When we think of words to describe Lin Morel there are many that come to mind — compassion, strength, dedication, humor — but one that stands out above them all is heart. Lin has truly given her entire heart to A Window Between Worlds and all those involved for nearly 20 years.
Lin came to AWBW in 1999 and soon joined our Board of Directors. Lin identifies with AWBW’s mission on a very personal level. She often shares her own story of surviving violence and trauma, and from day one she has been a tireless voice for survivors breaking through their own trauma. One of her favorite memories with the organization was participating in a hands-on workshop led by AWBW’s Founder and Executive Director at a board retreat. Lin shared how that workshop literally changed her life and the direction of the dissertation she was working on at the time. Lin continues to draw inspiration from AWBW’s mission sharing, “We exist because one woman had a dream of helping others. Today AWBW is a grass roots organization whose impeccability, commitment and dedication to using art as a healing tool creates a win-win for volunteers, our partner agencies, and those we serve. We continue to touch lives and the ripple effect is creating an opportunity to significantly shift the trauma process, especially for women, children and those without a voice.”
“We exist because one woman had a dream of helping others… We continue to touch lives and the ripple effect is creating an opportunity to significantly shift the trauma process, especially for women, children and those without a voice.”
Where she has always shined is in her innate ability to connect with anyone. Lin often refers to herself as “Johnny Appleseed” because she is always out in the community spreading the word about AWBW’s mission and encouraging people to get involved. Lin is a regular visitor at the AWBW offices, giving new friends a tour of the art and sharing AWBW’s program model with them. Her ease in making heartfelt connections has made her a very successful fundraiser, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for AWBW. Lin shares, “I love raising money and increasing community awareness! I never thought I would be saying that, but my passion to help other’s transform their trauma using art stems from my own life’s experiences. Asking is outside my comfort zone and that gives me an opportunity to learn and grow. I unabashedly ask people to support our work and they frequently say yes! I’ve learned that if I don’t ask, I won’t receive. That goes for every area of my life.”
At the end of 2017 Lin will be stepping off our board of directors after 18 years of passionate and dedicated service. Even though she won’t be acting as a board member, Lin still plans to continue her work as an ambassador and advocate for AWBW. We are tremendously grateful for Lin’s tireless work and are thrilled we can honor her with the Community Impact Award at our heART Awards.