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Sharon Bruckman, CEO of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. and publisher/senior editor of Natural Awakenings Collier/Lee edition, will be one of 14 people featured on 2014 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida, airing in three parts on WGCU-TV at 8 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17, plus on WGCU Radio.

“What fun to receive this honor and recognition that coincides with Natural Awakenings’ 20-year anniversary,” says Bruckman. “I’m gratified our community continues to embrace our mission of providing information and resources for living a more conscious, healthy, sustainable lifestyle.”

Also featured will be Rita Bertler, president of Dollars for Mammograms; Myra Daniels, founder of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts; Laura Safer Espinoza, executive director of the Fair Food Standards Council; Eve Haverfield, founder of Turtle Time, Inc.; Martha Hill, Mailbag editor at the News-Press; Theresa Ink, founder of PAWS Lee County; Kimberly Leach Johnson, chairperson of Quarles & Brady, LLP; Nancy Lascheid, co-founder of the Neighborhood Health Clinic; Darla Letourneau, a founding steering group member of BikeWalkLee; Pam Oakes, owner, Pam’s Motor City; Julie Shematz, founder of Beauty from Ashes; Michele Valencourt, executive director of the Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda; and Gail Williams, chief diversity officer at Hodges University.

After reviewing 121 nominees in the categories of the arts, business, education, environment, health and wellness, politics and social justice activism last year, a community committee made selections based on the criteria of leaving a legacy, building community, affecting lasting change, defying social norms and serving as a “first” in her field. Community partners for the show are the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida.

Individual video portraits of the 14 honorees can also be viewed at

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