Carol Olson – Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, Fredericksburg, VA – Carol fights tirelessly to provide education, prevention, and intervention on sexual assault in her community. She uses her tremendous passion and energy to help her create awareness, educate and reach out to others.
Alayna Wool – San Juan, PR – Alayna is dedicated to using her talent as an artist to bring peace around the world even at her own personal risk. Her current volunteer project has been living in a rural Guatemalan village for three years, where she has been creating a photographic archive of the victims of the armed conflict in the town of Rabinal. Her efforts are helping the survivors disseminate impunity and assists with their court cases.
Lisa Baird – Murfreesboro, TN, Cannon County S.A.V.E. – When no resources were available for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, Lisa took it upon herself to change that. Lisa single-handedly works extremely hard to run the only domestic violence and sexual assault agency in her county. Her tireless efforts have helped many in her community.
Somy Ali – No More Tears, Plantation, FL – Somy witnessed abuse as a child and vowed to do something to make a difference. Three years ago she started her non-profit to help women and children that are victims of domestic violence. As a volunteer she personally provides many services including counseling, mentoring, advocating in court, arranging therapy, medical and legal needs. She has even taught some women how to drive and speak English. In the last three years, she has assisted 42 women and their children. That is an incredible accomplishment for one woman making a difference.
Laura Finley, Ph D., – Plantation, FL – Laura has dedicated her time as a volunteer community peace activist. She is committed to issues involving human rights, domestic violence, the death penalty and promoting peace and social justice. She uses her expertise and reputation to create awareness about causes that are often controversial.
Gloria West-Lawson – Clearwater, Florida – After working in the foster care system for six years, Gloria quit her job to start a non-profit that helps with the placement and care of foster children. She has opened foster homes in three counties including her own home. Her organization offers full-service foster homes. She provides living arrangements, car seats, cribs, childcare when needed, transportation, tutoring, counseling and mentoring. Her unique program has a goal to help the children grow into productive adults.
Roberta McIntosh – Dunedin, FL – Roberta’s entire life has been focused on helping others. She has paved the way for all women activists in Florida. She has been involved in multiple projects over the years. From counseling battered women, her clemency works with women in prison and being a State Ombudsman for the elderly she has selflessly demonstrated a positive attitude and willingness to help others.