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Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting From Plain to Plane By Patty Bear

This is National Hope Month so Joining me today is Patty Bear author of

From Plain to Plane: My Mennonite Childhood, a National Scandal and an

Unconventional Soar to Freedom.

Patty knows first hand that getting out of an abusive situation is possible.

Ultimately she broke free, became a pioneering female air force academy grad

and pilot serving as an air craft commander in the first gulf war.

Patty talks about the M.O of an abuser and the red flags you can look for in order to help others.

Her story is about her childhood and how her father was able to fool the church,

the public and the media into thinking he was some sort of folk hero

and the mom and kids were the “bad guys”.

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Spotlighting Give Big Wa

Give Big 2021 is already underway. It’s a great annual fund-raising event for our community to come together and support many of the non-profits in the Puget Sound area. And to underscore the need is greater than ever this year! We hear from leaders in just 2 of the nonprofits we can choose to support:
Jon Botten is the Chief Executive Officer of Child Haven and organization that has been serving our community for one hundred and ten years. Nancy Long is the director of 501 Commons, an organization that is empowering and helping non profits. You can donate at https://www.givebigwa.org/

Spotlighting From Plain to Plane By Patty Bear

This is National Hope Month so Joining me today is Patty Bear author of From Plain to Plane: My Mennonite Childhood, a National Scandal and an Unconventional Soar to Freedom.
Patty knows first hand that getting out of an abusive situation is possible. Ultimately she broke free, became a pioneering female air force academy grad and pilot serving as an air craft commander in the first gulf war. Patty talks about the M.O of an abuser and the red flags you can look for in order to help others. Her story is about her childhood and how her father was able to fool the church, the public and the media into thinking he was some sort of folk hero and the mom and kids were the “bad guys”.

Spotlighting About Dads Aboutdads.org

Marvin Charles with Aboutdads.org was going to sign his baby girl over to the authorities because he couldn’t raise her. Instead he got into rehab, got all his kids back and created a ministry to help other dads who needed support in getting well and reuniting their families. Marvin is the author of “Becoming Dads: A mission to restore absent fathers. The forward is by Eugene Peterson.
Aboutdads.org

Spotlighting Beat the Bridge JDRF

Zane Alexander Youth Ambassador for JDRF and Andrea Williams with JDRF working on the “Beat the Bridge” project. For the second year in a row the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge fundraising event for JDRF will be virtual. It is the 39th year of the Nordstrom / JDRF Event and nothing is going to stop them. Zane shares what it is to live with type 1 diabetes as a 13 year old and Andrea shares she was diagnosed at the age of 20. To join/participate/support the 39th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to beat Diabetes go to beatthebridge.org.

Spotlighting Aboutdads.org

Marvin Charles with Aboutdads.org was going to sign his baby girl over to the authorities because he couldn’t raise her. Instead he got into rehab, got all his kids back and created a ministry to help other dads who needed support in getting well and reuniting their families. He dropped that baby girl off at college instead. Marvin has also written a book called “Becoming Dads: A mission to restore absent fathers. https://www.findmespot.com/en-us/

Spotlighting Suicide with Dr. Josh Middleton

Suicide is on the rise. Superintendent of Granite Falls School District Dr. Josh Middleton, shares his insights and his powerful story. Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54. There were more than two and a half times as many suicides (48,344) in the United States as there were homicides (18,830).
Just a few stats. The suicide hotline is available 24/7 800-273-8255. Josh says he often tells students “Tomorrow needs you.”

Spotlighting Treehouse Legislation

Treehouse’ Dawn Rains, VP and Chief Policy and Strategy Officer tells us about the commitment Treehouse has to helping foster kids graduate from high school. Not only do they have a store to support the needs of the foster kids and their families, but they have programs to support as well. The program Dawn stresses in this interview is the mentors that work with the foster kids to keep them on track to graduate from high school, moving from 50% or less that graduate to 75%. Currently they are trying to pass legislation to get more funding to help foster kids graduate and also change the school system within the Juvenile Delinquent Centers. Go to Treehousekids.org click on “Take Action” on the left of the page put in your info and it will show you your reps and will type the letter for you, go ahead, takes less than 2 minutes.

Spotlighting Suicide with Josh Middleton

Josh Middleton is the Superintendent of Granite Falls School District. 5 years ago he lost his wife to suicide. He recently shared his story with his staff. He says the best thing we can do is show up for each other. That we will get through the rest of Covid with speaking words of encouragement to each other. He says he often tells students that “Tomorrow needs them.”

Spotlighting Ms. Wheelchair USA

Lowery Lockard the CEO of Ms. Wheelchair USA and the Dane Foundation along with Candy Kayne Ms. Wheelchair California USA 2021 join us to talk about the mission of Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Ms. Wheelchair USA program has been in existence for more than 23 years. It began as a state program, selecting winners in the state of Ohio to do a national service platform. As the program grew in popularity and was televised live, potential candidates began coming from all over the country asking to compete in the outstanding program. The program became a national competition 14 years ago and has been going and growing strong! The Ms. Wheelchair USA organization promotes glamour, self-confidence, and community service; celebrating the accomplishments of women with disabilities! https://www.mswheelchairusa.org/
Candy’s FB Page https://www.facebook.com/MsWheelchairCaliforniaUSA/