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Maryland Woman’s Journal Spotlights Projects Created in Self-Expression and Leadership Program

The Maryland Woman’s Journal, Frederick County Edition, recently ran an article that spotlights a host of local projects created by participants in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program.

They include ‘Battle 4 Books’, a nonprofit created to supply women prison inmates and their children with educational books, a marriage enrichment group where couples can work on communication and conflict resolution, a job exchange between city and suburbs to allow commuters to work closer to home and reduce gridlock, ‘Amazing Graze’, a project working towards better conditions for animals, a dental education system and referral system, and much more.


Pink Pangea Provides Travel Information for Women

A comprehensive travel site for women, Pink Pangea, was created originally as a project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The site chronicles the experiences of adventurous women travelling in countries in every continent all over the world. In praising the site, Discovering Startups said that Pink Pangea “provides nuanced information from real women travelers”.

Converge+UK Brings Together Entrepreneurs, Investors

A British conference to bring together investors, entrepreneurs, web designers and developers and other innovators was in part the result of a project created in the Landmark Education Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, according to IT News Online. The event was held on August 31st in London with about 50 innovators taking part.

“In the course they challenge you to think about the charities and community groups that you could be more involved in,” said co-founder Peter Thomsom, referring to Landmark’s SELP. I had been thinking for a long time about how to bring my friends from different work backgrounds together, so Converge+UK was a perfect project to get involved with.”

The event was designed to bring professionals from the different areas of technology, design and business together to support London’s startup community. The event featured real-life, practical examples of what’s worked and what hasn’t.

Meeting At Self-Expression and Leadership Program Leads to Jewelry Swag at MTV Movie Awards

According to an Arizona news station, two women who met in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program teamed up to form a unique jewelry business, Pearl Blossom, which soon received a unique opportunity – to have their jewelry be the main item for gift bags given at the recent MTV Movie awards.

According to the women, Devy Walker was Julianne McKay’s coach in the Landmark program. Pearl Blossom’s jewelry includes unique pearl designs, including clips, that are designed to have women feel more self-expressed. Read the full news story at the AZ Family site.

Pennsylvanian Porcine Project Takes Aim at Blue Ear Disease

pig picThe project created by Paul Pitcher in Landmark Education’s self-expression and leadership program has an interesting emphasis: the prevention of ‘blue ear disease’ (also called Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS) in the pork industry in Pennsylvania. At an informational meeting held on July 12 at the Country Fare Restaurant, Pitcher spoke to Lancaster Farming about the importance of working with neighboring farmers to reduce the incidence of the disease, taking a more regional approach to the problem rather than the farm-by-farm approach usually taken in Pennsylvania.

“The main thing is people have pride in the way they run their farms,” said Pitcher. “You have to be careful to not step on toes. But at the same time, they can learn something about [blue ear disease] risks.”

Pitcher and swine producers are working this summer on a PRRS  Risk Assessment, wherein they wil take a short survey detailing production practices with the help of a risk assessor, resulting in a detailed analysis of PRRS risk sources, which will be provided to partipating producers for their decision making. It is estimated that PRRS costs swine producers in the U.S. at least $600 million annually. Read about Pitcher and efforts to produce PRRS at Lancaster Farming.

Boot Camp for Young Entrepreneurs

Pamela Secord-Businessworkshop-2-jvpThis is an update on an earlier story about a camp for young entrepreneurs In British Columbia created by Pamela Secord as her project in the Landmark Education SELP. The first article described the project; this one describes the results as noted by Secord herself in the Bradner Barker.

Young Entrepreneurs Dream It, Then Do It

I have been moved by many things in my life but I have to say this one takes the cake. On March 20, 21 and 28 a Youth Entrepreneur Bootcamp was held at Bradner Hall. I took on a project to move and inspire my community and it seemed to grab hold and soon snowballed into what can only be described as wondrous.

The Bootcamp was attended by close to 55 young adults between ages 18 to 34 who were invited to participate in an effort to help them find a direction and career path for their lives. It was very moving to see these young people come into the Bootcamp on the first day being in the area of wanting and hoping and then by the end of the weekend they were all in action. Many of Bradner’s most successful entrepreneurs gave their time as mentors, advising participants about some of the pitfalls and successes they had experienced along their own career paths.

By the end of the first weekend the young people had their business plans figured out and were actually setting goals and putting their visions into action. They were told that if they were passionate about their vision and willing to stay in action, then everything else would fall into place. These amazing young people were both brilliant and very eager to be successful. One fellow said he had hear this before in university, but as part of the Bootcamp he learned what was missing – ACTION. He had lots of knowledge, which was great, but no tools with which to get his plan into gear.

After the initial weekend, the participants were given “Homework” assignments. In other words, told to start finding ways to put their plans into action. Each participant was offered 3 conference calls for support during their Action Week. I was very pleased to see them use the calls and was amazed at how much action was being taken. Almost all of the young people left the Bootcamp ready to begin the adventure of starting their own company and designing their own career path. I am continuing to receive emails letting me know what they are up to and it is so exciting!

I would like to send out sincere thanks to the following. Without your help and support, this event would never have taken place.

Landmark Education (Vancouver) for if I would not be attending the Self-Expression and Leadership program I would never have had the opportunity to create my project, through which so many lives were touched.

The young adults who took the time to attend this 3 day Youth Entrepreneur Bootcamp. I really appreciate what effort and commitment it took to participate in this event.

Tana Plewes for being my inspiration. Without Tana I may have chosen a different project. As founder of the Discovery Center for Entrepreneurship and creator of, she recruited our panel of experts: Chad Gibson and Associates, Mark Holland-RADplus, Jeff Baker-Positive Futures, and Simon Levin-AnK Apparel. The Canadian Youth Business Foundation ( is offering startup loans up to $15,000 to qualified participants intent on launching their new business. These leaders were absolutely phenomenal and were so committed to helping the kids to take the steps needed to have their dreams become real.

The production team who helped me set up and assisted as and when needed. The team included my lovely husband, Bob Secord, Sharon Smit, Debra Brandt, Emily Thoen, Dakota Barker, Kathy Nipkow, Ruby Jaggernath, and Mandy Kidd.

Mt. Lehman Credit Union manager Gene Blishen for being my first supporter who made me realize I really could pull this project off. Also for donations of prizes, advertising, photocopying and to Dawn Collins from the credit union who patiently spent time with me on the photocopying.

Bradner Elementary’s Sharon Christian and Principal Harold Feiter for loaning me the use of many things from the school.

Bradner Community Club for donating the use of the hall and any members who helped me have things run smoothly.

Anny Kosovic for designing my flyer.

Aldersgrove Credit Union for donating pens, cash which was put toward refreshments and stress balls for all the participants which, but the way were a huge hit.

Elsie Weiss (Aldercenter Remax Realty), Sue Hunt (Sunset Gourment Consultant and Hunt Security Systems), Bob and Wendy Hauser (WEstcoast Amusements) for prize donations.

Wilway Lumber, Chuck Webb (Fraser Financial Group), Dr. Schlagntweit, Rone Price (President and CEO of the Abbotsford International Airshow) and the Bradner Barker who donated money in support of this event.

Finally, thanks to the Mentors who are indeed a special group. They have generously agreed to offer their support and expertise to the Bootcamp participants for the next month. Carryl Peters, Bruce Fatkin, Debra Brandt, Lois Dyck, Elsie Weiss, Gord Beebe, Arnold Falk, Herbie & Lorraine Feischel, Miki Boleen, Donna Dixon, Consuelo Clarke , and Ruby Jaggernath.

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