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Volunteer Spotlight – Harriet Wasserman


“I’ve been involved with Cancer Support Community wasserman-e1471456643332Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara since 2006 and have served on the Board of Directors since 2008 so that I could give back to the place that had given so much to myself and my daughter, Nancy.” – Harriet Wasserman

Soon after Harriet’s daughter, Nancy, was diagnosed someone told her about Cancer Support Community, then The Wellness Community.  She went on the website and was very interested in getting Nancy to go. It took some convincing but she finally decided to attend a group.  After that, Nancy never missed a group unless she was out of town.  The last meeting she was supposed to attend was around her 50th Birthday, she was too sick to attend so Marty Nason brought the group to Nancy’s house, complete with Birthday cake; it made her very happy.  Nancy passed away 5 days after her 50th Birthday.

One year after Nancy was diagnosed, she said she wanted to give back. At the time, Susan Koman was advertising to do a lunch for Cancer Support Community. The first luncheon was at Harriet’s home and they had about 25 people; that was the beginning of what would turn into Nancy’s Angels Luncheon.  The next year they had 50 people and their good friend Debbie Steinhardt said to Harriet, “you can’t have this at your house any more it’s too small, please plan on having it at my house”.  That was in 2008, Nancy was able to attend one luncheon at Debbie’s house and saw how much it had grown.  Last year, the event had 110 people and raised $10,000. This year there were only about 75 people and they were still able to raise over $10,000! Due to the construction going on inside the house, the event was held in a beautiful canopy and the generous hostess, Debbie, insisted on paying for it. Harriet’s son is a chef and he and his partner donate all the food.

This event is a wonderful time for Harriet to get together with Nancy’s old friends, who still attend, and some of Harriet’s new friends. Harriet works tirelessly gathering in-kind gifts all year long, with help from her very good friends. These wonderful donations are raffled off and all of the money raised for the Nancy’s Angels Luncheon is donated to Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara.

Thank you Harriet for all you do!


Ask the Expert: Jill Kennedy



Ask The Expert: November Series

 By Jill Kennedy RYT 500
Meditation/Yoga Teacher

Is Meditation tapping at your door? There is a huge “buzz” circling around the word and practice of Meditation.  Yes, of course, it’s good for you and has a myriad of health and wellness benefits…

To name a few…

Meditation increases the body’s relaxation response just like you may have experienced in an incredible massage.

Your nervous system gets great rest and the body just soaks up healing.  The Immune System gets a healthy boost, Digestion Improves, Sleep Cycles are enhanced and deepened, and the is Mind gets a good wash to open up and calm and clear.  We actually can change our brain matter through a consistent Meditation practice.  Meditation provides a buffer against stress and that has a ripple effect that you experience throughout the day.

You get to investigate into your own experience and your own mind itself.  You may just fall in love with yourself over and over again as the body and mind balance, restore, and are fed true nourishment from your Meditation practice.

I am not saying that it’s easy to commit to something that may seem foreign and quite possibly overwhelming, but I do believe there is no such thing as a bad meditation.  It is easy to get caught up in the outcome, or think you are doing something wrong.  Just show up! That’s it. The rest will take care of itself.   Remember: You may just fall in love with the practice of Meditation.  Warning: You may just fall in love with YOU!

My classes are experiential. We explore all different types and tools of Meditation practice.  We may travel through a guided visualization or do a writing exercise or simply focus on the miracle of the breath.  The possibilities are endless.  You will have an opportunity to try all different ways and uncover what might suit you best at this moment in time.  Look forward to meeting you.

Meditation Classes held every Monday from 2:15 – 3:15pm

*November 28th no class

*December 26th no class