Category Archives: Humanitarian

27th January 2013 SELP Participants- Making a Difference to thousands……

52 Projects in a span of three and half months!

Amazing contribution to Humanity.


Always in My Heart

LSD - panoramaThe following are excerpts from a story published in the December 2013 issue of Panorama, an Italian Canadian publication.

Always in my Heart

A successful children’s community project in Richmond Hill

Always in my Heart is a project inspired by Liliana Guadagnoli through a Self-Expression and Leadership Program that she is currently enrolled in. She is currently the Assistant to the Chair of the French Studies Department, York University, and a co-author of a collection of poems.

The basis of the project is to help children overcome the loss of a pet, toy, object, etc., with grace and ease. Children had a guided meditation, and afterwards drew what they experienced. On Sunday, December 16th this project came to life, with many participants between the ages of 5 and 16. A surprise twist to the event came when the facilitator, Maria Grazia Bevilacqua, asked the parents to participate.

The children were extremely receptive to the meditation and instructions, which were carried through easily. It was amazing to discover that all children had addressed various losses, from toys, pets, friend and loved ones, to have the ability to find in a short period of time the happy moment after the sad moment of the loss. What was also amazing was that parents were stuck in finding their happy moment  quickly after a loss.

What both children and adults got from this event was the ability to increase awareness of their personalities through the readings of the drawings executed by Bevilacqua. The purpose of the event was to teach the children to increase their awareness, so that they won’t get stuck in their future years, making decisions for themselves and following their true purpose, creating happy lives. The event was very successful and the atmosphere was joyful and peaceful.

Stroke Support Group Comes to Ithaca

LSD - stroke support ithacaAccording to an article in the Ithaca Times, a new stroke support group is now available in Ithaca, New York, due to a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The Family and Friends Stroke Support Group is now a county wide outreach support resource open to the public, thanks to the efforts of Landmark graduates Joe Zanfordino and Dana Murray-Cooper.

The article reports that this group is different from other support groups that were attempted in the past, due to its support network, with connections to a variety of nursing, rehab and home-care units, as well as the Cayuga Medical Center.

Inaugurated in November,  the group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 pm at the Finger Lakes Independence Center on 215 Fifth Street in Ithaca. The group is open to all stroke survivors of Tompkins County, their family and their caregivers.

Read more at the Ithaca Times.


Mystic Celt Event Supports Emergency Water System in Phillipines

LSD - water philippinesA project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program is on its way to raising $10,000 to build an emergency water system in Quezon City in the Philippines, an area still impacted by the devastating 2013 typhoon.

The crowd sourced fundraising campaign is culminating with ‘Drinks for Drinks’, an open bar event at Mystic Celt in Chicago, where supporters pay $25 for unlimited drinks and have a chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. Children International is the beneficiary of this event and the $10,000 campaign, with 100% of the money raised going directly towards building this particular water system.

The event is being held this Friday, February 28, starting at 9pm and going until midnight – Mystic Celt is located at 3443 N. Southport in Chicago.

To contribute or find out more, check out the Water Well Wishes Crowdrise campaign.

Covered Bridge Run Blossoms

LSD - ottowa citizenBack in 2011, one resident of Wakefield, Canada, took on creating the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The Ottowa Citizen reports that since then, the planned one time event has expanded into an entire event management company which has raised more than $42,000 for community charities.

Dayne Chicoine’s Aegle Events has raised money for a hockey pad project, the Wakefield Emergency Fund, and the Wakefield Grannies, who provide financial assistance to women in South Africa who are caring for AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.

The second covered bridge run last year drew 438 participants, and Chicoine hopes this year’s run in May will reach 1,000 people. Her group also started a separate nighttime ‘Moonlight Run’ in September. Chicoine credits the support of the people around her:

“The community supported me 100 per cent.”

Jarboe Foundation Helps Massachusetts Underprivileged

LSD - foundationOne Landmark graduate has fulfilled a longtime dream of establishing a foundation to help the needy in his community. Real estate entrepreneur Justin Jarboe and his wife Alice founded the Jarboe Foundation in 2013 with the goal of assisting the underprivileged in various ways such as food support and help around the holidays.

“While in my Self Expression and Leadership program at Landmark Worlwide I discovered that I am not doing this world a service by hiding in the shadows,” said Jarboe in an interview with Golocal Worcester. “The world doesn’t need any more people settling for mediocrity. At that moment I knew I wanted a bigger life. I wanted to help people.”

During the last two months, the foundation fed 28 families at Thanksgiving, and provided presents (buying and wrapping the requested gifts) for 40 families at Christmas. Find out more at The Jarboe Foundation website.