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Donna York: An Agent of Positive Change and ALS Awareness as President of HARK Inc.

Donna York Serves as an Agent of Positive Change as the President of HARK Inc.HARK Inc. was founded in 2012 with the focus on making educational and support services an abundant resource for families of people dealing with ALS. At the helm of the company is Donna York, who created the nonprofit after taking care of her father as he battled with ALS for a year and half. Chiefly amongst Ms. York’s many goals for the organization is that of her objective to educate others, raise awareness, and inspire others to hold on to their faith when facing ALS. Notably, Ms. York completed a documentary that was screened at NBC, which she hopes to use to raise more awareness for ALS.

In 2012, Ms. York was honored as the Somerset County Woman of the Year. She has also been the recipient of the Paul & Jean Krauss Award for Service to Youth. Most recently, Ms. York was honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her contributions to those facing or caring for someone with ALS. Ms. York is pursuing certification in nonprofit management at Rutger’s University to further her knowledge of running a nonprofit. In the years to come, Ms. York intends to promote her film as much as possible, with the hope of gaining national recognition for her organization.

Watch the Hope on the Horizon Peak Dedication Video:

From https://www.hark-als.org:

A portion of the 48 peaks summited by the HOTH Expedition Team were dedicated either by donors to honor a loved one or a friend, or by the team to thank people they love, people that helped them when they needed it and others that supported them in their journey.


Please read more on worldwidewhoswhonews.com to learn where you can view the entire film at a screening near you.

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Dr. John F. Grayson Helms a Leading Nonprofit Organization which Helps People whose Rights have been Violated

John F. Grayson, Ph.D.Dr. John F. Grayson, President of Grayson Foundation, Inc, was recently honored by Worldwide Branding for his exceptional levels of leadership in the areas of nonprofit organizational management, and for his efforts in assisting the public in the securing of human rights.

On the day before Thanksgiving in 2012, Mr. Grayson was enjoying music and reading in his living room when his life was suddenly interrupted. Two deputies from the sheriff’s department knocked on his front door and informed him that someone had reported him as wanting to commit suicide, and therefore they had to escort him to the hospital. Without any choice in the matter, Mr. Grayson went on to suffer through a terrible ordeal that lasted days before he was released.

The Grayson Foundation strives to bring justice to anyone whose constitutional or civil rights have been infringed upon by any organization or individual.

The Grayson Foundation strives to bring justice to anyone whose constitutional or civil rights have been infringed upon by any organization or individual.

After this jarring experience, Mr. Grayson decided to establish the Grayson Foundation, Inc. in order to help others that are dealing with similar difficult situations. In essence, the nonprofit aids all people in need of assistance when dealing with bureaucracy and federal government issues. The Grayson Foundation strives to bring justice to anyone whose constitutional or civil rights have been infringed upon by any organization or individual. Specializing in advocacy, Mr. Grayson possesses a unique zeal for his mission as a dedicated 85-year-old gentleman. He oversees the operations of the nonprofit, which include providing personal aid and comfort to affected individuals, educating the public regarding human rights, and assisting the initiation or change of legislation to improve and ensure the rights of individuals.

To learn more, please contact John F. Grayson, Ph.D. by visiting his LinkedIn page.

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Robyn Scott-Vincent Helms Attitude Pictures Limited and Produces Documentaries Relating to People Around the Globe Living with Disabilities

Robyn Scott-VincentRobyn Scott-Vincent is the Owner of Attitude Pictures Limited, and a Partner of Attitude Pictures Australia Proprietary Limited, the former being a production company specializing in documentaries, corporate and government video content, and the latter production company focusing on top quality production services. Ms. Scott-Vincent holds a BBC in broadcasting and communication from New Zealand Broadcasting School, having first gained industry experience and savoir faire through her work as a reporter for the Auckland Star, New Zealand Herald, and Television New Zealand as a One Network News reporter. She also acquired experience in such roles as freelance director, producer, director, and writer with various media outlets.

Presently, working in dual capacities, Ms. Scott-Vincent makes the most of more than a quarter-of-a-century’s worth of professional experience at the helm of Attitude Pictures Limited and as a partner of Attitude Pictures Australia Proprietary Limited. Operating from Auckland, New Zealand, and Brisbane, Australia, the companies cater to regional and international client demographics. Attitude Pictures Ltd is an Accredited Media Partner of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee).

Robyn Scott-Vincent Attitude Pictures LogoBoth functioning as production companies, they focus on documentaries, corporate and government video content, and production services. During the course of her impressive career, Ms. Scott-Vincent has independently produced and directed 60 prime time documentaries and 320 episodes of her series Attitude that specializes in content relating to people throughout the world who live with disability. Her content has appeared during the Special Olympics International World Games and, she has contributed production work to the International Paralympic Committee, as well as the New Zealand Government, the Australian Human Rights Commission and a variety of disability throughout the world. Equally proficient in writing, Ms. Scott-Vincent also authored a biography on Susan Devoy entitled “Out on Top” and co-authored “Cindy: Breaking the Cycle”.

With a forte for documentary projects that address issues related to disabilities, Ms. Scott-Vincent was honored with the Workplace Diversity Award by the EEO Trust. A founder and trustee of the Attitude Awards she was also honored as a lifetime member with Worldwide Who’s Who. She feels her success can be most aptly attributed to a strong sense of humanity, integrity, and an ability to deliver high-quality content on budget and on time. In the coming years, Ms. Scott-Vincent intends to expand the international presence of her company into five key markets through networking, branding, and consulting worldwide.

Check out an Attitude Pictures MiniDoc: “The Mutes on The Road,” a documentary about The Mutes From Mars, a West Auckland band consisting of individuals with intellectual disabilities, as they practice for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Please click here for a directory of resources provided through Ms. Scott-Vincent’s company.

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Sonja Dinner Transcends Religious and Ethnic Divisiveness through The DEAR Foundation

Sonja DinnerSonja Dinner, President of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, has made a name for herself as a philanthropist and humanitarian over the past 12 years, making every effort to help women and children around the world.

After a successful career as a CEO and primary shareholder of the information technology company Heyde Schweiz AG until 2002, she has used her skills to independently advise Swiss banks and their customers on philanthropic and humanitarian investments. She has used her own good fortune in the information technology industry to give back, and has developed a unique expertise in funding sustainable programs. She brings this passion and extensive knowledge to The DEAR Foundation as president of the board. Mrs. Dinner’s philanthropic work, as an individual and as president of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, transcends religious and ethnic divisiveness. She knows that the grim face of poverty is the same worldwide. Her efforts have been driven by her passion for women and children all over the world.

Mrs. Dinner lives by the motto that education and improved living conditions are the only way to change the fate of those who are poverty stricken. Therefore Mrs. Dinner has ambitious goals: give as many children as possible a meaningful childhood and empower the poor to live a dignified and independent existence, free from charitable handouts. This work takes her not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to all parts of Africa, Asia, Russia, Central and South America.

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Christine Marie Offers Help for Victims of Abuse through Voices of Dignity

Christine MarieChristine Marie is the Founder of Voices for Dignity, an awareness campaign that was established with an aim to speak out against the abuse, exploitation, and humiliation of human beings.

Ms. Marie has made great strides in her entrepreneurial endeavors, and her establishment of founder of Voices for Dignity, an organization that offers technology, web sites, content and resources for individuals and organizations that take a stand against human trafficking, religious abuse and other forms of exploitation of women, has garnered her an abundance of recognition from victims everywhere. Voices for Dignity also provides empowering photography and mentoring in online media to help survivors heal, grow, and share their stories.

A victim of manipulation, Ms. Marie advises others who seek an outlet, or a shoulder, or direction, after suffering abuse at the hands of another.

“I’m telling it publicly to warn people that anyone can become a victim of a psychopath,” she recently told The Huffington Post. “It took eight years of therapy to realize it was not my fault.”

The organization has demonstrated revolutionary initiatives in the name of “compassionism” (compassionate activism), which includes holding the media and people in power accountable when they re-traumatize trauma victims. The foundation has been lauded as a standout resource for victims of trauma for its visually stunning and creatively written media, which has helped activists educate and restore the dignity of survivors.

If you are interested in volunteering, or if you would like to learn more about how you can help Voices for Dignity, please click here.

Christine Marie Heads Voices For Dignity, an Awareness Campaign that Speaks Out Against Human Trafficking, Religious Abuse and Exploitation

Christine Marie Heads Voices For Dignity, an Awareness Campaign that Speaks Out Against Human Trafficking, Religious Abuse and Exploitation

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Milena Morrow is a Disabled Individual who Advocates for Others Like Her

Milena Morrow Helps Disabled Individuals to Overcome ObstaclesMilena Morrow, President of Lifebridge East Inc., is a disabled individual who was hired for a position she applied for at the company. She comes from a background where she was taught to believe that she would not be able to participate in the mainstream arena due to her disability; she developed the desire to prove people wrong, and became determined to prove to them that she would not only succeed, but also become successful at leading an organization. She is interested in challenges, a qualified editor, and is in the process of publishing her book “Sipping Champagne Through a Straw: A Migrant Daughter’s Tale with a Difference.”

Milena MorrowIn her role with Lifebridge East Inc., Ms. Morrow is responsible for setting the organization’s value, vision and strategic direction. She is also in charge of monitoring the annual business plan to ensure that the organization is meeting its targets and objectives.  Upon reflecting on a rewarding career, she attributes her success to her passion, determination to not listen to others, ability to follow her dreams, love for challenges and positive attitude.

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Teresa Dawn Baker Creates Positive Change for Children with Disabilities through New Hope Advocacy

Teresa Dawn Baker Helps Disabled Children through New Hope AdvocacyTeresa Dawn Baker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Advocacy, a charitable organization that provides advocacy services for families and children with disabilities. Ms. Baker, an expert on the laws that support individuals with special needs, is in charge of answering the requests and phone calls from parents who feel their children with disabilities are not receiving the proper attention that they need. In her executive leadership role, Ms. Baker also makes the most of her strong knowledge of the law while reviewing the paperwork and informing families of the disabled of the actions that need to be taken in order to ensure that their needs are being met properly and fairly.

Ms. Baker was recently named a VIP of Worldwide Branding, and she continuously strives for excellence in her endeavors to champion the initiatives of those with special needs.

Teresa Baker Advocates for the Rights of Disabled ChildrenMs. Baker was prompted to pursue her current career path by a desire to make the most of the knowledge and experience that she had come to acquire after teaching special education for 28 years. She was working with a special education director and found it frustrating when she was not able to provide what the students really needed, so she decided to advocate for parents. She attributes her success to her passion for those with disabilities and commitment to them; this encouragement is the very thing that keeps her going. In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Baker aims to become a national speaker to advocate for those with disabilities.

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Colin G. Benjamin Promotes Healthy Living Among Aussies with ‘Life. Be in it.’

Healthy FoodsDr. Colin Benjamin OAM is the Honorary Director of ‘Life. Be in it’ – one of the longest standing health promotion charities addressing preventable chronic disease and health promotion programs. Dr. Benjamin follows in the footsteps of his father Eric Benjamin OAM, in a lifetime commitment to social work addressing the issues of poverty alleviation, self-help group formation and health promotion initiatives.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Colin Benjamin has served as director general for ‘Life. Be in it.’ International. As mentioned on the company’s website, www.lifebeinit.org, “’Life. Be in it.’ promotes healthy active life styles, leisure and recreational activities and the development of research and service initiatives that have as its primary object prevention and control of chronic diseases including asthma, cancer, heart disease, kidney conditions, stroke and mental disorders by promoting a greater level of physical activity and greater levels of social inclusion…With operations in every State and Territory ‘Life. Be in it’ has been the leading light in recreational activities that provide a direct link to building a healthier Australia.” In his position, Dr. Benjamin provides recreational activities and develops health promotion materials, which he makes readily available to the community. An authority in the area of health, he also offers advice and information on sporting and recreational opportunities. Recently, Dr. Benjamin was recognized for outstanding service to the community and was honored in the Australia Day Awards with an Order of Australia medal. He attributes his decades of success to passion for his work and a desire to aid his community. In the coming years, Dr. Benjamin intends to expand his nonprofit organization through professional collaboration and fundraising.

'Life. Be in it.'‘Life. Be in it’ is one of the most widely recognized lifestyle messages in Australia. It promotes healthy active lifestyles by providing fun, enjoyable programs across the nation. Dr. Benjamin has spent the vast majority of his career on a crusade to change Australians’ attitudes towards obesity and chronic disease, and he has become well-known for his role as the current voice of Norm – the iconic Australian anti‐hero brought to life in the ‘Life. Be in it’ campaign.

Dr. Benjamin is a director for the Victoria branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers, founder and chairman of the Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He also served in several director positions for charitable and nonprofit organizations from 1969 through 2010.

Learn more about ‘Life. Be in it.’ by visiting the organization’s website: http://wa.lifebeinit.org

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Tay-Bandz, Inc. Combats Pediatric Cancer

Susan MatthewsWorldwide Who’s Who lifetime member Susan Matthews is board member and president of Tay-Bandz, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and funding pediatric cancer research. Tay-Bandz became a 501(c)(3) public charity in May 2003 when Susan’s daughter, Taylor Matthews, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Although she lost her battle in February 2008, Taylor remains a beacon of hope in the combat against all forms of pediatric cancer. Taylor’s fight and dream will live on. And by taking the reins of the non-profit, Susan has emerged as an outspoken advocate for pediatric cancer awareness. She is presently expanding the organization to a national level.

The concept behind Tay-Bandz is “kids helping kids,” whereby its charitable activities and community-based efforts involve empowering youth to design and sell inspired products. Since 2003, Susan and company have organized and launched a multitude of fundraising drives, including partnerships with retailers and vendors where a portion of the proceeds from sales benefit the nonprofit. They have raised more than $1 million in donations, which have supported pediatric cancer research at medical centers such as the Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Institute. Susan has also initiated a series of dance-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, relays and boutiques.

Currently, Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, a leading creator of world class summer educational experiences for children and teens is hosting a Tay-Bandz dance-a-thon in July 2009. For further information, go to http://www.jkcp.com or visit the Facebook event page: Tay-Bandz Fundraiser Dance for Pediatric Cancer Research. In addition, for the first time ever, Tay-Bandz has a team participating in “Swim Across America” to raise funds for cancer research. The team includes 16 year old Nikhyl Jhangiani who has pledged to swim 100,000 laps until June 2010 in order to raise $10,000 for Tay-Bandz.

Through the years, the charity has broadened its product offering and range of services. While the initial items sold were custom headbands designed by Taylor, it now also manufactures personalized clothing for giveaways at special events, which feature your logo and the Tay-Bandz label (you may also opt to wrap the article in a Tay-Bandz ribbon). This year a signature piece was added to the collection – a magnificent scarf, designed and manufactured by Taylor’s sister, Ryan Matthews, in Taylor’s memory. The scarf was created with Taylor in mind, using the colors and features that she loved. This piece is not only a special tribute to Taylor, but also represents the evolvement of her sister Ryan into a leader for the cause to end the suffering of those afflicted with pediatric cancer.

Taylor’s original jewelry creation – the Taylor Charm Bracelet – is available at Presents for Purpose, which donates 25% of the net proceeds to Tay-Bandz. The piece combines beautiful sterling silver hearts, Swarovski crystals and murano millefiori heart pendants, linked together by silver message pendants containing the inspiring words ‘Live,’ ‘Love,’ ‘Laugh,’ ‘Dream’ and ‘Hope.’ Also featured at http://www.presentsforpurpose.com is the Taylor Bag featuring an attractive suede surface, grosgrain silk lining and ribbon closure. Furthermore, Tay-Bandz has established an affiliate partnership with iBakeSale, a shopping rewards program that supports local community fundraising projects by allowing shoppers to make online purchases from more than 100 companies while donating their cash-back rewards to the group or activity of their choice.

Shockingly, there is almost no Federal funding for pediatric cancer research and precious little private philanthropy. According to The National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children. Thousands of children will die each year while promising treatments are ignored merely for lack of funding. Tay-Bandz, which operates with virtually zero overhead, is currently seeking the help of benevolent volunteers willing to make a difference in their communities. For more information about the organization and how you can help or make a donation, please visit the Tay-Bandz, Inc. Website. You can be confident that every dollar is headed for a laboratory.

Susan Matthews received a bachelor of science in accounting in 1982 from Franklin & Marshall College. She is a member of the Parents’ Council at Wake Forest University, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. To learn more about Susan Matthews, please visit her Worldwide Who’s Who VIP profile: Susan Matthews.

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