Alison Soroka is the Founder and Executive Director of Smiles and Laughter Entertainment/Ending Abuse Media which was established in March 2011 and is an innovative media organization with the goal to increase awareness and knowledge about domestic violence. We also assist the public in identifying and accessing the resources available to victims and their families. Smiles and Laughter Entertainment/Ending Abuse Media aims to stimulate action by sharing stories, providing referrals, connecting critical resources, assisting in how to identify the risk factors of domestic violence, and displaying where victims can go for help. We are aligned with the City of Surrey's goal to "improve public awareness around the reality and perception of crime." Alison’s vision, "to leverage media to expose the crime of domestic violence, share vital resources, and encourage family peace," came from a combination of her experience in the film industry and being a thankful survivor of domestic violence. Being well-versed on the dynamics of this crime after having fled an abusive living situation (nearly losing her daughter's life and her own in the process) and also knowledgeable of media options, Alison is able to apply media as a primary tool of focus, using video, radio, print, and internet to reach the largest audiences. It is through this avenue that she seeks to promote the organization's motto of "Together We Can Break the Cycle of Abuse." As a mother of three children and a human welfare advocate, Alison passionately wants to contribute to "breaking the cycle of abuse" while making communities safer, more informed, and prouder places to live. She is disciplined and committed to assisting in the eradication of domestic violence. She believes this is possible as long as we, as a society, unite with strong, active, unified, and persistent voices to expose and ultimately annihilate this cowardly act and crime. There are no communities that are immune; therefore, making it all that much more important for us to reach the largest of audiences and inspire every one of use to do our part. Our future generations deserve the opportunity to enjoy a childhood filled with peace and innocence; not pain, suffering, or emotional trauma. Every woman deserves a life free from fear. Every child deserves to grow up knowing no threat of violence in their home. When we as a society can say that we feel safe and loved, then we know our work is done. Why we chose Smiles and Laughter Entertainment as our organization's name...because this is the aftermath of what can be if we work together in providing love, support, and assistance to victims of domestic violence. If you believe in this vision, or even if you are just willing to consider it, please support Smiles and Laughter Entertainment/Ending Abuse Media in whatever way possible so we can work together towards our common goal.
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