Big Ocean Women at the United Nations 2018

Annual attendance at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been a major part of Big Ocean’s work since the organization was founded. Our aim is to connect with like-minded and like-hearted women in an interfaith and global effort to support one another and to defend faith, family, and motherhood. Since …

The Power of Showing Up

Long before having kids, I dreamed of taking them on a humanitarian trip.  I have always loved the idea of combining service with travel–two of my favorite things.  This last January, that dream came true.  After months of thinking and planning, I found myself with my husband (who would rather enjoy the comforts of home), …

Meet Big Ocean: Ann Takasaki, Chairwoman of the Board

Elizabeth Ann Inouye Takasaki is a third generation Japanese-American born in Richfield, Utah to Buddhist parents. Ann graduated from Brigham Young University with several degrees, including Dance, Psychology, and English and also studied for a graduate degree at UCLA in music therapy. Education is very important to Ann. She served an LDS mission in Sendai, Japan, where she …

Youth in Action: Jessica’s Pillowcases

In 2015, eleven-year-old Jessica Payne’s world was turned upside down by an emergency trip to the hospital resulting in a week-long stay and a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. While there, her nurse told her that she likes to give the patients pillowcases, but they were not receiving enough donations and had run out. This planted …

Sharon Evans: Sharing Her Home and Heart 

Sharon knows how to share. She shared her modest college home with a refugee family from Cambodia. She shared her home in Montana with children from a hospital for mentally handicapped. She has shared homes with foster siblings and foster children and exchange students. She currently shares her home with her husband and her 85-year-old …

Ruth Brasher, “The Teddy Bear Lady”

We asked Ruth Brasher, “The Teddy Bear Lady,” to tell us a bit more about her life and the teddy bears she makes each month for the Children’s Justice Center in Utah County. Although never married, she has a passion for serving the women and children in her community. She knows that “mother” is a verb and …

April 2017 Board Message

Big Ocean Women showcased a Model of Powerful Impact with two delegations at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in March.  Much of that impact resulted from generous donations by individuals and corporations, along with sacrifices made by our own members. Big Ocean’s compelling contribution to CSW61 included the presentations given …