Our Journey

Our Timeline
2005
January 5

Our Roots

Our Roots
SPARK Kindness began as a local grassroots community effort that addressed bullying and cyberbullying.  It has now grown into an organization with a broader and more proactive mission.  The goal of SPARK Kindness isn’t just to prevent bullying, but to promote KINDNESS and RESILIENCY on a community-wide scale.  Further, the mission is to provide resources to families and communities so that they can create a network of SUPPORT for one another.
2000
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In 2010, two parents, Michele Woolard and Christine Fortune Guthery, found a need for parents to work together to prevent bullying.  Though none of their children had been involved in bullying, they saw that parents and schools were spending a great deal of time dealing with bullying and cyberbullying.   They also saw an opportunity for parents and schools to work together to support a more positive school culture.  Together, they co-founded the Natick Parents Against Bullying & Cyberbullying in their town of Natick, Massachusetts.

Our Team @ SPARK Kindness

Christine has had a life-long interest in promoting social justice and inclusion.  After earning her law degree, she worked briefly as a civil litigator and then for the Circuit Executive’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals on a study of Gender and Racial bias in the courts.

In 2010, she co-founded the Natick Parents Against Bullying & Cyberbullying in her hometown of Natick, Massachusetts.  Though none of her three children had been bullied, Christine and a group of parents saw a need for parents and schools to work together to support a positive school culture.  By 2011, this movement had expanded beyond parents and schools to the whole community.  Accordingly, in 2011, the group founded the Natick/Metrowest Anti-Bullying Coalition, which includes over 60 organizations (including police, town/community officials, sports organizations, and faith communities) all working together build a kinder community.

In 2014, SPARK Kindness, Inc. became an official non-profit and Christine assumed the role of President and Executive Director.  SPARK now as over 2,700 members in Metrowest Boston and beyond. For her community work with SPARK, Christine received the 2014 Harriet F. Siegel Shining Light Award from the Natick Education Foundation.  That award is given to individuals who have made a sustained volunteer contribution that has increased the quality of life in Natick.  Also for her work with SPARK, in June 2015, Christine received an Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. (Article HERE)

Christine is also committed to providing all children globally with access to education through her work as Outreach Coordinator for Hope for Ariang, Inc., a non-profit grass roots organization that builds schools in South Sudan, Africa.  Christine’s particular areas of interest are community building, consulting with schools and community leaders, and speaking to parents on the topic of resiliency.  She is inspired by the visions of young people about how to create a kinder, more just world.

Christine Fortune Guthery

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Christine has had a life-long interest in promoting social justice and inclusion.  After earning her law degree, she worked briefly as a civil litigator and then for the Circuit Executive’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals on a study of Gender and Racial bias in the courts.

Christine Fortune Guthery

Executive Director

Christine has had a life-long interest in promoting social justice and inclusion.  After earning her law degree, she worked briefly as a civil litigator and then for the Circuit Executive’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals on a study of Gender and Racial bias in the courts.

Christine Fortune Guthery

Executive Director