A woman who lost her brother over 20 years ago in a terrorist plane bombing refused to let the tragedy embitter her. Instead she used the tragedy as a launching pad for humanitarian assistance. Now the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) is naming Lisa Gibson as one of the 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. The presentation of the 71st annual black-tie awards ceremony will be held June 5 in New Orleans.
According to a news release, at the age of 18, the molding of Gibson’s life journey began when she lost her brother in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The explosion occurred over Lockerbie, in southern Scotland, on Dec. 21 1988. All 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground were killed. Libya was found responsible for the tragedy.
The news release said Gibson began her humanitarian care many years ago as an active member of the Junior Chamber. Then as an attorney she worked as a child advocate focused on policy changes to improve the lives of at risk children. In 2003 she became a Vice- President for the Caleb Project, where she facilitated research expeditions to third world countries.
In July 2006, the news release said, Gibson started the Peace and Prosperity Alliance (PPA). It was birthed out of a desire to overcome that 1988 act of evil with good by serving the people of Libya.
PPA attacks the social evils of the world such as terrorism, oppression and poverty with kindness, goodwill and service. The news release said PPA builds bridges of understanding and trust that will foster long-term collaborative relationships with other cultures. For example. Gibson raised over $25,000.00 to benefit Libyan children with HIV/AIDA.
The news release said Gibson has been called upon as an expert on terrorism and Islam. She has traveled to several war-torn countries spreading a message of love, hope and reconciliation.
According to the news release, she shocked the world when she met Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi in New York City at the United Nations so that she might share her forgiveness and discuss ways to build bridges of reconciliation between the US and Libya.
During an interview with CNN Gibson said, “Love is the most effective weapon in the war on terrorism.”
The news release said Gibson has also appeared on ABC, CBS, Libyan Television as well as being featured in USA Today and many other media.
According to the news release, the Ten Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Annually since 1938, the United States Jaycees has looked for the ten young men and women who exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.
Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “Now You See Me.” Additional details on some of Reynalds’ previous books are available at http://www.HomelessBook.com. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: (505) 400-7145.