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Sheila Shaw
Sheila Shaw - Founder and Director of Program Development

I strongly believe for every problem there is always a simple solution. It is this belief that keeps me fearless to explore that which seems to be impossible.

This personal philosophy lead me through and beyond a medical diagnosis that was supposed to mean the end of ‘quality of life’ for me as well as the literal end of my life within 10 years. That diagnosis was given to me 23 years ago.

I continue to witness the power of this fearless philosophy. In 2002, I personally designed and built my own 600 sq ft studio. I do not know which was more rewarding, physically building the studio, or mentally overcoming the many people who felt it their duty to keep reminding me that I would fail!

I naturally bring this passionate philosophy, which empowers my personal life, to the creative drive in my professional life. Through my personal experience, I created a medical device that is changing thousands of people’s lives across the world and I did so while facing opposition from all the wise and experienced people who said it could not be done.

Objections to my vision for Peritoneal Dialysis were based on industry expertise (e.g. ‘How can one market a product that has to be custom-made and without seeing one’s customers?') When meeting with this sort of opposition, I relied upon a key tenet of my philosophy: the less complicated the solution, the more successful it will be. So, I changed the way products are marketed.

Through Patient’s Pride, Inc., not only was I successful in bringing my invention to market, my company has enjoyed success rate and the product has reach as far as Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Kuwait, UK, Japan,
etc…changing the lives of thousands of people who, if I had listened to the naysayers, would not have experienced the positive benefits of doing Peritoneal Dialysis.

I am most proud of Patient’s Pride because I had a vision to help others, and turned what appeared to be a complex problem into a simple solution.

My confidence in the philosophy of fearlessness makes me an inspirational speaker and leader. I love to bring the information I learn to others and to help make resulting solutions take shape. I have developed and hosted two talk shows, created public service announcements, and authored non-fiction audio and print publications to boost positive change and share what I have learned. My belief in human potential is boundless and leads me to remain an active volunteer with the Monterey Bay Disabled Veterans. I know I have much more to give and Project PEVA is my latest challenge.

I am excited about the current awareness campaign – when I started Project PEVA, I had not realized just how much plastic was flowing past me below my level of awareness. Now that I have begun to inventory plastics commonly in use, I am able to see the massive impact we can have today – just by raising awareness. Once again, I am relying on my belief that the less complicated the solution, the more successful it will be.

My Vision of World Peace: When all the socially invisible people have clean water and can drink from their rivers with pride, when all the silent voices of the ocean can breathe without choking on plastic and garbage, when we as a people can value the innocence and beauty of all animals by valuing their environment, and when all trees can once again reach for the heavens without threat of irresponsible deforestation … this is when my soul will be at peace. It is my passion to develop innovative, simple, eco-friendly tools to help achieve this vision.

Peggi Speers

Peggi Speers - Public Relations

Based on what I have been learning through Project PEVA, I can never go back to the life I've lived before. Now, I walk into the grocery store and notice that most of the foods are wrapped in plastics. Many of the organic foods I enjoy are now cased in plastic jars instead of glass jars. I wonder if the plastic is leeching into the food I purchase, and how much BPA I already have in my body. I think about the increasing levels of cancer and other serious diseases among human and animal populations. And while I notice all these things around me, I think about all the other people out there who share my concerns and still others who have just begun their own journey of discovery.

I am, first and foremost, a communicator and relationship builder. Music is one channel that I use to express concepts and intent vividly to a broad audience; songs that I have co-written have been featured on Desperate Housewives, Sex and the City, Chicken Soup for the Soul, MTV- PDiddy, the Young & the Restless, and several movies, Fox TV, etc. Public Relations is another channel that I use to establish relationships and vibrant communication. Therefore, it is only natural for me to further apply my strongest skills to the important issues facing us; issues like plastic pollution. My wish for every consumer on this earth is to join me in raising awareness and making changes and Project PEVA is helping me reach for this goal.

In addition to being a Co-Founder and Vice President of Patient’s Pride, Inc along with Sheila Shaw, I also communicated the company’s values and goals to the public in my roles as Customer Care Manager and Sales Manager. I am delighted to team up with Sheila once again to take on another important challenge, Project PEVA. I want to reach the public with my passion, and to establish trustworthy relationships with fellow travelers so that together we can form a powerful alliance that will make a tremendous impact on the serious problem of plastic pollution.        

I can no longer be a self-serving consumer; I must now be a mindful one. I can no longer ignore the fact that I have unintentionally contributed to the demise of our planet and therefore, all living things by using plastics indiscriminantly. I must now contribute by saving it. And this is my new walk in life: saving the earth one email at a time, one letter at a time, one canvas bag at a time, one choice at a time, one conversation at a time.

“The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.”  - John Allston


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