Date: 6/23/2015 1:15 AM UTC
I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Woodall and his wife, Margo, at an event last year. I was immediately impressed and frankly, enamored, by both of them. Their work on behalf of global peace and healing is impressive.
Their accomplishments are extensive. Their humble nature and accessible manner,combined with their humor make them two of my favorite folks on the planet. Lucky me!
John and Margo reviewed all the materials for The Healing Chickadee. The follwing is what John wrote about our unique effort to help grieving children.
What a comforting gift we have for our children in the amazing work Terry Murphy has given us in "the Healing Chickadee!" Wise and kind, uplifting and comforting, the care she has taken to give grieving children the tools to grow from the pain of loss is nothing short of a precious gift. Thank you, Terry!
Thank you Dr. Woodall! Thank you Margo for the AMAZING work you do in our community.
Below is just a small portion of Dr. Woodall's resume:
Healing Arts Project: Partnership
between the Unity Project, the Boston
Institute for Arts Therapy and the
Department of Youth and Community
Development of the City of New York to
develop resilient ethical skills through
the arts to build competent global
citizens through DYCD’s extensive network
of after-school programs throughout New
York City. January 2003 –present.
- Launched at Gracie Mansion, May, 2003.
CT: Developed and launched a series
of resilience-building programs for the community after the tragic shooting at
Sandy Hook Elementary School.
One of 3 advisors to the Newtown First Selectman on the
strategy for the town for the first anniversary of tragedy and subsequent long
Devised idea of a “Year of Service” for the town and
wrote the piece for the town newspaper, the Newtown Bee, announcing this plan
to the town.
21st Century Conversation
resilience-building workshops for parents and adults. Designed and facilitated
the workshops creating a network of townspeople with expertise in developing
resilience in the community. Dec. 2012 to present.
The Newtown High School Unity Project: Advised school
principal on resilience building theory and methods from the time of the tragic
shooting until the present. Created and
facilitated student run Unity Council to develop student body resilience. Dec.
2012 to present.
PeaceBuilders for 11-14 year olds created and
facilitated programming to create inter-ethnic and inter-religious
understanding through community service and an adapted version of the Unity
Project Transformation Process. Dec. 2012 to present.
Working with the Newtown interfaith community to
coordinate a wide variety of resilience building efforts town-wide. Dec. 2012 to present.
Providing consulting services to a number of local
not-for-profit agencies on strategies to develop a resilient response to the
tragedy of 12-14-12.
Numerous articles in the local newspaper on critical
issues facing families and the community in the aftermath of the tragedy. Dec.
2012 to present.
A video series on building resilience produced in
collaboration with the Sandy Hook Promise.
Public talk on Building Resilience offered to the
community in partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise. April 2013.
Advised and consulted to Newtown Youth Academy on ways
to create a town-wide resilience building program for youth using sports. January 2013 to present.
One of 3 members of the Distribution Committee for the
Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Fund disbursing $7.7 million in
charitable contributions to the 40 families most directly affected by the
tragic shooting in Sandy Hook. April
2013 to December 2013.
Creating a “Global Mental Health and Resilience Center”
at Danbury Hospital through the University of Vermont School of Medicine. April, 2013 to present.
Joined the Board of Ben’s Lighthouse, a not for profit
dedicated to community service in honor of Ben Wheeler, one of the children
killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy.
A variety of media interviews on resilience and
strategies to build community resilience.
BBC, NPR, New York Times, CNN, etc.