As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
Inspired by men and women who make the world a better place, Juliette Toulon '13 hopes her writing will contribute to peace in some small way.
Juliette Toulon '13 just wants to bring a little peace.
In between running the Sr. Mary Hart After School Program at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury, tutoring elementary-aged students, enjoying her roles as a mother and grandmother, visiting the elderly and working on her own personal and professional development, Toulon finds time to write. Inspired by men and women who make the world a better place, the 2013 alum from Emmanuel's graduate and professional program hopes her writing will contribute to peace in some small way.
She is the author of Stepping Stones: A Map to Health, Happiness and Self-Discovery, True Peace (an inspirational book on faith), and most recently, the children's book An Amazing Friendship. A very personal book for Toulon, An Amazing Friendship is set in her birthplace of Dominica, an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea. Toulon traveled to Dominica over the 2014 Christmas holiday and was able to donate some of her books to families in the area.
"I love this land of my birth!" she said. "That is where I learned many valuable life lessons about peace, at my family home and from my environment."
The story focuses on the friendship between a blue butterfly, an orange fish and a pink octopus, who are at first frustrated by their differences until they recognize the advantages of their own unique traits.
Toulon's books feature much collaboration with her family. She asked her son, Rudra, to illustrate the pages of An Amazing Friendship, and she was so happy with his work that she changed the original cover to one of his illustrations. Toulon's sister, Wilma, whom she describes as having "a very sharp mind" served as the book's editor. The cover of 2004's True Peace, was illustrated by her daughter, Amritha.
"These collaborations show the love and peace that exists in my family," she said.
Toulon also holds a degree in early childhood education from the Urban College of Boston.