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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 Back to School Hand in Hand Kids

Joining me today is Ivy Hendricks Outreach Coordinator and Jasmine Stilson Senior Child Care Professional at Hand in Hand. School supplies are expensive and for families struggling to make ends meet getting supplies for their kids to start school can be a real challenge. You can help families in Snohomish county by donating to the back to school program at handinhandkids.org. They are giving out 500 back packs full of school supplies to kids in Snohomish County.
https://handinhandkids.org/

Spotlighting Support7.org with Shannon Sessions

Shannon Sessions is the executive director of Support7.org. Since 1981, Support 7 has consistently, purposely, and effectively served all our neighbors within our communities—without regard to social class, ethnic heritage or religious persuasion. Support 7 is a group of chaplains who assist first responders and they also have a mobile unit that can be sent out for situations that need more support.
Support 7 is supported solely by the financial gifts and free will contributions of its friends and encouragers.
https://www.support7.org/

Spotlighting 5R Recovery

Johnny Ray with 5 R Recovery talks about how we need to make changes in our community when it comes to helping addicts. The 5 R’s are, When you begin with REMEMBER, choose to RECOVER, learn to REJOICE, then you can be REBORN and start to RELIVE. 5RRecovery.org

Spotlighting A Deeper Wellness Dr. Monica Vermani

Why do we stay with someone who is bad for us? Is it laziness or are we just complacent? Dr. Monica Vermani, Clinical Psychologist and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety, and Traumas, tells us that it’s easier to stay with a beast we understand than one we don’t.

For understanding when it’s time to let go, cut your losses, and start anew, Dr. Monica Vermani who has provided her expertise to Fast Company, Business Insider, Glamour, Parade, The Toronto Sun, and more, understands why we keep holding onto toxic relationships that can be prevalent in not only your personal life but your professional life too.

Spotlighting Toy Cars by Nathan Spiteri

It was a day like any other, crystal blue sky and warm summer air, as young Nathan Spiteri walked into a change room at a familiar public swimming pool and experienced a turn of events that would alter his life forever.
In his powerful and deeply vulnerable memoir, Toy Cars: One man’s journey from trauma to triumph, Spiteri dives into the trauma of being brutally abused, groomed and manipulated by the actions of a vicious pedophile. It is a ”coming-of-age” story, a tour-de-force that ushers the reader into the world of abuse, addiction, sex, drugs and violence.in words poetic, as well as raw and real, Spiteri paints a stunning masterpiece of triumph over tragedy; a powerful canvas of self-discovery, therapeutic growth and self-love. Spiteri offers a cautionary tale for all parents who are raising children; and an anthem of survival for anyone who has suffered the difficulties of youth.

In our search for a better life, Toy Cars proves that love and healing are possible.

https://www.amazon.com/Toy-Cars-Nathan-Spiteri/dp/0645122629/ref=sr_1_23?crid=232O9QOSJOGVI&keywords=toy+cars%3A&qid=1657056452&s=books&sprefix=toy+cars+%2Cstripbooks%2C101&sr=1-23

Spotlighting Mental Health with Achea Redd

People of color are especially prone to the stigmas associated with seeking mental health care. Mental health advocate Achea Redd is here to create safe spaces for women and girls of color to ask for and receive the help they need to live their best lives—the help she wished she’d had when she was struggling.
In her third book, The Precipice of Mental Health: Becoming Your Own Safe Space (Forefront Books, May 3, 2022), Achea, wife of NBA icon Michael Redd, shares her personal battle with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, atypical anorexia, and her estranged relationship with her father. Achea’s honesty is key to helping readers understand that there is a path to healing for those who are struggling. It’s also an eye-opening look at how spouses and family members can help someone during a mental health crisis.

Spotlighting Seattle Pride

Krystal Marx is the Executive Director of Seattle Pride. We talk about the upcoming parade Sunday June 26th in Seattle. She also touches on the other services Seattle Pride provides throughout the rest of the year.

Spotlighting Mental Health with Achea Redd

People of color are especially prone to the stigmas associated with seeking mental health care. Mental health advocate Achea Redd is here to create safe spaces for women and girls of color to ask for and receive the help they need to live their best lives—the help she wished she’d had when she was struggling.
In her third book, The Precipice of Mental Health: Becoming Your Own Safe Space (Forefront Books, May 3, 2022), Achea, wife of NBA icon Michael Redd, shares her personal battle with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, atypical anorexia, and her estranged relationship with her father. Achea’s honesty is key to helping readers understand that there is a path to healing for those who are struggling. It’s also an eye-opening look at how spouses and family members can help someone during a mental health crisis.

Spotlighting Operation Teddy Bear Lift

Lilliya Kovalenko joins me to talk about Warm 106.9 and the Ukraine Association of Washington State, or UAWS, have teamed up for Operation Teddy Bear Lift. It’s a campaign to send over 10,000 teddy bears to children affected by the war in Ukraine. Warm 106.9 and its promotional partners will be raising monetary donations for UAWS. Donations will be directed to www.uaws.org and will go toward purchasing neonatal incubators to replace those from destroyed medical facilities.
https://uaws.org/

Spotlighting Chicken Soup for the Soul Your 10 Keys to Happiness

Chief Editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul Amy Newmark, joins us to share her latest book of 101 stories reflecting the 10 Keys to Happiness. Amy says this is a heart project after reading thousands of stories and the lessons learned from them she realized there are 10 keys to happiness and each key has 10 stories to reinforce the ideas.
https://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Soup-Soul-Happiness-Real-Life/dp/1611590914