Written by Sylvia Fuerstenberg, former executive director, The Arc of King County
Well – so we aren’t Oprah and we don’t have millions to spend to fly people in to Seattle and we don’t have a lot of “favorite things” to give away. We do however have local heroes, who dedicate their life and work to the betterment of our community and exemplify the values of The Arc. Those values being: Inclusion, Partnership, Sustainability, Diversity, Opportunity, Self Determination, Independence, Choice and Equity. Really there are hundreds of people with developmental disabilities and advocates who exemplify these values every day. They stand up for what is right and good and assures all people’s value are recognized in our community. We cannot honor them all, we do not even know them all. We wish we did! We can however hold up a few individuals nominated by community members for their outstanding work and let them shine as an example of all the good that is here in our community. So, Thursday May 26th we honored these amazing few and know they represent the many hundreds doing great work on behalf of our communities.