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Monarch Spotlight: Ruth A. Watson

Ruth Watson SpotlightRuth A. Watson has worked as the lead developmental specialist at Bladen Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) in Elizabethtown for nearly 9 years. As we observe and celebrate March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Watson shares more about her role as the day program continues to offer new programming and how she feels she is making a difference in the lives of the people supported at Bladen Opportunities.

What does a typical workday look like?
There is a new challenge each day. We are now transitioning into classes for individuals no longer doing contract work. We offer cooking, art, exercise and gardening classes. Other tasks are supervising and leading the individuals. I fill in for the one-on-one workers when they are out, do payroll for the individuals that work within the program setting, filing, quarterly notes, train and supervise staff, do POMs (personal outcome measures) with individuals, assist the program manager and communicate with the families, when needed. I also assist with helping get individuals involved in the community more by volunteering, going on outings, regularly involving the community agencies such as the fire department and Bladen Home Extension to give presentations.

What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
I would have to say just knowing I might make a difference in their lives, encouraging and helping the people we support to achieve their dreams.

What has been your most rewarding or proudest moment while working here?
It is very rewarding to come to work every day. The individuals are so uplifting and loving that, when I'm having a bad day, they make me smile, and that is very rewarding. It is a joy to be around them each day and help them to have a better quality of life.

What do you enjoy when you aren’t working?
Spending time with my family, shopping, being involved in the church that my husband and I pastor and leading the singing at the church.

What movie or song best describes you?
“All in This Together, High School Musical.” I could not think of a song that describes me, personally, so while I was looking I came across this song and I feel it best describes all of us at BOU. Click here to hear my choice.

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