Activist of the Month
There are so many amazing dedicated advocates who volunteer their time to making the world a kinder place. Please join the Columbus Veg Community in recognizing the remarkable efforts of these featured activists who fight for animals, the environment, and human health :-)
Cassie Clifford-- October 2017
Cassie Clifford is of the hardest working activists anyone in Columbus has had the pleasure of working with. Cassie is a tireless community activist leader. She also is serving her second year as the President of OSU student group Reaching Out For Animal Rights (ROAR). In addition to being a tireless activist, Cassie is, without a doubt, the kindest person many of us have ever met. Cassie’s dedication to helping people try, and choose, cruelty-free products in order to ease animal suffering and promote environmental sustainability is nothing less than admirable and inspiring. Cassie is remarkable because despite the demands of being a full-time college student, holding down three jobs, and keeping up with family & personal life, she always find time to serve as a voice for the voiceless. A small sample of the multitude of activism Cassie engages in on an on-going basis are: free vegan food/drink samples on OSU’s campus, hosting Paid-Per-Views, pulling off a massive vegan Thanksgiving dinner for an OSU dorm, and always being the first one to cook for, and share, vegan food with veg-curious folks (including for large community events!). Cassie is so selfless and it is undeniably clear that her heart is huge and in the right place. The Columbus Veg Community is so thankful for Cassie because we know that animals, the environment, and people are all better off because of her impact on the world. Please join us in celebrating Cassie as the October Activist of the Month! You can catch her at any OSU-based or ROAR event, or find her working on the Sobremesa food truck!
Brooke Turner-- September 2017
Brooke is a social media master, cow selfie connoisseur, cat mama, and an amazing animal protection activist! She has been engaging in a myriad of animal protection events with the Columbus Veg Community (CVC) since February 2017 and has quickly won many hearts in Columbus with her passion for veganism and Instagram expertise. Brook is dedicated to helping make trying veg, going veg, and staying veg as fun and easy as possible. She vividly answers the question of "what on Earth do vegans eat besides salad and ice chips?" with vibrant photos and descriptions of the delicious vegan foods she makes at home and finds around the city. Behind the scenes, Brooke provides one-on-one support and mentorship to her Instagram and Facebook followers who are veg-curious and newly vegan and we can't admire her enough for her daily actions that make the world a kinder place for animals, and a more delicious and healthful place for people! Be sure to say hello to Brooke at the upcoming Open Barn Day and congratulate her with us on being a truly inspirational advocate and the September Animal Activist of the Month!
Atticus Bradford-- August 2017
Atticus is an artistic animal hero who got his start protecting animals at an early age with the support of his superwoman veg mom Kami! At age 11 Atticus and his friends chose to highlight Vegetarianism as their Destination Imagination school project focus. As part of that project he leafleted with the local Mercy For Animals team on OSU's campus and also hosted a community Veg Food Tasting event which was a slam dunk success. At only 11 years old, Atticus and his friends raised all of the money needed to purchase the three tablets used by the Columbus Veg Community (CVC) at Paid-Per-View events by selling their homemade art and jewelry. Since then, Atticus has regularly worked to help animals and promote veg choices with creative ventures such as: selling handcrafted animal pencils at his school's craft fair (where his proceeds benefited Sunrise Sanctuary), serving hot and healthful vegan meals to community members in need at Christmas, and then making vegan valentines for them, and fundraising for printing the Veg Resource Guides with his artistic creations! Most recently, Atticus served on the panel of judges who declared the top 3 best vegan mac 'n cheezes in the city of Columbus! Finally, if you love the new CVC piglet meme posted that debuted at the Mac Down event, you can thank Atticus and Kami for that too! The CVC is so inspired by all of Atticus' activism at such a young age and is excited to join in his efforts to help animals. We look forward to all the great things Atticus will continue to do for animals and are delighted to announce him as the Activist of the Month for August!
Sean Hennessy-- July 2017
Sean is a dedicated animal advocate and long-time animal lover. He has been engaging in veg advocacy for over 2 years and has made great strides in making choosing veg easier and easier! In addition to helping with Columbus Veg Community (CVC) outreach, Sean works for Vegan Outreach as the Greater Ohio Outreach Coordinator. Sean works for animals by leafleting across Ohio and surrounding states, educating the community with humane education presentations about plant-based eating at high schools, and assisting on corporate campaigns. He is also the lead organizer of the upcoming dinner event: Vegan Mac Down Columbus, which is happening on July 15th (check it out here)! The CVC is so thankful for all of Sean’s hard work to make the world a kinder place and is thrilled to highlight him as Activist of the Month for July!