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The Founders (cont.)

The original Virtues Guide published by the founders in 1991 contained the elements of The Five Strategies™, with 52 virtues for parents and children to practice together. With no funding or marketing expertise, they reflected on where to take the book and had a strong intuition that it should go to First Nations first. That very day, they received a call from the Tsawataineuk First Nation of northern British Columbia, saying “Will you bring the virtues to our people?” Three weeks later Dan and Linda flew to Kingcome Inlet in a tiny seaplane, and gave their first virtues workshop.

In 1995, many U.S. publishers, hearing of the grassroots success of the book, bid on the publishing rights. Penguin published a revised version as The Family Virtues Guide, and it has become an international best seller, translated into more than a dozen languages. Since then, the founders have traveled the world, speaking on the transformative power of virtues in personal life, family life, character education, community healing and organizational development. There are Virtues Project Facilitators in more than 100 countries, helping to teach these timeless virtues and the strategies for bringing them to life.

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Kind words from our clients and sponsors…


“What a gift you are to me personally, to my family, to my community, to this nation, to this world. You lit my flame from your own, and that spark will continue to spread light in others - for eternity.

What courage I have, because of your courage.

What passion I feel, because of your passion.

What hope I know, because of your hope.

What grace I live, because of your grace.

You took your thoughts from conversation to reality, devoted the past 20 years to nurture and develop it and gifted it to the world with pure love, honour and trust.

~ Bless You ~ Thank You ~ Namaste ~”

Barbara Mackenzie, Fathering Involvement Initiative, Canada

 

“Your sense of grace. Your mission of peace. Your idealism and courage and generosity of spirit, beautifully wrapped within a countenace of humility and thankfulness. Your words into deeds. Your seemingly tireless approach to this noble work.

I remember asking you in Truro "What is your business model?" Your answer gave clarity for me, on my own path... inspiration. It is your approach to service and the sacred, your marriage of work and joyfulness, your initiative and willingness to be "on the front lines".... these are things of which I marvel. “

Barry Green, Newfoundland, Canada, Master Facilitator


“I honor you for hearing the "call" of our time, creating a clear mission and acting upon you vision with such devotion. In doing so you are among that special circle of people who recognize the transformative energy of the time in which they live and take action to use that energy to raise our human family to a new level of maturity. I am very grateful to witness your vision develop and grow and cheer you on every step of the way.”

Evelyn Belzer, Illinois educator

 

“Who are these people?

Who are so full of grace

Who diligently and enthusiastically

Share their gifts with the world

And who see the potential in everyone they meet.

What a joy

What a privilege

To encounter their wisdom

Personally.”

Linda Walker, USA, Facilitator

 

“I have always loved making a difference to people, encouraging my students to be the best they can be, and sharing my journey with others. The Virtues Project and A Pace of Grace are the best vehicles I have found for doing these things. Most of my life I wanted to be profound but The Virtues Project taught me that life is not about being profound and fixing others; it is about journeying together; discerning my own holy ground; and offering companioning to others, trusting them to find their own solutions. Thank you Linda, Dan and John for a great gift and the freedom to share it in ways that work for us. I am loving this focus for my retirement.”

Betty Doherty, Canadian Educator, Master Facilitator

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