Endorsements and Letters of Support
Paul Ishikawa, Probation Officer, Juvenile Drug Court
Gayle Mizukami, Probation Officer, Girls Court
Karen M. Radius, Founding Judge – Hawaii Girls Court
Margaret J. Cadiz, LSW, QCSW, Court Appointed Counselor – Girls Court
Judge R. Mark Browning, Deputy Chief Judge, Senior Hawaii Family Courts Judge, Former Presiding Juvenile Drug Court Judge
Adriane Abe, Program Coordinator, Hawaii Girls Court
Letter From Paul Ishikawa, Probation Officer, Juvenile Drug Court
Letter From Gayle Mizukami, Probation Officer, Girls Court
Letter From Karen M. Radius, Founding Judge, Hawaii Girls Court
Margaret J. Cadiz, LSW, QCSW
Court Appointed Counselor
Subject: Surfrider Spirit Sessions
From: Margaret J. Cadiz
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 08:16:28 -1000
Subject: My thoughts
Good morning !
I am writing to say THANK you for running such an awesome mentoring program like: Surfrider Spirit Sessions(I even love the name of the program!! 🙂 )
As a person new to this whole concept(Girls Court) I did not know what to expect. All I can say is that I was in AWE every session. Watching the girls flourish from, “I can’t swim, I am not in the mood to go into the water” etc……….to “WOW, I felt great out there”, “I caught a bunch of waves”, “I was feeling so sick this morning but now after going in I feel great”.
The transformation from grumpy tired faces, to wide awake smiling faces really was amazing.
Your program is so spiritual, loving and embraces these troubled youth. They are guided and see sometimes just a push in a positive direction (going in the water) can result in feeling great.
I commend you and your mentors for taking the time to get up early every Saturday morning and volunteering precious time. I am aware many of these mentors not only have full time jobs, but families too. Their dedication and positive nature surely has warmed my heart.
I think your book is phenomenal, and I loved the lessons you taught each Saturday. I like how you laminated the pictures and showed the theme visually as well as spoke the words that fit to their lives and thinking.
When I think of this program I feel exhilarated, and I just want you to know that at 49 years old, you have added a very special dimension to MY LIFE too!!! There were days that I did not feel like going into the water, but I realized that I was a role-model, so I went in………….and you know, I felt FABULOUS once I touched the water. I have always called the beach, “my therapist”……………but I really do believe it now more than ever. (In the past I go to the beach when I just need to think, but I sit on the beach. Now when I need that “therapy” I will know better and JUMP into the water too!!!)
Thank you for creating this wonderful program. I hope it gets more and more funding so it can touch many more lives.
Aloha, Margaret J. Cadiz
Margaret J. Cadiz, LSW, QCSW
Hawaii Licensed Social Worker
More Letters of Support
Click to download