A Toast to Our Volunteers

World Pulse staff will gather tonight to reflect on and celebrate the year behind us—and send out a special toast to the volunteers who have made this year's achievements possible. In this season of gratitude, we recognize that the vitality of the World Pulse community and the impact of our work rests on the dedication, empowered leadership, and generously donated time and talent of many, many people.

The World Pulse staff would like to recognize and thank all of you who have volunteered your time, energy, expertise, and more to support our staff and our community with such dedication and care. Since most of you are scattered across the globe—some of you thousands of miles away from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon—please accept this virtual toast:

To the welcomers and listeners: Thank you for making PulseWire the uniquely warm and supportive environment that it is. Thanks to your comments and messages on PulseWire, women from Argentina to China know that their voices are being heard, and feel encouraged to continue to speak up. You spread the culture of engagement and support, making an online community of over 11,000 people from 185 countries feel like a close-knit group of friends.

To the Voices of Our Future vision mentors and editorial midwives: You are a group of talented and successful leaders from around the world, and your commitment helping VOF correspondents realize their visions is inspirational. You are an essential part of what makes our training program unique and wonderful. Thank you!

To the translators: You have played an integral role in helping make PulseWire accessible to those without English-language skills. World Pulse is committed to developing more tools to expand access to the opportunities and resources we provide, and your help has been integral in moving us in that direction. Translating documents is a long and complicated process, and we’re grateful for your skills and support!

To our office volunteers and advisors: Your work has been a huge support for our programs, operations, and events, and has helped us to achieve our goals this year. Whether you helped with logistics for the World Pulse Live tour, helped monitor and evaluate our impact, helped curate content on our website, or helped launch this year’s Voices of Our Future training program, we are so grateful and proud to have you as part of our team.

You all have come to us with a wealth of experience and a deep passion for our mission, and we know how lucky we are to have your support. Thank you for carrying our work forward as we successfully launched another training program and speaking tour, several writing campaigns and contests, and broadcasted stories from our community to wider audiences. You are helping ensure the voices of women change leaders around the world are heard loud and clear. We hope you’ll stay with us as we get ready for an exciting 2012!

If you are not a current volunteer and you are wondering how you can join this exceptional group of passionate change leaders, please visit our Opportunities page to learn about current volunteer openings.

© Andrea Leoncavallo
Breese McIlvaine
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011

A big thanks to our volunteers and all who have supported us in other ways - you are a group of incredible people who I admire greatly. Your support is invaluable, and you are playing a key role in the global movement to empower women. Thank you for your passion, generosity, and leadership.

Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011

Dear World Pulse volunteers and advisors all around the world and here at home in Portland,

All of us from the World Pulse team are so grateful and appreciative of your efforts put and time spent helping World Pulse be what it is today. You make so much possible and the most amazing part is the care and ease with which you do it online, at events, in our offices... It's a joy working with every single one of you! Here's a toast to an incredible community of volunteers and advisors!

Thank you for your dedication and commitment!

Warmly, Ellie Angelova Development Associate World Pulse

Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011

World Pulse could not be what it is today without all of you supporting us here in Portland and supporting everyone around the world. Thank you. Thank you to all our volunteers who share their time, share their love and encouragement spreading the strength of the World Pulse community, and enabling positive change in hearts and lives everywhere.

Best wishes for 2012!

Kathy Grantz Technology Project Manager World Pulse

Ankur Naik
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011

Thank you to our worldwide network of volunteers for the wonderful work that you do, both online and off! We are truly grateful for your energy, collaboration, and commitment to our mission. Together we can continue to grow and strengthen the many voices of World Pulse!

Jade Frank
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011

A big toast and thank you to the incredible World Pulse volunteers who make this work possible. Behind the scenes, supporting the voices and leadership of women everywhere - you are helping us to build a global network of grassroots women leaders. Together we are shifting the paradigm and it couldn't be possible without your dedication, hard work, and lots and lots of love that you pour into this community.

I want to give a special shout-out to some long time volunteers who have made a big impact on me, including Fatima Waziri, Sarvina Kang, Susan Kenniston, Ralph Risch, Jinx Faulkner.

Big hugs and love to all of you and Happy Holidays! Muah!

xoxo Jade

Jensine Larsen
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011

To all our volunteers: whether you have been with us for years or months, from near and far, women and men, on opposite time zones, and across cultures - a huge, noisy, loud THANK YOU!!!!! You are the pulse of World Pulse. You are powering new possibilities,and holding up high a platform and a forum for so many to speak, connect and be heard. You help strengthen and support our amazing team and our sisters everywhere, making World Pulse what it is today and will become tomorrow. It is a joy to work with you, to know you, and to collaborate with you. Thank you for walking with us with so much dedication to build the collective vocal uprising that will create a world where every woman knows the power of her own voice.

Wishing you a fantastic new year full of new adventures and possibilities.

Big love,

Sarvina Kang
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 19, 2011

Thanks so much for all women around the world for making my days brighter! A special thanks and grateful to World Pulse staff for all your hard work to make us feel connected and encouraged. I am proud to be part of World Pulse Family, I am proud to be a World Pulse Welcomer, I am proud to be a friend to many people across the globe on Pulsewire community.


Sarvina from Cambodia

Rachael Maddock-Hughes
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 19, 2011

A huge thank you to all of the World Pulse volunteers--we couldn't do it without you! A particularly big thank you to Emily Garcia who has helped make Voices of Our Future a huge success this year.



Dec 19, 2011
Dec 19, 2011

I am so grateful for all of the World Pulse volunteers that I've had the pleasure of working with over the years on the Voices of Our Future program. To each and everyone one of you-- Listeners, Midwives, Mentors and more-- a warm and heartfelt THANK YOU! As Rachael said, we couldn't do it without you.

Kind regards, and wishing you a Happy New Year, Scott

Obisakin Busayo
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 20, 2011

Thank you all the worldpulse team and all the women around the world that are part of what is happenning in this wonderful community. i appreciate and love you all Wishing you merry xmas and wonderful new year in advance.


Much Love Busayo

Dec 24, 2011
Dec 24, 2011

I know I am little bit late but I also want to send a toast for this amazing organization World Pulse. This unique place introduced me to inspiring women all around the world, and gave me the opportunity to rediscover myself.

Thank you World Pulse.

Purnama Lestari
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011

Dear All World Pulse's Team,

As one of VOF 2011 Listeners, I proudly say that i'm very glad to meet you. I have so many sisters here, they are so kind, sincere, and heartfelt people. Before joining this wonderful community, I thought my life was suck. It all significantly changed when i read stories from women around the world. It's a life-changing experience which was opened my mind widely. I'm so blessed and lucky to have you. You are awesome guys! I'm thankful for the opportunity.

Welcoming 2012 with Smile and happy things, spread love to the world <3 Happy new year!!

In partnership,


M&E Officer GFATM - TB Component Indonesia

twitter: @yuwitalestari

*** "In this life we can not do great things but we can do small things with great love". -Mother Theresa. ***

sanjay dixit
Nov 09, 2012
Nov 09, 2012

World Pulse has been very kind and supportive. World Pulse gave their sincere and genuine support to be able to make my presentation at the Rio+20 world summit held in the Rio De Janeiro in June this year. Breese McIlvaine was the person I co-ordinated with at that time and she provided her online support for making my presentation. Even if I say thanks to her a 1000 times that would still be insufficient to express my gratitude for her efforts, guidance and for processing my presentation. It is extremely important that World Pulse continue to engage and associate themselves in the same spirit in future also.