Dr. Chuck Sandstrom (USA)

Dr. Chuck Sandstrom was a seasoned organizational leader and motivational speaker when in 2009 he was brutally assaulted by a stranger in Akron Ohio. In spite of his life-altering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and with the support of his wife Auburn, Chuck has come to unconditionally forgive the man who assaulted him and has actively… more

Ish Kode Bish Iki / Morris (Doc) Mosay (USA)

Photo by Sweetgrass McKenzie & Louisa Hext Ish Kode Bish Iki (Morris ‘Doc’ Mosay) was taken from his family as a young boy and placed in a Native American boarding school where children were immersed in European-American culture in order to “civilize” and “Christianize” them. The number of Native American children in these schools reached a… more

Ray Minniecon (Australia)

Photo by Charlotte Sawyer Ray Minniecon is an Aboriginal pastor with roots in the Kabikabi and Gurang-Gurang tribes of Queensland. He lives in Sydney and has dedicated his life to supporting members of the Stolen Generations of Aboriginals.  The term “Stolen Generations” refers to the tens of thousands of Aboriginal children who, from the late… more

Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler  (Norway)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler is a survivor of the July 2011 attacks on Utøya island in Norway when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed 69 people and injured 110 others. Most of the dead were students attending a summer camp organised by the AUF, the youth division of the… more

Stephanie Cassatly (USA)

Stephanie Cassatly’s mother was murdered in a convenience store robbery in New Orleans in 1980. Since then, Stephanie has become a wife, mother, professor, speaker and writer. Much of her work is centered on grief, healing and the possibility of forgiveness.   The impetus to learn about my mother’s killer came from a virtual stranger. My… more

Jude Whyte (Northern Ireland)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi Jude Whyte was born in Belfast in 1957 to Catholic parents.  After the sectarian conflict started in the late 1960s, several of his seven siblings left for England but Jude remained in Belfast, taking a Sociology degree and getting married.  In April 1984 his life changed forever when his mother, a… more

Madeleine Black (England)

Photo by Leila Black Madeleine Black is a counsellor and lives in Glasgow.  Growing up in London in the late 1970’s she was brutally raped at the age of 13 by two American teenagers.  In 2014, having come to terms with how the trauma had shaped her life, she decided to share her story publically… more

Tony McAleer (Canada)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi A former organiser for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer operated voice messaging center used to disseminate messages of hatred), and manager of the racist rock band, Odin’s Law. It was love for his children that finally led… more

Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel (USA)

Photo by Louisa Hext On 12th February 1993 Mary Johnson’s only son, 20-year-old Laramiun Byrd, was murdered.  The perpetrator was 16-year-old Oshea Israel who received a 25 year sentence for second degree murder. Many years later Mary visited Oshea in prison and since his release in 2010 they have lived as neighbours in the Northside… more

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