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 Domestic Violence

This week we hear from Deb Bordsen and Vicci Hilty from the Domestic Violence Center, Snohomish. They answer a question on many peoples mind, “why don’t they just leave?” It is very complicated, with compassion and insight they address many issues of domestic violence that we don’t want to look at including the fact that if we jump into a situation we don’t belong in we actually make it so much worse for the victim. We think we are helping and we are actually making things harder for the family. https://dvs-snoco.org/

Spotlighting Edmonds Center for the Arts

This week we hear from Gillian Jones with Edmonds Center for the Arts. They are committed not only to bringing great entertainment to their community but also in bringing joy to people with memory loss. They teach classes and also have workshops for the caregivers. The Center is available as a rental space as well as summer workshops for kids. They impact all ages and generations. ECA presents an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, provides space, production management, and technical expertise for a variety of community partners and rental clients, and serves more than 75,000 patrons who enjoy the facility annually.

Spotlighting First Responders, CHI Franciscan, Give in Kind

1. First Responders:
What to expect from first responders now.

2. Web: franciscanvirtualcare.org
• Phone: 1-855-356-8053
• App store franciscan-virtual-care
• Google Play: chifranciscan.android.chih.virtualcare
• When prompted for payment, use coupon code COVID19 to waive the $35 virtual video consultation fee and to connect with a board-certified healthcare provider.

3. Give in Kind:

Spotlighting Child Haven

This week we hear from Jon Botten and Megan Beers with Childhaven. They are committed to helping children get a good start in the first 5 years of life. They are committed to community, education and families. They work with the A.C.E.’s model (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to help children and families get on track for success. They have recently implemented a “wrap around” program which incorporates families who already have experience to work with the new families. The work they do not only impacts families today but will affect these families for generations to come. https://childhaven.org/

Update 3 Spotlight

Mirza from Hungry Hearts Foundation has offered to help you build a food program for kids who have free and reduced lunch, for when they are not at school. Like some kids where schools are closed for the virus.
Need help got to contact us
Washington state ferries issue a bulletin.

Update/Bonus Spotlighting How to Help Our Kids Re: Corona Virus

Laurie Hardie puts on her Life Coaching hat to help us help our kids. Our kids are listening and they are picking up on our fears and anxieties. Let’s help them feel safe by not talking negative about the virus around them. Tell them people are working on it and that if a child gets the virus it will be mild. Check the CDC site often. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Here is a GREAT video for kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2EiBzCnn8U
A fun crazy to fold pamphlet and audio information.
Keep Calm and Carry on.

Bonus Short Spotlighting Corona Virus

Some facts on the Corona Virus, including hand washing and elbow bumping.
Important websites to get information.
A video and pamphlet for kids!

Spotlighting Special Olympics

This week we hear from Mike Day, a Fire Investigator and a volunteer with Special Olympics Washington. Mike’s involvement comes through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Campaign for Special Olympics. In addition to volunteering his time and resources to Special Olympics, Mike also has a son, Spencer, who is a Special Olympics athlete. Also joining us is Jaymelina the media director for Special Olympics Washington.

Spotlighting National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

This week we hear from Heather Lee on the topic of Spay and Neuter Awareness month. Heather is an animal advocate and has her “Wet Nose Wednesday” feature on WARM 106.9. Heather talks about the benefits of spay and neutering animals, this time of year before spring hits and they get twitter-pated. She gives statistics on the number of animals waiting to be adopted and ways people can get animals in their lives. She also mentions resources for spay and neuter as well as tips on adopting and or fostering animals.

Spotlighting beerole.com

This week we hear from Igor Casapooh who is the founder of beerole.com where they are hoping to donate 2000 bees in 2020. We have heard the news that our bee population is dwindling and this is how you can help locally and globally. Bees play an important role in our daily lives. Not many of us know how big of a difference can they make in a world endangered by pollution, fast economy and bad management. In that spirit, beerole decided it’s time to make a wake-up-call and start acting.
They are working with a web platform that connects the public with bee keepers and their honey. They plan on donating two thousand hives to the associations of beekeepers from 100 affected countries.