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Our youth sometimes find themselves the victims of bullying or struggle to deal with their own feelings of anger and frustration in ways that are not destructive. Through collaboration with Plays for Living and the Consuelo Foundation, Wendy worked with the young actors of T-Shirt Theatre to raise awareness and to open dialogue on the issues of bullying. Using the play “Where does it End?” as a tool, performances, discussions and workshops were held at the Boys and Girls Club, several middle and high schools and, on the island of Molokai, at the Molokai Community Health Center.
Holding Fast the Dream: The History of African Americans in Hawaii (based on the book They Followed the Tradewinds by Miles Jackson, PhD) highlights the 200-year history of African Americans in the islands while exploring the importance and the challenges of building community. Wendy was proud to serve as host and narrator of this important contribution to the history of African Americans in the United States. Holding Fast the Dream was featured in the Hawaii International Film Festival, and nominated for a Filmmakers' Choice Award for Best Diaspora Film in the San Diego Black Film Festival. The documentary, which airs regularly on PBS Hawaii, is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
Wendy had the opportunity to use her talents to help raise awareness and funding to support the Hawaii Innocence Project. Through the staged reading of "Justice for Maurice Henry Carter" Wendy and other local actors told the story of Mr. Carter's 20-year journey to have a conviction overturned for a crime he did not commit. To date, nearly 300 individuals who were wrongly convicted have been freed from incarceration through DNA testing and the important work of the Innocence Project.
"By far, the most transforming experience of my life was caring for my mother as she battled cancer. While feelings of hopelessness and chaos were often overpowering, there were wonderful moments of pure love, tenderness, and laughter that I will treasure for the rest of my life."
Using her experience and those of family members and close friends, Wendy is writing a web series, simply titled "Caregivers." Her goals include drawing attention to the often overlooked needs of caregivers while finding some closure to her own experience.