Action Award Winners!

Temple Awards for Creative Altruism

For 26 years, the Temple Awards for Creative Altruism were presented by the Institute of Noetic Sciences to one or more individuals or organizations whose work embodied the inspirational light of unselfish service motivated by love.

Administered through the office of the IONS President, through the gracious financial support of two longtime Board members, Paul and Diane Temple, the Temple Awards were given out biennially through 2013.

The $25,000 award fund was divided among recipients selected by an independent jury.

1987

Mildred & Glen Leet

Trickle Up Program
New York, NY

Global vision and a commitment to public service mark the careers of Mildred (pictured) and Glen Leet. Their goals are straightforward and bold: To eliminate poverty and improve the lives of people throughout the world. Their Trickle Up Program, founded in 1979, accomplishes these goals in a simple, effective and dramatic way. By making grants of $100 to groups of five or more people who wish to invest 1,000 or more hours in a business they have planned, Trickle Up creates new opportunities for self-employment and economic and social well-being among the low income populations of the world. The Leets particularly seek to support young people who have never had a job, and women, many of whom have never earned money for their work.

Francis Joseph Brennan

Seven Seas Home for Alcoholics & Homeless
San Francisco, CA

For over 40 years, Francis Joseph (“Frank”) Brennan has been a source of inspiration, guidance and support to alcoholics and others afflicted by chemical dependency, financial poverty or spiritual distress. His own recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous inspired him to found the Seven Seas Home for Alcoholics and the Homeless on the San Francisco waterfront. Equally at home in a corporate boardroom or on the streets working with the homeless, Frank Brennan has a unique gift for inspiring collaboration among diverse people and groups. His creative energy and ideas are an invaluable community resource, for which he has been honored by the National Council on Alcoholism and the California Alcohol Treatment Service.

Alice Harris

Parents of Watts
Los Angeles, CA

For over 25 years, Alice Harris has devoted her life to meeting the basic needs of her community for education, food and shelter. Founder and Executive Director of the Parents of Watts Program, she bases all her work in a simple philosophy: High self-esteem, coupled with respect and trust from others, enable a person to succeed. Her programs all have a triple focus on personal esteem, family and community. The program’s Center, located in the Watts/Willowbrook area of Los Angeles, in a house donated by Alice, now provides members of that multi-ethnic community with educational programs, job training, referral services, substance abuse counseling, gang mediation projects, health seminars, parenting classes and shelter.

1988

Tom & Jean Gaunt

Rairden Resource Center for Foster Care
Indianapolis, IN

As specialized foster care parents, the Gaunt’s welcome children, ages 6 to 18, from various ethnic backgrounds, for whom almost no one else cares. The Gaunt’s have provided a home for more than 100 children—most of them physically, mentally or emotionally handicapped. The Gaunt’s aim is to empower the children for whom they care, most of whom are hurt, angry and abused when they arrive. Through their Rairden Resource Center for Foster Care, they provide adoption training and classes on “active parenting,”  in which they suggest constructive and creative ways to discipline children without undermining their self-esteem.

Ganga Stone

God’s Love, We Deliver
New York, NY

In 1986, Ganga and her friend Jane Ellen Best formed God’s Love, We Deliver, a nonprofit organization that today provides hot meals and other services to homebound people with AIDS in New York City. Along with meals, volunteers deliver optimism and faith. Clients feel that the spiritual nourishment they receive from the volunteer’s daily presence is as important as the hot meals. Ganga also presents workshops for dying people who need both practical resources and a spiritual and intellectual understanding of the dying process.

Louise Summerhill

Birthright International
Toronto, Canada

In 1968, Louise Summerhill founded the nonprofit organization Birthright to help unmarried pregnant women who wanted to have their babies but had no one to provide support. Now, Birthright International has over 630 centers worldwide, which provide material, psychological and referral services to thousands of pregnant women each year. They work primarily through a one-to-one relationship with the women, helping each decide whether it is in her best interest to keep the baby or give it up for adoption. Clothes, medical advice, education guidance, counseling referrals and adoption information are among the other services provided free of charge.

1989

Janet Marchese

Down Syndrome Network
White Plains, NY

Old myths about Down Syndrome are dying, and one of the people responsible is Janet Marchese. In twelve years of placing Down Syndrome children in new homes, Janet has learned everything there is to know about the condition and lauds the untapped potential of these special children. After adopting her son T.J., who has Down Syndrome,  Janet began connecting parents who wanted to give up their Down Syndrome children to parents who wanted to provide a home for them. Working out of her kitchen, she placed over 1,400 children and has never received any fees for her work.

Kevin McCall

Adobe House
Benicia, CA

For more than 16 years Kevin McCall opened his heart and his home to alcoholics, drug addicts and homeless animals. Kevin’s “tough love” attitude combined with a tender heart and an outrageous sense of humor enabled him to inspire others to start new lives. Kevin’s unique rehabilitation residence, known as “ADOBE,” provided temporary shelter to over 8,000 people, including hundreds of addicted men who have gained sobriety. The men of ADOBE helped deliver “meals on wheels” to shut-ins, tending the cemetery and city parks, and coaching Little League baseball.

Guy Polhemus

WE CAN
New York, NY

Guy Polhemus used his own money to set up WE CAN, a redemption center where the homeless could redeem as many cans and bottles as they could collect—and redeem them with dignity and pride. Redeemers bring their cans and bottles to a vacant lot in midtown Manhattan where Polhemus and his homeless employees write the redeemers WE CAN checks, cashable at a nearby check-cashing shop. Polhemus has found that pay checks (instead of nickels) enhance redeemers’ satisfaction after a hard day’s work. The staff at WE CAN also provide referrals for legal and medical assistance as well as friendship.

SF Aids Foundation

Volunteers of the SF Aids Foundation
San Francisco, CA

In 1982, when little or no support for people with AIDS was available, a small group of individuals founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as an all-volunteer organization. Today the Foundation has grown to become a worldwide leader in the fight against AIDS, and its more than 600 volunteers a year still play critical roles in all aspects of its operation. Volunteers help with development and distribution of educational materials, media and public relations, social services, and emergency housing. Volunteers are people of all types—corporate executives, secretaries, mothers and homemakers, homeless people, concerned youth, and people who have lost friends to AIDS.

1990

Kip Tiernan

Poor People’s United Fund
Boston, MA

In 1968 Kip Tiernan walked away from a 20-year career to join an urban ministry. Since then she has organized a network of at least 25 different agencies to deal with the problems encountered by homeless people, refugees, the mentally handicapped, the poor and other members of society’s rapidly expanding underclass. So far she has helped to found the Boston Food Bank, Health Care for the Homeless, the Boston Emergency Shelter Commission, Project Welcome for Cambodian Refugees, the Poor People’s United Fund and many other agencies. Kip has been called “the best friend of the poor” in Boston.

Falaka & David Fattah

House of Umoja
Philadelphia, PA

Falaka (pictured) and David Fattah were shocked to learn that their 16-year old son Robin was at the heart of the Clymer Street Gang in Philadelphia. After prayer and inspiration to act, they invited the gang to move in with them. Frightened defectors from other gangs also turned up on the Fattah’s doorstep. No one was turned away. Since 1969, the Fattah’s have been family to over 2,000 young men, who select the Fattahs’ House of Umoja after being convicted in Philadelphia’s juvenile courts as chronic violent offenders. Today the House of Umoja occupies 24 renovated row houses on one city block.

Millard & Linda Fuller

Habitat for Humanity
Decatur, GA

In 1976 the Fuller’s founded Habitat for Humanity with the belief that all God’s children deserve a simple, decent place to live. Now Habitat for Humanity is a home-building partnership that has built over 5,000 homes in more than 30 countries. Houses are built or renovated using volunteer labor and donated materials. Then they are sold to a family in need at no profit and no interest. Mortgage payments are recycled through the “Fund for Humanity” which provides capital to build more houses. They have attracted over 100,000 volunteers from all faiths to join in eliminating poverty housing everywhere.

1991-1992

Robert Alexander

Living Stage Theatre Company
Washington, D.C.

With the philosophy that everyone is an artist, Robert Alexander founded Living Stage Theatre Company in 1966 to work with community members who are forced to struggle against systems that tear at the foundation of their self-worth. This theater-based “work which heals” strives to support inner-city teenagers, handicapped children, the elderly poor, inmates at Lorton Prison and a variety of other groups, using scripts built up from their own life stories. The key to his success involves providing unconditional love along with opportunities for personal expression and success.

William Milken

Cities in Schools
Alexandria, VA

Wlliam Milken organized and directs the largest and most successful program in the nation to intervene with “disconnected” youth. Cities in Schools (CIS) is a partnership between public agencies, private business and philanthropies to make social services directly available at the schoolhouse to young people in need. The CIS team also provides an intimate and caring “extended family” to help these youth carry on their studies. Milken has been involved in ministering to youth at risk since 1960, when he helped establish the first “street academies” on the Lower East Side in New York City.

1993

Clementine Barfield

Save our Sons and Daughters
Detroit, MI

After experiencing her own family tragedy, Clementine founded Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD), an organization that provides 24-hour support and grief counseling for families of young victims of violence. Activities of SOSAD include conflict resolution classes, a monthly newsletter, ongoing grief counseling groups, memorial vigils, and advocacy for victims’ and survivors’ rights. Hundreds of volunteers help tailor programs and grief counseling sessions to the particular needs of each individual or family. SOSAD is also working with the Detroit Public School system to develop a multicultural conflict resolution curriculum for use in the schools.

Patch Adams

The Gesundheit Institute
Arlington, VA

Adams has been a free doctor since graduating from medical school in 1971. The Award honored his dedication to a new healthcare model, one with free hospitals and the pursuit of health and wholeness through laughter and loving care. At a young age Patch realized for social transformation to occur something profound had to be done at a personal level—so he made a conscious choice to be radiantly happy all the time. This was his first political act. His second political act was to take the most expensive thing in this country, healthcare, and give it away for free. Patients, staff, and doctors would all live on hospital land as equals, with equal pay for doctors and staff alike. Thus began the Gesundheit Institute.

Willis Harman

Institute of Noetic Sciences
Sausalito, CA

In 1954, a spiritual “upending” initiated a quest that led Harman to international prominence as a spokesman for transformative personal, cultural and global change. From 1977 to 1996, Harman served as president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He was instrumental in articulating a new holistic worldview that reconciles our scientific and spiritual traditions and provides a sound basis for sustainable development. He touched the lives of innumerable people around the world—inspiring hope, empowering change, and encouraging the discovery and expression of the divine creative force at the heart of experience.

1994

Bo & Sita Lozoff

The Human Kindness Foundation
Durham, NC

Bo & Sita were honored for their dedication to encouraging and enabling prisoners and prison staff to recognize and realize their depth as human beings. These efforts were accomplished in part through a prison-ashram project, a communication exchange that emphasized simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. Interacting with prisoners in this way has taught Sita that we truly have control over our state of mind no matter what the circumstances are. She is repeatedly awed to see that people inside can actually make the choice to live kind and compassionate lives in somewhat hostile settings.

Julie Glover

The Door
New York, NY

Julie helped design and create The Door, a unique, comprehensive program of services for young people in New York City. Today, The Door provides legal, educational, health and mental health services, mostly free, to 250 adolescents every day. By stressing education, personal autonomy and responsibility to one’s community and the human family, The Door helps young people think positively about their lives. It’s a place that helps people believe in themselves-and that gives them the tools to realize their visions.

1995

Charles Ballard

National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood
Cleveland, OH

Founder of the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization (NIRFFR), Charles has helped thousands of young men reconnect with their children. The mission of the NIRFFR is to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and turn the hearts of children to their fathers,” thus combating fatherlessness. Team leaders work in the homes of the young men involved in the program, helping them to become responsible fathers and empowering them to take control of other aspects of their lives.

Gloria Rodriguez & Carmen Cortez

Avance
San Antonio, TX

Founded in 1973, Avance works to strengthen and support families so that parents and children can achieve their fullest potential. Through counseling, community celebrations, and classes in parenting, childcare and job skills training, Gloria Rodriguez (pictured) and her colleagues aim to break the cycles of child abuse, child neglect and educational failure which are so prevalent among low-income families in high-risk communities. Carmen Cortez joined Avance at her friend’s request about a year after the organization was established.

Sam Daley-Harris

RESULTS
Washington, DC

Sam Daley-Harris works to empower citizens to make a difference in ending world hunger, most specifically with child survival programs and microfinance.  Long-term solutions to poverty are achieved by supporting programs that address its root causes and by empowering ordinary people to become extraordinary voices for the end of poverty in their communities, the media, and the halls of government. Daley-Harris’ work made it clear to him that he can make a profound difference on issues he cares about. He knows that others can do so as well if given a structure of support that allows to grow and have breakthroughs as community leaders.

Veronica Hartsfield

Carver Terrace
Washington, D.C.

Veronica Hartsfield turned her immense compassion for people and her strong sense of social justice and equality into a series of programs that have empowered the men, women, and children of her troubled northeast Washington, DC community. Carver Terrace is a low-income, high-risk neighborhood that Veronica helped make a better place to live not just for youth but for all residents. She also developed the Tenants and Civic Association (TCA) within Carver Terrace, which resulted in the creation of the only food and commodities program in the city that is run out of a neighborhood.

1996

Ann Medlock & John Graham

Giraffe Heroes Project
Langley, WA

Under the direction of Ann and her husband, John Graham, the Giraffe Heroes Project finds and commends people who take risks—social, financial, or physical—recognizing those individuals “who stick their necks out.” Affiliated initiatives include the “Giraffe-a-Town” program, which helps communities in the United States, Canada, and Russia develop values and effective problem-solving strategies, and the Standing Tall program, which teaches schoolchildren about caring, courage, and community. Since 1983, the project has honored more than 800 individuals who have overcome apathy, cynicism, and feelings of powerlessness to show what an average person with courage and caring can do.

Mimi Silbert

Delancey Street
San Francisco, CA

Stressing mutual support, self-discipline, and responsibility, Mimi Silbert’s Delancey Street Foundation turns hard-core criminals into upstanding citizens through a rehabilitation program that provides housing, work, and training in life skills. Without government funding or a single incident of violence, she has rescued more than 11,000 former convicts in 20+ years of operation, helping them literally to turn their lives around. Each resident is required to learn three different trades, making them more marketable when it is their time to leave. Says Mimi, “Delancey Street functions the way my own family did: everybody looked out for everybody else as we struggled upward. That’s what happens here every day. Together we rise or fall.”

Richard & Myrah Green

Crown Heights Youth Collective
Brooklyn, NY

Richard and Myrah and the Crown Heights Youth Collective that they founded in Brooklyn first received city-wide attention during the Crown Heights riots in 1991. The Greens’ emphasis on community building, outreach, and streetwork made all the difference in the time of the riots. The Collective  makes a difference in the lives of inner-city youth by training young people to become peacemakers in the world. They also train youth in trade skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical skills, silk-screening techniques, and masonry.

1997

Pat Kennedy

Shaman & Elder
Montana

A Cree-Chippewa man living on the Blackfoot Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, Pat Kennedy is a shaman and medicine man responsible for traditional ceremonies and rituals. He serves as healer and “spiritual consultant” to many of the tribes from the Blackfoot, Chippewa, and Cree nations. His mission is to teach all people how to be whole and strong in support of each other, their families, their communities, all life, and the Earth. Pat charges no fees for his services and sometimes works with people outside the Native American communities. Pat is always guided by his motto: Don’t give up and don’t fall off.

Cathrine Sneed

The Garden Project
San Francisco, CA

The work of Cathy Sneed transforms the lives of ex-convicts and transforms local communities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Through a combination of counseling, work experience, and job training, the Garden Project serves as a stepping-stone that allows ex-inmates to move constructively out into the community rather than back into prison when given a chance at a new beginning. Today, prisoners grow more than 120 tons of produce a year for the jail, for Project Open Hand, and for soup kitchens. In the process, prisoners learn profound life lessons and begin the deep process of inner rehabilitation and self-healing.

1998

Angela Bianco

The Gathering Place
Thoreau, NM

At the age of 38, Angela Bianco stepped away from a successful career as an emergency-room nurse in New York City and moved to New Mexico to pursue volunteer opportunities. Later she become a nun. In 1987 she founded The Gathering Place, a nonprofit organization dedicated both to showcasing the work of local Navaho artists for their personal and financial development and to providing literacy and health awareness programs for indigenous people of the area. The Gathering Place has become a model for similar rural areas, encouraging economic development, personal empowerment and community empowerment.

Balbir Mathur

Trees for Life
Wichita, KS

A successful Wichita businessman who traveled all over the world, Balbir looked out the window during one flight and literally saw what he could do to help end world hunger—replenish the earth’s trees. Through his efforts, trees have been planted in Guatamala, Brazil and his native India by Trees for Life volunteers. To date, more than three million people have participated in this project, planting tens of millions of trees. Other projects have grown out of Balbir’s original vision including training for villagers in poor regions.

Nancy Harris

The Tibet Child Nutrition and Collaborative Health Project
Santa Cruz, CA

Nancy traveled to Tibet, and was alarmed at the sight of severely stunted Tibetan children. With no information as to why this was occurring, she set up the Tibet Child Nutrition and Collaborative Health Project. The project’s goal is to develop and train Tibetan and Chinese health workers to head maternal and child healthcare initiatives throughout Tibet. She also has given immediate medical care to several thousand children and families in over 60 rural Tibetan villages.

Human Service Alliance

Volunteers of the Human Service Alliance
Greensboro, NC

Entirely created, driven, and staffed by volunteers whose passion is service, HSA offers free service programs that provide respite care for autistic children, hospice care for the terminally ill, health promotion services, and community mediation. At the heart of all HSA’s activities is the view that selfless, joyful service brings out the best in people, that it leads to a broader understanding of the purpose of life, that it is a natural inclination of the human soul, that those served are also giving, and that it is capable of attracting whatever resources as needed.

1999

Amber Coffman

Happy Helpers for the Homeless
Glen Burnie, MD

Amber Coffman began helping the homeless with her mother, Bobbi, when she was eight years old. In 1993, at the age of eleven she founded “Happy Helpers for the Homeless,” a group of volunteers who provide food and smiles to those living on the streets of Baltimore and Glen Burnie, Maryland. They started by making 50 lunches but now make 600 every weekend and have helped more than 25,000 people so far. Today, Amber has dedicated herself to a lifelong mission of helping others, and her goal is to wake people up to the plight of the homeless.

Azim Khamisa

Tariq Khamisa Foundation
San Diego, CA

After the murder of his young son by another youth, Azim Khamisa extended an olive branch to the family of the perpetrator. “Their were victims at both ends of the gun,” he said. In his grappling with grief he started a foundation to educate kids to stop the violence. His programs take place in schools, enrolling parents and teachers to match funds and invest their commitment to sponsor the training. Azim says “tragedies are a part of life. They won’t go away. It’s how you respond to tragedy that is important.”

Wavy Gravy

Camp Winnarainbow & Seva Foundation
Berkeley, CA

In 1973 Wavy Gravy established Camp Winnarainbow in northern California where every summer scores of children – many from situations of poverty or homelessness – come to the land to learn life-enhancing skills from meditation to circus-arts. Moved to action through his travels in Pakistan and Nepal, Wavy Gravy along with others, founded Seva Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing locally run sight programs to Nepal, India and Tibet to counteract the spread of preventable blindness. When asked what inspires his commitment to service, Wavy joyfully responds, “It gets me high; service is a drug I can’t find in the pharmaceutical closet.”

2001

Emily Douglas

Grandma’s Gifts
Powell, OH

Emily is the founder and director of “Grandma’s Gifts.” This organization has provided more than $170,000 in goods and services to needy Appalachian children. Emily works each and every day to provide food, clothing, toys, books, and educational experiences for children living in an area of the U.S. in which poverty is rampant and generational. Founded in 1992, “Grandma’s Gifts” has placed 30,000 books into the hands of children. What makes this accomplishment truly extraordinary is that she founded this organization when she was only ten years old!

Judith Jenya

Global Children’s Organization
Los Angeles, CA

The Temple Award honored Judith Jenya’s impactful dedication to non-violent conflict resolution with children of war in the Balkans and N. Ireland. Her camps brought together kids from all sides to live together with a trained  cadre of volunteers to explore non-violent avenues of conflict resolution, and to act once again as children. Despite experiencing the intensity of war, the kids she served showed a profound capacity for love, appreciation, resilience and hope. Jenya believes that further acts of creative altruism can be engendered by sharing past examples of creative altruism with all ages of people, particularly kids.

Dan Millstein

Visions for Prisons
Costa Mesa, CA

Visions for Prisons is the expression of Dan Millstein’s personal vision of peace and is a natural extension of his own spiritual path. In 1979 he turned away from a 25-year addiction to alcohol and rugs, began a meditation practice and began to facilitate study groups. He travels nationally and internationally giving seminars in federal, state and youth prisons while training other volunteers to work his program in their community prisons. Dan tries to bring ethnic and religious factions together within the confines of individual prisons as community models of non-violence through education and service.

2003

Jason Crowe

The Cello Cries On, Inc.
Newburgh, ID

Jason founded The Cello Cries On when he was 11 with a mission to empower and unite youth across racial, ethnic, religious, economic, social and cultural lines to work for human rights, social justice, multicultural harmony and peace. He started his humanitarian work at 9 years of age when he published a newsletter for youth called “The Informer.” Today, the newspaper is in 29 states and 19 foreign countries. It informs young people about global issues, and it inspires and motivates kids to make service to others part of their lives.

Rev. Thomas Behrens

The Night Ministry
Chicago, IL

Rev. Thomas has for 25 years brought light to Chicago’s streets with compassion and hope. The Night Ministry is an organization created out of diverse religious traditions; building relationships with people of the nighttime streets that empower them to meet their own needs. Recognizing the uniqueness, dignity, and value of each person, they accept individuals as they are, in an affirming and compassionate manner. They serve the homeless, runaway youth, working poor adults, the chronically lonely, and others who have “fallen through the cracks” of our social service systems.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

New York, NY

Brother David is an Austrian psychologist, theologian, and author. He has given his life to the service of others. In so doing, he has unmistakably furthered the evolution of altruism: not only in the Church, not only in the west, but also in the hearts and minds of individuals in every corner of the world.

 

 

2005

Gerald Jampolsky

Center for Attitudinal Healing
Sausalito, CA

Dr. Gerald G. Jampolsky founded the Center for Attitudinal Healing in 1975 to provide an environment in which children with cancer could receive emotional support through interaction with each other. Through these programs, Dr. Jampolsky developed a pioneering approach to patient support, and the first model of psycho-spiritual support. Additionally, Dr. Jampolsky pioneered and demonstrated the efficacy of the peer support model in helping people through their crises.

John & Susan Marks

Search for Common Ground
Washington, DC

John Marks and Susan Collin Marks are the President and Executive Vice-President of Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the way the world deals with conflict: away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions. They mobilize resources on a global level to promote a shift in consciousness away from violence towards cooperative behavior. Their organization has its own TV and radio production division, which operates in a dozen countries around the world.

2007

Aubyn & Welland Burnside

Suitcases for Kids
Murrells Inlet, SC

Aubyn founded Suitcases for Kids in 1996 to provide foster children with some dignity and self-respect through the simple gift of a suitcase. At the age of 11, Aubyn had already written grants for the project, hired a Board of Directors, and established a large national network of volunteers who collected, cleaned and delivered suitcases, backpacks, and duffel bags to foster agencies, child welfare leagues, and children’s protective services. Today, she remains the CEO of the project and has chapters in all 50 states as well as 83 foreign countries.

Wayne Muller

Bread for the Journey
Santa Fe, NM

Muller founded Bread for the Journey, an organization that empowers individuals and local philanthropy groups to engage in grassroots neighborhood philanthropy through micro-grants. He believed there was an opportunity for those who wished to be generous to meet, get to know, and support those who, while financially impoverished, were rich in creativity, wisdom, resourcefulness, and compassion.  Muller describes receiving the Award as a humbling experience, and one that continues to be a source of unending support and gratitude.

Oh Shinnah Fastwolf

Four Directions & Grandfather Coyote Center
Columbia Falls, MT

Founder of the Four Directions, Inc., Oh Shinnah Fastwolf speaks out about the plight of Native Americans, especially the forgotten elders. She brings information on the issues of the earth and its ecology to the people she teaches. She is the director and co-founder of The Center for Grandfather Coyote with Dr. Dolores Krieger, a not-for-profit corporation through which she is able to teach health professionals from many disciplines. She continues to train students, many who are nurses, healers, teachers, and doctors in the holistic community.

2009

Cheryl Perera

OneChild Network & Support Inc.
Ontario, Canada

A children’s rights activist, and the Founder and President of OneChild Network & Support Inc., Cheryl Perera has created a movement of children and youth taking action against child sex slavery. Cheryl began speaking about the horrors of child sexual exploitation at age 16, after reading about it for a high school project. What she read filled her with anger, determination and resolve. She established OneChild at age 19, with the motto “one child exploited is one child too many.”

Stan Brock

Remote Area Medical (RAM)
Knoxville, TN

The vision for Remote Area Medical® developed in the Amazon rain forest where founder Stan Brock spent 15 years with the Wapishana Indians. He witnessed the near devastation of whole tribes by what are usually simple or minor illnesses. He vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world’s inaccessible regions. Founded in 1985 the organization has a vast network of volunteer doctors, nurses, technicians, and veterinarians who go on expeditions at their own expense and treat hundreds of patients a day, providing general medical, surgical, eye, dental, and veterinary care.

2011

Wendy Tokuda

Students Rising Above
San Francisco, CA

At KRON 4 Wendy Tokuda created  a series of news stories, specials, and public service announcements featuring students who were all growing up below the federal poverty line, and all wanted to go to college. Following each report, viewers were encouraged to donate to the SRA Scholarship Fund, created by Tokuda to support these kids’ aspirations. She proudly proclaims that since 1998, the fund has raised more than $3.8 million. “Our goal is not just to give them a check but to help them get through college, and I’m so very pleased at our success rate.”

Edgar Mitchell

Institute of Noetic Sciences
Petaluma, CA

The understanding of interconnectedness that came to Captain Mitchell as he journeyed back from space sparked his creation of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973. His intention: to research the deepest mystery of the universe—human consciousness. Today, IONS’ research on worldview transformation, consciousness and healing, and extended human capacities remains at the cutting edge of science  and at the forefront of efforts to catalyze individual and collective transformation.

2013

Evan Strong

Adaptive Action Sports
Northern California

Evan Strong, professional snowboard cross racer and skateboarder, started practicing focusing his attention at the age of four, and he’s been meditating ever since. A near fatal car accident that ultimately cost him his left leg left him with a completely new outlook on life. Evan is an eight-time World Cup Gold Medalist and participated in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. He works with Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit organization that sponsors clinics where he teaches disabled kids and adults how to mountain bike and skateboard. His passion is to teach and inspire others to overcome adversity through sports and to realize their highest potential.

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