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Deanna Lennox and the War Horse Awareness Foundation Utilize Equine Therapy for PTSD Patients

Deanna LennoxDeanna Lennox established the nonprofit War Horse Awareness Foundation to help first responders understand and cope with occupational injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other operational stress injuries. She organizes symposiums, promotes PTSD awareness and develops equine programs for frontline service providers and their families. She previously served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for more than 16 years until she suffered a career-ending injury that led to depression.  She has written a book about her experiences that was recently published by HarperCollins Publishing Canada. She attributes her success to her perseverance and passion for the industry. Ms. Lennox earned a diploma in criminal justice from Lethbridge College, and is a certified meditation teacher. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. In the coming years, Ms. Lennox intends to continue helping first responders.

Deanna Lennox "A Mounties Memoir"The War Horse Awareness Foundation consults with world renowned horseman, author and personal coach, Chris Irwin, to offer unique programs. These programs have been in existence for several years and have shown to be highly successful in helping frontline service provides deal with these specific issues. These equine-based programs are exceptional and very effective; however, the organization is committed to getting frontline service providers and their families connected with the resources and programs that best suit their individual and collective needs.

For more information about War Horse Awareness Foundation, visit http://www.warhorseawareness.com. Please also click here for more information about Ms. Lennox’s books.

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Sue Tierney Promotes the Advancement of Native Wildlife Protection with Ecotrap Pty Ltd.

Sue Tierney helps underprivileged children with Find a Penny Foundation Inc.Sue Tierney was inspired to establish Ecotrap, a humane animal trap for birds and small deer, by her innate belief that a charity should not be a business. The company’s aim is to provide a humane alternative to traditional trapping methods, and to provide its clients with the best service possible. Ms. Tierney also heads a charitable organization called Find a Penny Foundation Inc. The organization’s aim is to help with the simple things in life, food and clothing, for disadvantaged children.

It is Ms. Tierney’s conviction that all funds offered to the latter organization should be used to help the disadvantaged children who are living on or below the poverty line. Find a Penny will supply food, clothing and the things that other children have, directly to the child. She wants to give them hope.

Sue Tierney also heads Ecotrap Pty LtdMs. Tierney’s mission is to raise public awareness of local disadvantaged children, who are living at or below the poverty line. In her organization, 100-percent of the funds collected by Find a Penny go to help feed underprivileged, young children in their local area. The money collected goes directly to underprivileged children, helping them to obtain food and clothing, and to participate in other activities that are essential to their growth, in which other children in their community are able to engage. The motto is “If you’re hungry, let me feed you, if you’re tired, let me give you a chair.”

Ecotrap is supported by The RSPCA Victoria and The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia. These organizations champion the further development of the product, as it has been proven humane in the trapping of feral and domestic dogs and cats, birds, rabbits, bandicoots, wallabies and possums. The Ecotrap is ideal for use in urban as well as rural areas as it is more effective and safer than the traps and cages currently in general use.

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Jaine M. Schmidt Gives Visions of Joy as Head of Creative Services for Lighthouse International

Jaine M. SchmidtJaine M. Schmidt began her career as a business-to-business communications graphic designer. With excellent business acumen, she pursued an opportunity in the nonprofit sector with Lighthouse International. The nonprofit organization provides help, hope and resources to children and adults who have experienced, or are at risk for experiencing, vision loss. Their range of prevention, treatment, and empowerment services extends to an international demographic. In an effort to ensure productivity and independence amongst their members, Lighthouse International provides early intervention, youth and social services, assistive technology training, and vision rehabilitation. For members seeking career assistance, the organization extends opportunities in job placement, internships, pre-employment training, and job retention to ensure success. Lighthouse International also offers services, which aid members in performing everyday functions, such as programs, which make it easier for people with vision impairment to read text messages or books. Aiding people who are visually impaired for over 100 years, Lighthouse International continues to serve as a beacon of hope for those struggling daily with vision loss.

As Lighthouse’s director of creative services, Ms. Schmidt utilizes her strengths in marketing and graphic design to grow and strengthen the organization’s brand recognition as the leading resource in low vision. She is responsible for overseeing the entire panoply of printed, electronic and display materials for the external activities of Lighthouse International along with ensuring a consistent and relevant external presence of the organization through the website, social media, public relations and advertising campaigns. As director of creative services, she exercises overall executive responsibility for the design, development and production of all graphic materials, working closely with appropriate members of the management in all departments. A key element of the job is to insure that there is extreme consistency among imaging and messaging protocols, as well as quality control, in all Lighthouse materials.

Lighthouse International provides help, hope and resources to children and adults who have experienced, or are at risk for experiencing, vision loss

Lighthouse International provides help, hope and resources to children and adults who have experienced, or are at risk for experiencing, vision loss

Drawing on her educational background, which includes a Bachelor of Fine Art from The College of New Jersey, Ms. Schmidt has become an expert in nonprofit management. She has become proficient in building awareness and generating funding for Lighthouse International. Recognized as a leader in her field, she is often sought after for advice and collaboration. In the coming years, she plans assist Lighthouse in the expansion of programs and services dedicated to getting the latest technology to people with vision loss.

Ms. Schmidt is charitably involved with Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, New York Cares, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In her free time, she enjoys golfing as a hobby.

Lighthouse International is a leading resource in helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss through low vision care by expert eye doctors, rehabilitation services, early intervention and preschool and adolescent programs and social services.

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Heather Laanbroek Supports BARK NZ, an Organization that Champions Safety of Children Around Dogs

Girl safely hugs a Golden RetrieverBARK is an acronym for Building Awareness aRound K9s, and Heather Laanbroek serves as the Director of operations at BARK Ltd. She has been at this post for a number of years, and she has forged new ground in the nonprofit business management sector. The innovative nonprofit business leader demonstrates a shining expertise in general management, and adeptly runs the company’s the daily operations, ensuring that BARK Ltd. offers solutions for educators that enable children to learn how to remain safe around dogs.

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children's safety around dogs

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children’s safety around dogs

Ms. Laanbroek attributes her success to her dedication to remaining current in her field. She became involved in her profession after volunteering for another organization and recognizing a need for a dog safety education business. She earned a Postgraduate Diploma from Massey University, and has remained abreast of trends and developments in the field as a member of numerous Animal Welfare Organizations. In the near future, Ms. Laanbroek would like BARK to become a national organization.

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