Juneau CASA Program Coordinator
My journey to Juneau CASA Program Coordinator was long and sometimes arduous. However, as we often find in life, I have come full circle.
One of the most profound experiences of my life was when I became trained as a CASA volunteer. The fragile hearts and souls of those children forever shaped the direction of my life's work. They inspired me to be an activist, promote change, fight for the less fortunate and stand tall in the onslaught of adversity children in care face every day. Many is the time I have whispered to myself, "just breathe, if that child can bear these things to happen to them, then you can bear to speak for what is in their best interest."
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." This quote is not just words I believe in and live by; it's what I have experienced to be true. I have witnessed one individual change the course of a case, a child's future, just by being involved and caring. I have seen hope and inspiration blossom in the heart of a child because a CASA volunteer simply listened and advocated for them and their needs. I have experienced transformation in the hearts of families, foster parents and providers that are making decisions for children all because a CASA volunteer dared to put "best interest" on the table. It is a brave and selfless act of the utmost kindness and the reward is often unknown.
Working with CASA volunteers current and future is an exciting prospect, filled with promise of hope for those who need us most. It is a privilege and an honor to become "a voice" with all of you.