Dorene Romero: Women Empowerment Award

DRomero2Dorene is the founder of the Long Island Women’s Empowerment Circle. Empowerment was created for community support as women will make connections with other women who are like minded and supportive. The circle provides women with an opportunity to be inspired, meet personal goals and overcome obstacles. Members share and express personal experiences of how they have been empowered in their lives. Women of diverse backgrounds and interests are chosen to be featured at each Circle. They represent their personal story and ideas about empowerment through various talents such as public speaking, sharing career experience, healing modalities, performance art, visual art, musical expression, poetry etc… The circle is a relaxing time to gather with women to reflect and share ordinary life experiences that are recognized as being pivotal to self healing, growth and success, moving forward together …always growing, always learning.

During childhood Dorene was affected by Candida overgrowth that caused a compromised immune system, plus Hypoglycemia and various food and environmental allergies. She fell into a state of clinical depression by age 16. Beginning in 1987 Dorene started treatment at a holistic internist’s office and learned how to bring her body, mind and soul into balance. As the toxins left her body and balance became restored, she learned through a life changing experience that the body truly can heal itself with the right diet, supplements and awareness practices. Working in various health food stores & juice bars over the years have led her to decide that Wellness Coaching would be a desired career choice as she is currently studying for certification with an online program. She will be launching her practice by August 2015. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and looks to further her expressive practices creatively.

Sang Lee: Humanitarian Award

1085395693Sang Lee is a pianist and a singer. She started to play piano since she was five. She was a winner of national piano contest when she was ten. She started to conduct school choir when she was thirteen. She assembled vocal group “Stepping Stone” and she was a winner of MBC college music contest in 1990. She graduated “Hanyang” university in 1994. She is a member of “911 choir” and had Mozart Requiem concert for memory of September 11 in Carnegie Hall. Currently she is a lead singer of vocal group, “Grace”

Her son, Joshua Lee is an avid cellist who played the cello for 10 years. In 2012, Joshua’s quartet also known as “Rebel 4ce” was selected as a winner of the Young Ensembles Program of the Chamber Music Society by Lincoln Center. Also he attended many All-County events with qualifying NYSSMA scores. During the summer of 2013, Joshua played for the World Peace Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center where Kevin Spacey gave the opening ceremony speech. Through the experience Joshua has learned that music plays a significant role in developing lives and achieving peace through music. His most recent orchestra performance was at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center with the Children’s Orchestra Society.

Valdelice Reis: Community Service Award

20140823_123502Bio:  Valdelice Reis, known as ‘Val’, was born in Brazil, educated in Baptist College Sao Paulo and at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. She is an educator, a nanny and a care giver.   She was singing in churches in Brazil, has sung in events and has continued to sing since her arrival in the USA.  In September 2009, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. At that time she had no insurance so she turned to God in prayer. Her previous church congregation in Freeport, NY had brought her from Florida to New York to arrange an emergency surgery due to the size of her tumor. The rest is history. She is now healthy, moved back to Freeport and attends and serves as volunteer at her church.

With her grateful heart, she fed the homeless, the poor, and the orphans in Guaratinga, Brazil, and is often seen feeding the needy and those without jobs and family on the streets of Hempstead and Freeport. She has been nanny and a caregiver since 2009 for a child who is challenged.   She truly believes in the power of prayer and that in giving, we receive!


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