Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting The Recovery Cafe

David Coffey talks about the Recovery Cafe and how they serve people who want to get off drugs. He talks about extreme hospitality and recovery groups, small loving accountability circles. Covid-19 has caused their operation to run differently but they are working hard to continue their support to recovering addicts. https://recoverycafe.org/

Spotlighting Becoming a Citizen with Luciana and Pedro Bartes

Luciana and Pedro Bartes, who have just become American citizens. Pedro and Luciana have worked in Seattle radio for 20 years. This is their journey of becoming citizens. Right when Covid 19 Pandemic happened causing them to wait three more months. They are so excited for the opportunity to vote.

Spotlighting 5R Recovery

Johnny Ray with 5R Recovery.
Johnny tells us the 5R’s are:
Remember, tell your story let people know where you come from.
Recover, do the work to stay in recovery, which may include Doctors, Psychiatrist, support groups, a fellowship etc.
Rejoice, celebrate your victories what can you be grateful for today?
Reborn, re start life, it’s not getting the old life back but being “born” into a whole new life.
Relive, get into doing service and helping others. Giving back
5R Recovery on Youtube Facebook and website to come.

Spotlighting US Census

This week we hear from Toby Nelson with the US Census. People are filling out their census on line and Seattle was in number one place in the nation, just passed up by Louisville. Brier is in the top 100 smaller towns to submit online census. In August employees will begin going door to door to get the information from those who haven’t filled out their forms on line or via mail.
The US Census webpage also has educational tools for teachers and parents.

Spotlighting Veterans For Worship

This week we hear from Deb Maund the founder of Veterans for worship. Veterans For Worship is focused on reaching veterans and connecting them to God one event at a time.  Veterans For Worship is a church that reaches veterans and their families in a chapel environment. We meet at various locations in churches & VFWs.

Their volunteer chaplains, chaplain candidates, and members donate their time and resources to also meet with veterans at veteran stand down events and work with community veteran leaders from VetCenters, the VA, other VSO (Veteran Service Organizations). We provide counseling, prayer, and suicide prevention.



Spotlighting Real Food Real People

This week we hear from Dillon Honcoop, his podcast Real Food Real People is a conversation starter for farmers. His hope is to connect the public with the farmers. Help them see the farmers and their families. He interviews farmers from Washington State, from beef to fruit tree to veggie farmers. He is passionate to let people know where their food comes from and how we can support one another. He talks about the importance of caring for the soil as much as the animals who walk on it and the food that comes from it.



Spotlighting Agility Marketing

This week we hear from Andrea Fryrear talking about her new book called Mastering Marketing Agility: Transform Your Marketing Teams and Evolve Your Organization, (Berrett-Koehler, July 2020) Andrea maps out a clear system for adapting a deliberate, disciplined agile marketing approach—one that will get teams through the short term crisis and sustain over time. While companies are trying to pivot their marketing to fit in with Covid-19 and Black lives matter, if they are using the Agility model they will anticipate and welcome change and be ready to pivot their strategy within days.

Spotlighting the Arthritis Foundation

This week we hear from: Steve Wright, Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation Washington, Oregon, & Alaska, Dr. Amish Dave, Rheumatologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Samantha Shelton who is on the board and her two kids, Isabella and Devon who both suffer from Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Covid – 19 has caused some issues for people with arthritis because they haven’t been coming in for meds or treatment. They are now able to go back into the clinics. Their fundraiser “Bone Bash” will be virtual this year. Isabela and Devon share the struggles of being kids with arthritis and what it is like at school for them. They also share how kids can help kids with arthritis stay safe at school.

Spotlighting Hungry Hearts Foundation

Hungry Hearts Foundation has been feeding thier community for years and are open and willing to help other school districts start similiar programs. Tammie Enders, a teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary school and Mirza Advic talk about how Hungry Hearts Foundation came into being and how Covid -19 is afftecting our students who struggle with enough to eat.