Olivia Newton-John’s appeal seems to be timeless. With a career spanning more than four decades she is still a vibrant, creative individual that is adored by fans across the world.
Born in Cambridge, England in 1948, the youngest child of Professor Brin Newton-John and Irene, daughter of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Max Born, Olivia moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family when she was five. By the age of fifteen, she had formed an all-girl group called Sol Four. Later that year she won a talent contest on the popular TV show, “Sing, Sing, Sing,” which earned her a trip to London. By 1963, Olivia was appearing on local daytime TV shows and weekly pop music programs in Australia. Olivia cut her first single for Decca Records in 1966, a version of Jackie DeShannon’s “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine.” In 1971, she recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “If Not For You,” co-produced by John Farrar, who she continues to collaborate with today.
Olivia Newton-John “Let Me Be There” – Live (1973)
Olivia’s U.S. album debut, “Let Me Be There,” produced her first top ten single of the same name, with Olivia being honored by the Academy Of Country Music as Most Promising Female Vocalist and a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist. This proved to be only
the beginning of a very exciting career. With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music, American Music and Peoples Choice Awards, ten #1 hits including “Physical,” which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks, and over 15 top 10 singles. (In September 2008, Billboard Magazine listed “Physical” at #6 on their Top 100 Songs Of All Time list and in 2010 listed it as “The Sexiest Song of All Time”.) In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. This film’s best-selling soundtrack featured the duets “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” To date “Grease” remains the most successful movie musical in history. Her other feature film credits include “Toomorrow,” “Xanadu,” “Two Of A Kind,” “It’s My Party,” “Sordid Lives,” “Score: A Hockey Musical,” and “A Few Best Men.”
Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on August 28, 1965, the second oldest of five siblings. She was raised in Timmins, Ontario, about 500 miles due north of Toronto, where her adoptive father, an Ojibway Indian named Jerry Twain, and mother, Sharon, had both been raised. It was a proud but, at times, impoverished existence. They struggled to keep enough food in the cupboards, but there was always an abundance of music and love in the household.
After over 11 years without releasing an album, Shania Twain is working on new music.
Shania Twain Makes Her Comeback
Twain often grabbed a guitar and retreated to the solitude of her bedroom singing and writing until her fingers ached. “I grew up listening to Waylon, Willie, Dolly, Tammy, all of them,” she recalls. “But we also listened to the Mamas and the Papas, The Carpenters, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. The many different styles of music I was exposed to as a child not only influenced my vocal style, but even more so, my writing style.” Her mom noticed Twain’s talents, and soon the youngster was being shuttled to radio and TV studios, community centers, senior citizens’ homes, “everywhere they could get me booked.” An 8-year-old Twain was often pulled out of bed to sing with the house band at a local club but only after alcohol sales ended at midnight. Later, Twain spent summers working with her stepfather as the foreman of a dozen-man reforestation crew in the Canadian bush, where she learned to wield an axe and handle a chain saw as well as any man. In the winter season, she would sing in clubs and do television and radio performances as often as her schooling would allow.
In 1987, at age 21, Twain lost her parents in an automobile accident. She took on the responsibility of raising her three younger siblings. She managed to keep the household going with a job at Ontario’s Deerhurst Resort, which not only provided for her new family responsibilities but also gave her an education in every aspect of theatrical performance, from musical comedy to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Gershwin. Three years later, with her brothers grown enough to take care of themselves, Twain was on her own. Shedding her real name, Eilleen, she adopted the Ojibway name of Shania, meaning “I’m on my way.” Twain recorded a demo tape of original music and set her sights on Nashville.
Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much (Official Music Video)
Although Twain landed a record deal with Mercury Records on the basis of her original material, her self-titled 1993 debut album featured only one of her songs, the feisty “God Ain’t Gonna Getcha for That.” Singles “What Made You Say That” and “Dance With the One That Brought You” each peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard country singles chart. It took a phone call from a distant admirer, rock producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange (AD/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams and many more) for Twain to find a true believer, both in her voice and her original songs. Twain and Lange met face to face in Nashville at Fan Fair in 1993 and married six months later, by which time they’d written half an album’s worth of tunes together. As 1994 unfolded, they traveled and wrote their way across the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean. They began to lay down basic tracks for a new album in Nashville, later recording overdubs and mixing in Quebec.
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman (Official Music Video)
The first results of their labor, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” entered the Billboard country singles chart in January 1995, peaking at No. 11. Twain’s second album, The Woman in Me, debuted on the country albums chart the following month. The collection has sold 18 million copies, making Twain the best-selling country female artist of all time. The single “Any Man of Mine,” hit the charts in May and became the first of four consecutive No. 1 hits for Twain, including “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!,” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know.” The project won a Grammy for country album of the year and was named album of the year by the Academy of Country Music in 1995.
Shania Twain – Forever And For Always (Official Music Video) (Red Version)
Twain’s third Mercury collection, Come on Over, was released in 1997, two years after her last album. The project continued Twain’s hot streak, producing No. 1 hits “Honey, I’m Home” and “Love Gets Me Every Time.” The sultry ballad “You’re Still the One” went to No. 1 on the country singles chart and made it to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart, solidifying Twain as a crossover artist. The sassy “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” a Top 5 country hit, helped secure the singer a contract with cosmetics company Revlon, which used the tune in TV ads featuring Twain. Come on Over has sold 11 million copies to date.
Shania Twain – You’re Still The One (Official Music Video)
While The Woman in Me broke records and made Twain an international star, critics didn’t know what to make of her sexy image and independent approach to marketing her music. Instead of touring to promote the record, Twain made a series of sexy videos, one of which was shot on location in Egypt. The singer finally mounted her first major tour in 1998 following the release of Come on Over. The highly anticipated outing helped earn Twain entertainer of the year trophies from the ACM and the Country Music Association in 1999. Twain has won a total of five Grammys, including two for best country song (“Come on Over” and “You’re Still the One”) and two for best country female vocal performance (“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One”). She also has taken home trophies from the Canadian Country Music Awards, Canada’s JUNO Awards and the American Music Awards. In 1999, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named Twain both country songwriter of the year and pop songwriter of the year. Her ballad, “You’re Still the One,” was named BMI’s country and pop song of the year.
At the top of her game, Twain retreated to her home in Switzerland with her husband at the end of 1999. She and Lange welcomed their first child, a son named Eja, together in the summer of 2001 while preparing her 2002 release Up!, featuring the hit single “I’m Gonna Getcha Good.”
Shania Twain – Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under (Official Music Video)
In 2008, Twain and Lange divorced. In April 2010, Shania joined forces with Oprah Winfrey’s new television network, OWN, to star in a six-episode docu-series titled, Why Not? With Shania Twain. Why Not? is set to premiere in May 2011. Twain is also releasing her first memoir in the spring of 2011 with Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. On January 1, 2011, it was announced that Twain and Swiss businessman, Frederic Thiébaud, were married in Puerto Rico. It is the second marriage for both.
The majority of the movie is still a mystery to us, but from what we’ve seen on social media, it’ll be chock-full of fun-filled dance numbers that feature talented teens — like Emily Skinner and Brooke Butler! , this sure-to-be a sensational movie, it hit theatres in 2018.
We are so thrilled to debut the singing of the amazing Lauren Orlando in the film Next Level! Here is a little clip from one of her songs called Special Place. We can’t wait for you to hear the entire thing, she is really talented singer.
This video was put together by the amazing Maddie Orlando when we were shooting Next Level. The film stars Lauren Orlando, Emily Skinner, Hayden Summerall, Chloe East, Brooke Buttler, Ellarose Kaylor, Will Simmons and Chloe Lukasiak. *This is not the trailer just a fun video from when we were shooting.
Lauren Orlando Opens Up About Singing In “Next Level” And Raves About Hayden Summerall! | Hollywire
Hollywire – Ashley Brinkman chats with Lauren while on set! Lauren Orlando stars in the new movie “Next Level!” She’s only 13 but she has accomplished so much! She loves her hair extensions and all her friends from set. She’s very close friends with Hayden Summerall, Emily Skinner, and is now good friends with Chloe Lukasiak and Chloe East! She’s similar to her character but her character is a bit of a rebel and Lauren isn’t. Spoiler alert, Lauren sings in the movie! #LaurenOrlando#NextLevel
Ashley Brinkman chats with Hayden while on set! Hayden Summerall stars in the movie “Next Level” alongside Chloe Lukasiak, Brooke Butler, Lauren Orlando, and Chloe East. He tells us what it’s like working on this set, having to wear makeup, the extreme temperatures an actor has to deal with, and more! Hayden also tells us what item he took from set! #HaydenSummerall#nextLevel#interview Hosted by: Ashley Brinkman
And things are about to get magical! Late last month, fans of the digital series got a sneak peek at its upcoming third season and now all your favorites are about to be back in a big way because “Total Eclipse” will be back on your computer screens starting March 21st.
The series – starring Johnny Orlando, Mackenzie Ziegler, Lauren Orlando, Nadia Turner, and more – just dropped a new trailer for the series’ sure-to-be amazing new episodes and from the looks of it, season three is about to be filled with so much drama. Songs are stolen, relationships are formed and new characters are added to the mix and that’s not even all the plot-lines that are sure to keep us on the edge of our seats! Get your first look at season three before it premieres by checking out the trailer, here:
Bars and Melody (B.A.M.) are a British pop duo consisting of rapper Leondre “Bars” Devries and singer Charlie “Melody” Lenehan. They took part in the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. During their audition, they were automatically sent into the semifinals of the competition after the head judge, Simon Cowell, pressed the “golden buzzer.” They ultimately finished in third place in the series. They brought out a new song, “Shining Star”, on 30 July 2014; this was an extra to their acoustic version of the song “Hopeful”. Bars and Melody released their debut studio album 143 on 21 August 2015. It debuted at number four in the UK. One year later, their EP Teen Spirit was released. They refer to their fans as “Bambinos.” They have appeared in the UK, the United States, Japan, mainland Europe, and Australia.
Alex Christensen is one of the most important German instigator of the Techno-Dance- und Eurodance-movement. He initially gained world fame as a DJ and composer, followed quickly by his capacity as a producer. We´re happy to be part of his new project „Classical 90s Dance 2“ where Alex invented a new genre with classical 90s Dance Hits together with a 50 piece orchestra
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List
I’ve always loved weekends because they provide me with a little extra time to make my way through the books and articles I’d been meaning to dig into. Here are a handful articles I’ve read over the past few weeks that stuck with me.
Now, I don’t always agree with every single thing that’s in them and, in fact, occasionallythey contain things that are critical of my record as president. But one of the thing I strive toward is finding smart, thoughtful writing from people who have a different political perspective than I do. These stories further my understanding about some key public policy challenges — like the economy, technology, and criminal justice. They provoke me to think about problems in a new way. And they remind me about the urgency of certain issues that deserve more attention than they often receive.
So for anybody looking to be part of a solution, I hope these articles will give you some fresh perspectives — and I’ll keep them coming in the weeks ahead.
“Yes it will be a grace if I die. To exist is pain. Life is no desire of mine anymore.” ― Sophocles, Electra
To start off and jump right in, it’s been awhile since I have done a post here, especially in my own words, but this story has been called upon to be known.
I have been asked many times why I do what I do, and why it matters to me, you don’t have any kids to worry about their future I’ve been told. Some even demanded I stop what I am doing, it’s none of my business very firmly.
I am sure that once you finish reading you will have a better understanding of why the fight for equality and equal rights for LGBTQI2SI people, these issues I hold close to my heart because I’ve been there and take the hatred sorta personal now.
I now consider the LGBTQI2SI community as a distinct society, why? well to answer that I will have to take you back to 1979, when I was at the ripe age of 19.
A time when I’m not liking myself or the life ahead me very much, especially after witnessing what the local town folk referred to as the town queer being beaten by youth many times and how they enjoyed it, but myself no better to stand there and watch while the reality of what I would have to face was far to clear. I would pray as often as I could asking God to change me because I was terrified of what I was and life in general.
Towards the end of the year, late September I scored an Employment opportunity in Labrador City working as a payroll clerk in the mines for The Iron Ore Company of Canada (I.O.C) which temperately occupied my thoughts. I did not understand why I was not attracted to girls, not because I couldn’t get them, not to boast but I had lots to choose from but avoided all of them.
I was determined not to live a gay life and just decided I would forget all about it and started dating one of the my girls friends. But the attraction to boys does not go away, I found myself always looking at the boys and this made me hate myself even more because for the most part it was how I felt after a gay encounter, at which time swearing it would never happen again, so I can relate totally and understand completely why we are so ridiculed and rejected by society.
After a encounter with a first timer, also a friend, he himself had the same reaction which was not a good scene and lead to a pretty nasty fight. The next night at a party with some friends and having way to many beers I left the party alone and went to my sisters, well to my surprise the friend had paid my sister a visit and blamed me for forcing him to have sex, long story short he would end up my secret lover for many years to come until he contracted the HIV virus. Now living in the gay village in Toronto watching all my friends dying around me was the most trying time, I again wanted and was waiting to die. I decided to go back in the closet and left the village and moved to North York a Toronto suburb.
Anyway back to my sister’s place and that dreadful night, she was very upset and said she was going to call and tell our Mother, at that point I was sick to my stomach, I did not want anyone to know especially not my mother. I decided at that instance that I wanted to die and grabbed a knife that was just in front of me on the Kitchen counter top with a 8 inch blade and viciously rammed it into my abdomen (laymen terms Stomach).
Waking up three days later in hospital, wrapped from head to groin unable to move in a room with two other guys. It would be a week before I was back on my feet and another week before I was released. During the week I was bed ridden I got a visit from my brother in law, he said your sister is in this hospital too, a couple rooms down, I asked why, he replied, the trauma from you stabbing yourself in front of her, she had a miscarriage and turned around and left.
I believed that my punishment for failing was now beginning and now wished I was dead. The day before being released I had to see a psychiatrist, the first question he asked was, “Why did you try to kill yourself?” of course I lied, I would not dare tell him the truth. He responded by saying you are very lucky, I did not ever think it was possible, It is amazing how you managed to drive a 8 inch blade all the way into your abdomen and miss every organ causing no serious injury, your free to leave when ever you choose, I was ready and left for home from his office.
Upon arriving home, still living in Labrador City I called my mother whom was in Stephenville, told me to just come home. I returned home, found a girlfriend and was Married six months later, never to ever talk to anyone about what happened to date, and I woke up still not dead again today. 😀
So the moral of this story, it’s twice as hard for us to accept who we are then you, when you are hated for who you are, live means little, but with everything inside us we know we cannot change, left with only a few choices, live life to the fullest in the closet and marry, sneak around for a bit hoping not to be discovered , those of us that do not consider the closet an option will live an authentic life as who we are and fight to the dead, and the worst is sadly two many of us convinced or brainwashed hate who we are so much rejecting life turn to suicide. So the next time you meet or see someone from my community, try showing a little kindness and or respect , I don’t think that is really a lot to ask, with sincere Thanks for your understanding.
“I attempted Suicide, it failed – I got married, it failed – Then I started Fightin” – Terry.K
Article by Terry.K posted February 15, 2018
footnote: TerKinByDesign in reality has nothing to do with designing, only that of who I am
It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, I feel good, and no one’s gonna stop me now. – Freddie Mercury
A special box set of Queen’s landmark 1977 album News of the World is here, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release. The new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band’s archives, one of which is a newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions. For many Queen devotees, this Raw Sessions CD will be the most intriguing component of the new release. Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details. Here we experience We Are The Champions, anew with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut. Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen’s inner circle has heard him sing before at all – Brian May’s All Dead, All Dead.
The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor’s Sheer Heart Attack can be heard with its original long-lost guitar intro and uncut ending. Taylor’s other song, Fight From The Inside, is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions. Another outstanding feature of this weighty 40th anniversary box is a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. There is also a rich selection of NOTW related memorabilia including three posters and a 60-page book of images, mostly previously unseen. The package is completed with a brand new one-hour DVD documentary, Queen : The American Dream, created from backstage material filmed during Queen’s 1977 USA News of the World tour.
As promised in our previous movie update, QueenOnline.com is, and will be, the place to hear all the news first on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. So here it is, the scoop, straight from Hollywood – No, literally, we just got sent all this from Fox…!
So, you already know about Rami Malek taking the role of Freddie, but here comes the rest of the band. QOL can exclusively reveal who will be playing Brian, Roger and John…
Gwilym Lee will be Brian May, Ben Hardy has landed the role of Roger Taylor and Joe Mazzello will portray John Deacon.
6th September 2017
First Image of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury
Rami Malek last week created a major buzz on Bohemian Rhapsody by dropping this huge tease on twitter: “I just had my make up, hair and costume tests as Freddie Mercury and it was overwhelmingly cool and truly unforgettable. Pics coming soon…”
Well we don’t have to wait any longer. Here he is in the first look of his Freddie incarnation unveiled overnight and making news worldwide.
So who are the actors lined up to play our Princes Of The Universe? Here come the official bios…continue reading »»»»»»
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“A war when more children and women die than grown armed men is a very dirty war.” – UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland
As the war in Syria enters its seventh year, many of us feel helpless. We hear stories about children such as Fares, a 6-year-old from Syria who has never seen a classroom in his life, and we wish there was something we could do.
But we must not give up hope. Together, we can take action. Together, theMessengers of Humanitycan show their solidarity with the Syrian people.
Remember, you are not alone
TheUnited Nationsand our partners in Syria are delivering aid to millions of civilians, trying their best to reach as many people as possible. And on 4 and 5 May, world leaders will come together in Brussels to discuss the future of Syria and to find a lasting political resolution.
Children’s suffering has hit rock bottom in Syria as the conflict reaches six years. The song, which is composed and donated toUNICEFby Zade Dirani, UNICEF Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, is a message of hope from Syria’s children to the children and people of the world, with a simple request to get their childhood back.
The song is performed by 10 year-old Ansam, an internally displaced girl in Syria who was born blind. The song was shot in an area of Syria heavily damaged by the fighting. Children performing as part of the choir are all internally displaced and participate, along with Ansam, in UNICEF psychosocial support programmes.
Action 1: Make sure that Syria is not forgotten – share on social media
Action 2: Encourage universities to offer scholarships for refugees
For refugee students, not being able to continue their studies is devastating. Help them by writing an e-mail or a letter to your own university or a college near you and ask them to support a refugee. You can also e-mail major universities in the USA, asking them to admit more refugees.Here is a handy template.
Action 3: Support internally displaced people in Syria
We hear a lot about refugees who seek safety outside Syria, but more than six million Syrians are displaced within their own country. They are often forced to flee at very short notice and have to leave everything behind. Many of them find refuge with host families, but others have to stay in overcrowded shelters. As the conflict continues, they are struggling to find food and water and are in dire need of humanitarian aid. If you want to help internally displaced people in Syria, you candonate to the UN’s humanitarian fund in Syria. Your donation will provide emergency food, water, shelter, medicine and other life-saving assistance to those who need it most.
Action 4: Help refugees to integrate into a new culture
Refugees often feel lonely and isolated when they try to restart their life in a new country. Could you see yourself mentoring a refugee family? Imagine teaching the kids your language or helping the parents figure out the public transport system. Even small gestures of friendship can mean a great deal! A quick Google search can show you which groups and local non-profits are active in your area and looking for volunteers.
Article posted April 6, 2017 by Messengers of Humanity
“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” ~ Princess Diana
Bailey Dunbar👼 is only 15 years old, but she’s already seen more tragedy than many face in a lifetime. Her twin sister, Morgan, committed suicide when they were just 13 years old after her sister was targeted by bullies.
Bailey👼 is leading the charge on anti-bullying with her organization, Morgan’s Memorial Mission Society. The group engages in volunteer work to combat bullying and encourage kindness and inclusivity — and won aDiana Award for her efforts last year. The Diana Award🌹 is given out in the late Princess Diana’s🌹 name to young role models, ages 9-18 from across the world who are transforming the lives of others. (To nominate a young changemaker for this year’s Diana Award, which will be presented at a ceremony in London this May, click here.)
Dunbar👼 faced bullies of her own after her sister’s death. After Morgan’s suicide, one of the bullies who had tormented her turned his attention towards Bailey👼 . The abuse got so bad, that at a point, her parents were forced to get the police 👮involved, she says. The bully was later made to apologize and stop contacting Bailey.👼
Seeing the treatment her sister suffered through her own eyes, Bailey👼 was inspired to make a change. She founded Morgan’s Memorial Mission Society, and with the help of her mom, she was granted official non-profit status.
“After I experienced what it was like to be bullied, I finally understood why you wouldn’t want to go to school or go out,” Bailey 👼 says. “I decided to take action because after having my own experience, I realized it’s not okay.
“A lot of people are insecure about themselves, and they’ll take it out on other people instead of talking about it.”
Morgan’s Mission Memorial Society has been involved in several projects that hope to spark conversation about bullying,mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Bailey👼 has hosted a benefit concert with Robb Nash, done multiple events with Project Semicolon, another suicide prevention and mental health organization, in her hometown of Edmonton and around Alberta, Canada, and spoke out about her own bullying story and losing her sister on “Beautiful Me Day.”
She’s also been working with local government officials, as well as the Canadian ministers of health, education and justice, to help create anti-bullying legislation in the country. Bailey👼 worked with Fort SaskatchewanMayor Gale Katchur and Jessica Littlewood, a member of the legislative assembly, on a proclamation for World Suicide Prevention Day in the town in 2015.
“They were shocked that at such a young age, that I’m doing all of this to change how people see mental illness and bullying, ” she said of her experience working with the government ministers.
Also in her hometown, Bailey,👼 along with a committee of local parents, has created a “Protective Guardian” award, which is given to a student or young person who has actively worked against bullyingin their school or community.
“It was so precious for me to see people really change their mindset about the problems they face. That’s what I want for my people.” ~ Sarah Rogers, Elder and Cultural Support Worker, Inuvik
Part of being human is getting hurt. Sometimes we hurt others; sometimes others hurt us. We even hurt ourselves. Holding onto this hurt and allowing it to dictate the course of our lives can have negative long-term consequences. Forgiveness can change the shape of our journeys. It can release anger, fear, judgement and resentment, and open the door to peace and a positive future.
FULL CIRCLE offerscustomized forgiveness programsfor hurt people and communities. We excel in creating safe, experiential opportunities for people of all ages to explore what forgiveness means—and doesn’t mean—in their lives. We also consult with non-profits, employers, community groups and schools interested in restorative solutions to repairing harm and peace building.
Who We Are
We, Katy Hutchison and Shannon Moroney, have walked the difficult and complex paths to forgiveness in our own lives. Now we work together to help our clients do the same.
We are Canadian women affected by violent crime, best-selling authors, sought-after public speakers, and advocates of restorative justice. We are volunteers withLeave Out Violence(LOVE), members of the internationalForgiveness Projectand we share our stories around the world. We first partnered in 2009 to create the F-Word, an experiential workshop designed to give participants an opportunity to explore what Forgiveness means and its transformative potential for healing. Since then, we have brought our life-changing programs to diverse settings in communities around the world.
SHANNON MORONEYwas a teacher and counsellor when her husband kidnapped and sexually assaulted two women in 2005. After personally discovering the lack of help available for families of criminals, and the vast ripple-effect of violent crime, she became a restorative justice advocate who speaks internationally on the topic.
In 2011, Shannon published her memoir Through the Glass, which became an instant national bestseller and was nominated for several awards, including the Governor General’s Award. In 2015, she co-produced “In Harm’s Way” for CBC Radio’s The Current. She lives in Toronto where she is remarried and the mother of twins.
KATY HUTCHISON~ was widowed and left with four year old twins following the murder of her husband in 1997. In meeting with the young man responsible, she learned that the only way through the trauma was by forgiveness and education.
Her memoir, Walking After Midnight (2006), was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and inspired Lifetime Network’s movie “Bond of Silence” (2010). Katy received the Me to We Social Action Award (2005) and was nominated for the Courage to Come Back award (2003). In 2013 she delivered a TEDx talk on rethinking education. Katy lives in Victoria. She speaks internationally on social responsibility & restorative justice issues.