Year's 2010 Recipient is:
Last Year's was Terry Li
Terry is being
honored, posthumously, for producing the documentary film "WHAT ONE MAN
CAN DO" based on the extraordinary life of the late John Denver. The
film is to demonstrate the power of the creative spirit in all humans.
After retiring from business, Terry worked for a number of years with
John Denver in Australia and in the USA assisting him
with the development his environmental foundation, Windstar, producing
John's "Higher Ground" in Australia and, after moving to Aspen
Colorado in 1989, he assisted with the co-production of a number of
Denver's "Choices For The Future Symposiums." By producing "What One
Man Can Do," (MORE INFO)
was fulfilling a promise he made to John the week
before his tragic death, to make a film that would spread John's
message of peace and sustainability around the world.
Donna and Terry Lipman
with John Denver
Terry and Donna Lipman
Terry Lipman, who died in 2009 from a heart
attack, was a fine man with a great spirit that guided his noble
pursuits and earthly accomplishments. He knew about the spirit and
feared no ending. He knew that life is eternal. He knew our forms end,
but not the spiritual energy that inhabits and guides the body. He
knew the individuation of the indivisible continues forever by the
grace of love from the All That Is.
A poetic epithet is my gift to his life.
You gave in life your love and light
With grace of self beyond life’s fright.
So now you are forever here
Deep in our hearts your spirit’s near.
Goodbye Terry. The eternal light is now brighter.
- Roland Smith
From Terry's Online
Prior to relocating in Austin
Texas in 1997, Terry operated for over 25 years from headquarters in
Sydney Australia as the CEO of his own international Lloyd’s insurance
and financial services wholesaling group and was a pioneer in helping
build the Australian film industry to become a world center for local
and international filmmakers.
For his services Terry was awarded The Australian Small Business Award
for Entrepreneurial Services to the Community in 1982 and also, in
1983,was nominated for The BHP Award of Excellence, the major annual
small business award in Australia. He was also active in the
entertainment business through his company Dalta Productions Pty. Ltd
co-producing television programs featuring Peter Cook, Dudley Moore,
Michael Parkinson, Peter Ustinov, Sir David Frost, John Denver and
Using his experience and international connections from his Australian
film initiative, Terry has been working for several years alongside
leaders in Texas to build the Texas film industry using a similar
formula he used in Australia by creating a VC style corporation to
serve as a bridge between filmmakers, investors and distributors that
will provide those essential business services required by filmmakers
and their investors to assist in the funding, production, ownership
and sales of selected films to be shot in Texas using local crews,
services and facilities.
Terry is also producing a documentary film "WHAT ONE MAN CAN DO" based
on the extraordinary life of the late John Denver. The film is to
demonstrate the power of the creative spirit in all humans.
Donna and I are partners in the true meaning. We are married with
two children and collaborate in all our activities. From filmmaking
though producing and presenting workshops and entertainment events,
life coaching and selling real estate. Not forgetting relaxing and
having fun skiing in Aspen and sailing in Australia. We live in Austin
Texas. One of our more satisfying activities is producing workshops
teaching young people emotional education and life skills so needed in
Long, the sponsor of this award, commissioned the film produced by
Terry, "What One Man Can Do."
She is the founding
director of JD Spirit, a 501(c)3 organization established to create
“What One Man Can Do.” She has provided seed funding for the research
JoLynn has worked long and hard on humanitarian projects connected
with John Denver for a number of years and is currently a Director of
“The Windstar Foundation” and a former Director of “The John Denver
Memorial Peace Cloth” an organization dedicated to world peace. Her
inspiration has been the life of John Denver and she sees this project
as her legacy.