We are deeply saddened by the passing of Kris Sonnenberg. Kris was a valuable member of the Brent Sopel Foundation. Being trained in the Wilson method, Kris provided 1 on 1 tutoring to several students. The results were nothing short of amazing. Her hard work and dedication to improving the lives of these young scholars was truly inspiring. Kris’s mission to help others was not lost upon her passing, as an organ donor all 7 vital organs have found a new host, positively impacting those families as she has done for ours. Our hearts and prayers are with her three children, parents and friends. Kris will remain a guiding light in our hearts now and forever. Rest in Peace Kris and thank you for all you’ve done for our organization, the dyslexia community and the children we serve. You will be missed.
We were pleased with the results of our recent Winter Classic Raffle, but probably not as pleased as the grand prize and first place winners! Hopefully it is not too cold for the Winter Classic at Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, and, of course, we hope for a hard-fought and competitive game…with the Blackhawks winning! Regardless of the outcome, it should be a fun time, especially for the winners as they enjoy their tickets and signed jerseys.
While we are happy about the money raised via the Raffle, we are even more excited about the continued success we have had utilizing the money to help students with Dyslexia. The students, and their families, are very grateful for all the financial support we have provided using your donations. Specifically, your donations are used to pay for qualified teachers certified in the Wilson Language Training program to instruct our students. The Wilson Language Training program is considered one of the best proven ways to raise the level of literacy achievement for students, based on pre and post-test results which you can read about here. We hope your donations keep coming, either by Donating online here or by purchasing gifts online via our online store.
We are already planning our next fund-raising event for early 2019 so stay tuned. We are also exploring new ideas for getting the word out globally, possibly via video, to ensure people are aware of the negative impact of not treating Dyslexia, while also becoming aware of how treatable Dyslexia is…and what the positive impact is to people, the community, and the world.
Thanks again for all your support from the Board of Directors at The Brent Sopel Foundation.
When you have experienced the pinnacle of your profession as Brent had done winning the NHL Stanley Cup in 2010, it is difficult to transition to a new career post-the NHL experience. It's even more difficult when you were ignorant of your dyslexia and therefore had not put much effort into any learning activities except those related to making the NHL. Now Brent was working in the world of business and he had to focus daily on overcoming his learning challenges with dyslexia in order to perform at his business. ESPN wrote an article about how Brent's focus on helping others with dyslexia also helped him find purpose, allowed him to better focus on his business, and you can read about it here. The article is titled "Letting his guard down about dyslexia struggles helped blueliner Brent Sopel find purpose", written by Emily Kaplan.
Eric is a guest blogger and IT and Operations executive who happens to love hockey and was looking for ways to give back through charity. Luckily he was connected with Brent and his team to help improve the lives of those with Dyslexia.