“Nothing is for itself. It is for another, too. Everything is entwined. Everything is in such unison. Only a fool thinks that he is separated and isolated, and needs to be selfish… and there are so many of these people in the world.” – Dhyan Vimal, Founder of Friends to Mankind.
Friends to Mankind’s work is made possible everyday by people from around the world who each come forward to assume the responsibility of doing what they can, where they are. We appreciate and honour our Ambassadors who are owners of a blessed heart that wants to share their talent, skills and fame for humanity.
Serinda Swan was born in Vancouver, Canada to a family of artists. Her mother, an actress and her father, a theatre director, she naturally gravitated to the arts. Serinda is currently shooting the second season of the FOX series 'BREAKOUT KINGS' for A&E. Over the past year Serinda has been working in Cambodia, Malaysia...
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology from Coventry University, Fernandez started off his career in the banking industry before stepping into the realm of people & brand development. It has been more than 9 years now that he has been consulting, developing and conducting strategic initiatives for organizations to have brand consistencies with its people...
Born and raised in a diplomatic environment, Yang Mulia Dato’ Paduka Noor Aini was married into the Perlis royal family for twenty-five years. Thus, she is suitably qualified to explain in practical terms what are the essential tips and guidelines required in order to minimize socio-cultural blunders and slip-ups. Apart from being a protocol and etiquette specialist, consultant and advisor, she is also a published and best-selling author.
Being the daughter of a diplomat who served for many years as Chief of Protocol and the daughter-in-law of a royal Head-of-State, plus she herself having been conferred a Dato’ship (the equivalent of a Knighthood in the United Kingdom) in her own right, Dato’ Paduka Noor Aini is considered a leading authority in the field in which she specializes.
Due to her firm and determined efforts to contribute in a positive manner in ensuring that the best of what humanity is able to offer is appropriately received and utilized, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for Zazen Health Solutions and Friends to Mankind. A Sufi Muslim, her spiritual commitments include counseling single mothers and welcoming newcomers into The Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order.
Just months before celebrating her fourteenth birthday on 15 April, sometime in January 2011, Aishy Vimal came across an international foundation called ‘GIRL EFFECT’. It was during her Geography research that she and her elder sister, Apshy Vimal, were studying about the distribution of wealth globally that they came across the Girl Effect initiative. Aishy and Apshy were shocked by the facts facing them...
Janet Love Morrison was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in Port Coquitlam, near Vancouver, BC. She spent a lot of her life travelling around the world doing a variety of jobs while living in Switzerland, Israel, India, Japan and Malaysia...
Patricia is an International Contemporary Artist, Photographer, Author, Business owner, Mentor, Coach and a passionate Philanthropist. She is an Advisor to Free the Children, Wellwood Resource Centre of Hamilton, the Centre for Compassion and Wisdom and the Lama Yeshe Ling group. She has occupied many Board and volunteer positions over the past 30 years which include United Way, Junior Achievement, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ronald McDonald House, Mission Services, Juravinski Cancer Centre, the Bach Elgar Choral Society and the John Howard Society to name a few.
Patricia has been a devoted supporter of the Ambassadors for World Peace and is a Co-founder of The Colours of Freedom Foundation. She is the creative force behind Project Cambodia an initiative she started in 2006 supporting the building of a library, orphanage and schools in Angkor Wat. She is dedicated to working towards Peace in this world with many initiatives including support to the Global Commons. She is interested in the Global Enrichment Foundation supporting initiatives in Somalia and Kenya.
Patricia has been a student of Master artist Dragan Dragic in France for over a decade and exhibits in Europe and North America. She is a student of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, continues to study at the University of Toronto in Applied Mindfulness, Mindfulness without Borders and TESOL. Patricia is a Certified Feng Shui level II Consultant and Reiki Master.
She has been nominated for Woman of the Year under the Status of Women in Canada, recipient of many honors including her appointment to the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement, nominated for the YMCA Peace Medal, and recipient of the Award of Excellence by the Toronto Women’s Expo. Her career includes Banking, Property Management, Medical Management and project management. She was a mentor for the Federal Business Development Bank’s Women in Business Mentoring program and works with many community builders.
Rico Ricketts, a 70-year old Health & Wellness Coach, from Canada, finds that “most people are living too short and dying too long”. Rico says that by freeing oneself from some of the common myths and inherited beliefs on ageing, an individual can empower themselves to age gracefully and live well into their golden years with good health, dignity and great joy. He affirms that it is an inner action that translates into graceful ageing of an individual.
In his sessions, he shares how it is more than merely nutrition and eating patterns, but a state of psychology and awareness that can break the myth of ageing. Rico has studied many forms of healing including homeopathy, acupuncture, energetic medicine, ayurveda and nutrition. Combined with his education in health and wellness, he is able to offer much to individuals who are seeking to live healthy and age gracefully.
A retired dentist, Rico currently spends his time giving talks and consulting individuals on personal health and wellness. He hopes he is able to show individuals that you can live vitally into your old age and continue to enjoy life without suffering from any form of degenerative diseases.
Dato’ Khairuddin is a retired high-ranking officer of the Malaysian Army, who served his country and world peace with great pride and honour. He is a man of firm beliefs and is strongly against corruption. He has a number of books that gives detailed accounts of the Malaysian Army during his time which is a treasure for the future generations. He is the Organising Chairman for the second consecutive year of Malaysia’s International Day of Peace celebration this year.Read more
Tiko is a phenomenal artist who organically entwines much of his life and living experiences into his work. Although he already has over 3,000 artworks to his credit and is a world-renowned artist, still, his creations continue to capture our hearts and souls. He seeks out the mystery and wonder in familiar things which we may dismiss as ordinary. Tiko will share his gift and undertake work in the area of creative arts with FtoM.Read more
Mahendra Gurukkal is dedicated to sharing and preserving the essence of the Hindu cultural practices in its purest form. Yet, this man is never short of light banters and jovial moments amidst it all. One of his vision and works is to build a Shiva temple in India, which he sees as fulfilling a divine calling. He currently runs an ashram where he houses and trains children on this knowledge. With FtoM, he will be travelling globally to deliver the knowledge and understanding he has come to, so the future generation may inherit one of the rarest gems of our civilisation.Read more
Dr Chandran is the author of, Single Stroke Art- Awakening the Creative Brain. This book is simplicity at its best. His works adorn international galleries, multi-national corporations and private collections as much sought after works of art. Some of his focus areas includes capturing the curves, contours and essences of the Hindu gods and goddess. Dr Chanthiran will document, develop and revive many art forms and techniques lost in time in his projects with FtoM.
A personal cardiologist of Dhyan Vimal himself, Dr Tamil Selvan embodies the perfect qualities of a physician – always instilling the faith that ‘ah, this can be fixed’ in treating his patients. He is also Vice President of Tamil Foundation Malaysian, an educational research and development body that uses Tamil education to reinvigorate communities. An extension of this role is his ambassadorship in FtoM, where he will channel his energy into Indian children’s educational development in Asia.Read more
A native of Uruguay, Pepe’s inner search for spirituality within music and the ancient cultures of the world has taken him to many corners of the world. A much-travelled and seasoned performer/artist, Pepe carries with him a rare gift to evoke music to usher in celebration and abundance. With his musical instruments at hand, he is a magician at work.Read more
Toronto, Canada-born Steve started skiing at the age of 2 before making his debut in the World Cup at age 17. Olympic medalist, Crazy Canuck and eight-time World Cup champion for downhill ski racing, Steve retired at age 26 and now volunteers for the Canadian Olympic Committee as the assistant Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. As sports newscaster and international relations personality, Steve brings to FtoM the sporting spirit and the soul of a champion who has risen to meet the challenges.
Phil L’Hirondelle (Mechuskosis) is Cree Métis from Alberta who works as an elder within the community. He runs cultural and spiritual teachings to share and keep the sanctity of the native traditions. He is the past Executive Director of the Aboriginal Front Door and has worked with the provincial and federal governments as an advisor on Aboriginal issues.Read more
Friends to Mankind (FtoM) is an international non-profit organisation that works with individuals, corporations and philanthropic organizations towards the betterment of humanity. Focusing on finding creative ways to raise funds and awareness for other like minded non profits that fit the Friends To Mankind ethos, we are building a family of people saying "Yes, I am a Friend to Mankind" and we are doing what we can, where we are.
Currently we are building a database of "Friends" that we will use to map out our new community across the world. By the end of 2013 we hope to have over 1,000,000 friends worldwide, and ask you to join us. Our goal is to build a global, user-friendly database allowing people across the world to easily click a location that they either live in, or traveling to, and find out how they can help.
Whether locally or abroad, a single click will put generous people in touch with organizations that need them. From local schools that need text books, or old electronics, to helping a Southeast Asian village provide shelter for victims of sex-trafficking, it will never have been easier to make a difference. Sign up today and become part of our "Friends to Mankind" family, and do what you can where you are.