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World Spiritual Health Organization Awards Pacific Islander

October 2013

Salt Lake City, Utah

World Spiritual Health Organization Awards Pacific Islander with Distinguished Certification

Salt Lake City, UT – In a private ceremony surrounded by family and friends, David Hanneman of Laie, Hawaii was officially awarded credentials as “Ambassador of Spiritual Wellness and Honorary Chaplain” by the World Spiritual Health Organization (WSHO), which recognized Mr. Hanneman for his life-time of service and hospitality to people from diverse cultures and faith traditions.

During the ceremony Chaplain (Colonel) Mark L. Allison noted a recent experience while visiting with a veteran in a VA Hospital. The veteran shared a story about how during the 1960’s he was on a work detail in Laie, Hawaii at the newly built Polynesian Cultural Center. By the end of a long day, this veteran realized he would need one more day to finish his work, but had nowhere to sleep for the night. Upon hearing this Mr. Hannemann went to him and said: “You come home with me. We have room in my house where you can sleep tonight.”

As a founding member of the Polynesian Cultural Center, David Hanneman has been an ambassador of goodwill to countless people from around the world and as a Christian for more than 80 years, he has exemplified the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ while abundantly sharing the Aloha spirit of love and hospitality.

WSHO founder and president Chaplain Mark Allison presents honorary credential to octogenarian and Pacific Islander, David Hannemann joined by his wife Carolyn, who reside in Laie, Hawaii.WSHO founder and president Chaplain Mark Allison presents honorary credential to octogenarian and Pacific Islander, David Hannemann joined by his wife Carolyn, who reside in Laie, Hawaii.

Partnership With the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

September 2013

Orlando, Florida

We are pleased to announce the partnership of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) association with the World Spiritual Health Organization (WSHO) to train the more than 1,100 chaplains in the DAV throughout all 50 states in the USA.

Clinical training of DAV Chaplains has already occurred at the DAV state convention in Sacramento, California and at the annual national DAV convention in Orlando, Florida, with further training events to be announced.

A special “shout out” to WSHO CPE Supervisor and Board Certified Professional Clinical Chaplain, Ron Ringo who facilitated this partnership and training.

From left to right, Dr. Rev, Ron Ringo, National Chaplain for the DAV, Marc Burgess, National Adjutant, Bary Jesinoski, National Executive Director, and Chaplain (Colonel) Mark Allison, founder of WSHOFrom left to right, Dr. Rev, Ron Ringo, National Chaplain for the DAV, Marc Burgess, National Adjutant, Bary Jesinoski, National Executive Director, and Chaplain (Colonel) Mark Allison, founder of WSHO

World Spiritual Health Organization Granted ATS Affiliate Member Status

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PRESS RELEASE – June 20, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2012-ats-coaATS Director, Communications & External Relations, Eliza Smith Brown greets WSHO Chief Learning Officer, Chaplain Mark Allison at 2012 ATS/COA meeting in Minneapolis.

WSHO is pleased to announce that The Association of Theological Schools, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, has voted to admit WSHO with Affiliate Member status today.

The Minneapolis Marriott City Center was the setting for the ATS Biennial Meeting. Chaplain Mark Allison, Co-Founder and President of WSHO traveled to Minneapolis in a hectic one-day round trip effort to be present for the membership vote.

“It was rewarding to hear that WSHO had passed the Executive Board’s review and received referral to the general membership for voting on Affiliate Status. Traveling to the Biennial meeting was important to us, to demonstrate that we respected the membership and truly sought their vote of confidence as an Affiliate”, Chaplain Mark commented.

 The World Spiritual Health Organization provides Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training, Board Certification and Continuing Education resulting in Interfaith Chaplains qualified through 2,000 credit hours. Chaplains are certified to work in specialized areas of concentration such as Health Care Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Law Enforcement, Military and others.