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Stephanie Jamie wins Gold at World Games

Stephanie Jamie 3Stephanie Jamie, of Advance, experienced the opportunity of a lifetime when she earned the opportunity to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea earlier this month. Not only was it positive and life-changing, but she brought home a Gold medal.

The 19-year old Davie County High School student, and her twin sister Jennifer, are supported by Monarch’s CAP Home and Community Services in Forsyth County. Jamie was one of a few North Carolina athletes selected to represent the United States in the 2013 Special Olympic World Winter Games as part of Team USA, which included 151 athletes and 60 coaches. Competition among 3,300 athletes from 112 countries around the world included eight Olympic-type sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, short track speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey and floor ball demonstration.

Jamie competed in several skiing events and earned the Gold in the Alpine Novice Slalom race. She also placed fourth in the Alpine Novice Super G and fifth in the Alpine Novice Giant Slalom. Her mother, Angie Jamie, said the family and their community is thrilled their daughter got the chance to compete on a world stage.

“We have been overwhelmed and delighted at the opportunity for Stephanie. We were all in as soon as we heard, but we just wanted to make sure Stephanie was in – and she was,” explained mom, who  traveled to South Korea with her husband and the girls’ dad, Scott, and Jennifer, Stephanie’s twin sister. “Your mind steeps it for a while. How can we prepare to go around the world with a family for two weeks? We took it one step at a time… It was an experience of a lifetime.”

The Jamies received lots of community support from local retailers, area organizations and Chick-fil-A which helped to raises funds and provided equipment for the trip to South Korea. Read more about “Team Jamie” and the Olympic athlete's exciting journey in the Spring 2013 issue of Reaching Dreams.

Above: Jennifer (left) and Stephanie Jamie pose with Stephanie's Gold medal following her win in South Korea last month.

Elizabeth Leavitt selected for important leadership program

Elizabeth Leavitt
, program coordinator for Monarch’s supervised living in Greensboro/High Point, has Elizabeth Leavittbeen selected to participate among approximately two dozen professionals in the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities “Advancing Strong Leadership” program for one year.

The state initiative is the second of its kind and is offered by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware and is funded by The Council. The program is designed to offer participants the opportunity to work with a faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The project will target emerging and future organizational leaders in the intellectual/developmental disabilities field with the goal of creating a cohesive group of emerging young leaders who have made a demonstrated commitment to the field and have held increasingly responsible positions in support of people with developmental disabilities. Each participant is asked to describe a challenge their organization is facing and during the program the participants will identify resolution. Leavitt said her challenge involves assisting the Community Services program.

“I intend to develop a more self-sustaining systemic method for contacting staff, scheduling staff, keeping staff up-to-date in training, and the development of a written protocol to bring more organization and understanding of expectations of direct-support staff in the Community Services program of Forsyth County, with the help of the QPs and the program director,” Leavitt explained.

“We are excited to foster Elizabeth’s leadership and advocacy skills to benefit the people we support at Monarch and the DD community,” said Nancy Kaierle, program director in Region 5.

FIS participants will take STEPS to become healthier

Several participants from Forsyth Industrial Systems (FIS) in Winston-Salem will be participants in Sisters Together Empowered for Prevention and Success (STEPS): To A Healthier Heart. Sponsored by The Department of Human Performance and Sport Science at Winston-Salem State University, the educational program is designed for women ages 35-65 and provides practical “steps” to achieve a healthier heart.

Because one in four American women dies from heart disease and most fail to make the connection between risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the organizers of the program want to provide an intervention program to increase awareness, improve knowledge and reduce the risk of heart disease among women.

The 12-week program consists of bi-weekly educational seminars, participation in an exercise program and several health screenings. Staff at FIS said STEPS was an ideal opportunity for some of the FIS participants who attend the day program to help them become more active, more healthy and to be involved in an important community initiative.

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