The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
 

To the quiet heroes

September 26, 2012 by cpehrson

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes.  Some are world renown; some are nationally known; some are what I call, the quiet heroes.

For the past four years I have had the honor of being surrounded by the quiet heroes who work at the CPD.

No where else have I seen such dedicated, compassionate, and visionary people.  True, some of these heroes are becoming world renown as they reach out to help people in other countries improve the lives of people with disabilities.  Some of these heroes are becoming nationally known as they work with the policy makers and the national organizations who work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.  Some of them are known statewide as they work to change the lives of people with disabilities in Utah.  And some of them are the quiet heroes who support the mission of the CPD in their many daily, essential, and often unseen accomplishments.  Each one is a hero to me.

My association with the CPD goes back many years when I first brought my now 32-year-old son for an interdisciplinary evaluation.  He was soon enrolled in the Center’s preschool and remained through his school-age years for five more years.  Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work for the Center’s Early Intervention program (Up to 3) as a service provider, trying to make a difference in the lives of families with very young children with disabilities.  You might think that as I retire this week, that my connection with CPD will be ending, but that is not going to happen.  Every morning as I send my son on the bus to his adult day program (the Developmental Skills Laboratory, another great CPD program), I will be thinking of all the quiet heroes at work here.

I salute all of the CPD staff and leave you with these last words—”Carry on, Carry on, Carry on!” for you are making a difference in the world, one day at a time.

 

 

  • Fran

    Connie, We will miss you. May you have a fabulous retirement doing those things you love to do.

  • Cyndi

    Connie, your work on behalf of the CPD has been heroic! Your multiple perspectives (e.g., as a parent, as a service provider, as a writer) will be very much missed. Know that we will sing your praises for years to come. All the best!

  • Mary Ellen

    Connie: You have been a colleague, co-worker, but most of all–and most treasured–my friend. I will miss you. Enjoy your family and please keep in touch. Your Horizon is endless!

  • Gordon

    Connie I will miss you and your big smile. I wish you the best in retirement and hope you find the time to do the many things you love to do. It’s friends like you that make working here at the CPD such a joy for us and all the personal satisfaction we get by enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disability. We love you and will miss you but take care.

  • Amy

    Enjoy retirement!

  • http://twitter.com/Jensenborger6 JoLynne Jensen Lyon

    Connie, it’s been wonderful working with you and seeing how you connect with the people of the CPD. Best wishes on your new adventure.

  • Karen

    Connie, what a great article from one of those quiet heros! May you enjoy your retirement and may our boys have a long friendship!

  • Eduardo Ortiz

    Connie, I’ll miss you and your always positive perspective. Have a wonderful retirement.

  • Sarah

    Connie, what a lovely tribute, especially from you, who have experience at every level. Thanks for all your work.