Message from the President
While I was preparing to visit Woods for the first time, I came across a passage on the website that outlined Mollie Woods’ mission for her new school. I was struck by the passion and vision she had for the education of children with intellectual disabilities, particularly the final line regarding her desire for children, “to know the joy of achievement.” While making my initial visit, it was very clear to me that, nearly a century later, the Woods programs are filled with this joy.
As I gain a deeper knowledge of our programs and activities, and have had a chance to meet even more members of our community – employees, clients and volunteers – I am more certain that Mollie’s vision drives our work. The staff I have met, through their talent, commitment and enthusiasm, reinforce the strong impressions I gained during the interview process. It is clear that we are positioned to adapt and excel to new demands and challenges that will be placed on our organization. I thank my predecessor Dr. Bob Griffith for the outstanding work he has done in developing such a strong organization.
One of the great strengths of our mission is that it is as relevant today as ever. Woods, like our peer organizations, is facing many questions regarding the care and education of people with disabilities, especially with regard to funding and ensuring that each person’s individual needs are met. Our past thoughtful planning process has assured that Woods will continue as a strong, healthy organization well into the future. As we begin the final year of our current strategic plan, we are initiating a year-long planning process that will involve many of our staff, our families and external constituencies to create the next one. I expect our discussions will be lively and our decisions will be data-driven and based on best practices.
I am overwhelmed by and appreciate the warm reception I have received from clients, families, friends, and volunteers. I continue to marvel at how precious, unique and special Woods is and how lucky I am to have this opportunity. I look forward to many, many years at Woods and sharing in our “joy of achievement.”
Diana L. Ramsay, MPP, OTR, FAOTA