I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
As I look back on 2011, it came with some pretty significant life changes.
The biggest change was the full transition from the transportation field (after 25 years) into a full time job in the long term care field. It is something that I probably never thought I would do, but it is something that I thoroughly enjoy. There is nothing like helping people with varying disabilities to be able to still have a say so in how they want to live their lives. To find out what their goals in life are and help them achieve these goals.
Another big change for me was when I had the opportunity to testify before a number of different State Committees and Agencies as a father and as a representative of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. For those who know me well, this is kind of out of character for me. I have always been one who would roll up his sleeves and just get the job done. Not wanting to draw attention to myself. While I feel that I am still getting the job done, I am becoming a better vocal advocate for people with developmental disabilities. I am really looking forward to attending the Partners in Policymaking seminar during the first half of 2012. I think this will give me even more confidence to be a vocal advocate.
I hope everybody takes time to reflect on the year that was and remembers the positive things that you did to help make the lives of others better.