Award Recipients

Congratulations to Our 2017 Honorees



The Light of God Expressing in Unity Award

Rev. Rita Marie Johnson

As an educator, author, and speaker, Rev. Rita Marie Johnson has been sharing her message of connection worldwide for over a decade. The Connection Practice methodology she developed has impacted more than 40,000 school children in Costa Rica (as SerPaz).

Johnson discovered that the synergy of connecting mind and heart, feelings and needs, and insight and empathy maximizes our social-emotional intelligence, builds resilience and enhances performance. The Connection Practice is now being used by individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations to enhance personal well-being, reduce conflicts and bullying, improve communication and collaboration, and boost performance. The fruits of this practice inspire hope in everyone it touches.

Her practice was awarded the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries.

“This practice that is so dear to my heart has helped me through lymphoma (twice), a divorce, the economic downturn that resulted in the elimination of funding for SerPaz training in schools, and the death of my father. It's also helped me to celebrate the day-to-day and major triumphs in my life. I am so very grateful for this wonderful, daily practice in my life.”

Johnson's vision is a world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift on to the next generation. Through the vivid examples she shares, she spells out exactly how that vision can be realized.

Rita will receive the Light of God Expressing Award on Friday, June 16 at the Awards Luncheon.



The Charles Fillmore Award

Rev. Toni Boehm

Rev.Toni Boehm, is an inspirational and dynamic coach, workshop facilitator, and speaker. She is certified as an organization and life coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and holds a certificate for Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.

Toni is a master-prepared nurse practitioner, poet, author, and is known for her passionate teaching style and expert facilitation of classes on leadership skill development, personal empowerment and transformation
Rev. Toni has worked with over 250 Unity ministry leadership teams who laud her ability to support them in discovering how they can best move to their next level of excellence.
“I am what you might call in sacred service to many: through the expansion of conscious awareness of leadership skills, peace skills development, emotional intelligence and maturity development, and through providing practical application tool for these teachings. I weave throughout all the work I do my passion as a coach.”  

Toni will receive the Charles Fillmore Award on Friday, June 16 at the Awards Luncheon.



The Myrtle Fillmore Award

Rev. Cynthia Vermillion-Foster






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