The Basket Lady
In the good River Valley towns, folks are proud and happy by the basketfuls for the Dirigo Cougars boys' basketball team, the Class C state champions. The game’s outcome wasn’t certain until the final minutes of the fourth quarter but the Cougar boys played with raw tenacity and
Cody St. Germain came up big time with baskets when they were needed the most down the stretch.
The next morning, I saw Rep. Sheryl Briggs in Hannaford’s and called out to her, “Hey, Sheryl, you better invite those Dirigo High School champions to the Maine State House for an official day of recognition.”
“I’m way ahead of you on that one; I’ve already put the ball on the court." Sheryl couldn’t contain her big brazen smile of Cougar pride.
It’s March. That means it is National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme, Social Work Matters, celebrates the profession of social work as a whole-and acknowledges the importance of social work.
The NASW NEWS had an interesting article about social work that I’d like to share written by Director, Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, and MPH.
“Seven members in Congress are social workers and social workers serve as college presidents and as university deans and faculty. Social workers can be found in military theater and responding to every disaster. They provide the vast majority of mental health services in this country to schools, prisons, community health centers, hospitals, mental health clinics, private practice and hospices.
Social workers are the helping profession and the profession of hope.”
Without a doubt, social workers in the State of Maine, touch thousands of lives every day; mending broken hearts and broken homes.
Some of the those dedicated social workers serve right here in the River Valley; Donna Landry, Victoria Brown, Velma Evans, Mindy Worthley, Maya Best, Kim Sequoia, Sue Ellen Richardson and Catherine Journey and others. They truly do deserve our collective thanks and appreciation for their commitment, advocacy, and unfailing kindness that’s shown to others.
Send a sunshine basket to a social worker today. Don’t let the month get away from you, please.
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas!
Until then, smile and live in the present.