Category Archives: Awesome Advocate

Awesome Advocates: Cindy and Jaime Peak

This month Nick would like to recognize a couple of awesome individuals who advocate for those in the I/DD community.

Cindy and Jaime love their dachshunds!

Cindy Peak

Cindy Peak, MA.,CCC-SLP, has worked with Nick for many years at the Speech and Language Stimulation Center in Fort Collins as one of his speech and language pathologists. She has always helped Nick advocate for himself and learn new communication skills.

What you might not know about Cindy is that she loves the arts! Nick and Cindy share this passion for the arts and theater, and Cindy even performed at Nick’s 40th birthday celebration.

Cindy is the producer of the Awesome in Action documentary.

Cindy is a multi-faceted, talented, and caring person who truly embodies the spirit of Awesome in Action, working to spark a shift in her community.

Cindy and Nick creating beautiful art together!

Jaime Peak

Jaime Peak is Cindy’s daughter, and she shares talent and passion with her mom!

Jaime is a talented director who has worked with Nick to produce the Awesome in Action documentary about Nick’s life and work with Awesome in Action, that was featured at several film festivals.

She also studied in China for over a year and has a minor in both written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. How cool is that?

Nick says Jaime is an awesome person and that she makes him laugh!

Nick loves Jaime’s smile!

Above all else, Nick considers Cindy and Jaime to be great friends, and he always looks forward to hearing about their adventures and sharing his own!

Spread the Word to End the Word with the Scouts

Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado

The Scouts started the presentation by performing the Scout’s oath.

On May 1st at Heiman Elementary in Evans, Colorado Nick joined a Scout Troop to share his Spread the Word to End the Word presentation!

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national campaign to encourage people to pledge to stop using the word “retard.” Nick believes in inclusivity and respect for people of all abilities and this presentation is one he loves to give, especially to young people, to show them the impact their words can have.

Nick even participated in the Scout’s pledge, salute and all (with just a little assistance from Job Coach Liz Laney.)

Nick and job coach Liz participate in the Scout’s oath.

The Scouts were a respectful and fun group, and Nick loved showing them a new way to communicate. The Scouts enjoyed learning to use Nick’s Speech device, and they loved checking out his first book, Helping in Action.

Shaun, Troy, and Lauren check out Nick’s speech device.
Shane and Nick check out his book, Helping in Action.

Nick would like to personally thank Rochelle Chapparo for inviting us to the Scout’s meeting, and helping make the event so memorable and fun! Nick would also like to thank the other parents and all of the Scouts and their siblings who attended for their enthusiasm and engagement in Nick’s presentation.

Troy, Lauren, and Layland are so focused! Even parent Rochelle is watching closely.

Nick saw some old friends and made some new ones, and is happy to report that the Scouts signed the pledge to end the use of the r-word!

For more information on the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign, check out their website.

To schedule Nick for a visit to your classroom or event, please contact us via email or on his Facebook.

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