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Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. By their willingness to share their personal motivation to contribute to a global mosaic for a Culture of Peace, the interviewees join with others to make a difference in Worcester and the World.
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Imagine Worcester #95 Erica Ayisi

Posted November 29th 2015 12:56am
Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Erica Ayisi, MFA Channel 3 News Reporter. Formerly, she was with NBC Brian Williams nightly news. Erica Ayisi is an accomplished multimedia, international journalist with experience reporting in Ghana, West Africa, New York and Central Massachusetts. She was worked for LI News Tonight, ETV Ghana, NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams and most recently Worcester News Tonight. She has contributed to many high profile news stories including 2012 Election Coverage, the London Summer Olympics, Hurricane Sandy, and the Newton school tragedy and several others. Prior to her career in journalism, Ayisi spent six years as a high school English teacher Worcester. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Y.W.C.A. Central Massachusetts for a number of years, where she was a devoted advocate for the organization's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Erica was awarded the Life Leadership Service award by the Institute for Global Leadership in 2014.
 

Imagine Worcester Special

Posted June 8th 2015 8:03pm
Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Community Dialogue on Health Equity and Institutional Racism with Distinguished Panel and Discussion organized by Virginia Swain, Hostess, Imagine Worcester and the World and held at Worcester Department of Public Health, 25 Meade Street, Room 109 February 22, 2013. Jeroan Allison and Virginia Swain Co-Moderators. Distinguished Discussants: Ø Jeroan Allison, M.D. M.S, Professor and Vice Chair, Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities, UMASS Medical School Ø Michael Hirsh, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, Acting Commissioner of Public Health, City of Worcester Ø Brenda Jenkins, MOSAIC, Community Relations Director, Worcester YMCA Ø Joyce McNickles, Ed.D, McNickles and Associates Ø Cathy O’Connor, Office of Healthy Communities, MA Department of Public Health Clara Savage, Ed.D, Executive Director, Common Pathways Ø Virginia Swain, M.A., Founder and Director, Institute for Global Leadership Imagine Worcester and other events leading up to Community Dialogue on Institutional Racism: Ø Derek Brindisi and Dr. Michael Hirsh, Imagine Worcester & World television streaming live http://www.wccatv.com/video/imagine-worcester/imagineworcester84 Ø Community Health Improvement CHIP: umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/fmch/Community_Health/Worcester_CHIP_Priorities_Strategies_Dec2012.pdf; Ø Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post–September 11th World” Presented at the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference, Columbia University by Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2006;“Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity–Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development,” Presented at Columbia University as above, Swain and Sayeed, 2005; Ø Imagine Worcester & the World TV, Keesha LaTulippe, Joyce McNickles, Katie Howe Part !: http://www.wccatv.com/video/imagine-worcester/imagineworcester81; Part 2: http://www.wccatv.com/video/imagine-worcester/imagineworcester82 Ø Introducing Change in Resistant Systems, UMass Medical School Department of Quantititative Science. May 13, 2013. Presentation by Virginia Swain, Director, Institute for Global Leadership and Hosted by Jeroan Allison, M.D., M.S. Professor and Vice Chair, Associate Vice Provost for Health Disparities, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School Hosted by Jeroan Allison, M.D., M.S. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxWxKwdQdfPuem90TUluNklocWc/edit?pli=1
 

Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your
source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the
world. Jonathan Baiden, Jr, 4 years old, and Grace Akallo, his mother were interviewed on what was important to both of them. See a previous interview with Jonathan, Grace and Jonathan Baiden, Sr. at www.wccatv.com/video/imagine-worcester/imagineworcester8.
 

Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world.
Show 101: On November 20, 2014, The 15th Anniversary Awards Ceremony of the Institute for Global Leadership honored Life Leader Service Awardees and Imagine Worcester Interviewees-- ordinary people leading extraordinary lives who live in service to restore faith in humanity. Keynote Address: Dr. Peter Gray, Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life Psychology Today blog and alternativestoschool.com Life Leadership Service Awardees: Grace Akallo, M.A., Author, Activist* Erica Ayisi, M.F.A. Channel 3 News Reporter* Dr. Michael Boover, Chaplain, Worcester Recovery Center* Dr. Melinda Boone, Superintendent of Worcester Schools Derek Brindisi, Director, City of Worcester Department of Public Health* Mauro DePasquale, Director, Worcester Community Access Television Dr. Sue Fan Foo, Professor, Worcester State University* Dr. Peter Gray, Author and Researcher* Heather Lyn Haley, Ph.D., Professor and Community Organizer* Donna Perry, Ph.D., Professor and Nurse/Humanitarian* Khmer Magic Music Bus Team Indigenous Cambodian Music, Steve Riege* Sharon Smith Viles. M.Div, Asian Brush Artist and Teacher 10th Anniversary Awardees Caleb Encarnacion-Rivera*, Dr. Clara Savage*, Center for Nonviolent Solutions Founding Board* Imagine Worcester Television Awardees appearing at ceremony. Those asterisked above were also interviewed and were present: · Jonathan Alexandre, JD · Dr. Joseph Baratta · Suzanne Cashman, ScD. · Sara Connor, N.P. · Steve D’Agostino · Strong Eagle Daly · Sr. Judith Dupuy · Dr. Clay Starlin · Judy Freedman Fask, M.A. · Michael Langa, M.A. · Cathy O’Connor · Dr. Monika Kolodziej · Ginger Navickas · Randi Nichols, M.B.A. · Parlee Jones · Rev. Dr. Sarai Rivera · Dr. Paul Ropp and Marjorie Ropp · Dr. Richard Schmidt · Dr. David Steele · Claire and Scott Schaefer Duffy · Kathy Tamilio-Awed · Zayda Vallejo, M.Litt. · Yeshi and Tsering
 

Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virginia Swain's guest The Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler. The Rev. Canon Titus Presler, Th.D., D.D., is Principal-in-exile of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, which he has served since 2011. An Episcopal priest, he is a scholar of the history and theology of Christian mission, and he has extensive experience in Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. In addition to teaching at Harvard Divinity School and Episcopal Divinity School, he was academic dean at General Seminary in New York and president of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He was educated at Harvard and General and holds a doctorate from Boston University. His publications include ³Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference²; ³Horizons of Mission²; ³Transfigured Night: Mission and Culture in Zimbabwe¹s Vigil Movement², and many articles and book chapters. He blogs at titusonmission.wordpress.com. He and his wife have four grown children and make their home in northern Vermont.
 

Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virginia's guests are Dianne Bruce and Eve Gilmore from Edward Street Child Services.
Play is the work of children. As more attention is focused on school readiness many parents are seeking ways to prepare children for school. Too often we see well meaning adults focus on skill and drill academic preparation. While such activities may be appropriate for older children, young children develop across all developmental domains through active play. Dianne is the Executive Director of Edwards Street has led the organization since late 2003. She has overseen the change from a direct service provider to a capacity building organization. Prior to that she was the Director of Planning and Community Development with United Way of Central Massachusetts where she oversaw the Success By 6 initiative (no longer operating locally). She has been on the Executive Committee of Together For Kids (a nationally recognized initiative bringing mental health services to childcare centers) since its inception. Other relevant experience includes: President of the Board of St. Mary Healthcare; Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Public Library; Past Provider Chair of Worcester Community Connections Coalition; Executive Committee of Latin American Health Alliance; Leadership Council of Common Pathways (Community Wellness Coalition); Steering Committee of Worcester Family and Community Partnership for Children; Steering Committee of Strategies for Children Eve has been with the organization for 10 years. Her past experience included managing the Success By 6 initiative for the United Way of Portland. She was Assistant Executive Director of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts where she oversaw the successful National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation of the childcare center. Other relevant experience includes: President of the Board of the Regional Environmental Council; President of the Board of Jewish Family Services; Co-President of the Worcester Area Association for the Education of Young Children; Board of Directors of Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children
 

Imagine Worcester #96 Cathy O’Connor

Posted February 17th 2015 3:06pm
Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virginia's guest is Cathy O’Connor. Cathy O’Connor,MPA, is Director, Community Health Planning, Office of Health Planning, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Cathy has over 32 years of experience working in government agencies designing andmanaging collaborative programs that provide innovative approaches to improving public healthservices to residents of Massachusetts. She has extensive experience working with diverse groups,facilitating discussion and building consensus both within the organization and in the community. Her work is deeply motivated by a desire to assure that social justice and health equity are built intoall public health policies and that we, in government leadership positions, promoteenvironments that support healthy communities. This requires that those most affected by health,economic, educational challenges are integral in developing the solutions and become full partnersin efforts to improve theirlives.
 

Imagine Worcester #97 Dr Peter Gray

Posted November 14th 2014 6:07pm
Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virginia's guest is Dr. Peter Gray.
Children are designed, by natural selection, to spend endless amounts of time playing and exploring, with other children, without direction or interference from adults. That's how children learn to control their own lives, solve their own problems, and get along with others as equals. It is also how children discover and develop passionate interests. And, of course, it is a major source of children's joy. Increasingly, we have become a world in which children are no longer allowed to play and explore freely. Dr. Peter Gray is striving to do whatever he can to help restore that freedom to children. Dr. Gray, Author and Researcher, Boston College, research professor at Boston College, is a long-time advocate for educational reform and the renewal of free play for children. His research has shown how children are biologically designed to learn through self-directed play and exploration. He is author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books)
 

Imagine Worcester #94 Kathy Tamilio-Awed

Posted July 14th 2014 9:20pm
Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virginia's guest is Kathy Tamilio-Awed from the Acupuncture Associates of Worcester.
 

Imagine Worcester #93 Karen E. Ludington

Posted October 8th 2013 6:08pm
Virginia Swain is the host of Imagine Worcester and the World, your source for local and global interviews with peacemakers around the world. Virgina Swain interviews Karen E. Ludington, M.Ed., J.D. President and CEO of Children’s Friend, is a private, not-for-profit agency that has been serving children and families since 1849. Their current services reflect the complex needs of contemporary families. Programs are designed to improve family relationships, ensure effective parenting and protection of children, enable young people struggling with mental and behavioral problems or grief to reach their full potentials, and help create within each family an environment where children can grow into healthy, educated and responsible members of the community. Children’s Friend is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international body that sets standards for child and family service agencies. Karen says, “If you asked me to sum up what Children’s Friend stands for in only four words, I’d say “caring, quality, collegiality and integrity.” It’s a great place to seek help and a wonderful place to work. We invite you to learn all about Children’s Friend, its remarkable history, and its current contributions to our community.” For more,go to childrensfriend.org
 
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