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Roger A. Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With Heart

Roger Lloyd helps children through his charitable organization "Game With Heart"Named one of Orange County’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, Roger A. Lloyd has been thriving as a franchising executive since 1998. His company, Play N Trade, a mobile entertainment and video game franchise, was recognized as Orange County’s fastest-growing company in 2008.

Mr. Lloyd works with his nonprofit organization, Game With Heart, to fulfill its mission “to combat major societal health issues through the positive power of video games.” Its two main initiatives are combating childhood obesity and improving rehabilitation for burn victims, prosthetic users and those affected by neurological disorders.

From the website:

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartWhen you register with Game With Heart, not only do you become a member of the most influential Gamer’s Charity, but you are also automatically entered into Game With Heart’s Weekly and Monthly free prize drawing.

Weekly Drawing winners will be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Weekly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to Console face plates, video games for the winner’s console of choice, t-shirts from our sponsors and other gaming contributors, sweatshirts, etc.

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartMonthly Drawing winners will also be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Monthly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to various accessory or game bundle packs, gift cards to video game stores near them, various paraphernalia signed by gaming celebrities, or various paraphernalia signed by NBA, NFL, Surfing, Skating, and UFC celebrities that support the Game With Heart Mission and Initiatives.

Mr. Lloyd set up an early detection and prevention outreach program for childhood diabetes by establishing free testing clinics throughout the community, and provided free educational discussion groups and evening courses by those affected by the disease. He and his colleague met with Michael Finnegan, chairman of the board for Play N Trade, to give back to society, and they have since made every effort to help champion the worthy causes of outreach and fundraising for children by working with the second largest video game retailer.

Please visit http://www.gamewithheart.org to learn more about Roger A. Lloyd’s motivation to help children in a fun and positive way through Game With Heart.

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Betsy S. Mayfield Gives People Struggling through Addiction an Opportunity for New Life with Recovery

Betsy S. MayfieldBetsy S. Mayfield is a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist, and a Substance Abuse Professional Therapist who has nurtured a growing skill set over the course of a career that spans nearly a decade. She continuously strives for excellence in her endeavors to make a difference in the world of treating mental illness and addiction, and specializes in substance abuse treatment. Ms. Mayfield currently oversees daily operations of Let It Be Counseling, LLC, the organization that provides substance abuse and mental health evaluations. There, she is responsible for monitoring patient assessment and evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation planning, and mental health and substance abuse counseling services.

Ms. Mayfield attributes her success to motivation, and her willingness to help others develop a voice to flourish in life. She became involved in her profession to help those facing mental health and substance abuse challenges. Starting in the nonprofit organization has led her to ongoing profession progression of opportunities in helping others. The highlight of her counseling career is having the privilege to walk with someone as they begin to see the light as they come out of their darkness.

Betsy S. Mayfield helps people to overcome problems with addiction through Let It Be Counseling, LLCMs. Mayfield received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the renowned institute of higher learning. She also holds accreditation as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner #956, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor #887, and a Substance Abuse Professional. She is a member of the Association of Private Practice Therapists and the National Board for Certified Counselors. In the years to come, Ms. Mayfield plans to continue to make a difference in the world of treating mental illness and addiction.

For more information about Let It Be Counseling, LLC, please click here.

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Daniel LeBlanc Gives Youngsters “A Home for Life” at “L’appart à moi”

Daniel LeBlancThough Daniel LeBlanc has a long professional career with the CN Railroad, and is involved in all aspects of rail-based logistic solutions for customers across multiple industries, he feels that one of his proudest achievements was creating a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide appropriate long-term housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities, such as his own adult son. Together with other parents, Mr. LeBlanc established the foundation known as “L’Appart a moi” with the objective of making this dream a reality. The project consists of several bachelor-type condominiums that will be designed to meet the needs of these individuals. As Mr. LeBlanc explained, it is crucial for special needs individuals to have safe and secure housing so that they may fully contribute to society in their own ways. Though financing such projects is always challenging, the most critical aspect of the organization is having committed, well-intentioned people at the helm. Mr. LeBlanc considers himself fortunate to be working with just such a group of dedicated parents and individuals that share this common vision. He is also grateful for the support he receives from his employer.

Mr. LeBlanc believes that everyone is entitled to a long, full, and happy life, and he and his wife plan to give their three sons the best opportunities in life while making unique provisions for their son with special needs so he may maintain his independence. Once the first complex has been constructed, Mr. LeBlanc plans to share his journey with other parents, with the hope that the Foundation’s mission will be adopted by other groups across Canada.

From the website:

This project was conceived by a group of parents wanting to offer a stable, permanent and safe living environment to their adult children with Down Syndrome or another intellectual disability.
Daniel LeBlanc heads L'appart à moi, a project that seeks to help people with Downs Syndrome to fight poverty and vulnerability, and find affordable and sustainable housingThese parents have always encouraged their adult children to develop their intellectual, physical and social skills to the best of their ability. They are an integrated part of their family and their community.
Having reached adulthood, they now wish to prove that they are ready and willing to face the challenges of independent living.
In order to help them reach this lifelong dream, L’appart à moi has chosen the following mission:
  • To fight against poverty and vulnerability of young adults with an intellectual disability
  • To offer a stable and permanent living environment in their own apartment
  • To allow a natural transition while continuing their integration into society

Mr. LeBlanc received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1979. In his spare time, he is heavily involved with the Special Olympics. In three years, Mr. LeBlanc expects to have completed his first building. He will then lead the charge to build additional ones.

To keep track of the project’s progress, visit http://www.lappartamoi.ca.

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Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

Dawn Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to childrenDawn Fontaine gained a breadth of experience in nonprofit management and child services when she worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In her position, she was responsible for working with the Attorney General on prevention, providing mediation services to cease fighting between parents and officials, and overseeing all areas of protection and abuse prevention. In 2010, she assumed a position as coordinator for The Family Center Community Connections of Brockton. The nonprofit organization provides community services to individuals and families in a local area near Rockland, Massachusetts.

At her current post as coordinator, Ms. Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to children—this role involves collaborating with the Department of Social Services. A natural leader, she provides services for nine towns in Brockton and organizes activities, support, and social events. Ms. Fontaine oversees four staff members, 40 volunteers, and approximately eight interns. She has become proficient in coordinating grant writing, bills, and invoices. Ms. Fontaine holds a Master of Science in administration of justice from Salve Regina University, a Bachelor of Science in administrative justice from Roger Williams University, and completed community engagement training. She also earned certificate and training diplomas from Prevention Institute.

Ms. Fontaine is well known for her desire to help others succeed and for providing necessary resources to those in need. She seeks to assist those who are struggling while empowering them to take back their life and find their own independence. Ms. Fontaine is a believer in the theory of “paying it forward” and often encourages clients to help their neighbors once they have restored their own lives. Ideally, she strives to help families to completely prevent child abuse and neglect. Through a sound educational foundation and parental training, Ms. Fontaine believes this is attainable for any and all family units.

In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Fontaine aims to help Brockton build leaders, and not politicians. She seeks to reach out and help people become more involved in the community so that they can have a voice in how things are managed. Ever eager to keep abreast of changes in her field, she is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding, Brockton’s Promise, Policy Counsel for Headstock, and Community Service of Greater Brockton, where she serves as treasurer.

Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

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Ray Jacobs Invites You to Make a Contribution to ToyMakers of East Lake

Volunteers Work Hard to Champion the Initiatives of ToyMakers of East LakeRecently, Ray Jacobs of Palm Harbor, Florida, the president of the Tarpon Woods Action Committee, took up a great cause by volunteering for the ToyMakers of East Lake.

Mr. Jacobs’ story is a testament to the innate generosity, compassion and sense of giving  that lies within all of mankind, as he was compelled to help the organization to make toys for deserving children. After long having been admired by the members of his community for his innovative thinking and hard work, Mr. Jacobs was prompted to help others. He joined ToyMakers of East Lake and placed himself in a position of benevolence by participating in activities that would someday enable children to smile, one toy at a time.

Mr. Jacobs, a professional with a lofty background which also encompasses that of the position as president the Local Homeowners’ Association, has since been making toys for the organization with a mission to provide brightly painted, simple wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress.

From Toymakersofeastlake.org:

The ToyMakers began in 1982 when Jim McCullagh was advised that his grandchild didn’t have any toys to play with while in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He realized that there was a need and enlisted the help of his boy-hood friend, Bruce Pahl. They and their wives started making simple, colorful wooden toys. These toys were given to All Children’s Hospital, then to local Ronald McDonald Houses, and other local agencies. The ToyMakers grew by word of mouth and now has over 200 volunteers in several states.

The ToyMakers tradition continues today. We have made and distributed over 350,000 toys to this date. All are wooden, no metal anywhere, and brightly colored. We have even made a special toy that has a “handle” for children with muscular dystrophy. We are always adding new children’s agencies in the United States as well as special situations in other countries.

child care boy toyThroughout the years The ToyMakers have been blessed with individuals and organizations who have donated monies and products. When you consider that we go through about 36,000 various size wheels, thousands of dowels for axles, and untold gallons of spray and liquid paints every year, not to mention repairs to our machines, you can understand our very deep appreciation of our Sponsors. We proudly list them in this web site as our partners in this mission. The ToyMakers have also been fortunate to receive recognition for our work with a Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution and as a Runner-up in the Min-Wax Community Craftsman Awards. We are deeply appreciative for the recognition.

In addition to his work with The ToyMakers, Mr. Jacobs also writes an informative article for the community newsletter. He encourages everyone to support this worthy cause.

Contact The ToyMakers of East Lake today to learn how you can help.

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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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Ruth Hamilton Changes Orphaned African Children’s Lives through Rise On Wings

Ruth HammRuth Hamm is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Rise  On Wings, a charitable organization that  works toward empowering single mothers in Uganda through the development of self-sustaining business projects. Through these projects, her hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

Ms. Hamm began serving as the company’s Executive Director after having co-founded its initiatives in 2012, as she felt inspired to pursue a career that would allow her to make a difference in the lives of others. She develops self-sustaining businesses in Uganda for single mothers as model projects for them to gain new skills and training while earning an income to support their children. After the first year, Ms. Hamm and her colleagues encourage the women to launch their own businesses using the new skills that they have acquired, and with the assistance of a small business loan and a mentor.

Ruth Hamm Heads Rise on WingsThrough the projects that are launched through Rise On Wings, Ms. Hamm’s hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or would like to make a contribution to this great cause, please visit the foundation’s Facebook page, or http://www.riseonwings.org.

Please also visit Ms. Hamm’s LinkedIn page to learn more about her accomplishments and endeavors as a philanthropist.

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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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Aurora Juliana Ariel, PhD Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in her Pioneering Work in Psychology

Dr. Ariel found the cause of suffering and developed a cure to help end suffering on Earth

MALIBU, CA, August 25, 2013, Aurora Juliana Ariel, Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO of the Institute of AdvancedDr. Aurora Juliana Ariel, PhD Healing, TheQuest University, and AEOS, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in the Human Potential Movement through years of pioneering work in the field of psychology resulting in landmark discoveries and tools to heal and ailing humanity.

#1 best selling author, Creator of TheQuest, and award-winning author of the Earth 2012-33 series, Dr. Ariel earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Greenwich University with 4.0 GPA, a M.A. in psychology through the University of Santa Monica, graduating with honors, a B.A. in Psychology through Honolulu University, and holds over 38 certificates in advanced healing modalities. She has released 34 music, books, and audio CDs since 2008 through her multimedia production company, AEOS: 7 books (co-author of 2 others), 11 life transforming audio CDs and 16 music CDs, with much more to come.

ariel, aurora juliana logo2After years of dedicated research and work to find the cause of suffering and a cure, Dr. Ariel founded the Institute of Advanced Healing, a non-profit organization in 2000. Her research directly in the human psyche culminated in her discovery that the unconscious holds the key to understanding humanity’s true potential. One of her landmark discoveries was finding that subconscious programs are the cause of all adverse conditions, blocking an individual’s full potential from being realized. By systematically isolating each subconscious component, applying TheQuest healing technology, Dr. Ariel found she was able to reprogram patterns so people could live healthier happier lives. The effects are life changing. She has successfully worked with youth at risk, addicts, abusers and the abused, people with serious illnesses, including mental conditions, PTSD, and trauma, and a host of dysfunctional personality traits and life conditions with tremendous results. After years of miraculous results from this work, she is dedicated to bringing out the principles and practice of TheQuest worldwide. Her dream is that her life’s work can change lives throughout the planet. Once individuals are restored to their innate identity, they are free to fulfill their highest potential. As Dr. Ariel puts it, “When you heal your life, you change your destiny.”

Institute of Advanced HealingShe developed TheQuest Self Healing System (book, audio CD and healing journal) as an essential element in rehabilitation models for abused women, youth at risk, addicts, prisoners, veterans with PTSD, and individuals with brain chemistry disorders (mental illness). She believes the stigma of mental illness will be gone in 10 years, once people understand brain chemistry imbalances can be healed by the advances she (and other) pioneering doctors have made in the field of Neuroscience.

Numerous cutting edge programs are also available to the public, including her Total Life Transformation, Miracle Weight Loss, Addiction Release, After Rehab, Brain Chemistry Balance, Relationship Healing, and Women’s Empowerment programs. Understanding how quickly lives can be restored and potentials actualized when applying TheQuest self-healing technology, she released her groundbreaking book, TheQuest: Heal Your Life, Change Your Destiny worldwide Christmas 2009. She then began offering the Ebook FREE forever via her websites, so that it could reach everyone in need of healing regardless of their financial situation.

Dr. Ariel also developed 7 level courses through TheQuest University, IOAH’s sister division for the layperson as well as health care professionals. She is now creating a Virtual School with ‘live classrooms’ available to students around the world. Graduates of TheQuest Life Coach and Counselor Certification Course will be supported to serve their communities worldwide with chapters in their respective areas similar to the model chapter Dr. Ariel created in Aspen, Colorado in 2005, providing counseling, coaching, support groups, classes, community outreach and services.

The Institute of Advanced Healing is currently seeking funding to set up its international headquarters to host many of her cutting edge programs, advanced Health Center, launch TheQuest University’s virtual school and the first pilot programs to showcase how TheQuest rehabilitation models can change many conditions once thought incurable.

Born into a lineage of entrepreneurs, Dr. Ariel attributes her success to her inner drive and passion to help others, which ignited in her teens when her mother became severely ill. She has headed her own companies since her twenties including a seafood distribution company with products in all major supermarket chains (Safeway, Foodland, Buttreys and Star) spanning 5 states in the Northwest at 24, sharing her father’s global vision and pioneering spirit. A pioneer in shrimp farming, he also became one of the top distributors of seafood in the world with companies in 5 countries. Her grandfather was a doctor and stockbroker in Beverly Hills, California. She also takes after both her grandmothers who loved their gardens, culinary arts, and their families.

A dedicated mother of four and grandmother of three, Aurora’s youthfulness, health, vitality, and passion for life comes from applying the Optimum Health and Lifestyle Programs she provides for others. “TheQuest,” she says, “has been a continual ally, helping her through the most difficult challenges.” She has been the proving ground for her life’s work, the results of which gave her a love for helping transform the lives of others. She enjoys spending her free time in nature, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snorkeling with dolphins and turtles amidst beautiful coral gardens, whale watching, traveling to exotic locations, exploring ancient sites, enjoying other cultures, cultural events, concerts and films, and healthy international cuisine.

Dr. Ariel has garnered a reputation of distinction over the course of an illustrious career, earning the following awards and accolades for her outstanding achievements:

Number One Bestselling Author (2012)

Visionary Award for her First Book, “Earth 2012-33: The Ultimate Quest, How to Find Peace in a World of Chaos.” (2009)

Endorsements from Leaders in the Human Potential Movement, including Jack Canfield (“Chicken Soup For the Soul” Series), Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Gray (“Men are from Mars, Women from Venus”), Jared Rosen, Alan Cohen, Dr. Harold Bloomfield, Dr. Leonard Laskow and others

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