"I met Jacqueline Zaleski (Mackenzie) in the summer of 1962 during the time we were attending a boarding school program run by a religious organization. At the time Jacqueline was 15, and I was 19 years of age. During the months that we lived and studied together, we became good friends.
Jann B. Foti, Retired Church Secretary
Stewartsville, NJ USA
" I met Jacquie in 1995 or '96, and I visited her and Don Mackenzie at WindTree Ranch. Her work in Florida was well-known and respected in the Pagan community. Out here in Arizona, she offered free equine therapy, and summer kids' programs. I know that Summerland got tons of donated clothing and household items from Northern Arizona to immigrant settlements just inside the Mexican border. I know they taught eco-building and desert survival techniques - and absolutely walked that talk.
I didn't have the opportunity to visit them in Mexico, but I got lots of e-mails (with wonderful pictures) from Jacquie about their equine therapy and swimming programs for kids. I know by other e-mails that they worked for Resplandor, Intl., getting books from the U.S., fundraising, and teaching in the Community Center/Library in Cajones, Mexico. I remember e-mails and pictures of the home they designed and built for a family of six that lost everything in a fire.
She has kept me up to date with similar e-mails and photos about her programs in Ecuador. She does marvelous, compassionate, and useful work, particularly with disadvantaged children - yet because she is so humble, rarely self-promotes or accepts any money for the work she does, . With a little help in the income department, she could work even more wonders in the world. Her books, videos, and webinars are priceless, but putting a price on them will help her work benefit more people.."
Ashleen O'Gaea, Author
PO Box 35962
"I am a colleague of Jacquie MacKenzie and would like to write a few words of support. I am familiar with her work with:
• Summerland in Central Mexico (2005 - 2013) offered free equine therapy and kids year round swimming programs
• Summerland in Central Mexico gave years of free labor and talents to another U.S. nonprofit: Resplandor, Intl. for designing, building, transporting books from the US, fundraising, and teaching in that Cajones, MX Community Center/Library
• Summerland in Central Mexico raised the money to design and build a home for a family of six after a fire burned down the original home.
Both Jacquie and Don are everyday heroes. They have put their hearts and souls into helping their communities. When I visited Resplandor in Cajones, MX in 2007 and 2009, I witnessed the success of their service in (1) teaching children to swim, and (2) read in the community center library; as well as (3) building a home for a displaced family. I am greatly impressed with the impact they created in their neighborhood with all three of these projects.
Megan Farnsworth, Ph.D.
School of Education
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, OR 97520
Dr. Lezli A. Polm DD
Gateway to the Sacred SVC (a 501C3 non-profit)
P.O. Box 769 Pearce, AZ. 85625
"Don Mackenzie and I met in 1951 in 5th grade. Today, I am writing to support
Summerland's record of helping the downtrodden and the environment. I have known
about its work since 1996 when I visited the Windtree Ranch in Arizona. There I saw the
staff working with underprivileged children through experiences with riding and caring for
horses. Through photographs, I saw Summerland rebuild a home that had been burned
to the ground and the appreciation of its inhabitants. Since 2013, Summerland, because
of the health of one its officers, transferred its operations to Ecuador where it continuesits work with educational programs for children."
Joseph Brisben, Owner-Operator Joseph Brisben Enterprises
firstname.lastname@example.orgIowa City, IowaProfession
"I live in Guanajuato, Mexico, and have been participating for 20 years in programs to
help poor children in this state. I admire Jacquie for the years of giving the swimming
lessons to all the children in her community and building a library for the tiny rural
community here in Central Mexico. I also donated to the project she ran to raise the
money for and organize the building of the home for the family whose house burned
down. She is a tireless worker for projects to benefit people in need, especially in the
field of education."
I met Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie in the fall of 2003. She was doing a fundraiser for
WindTree Ranch outside the bookstore where I was working. I was not busy the
following Christmas, so, she invited me to visit the ranch. In no time, both my dog and I
became a part of their volunteer program for teaching children how to respect the
When the ranch sold in 2008, I continued to Central Mexico with the next leg of the
volunteer program. Together, Jacquie and I ran an equine therapy program for five years
and helped build, stock, and teach English, art, and more to indigenous and disabled
children. We three volunteers built a community center for another nonprofit. Jacquie
also ran a water therapy program on our ranchette and shared access to that with the
other nonprofit too. Health issues required Jacquie to move her husband to Ecuador, but
she continues to stay in touch with me and be supportive of the charity work being done
Cajones, GTO, MX