Category Archives: Awesome Advocate
Shelly Fletcher and her kids, Owen and Landis, first met Nick and job coach, Audrey, at one of their mutual favorite places in town– the Loveland Public Library. As Nick and her spunky 8-year-old, Landis, hit it off in their first encounter, Shelly had the sense that this was a connection that was “meant to be.”
In her own childhood, Shelly’s sisters and mother played a tremendous role in sensitizing her heart to people from all walks of life(Among the 4 girls in her family, 3 are working within special needs services, and 1 is an elementary school counselor) , and she’s been touched that Landis has also shown a unique sensitivity to people with disabilities.
Out of gratitude for her own upbringing, and a desire to provide other children with similar influences, Shelly is eager to partner with Nick and his team to make connections with local preschools, elementary schools, and churches– knowing Nick is bound to touch others’ lives. Shelly has already organized one presentation at a local Preschool in Loveland, and has several other ideas in the works.
Shelly has been working as an Early Intervention Specialist for nearly 20 years, and just recently started working part-time for Thompson School District, providing home visits in conjunction with their Head Start program. She is passionate about exposing her own children and other youth to the world beyond their doorstop, and is grateful that she has found an avenue to do so through Big Thompson Elementary’s Global Connections Club and Greeley’s Soccer Without Borders program (serving area immigrants and refugees).
Shelly loves seeing the unique connection that takes place between Nick, Audrey, and whomever they encounter– whether on an outing in the community, through a spontaneous encounter, or a presentation to groups. Nick’s smile, humor, and love of people break down communication limitations; add to that a touch of mischief, and there’s a magnetic connection between Nick and her son Landis!
Much as a “cultural guide” helps to bridge cultural differences, Shelly also greatly appreciates Audrey’s amazing gifting in linking everyone together in conversation. What a divinely-inspired connection!
We are so happy to recognize Shelly Fletcher as the next Awesome Advocate! Her giving nature, and sense of providing everyone with an enlightened view of the world, has helped Nick and his team greatly. Coupled with her sweet family, Shelly is a force of love and devotion that is difficult to ignore!
Up block, Up block, side block, side block, punch, punch…..
Last month, Nick and his job coach had the pleasure of including several students in the production of a promotional video for Awesome in Action. Working with students at Ripple Effect in a real live classroom setting helped Nick and his Awesome in Action team realize just how dedicated these individuals are. In this black belt immersion program, students are extremely disciplined and astonishingly talented.
Although we had a blast, it was a challenge to persevere through several hours of filming.
All involved had to remain focused and give it their best in order to create the best shots for the film. For the younger actors, this was especially tough!
Thank you to all of the film participants, You were all great actors, and we loved working with each and every one of you!
Special kudos and thanks, to “ninja Nick” (Nate Zwisler, who will be 12 in July), who had quite the work out during the battle scene.
Nick and his team had so much fun watching Nate battle 3 adult instructors, and pile them on top of each other over and over again for the film! We got tired of counting the number of takes that were filmed of this scene, but Nate NEVER got tired! He is a very resilient and hard working karate master!
Hiya! Nate always had a strong finishing battle cry!
Nick especially loved chasing Nate down in his own battle at the end of the filming session.
We are so excited to see THAT epic battle footage!
We are lucky to utilize the experienced and talented videographer, Jamie Peak, and her team. Jamie worked hard with all involved to get the shots she needed for her video creation.
In addition, Cindy Peak, a director and actress in the Encore! Encore! organization, is working with Awesome in Action as the director in this soon-to-be released quality short film!
Nick says he feels “honored, happy, and proud,” that these two great organizations and all the amazing people within them have teamed up to help him bring to life a vision that he has been talking about for over a year!