Meet GCRC: Mary West Barclay, CEO

Mary and her youngest daughter, Kati.

Hi! It’s me again, Mary. If you’ve been following our blog, then you know the work we’ve been up to this year.

We are now into our second quarter of the FY 15 and are looking forward to accomplishing the completion of our new addition. I am told we should be in the building by October of 2015. A year away, but I know from experience it will go by so very fast. I am excited that GCRC will have the opportunity to continue to offer supports that individuals are requesting. This new building will allow for training in so many areas, but not just any training. These training opportunities will allow for individual employment, financial management, and independent living. I simply can’t wait.

There are also some very big things happening with all of our staff members and this blog will be one of many where you will get to know each one of us here at GCRC on a more personal basis. We are not just employees, just like individuals with disabilities are not just their disability. If you haven’t had the chance to read through our blog, please do. We have introduced a few individuals and plan to continue giving you a chance to know all of us.
Personally, I am in one of the biggest transitions of any parent’s life. My youngest girl, Kati, is a senior in high school this year. She is also a varsity football cheerleader so I’m sure you know where my Friday nights have been spent. Thank goodness I have warm boots, gloves, and blankets. As a matter of fact, I take enough with me to the games that I could outfit anyone who’s cold. Sometimes, I am entirely covered, except for my face. I must have my eyes peeking out to watch my girl cheer. We all know that’s why I attend. I am beaming with pride at my growing up girl. And I do watch a little football while I am there.
Kati graduates in May. Senior pictures are done. Her class ring is bought. Invitations and cap and gown are next and, before I know it, she will be headed off to college, if she ever picks one. She is looking at Georgia Southern this weekend, her sister’s alma mater. She also applied to Auburn University last night. Her grandfather, grandmother, and dad attended there and she kind of wants to follow in their footsteps, too. She is also looking at UGA, Georgia Tech, and the State University of West Georgia. Oh, how I wish she would look at the University of Tennessee. Go Vols!
My children have been my life. Three of them are grown and have families of their own. When this baby leaves the nest, I wonder how that will feel. I have been a parent since I was 20 years old. I am now 53, I think. You forget your age often when you get older. There is no longer anticipation of the next birthday, but rather simply trying to remember how old you will be. I find that very funny. One year, I actually told people I was a year older than I really was. How pleasant to finally figure out I was younger than I thought.
Anyway, my media and public relations specialist, Wendi, thought it would be a good idea for you guys to see the person behind the CEO and asked me to write up a little something about myself. I hope this will give you insight into not just me, but our staff, our agency, our philosophy of person-centeredness, and how getting to know everyone on an individual basis changes how you see them. This is our goal with our supports and for the individuals for whom we provide those supports.
Come by. Visit. Say hello. We would love to meet you, too!

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