A Goodbye Note From Director, Don Lilljedahl

A Goodbye Note From Director, Don Lilljedahl

December 22, 2016

 

Dear Mary Lee Board, Staff, Clients and Friends,

I have found it necessary to submit my resignation to Mary Lee Foundation due to health issues effective December 23, 2016.

The job has not always been easy, but always challenging and fulfilling.  I want everyone to know how much the opportunity to work as Director for Mary Lee has meant to me.  I could not have chosen a more rewarding, uplifting, (and yes, sometimes very difficult!) place to spend my last 47 working years.  My goal has always been to help others whenever and wherever I can.  Mary Lee has given me that opportunity and I leave with the knowledge and the satisfaction that I have, hopefully, in some ways, accomplished this.  One of my favorite quotes is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To leave this earth a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know that even one life breathed easier because you lived – that is to have succeeded.”  I am grateful that Mary Lee has provided me with the privilege of helping others and to make a positive difference in the lives of special, deserving persons.

I urge you to give Charlene your continued support and a little extra TLC as she continues to guide the ship!  She, along with Fran and Velma, and competent and experienced staff, will, I’m sure, continue to put forth the interests and needs of Mary Lee as they serve their clients.  I continue to have high expectations for Mary Lee knowing that it is in very good hands!

I can’t begin to thank you, Peggy Van Wyk, and all the members of the Board for your commitment, efforts and time that you have given to help guide and support Mary Lee as we strive to fulfill the mission of meeting the unmet needs of our special clients.  It has been a comfort and a pleasure to know and work with each of you.

Blessings to each of you, I’ll stay in touch and hope you do, also.

Don Lilljedahl, Director

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September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

TBIMary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive   Austin, Texas 78704

Date ~  September 13th 2016             Tuesday Evening
Time ~  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Topic: The Way To Olympia (movie)

This hour and twenty-two minute film is a very uplifting and empowering movie which will dispel any myth one might have regarding a person’s limitations.  The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who will compete at the Paralympic Games in London during 2012.   The film director himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sports who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an ordeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.

He meets United States archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Rawandan Sitting Volleyball team. He follows them through their training and all the way to the Paralympic Games in London.  Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and their own fears. With an ever-growing appreciation for sport, Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began (and where boccia playing is prohibited).  He tells this story with intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject.  This awe inspiring film truly highlights how a person lives their live focusing on their abilities.

Featuring:

Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen

Light refreshments will be served.

* All training sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month (same time and location), sessions are free of charge, open to the general public and no reservation is needed.

 

 

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

TBIMary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive   Austin, Texas 78704

Date ~  September 13th 2016             Tuesday Evening
Time ~  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Topic: The Way To Olympia (movie)

This hour and twenty-two minute film is a very uplifting and empowering movie which will dispel any myth one might have regarding a person’s limitations.  The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who will compete at the Paralympic Games in London during 2012.   The film director himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sports who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an ordeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.

He meets United States archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Rawandan Sitting Volleyball team. He follows them through their training and all the way to the Paralympic Games in London.  Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and their own fears. With an ever-growing appreciation for sport, Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began (and where boccia playing is prohibited).  He tells this story with intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject.  This awe inspiring film truly highlights how a person lives their live focusing on their abilities.

Featuring:

Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen

Light refreshments will be served.

* All training sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month (same time and location), sessions are free of charge, open to the general public and no reservation is needed.

 

 

Southpointe Residents Proudly Participate in Meaningful Relationships Project

Check out this video on safeaustin.org featuring the SafePlace Meaningful Relationships project so many of our Mary Lee residents proudly took part in.

The goal of the Meaningful Relationships project was to create change for community inclusion by demonstrating a replicable model for adults with developmental disabilities to form healthy, safe and meaningful relationships with other people based on shared social, recreational and/or leisure time interests.

To learn more visit: http://www.safeaustin.org/safeprograms/disability-services-asap/inclusive-relationships/

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

July 12th – Brain Injury Information & Training

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Mary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive   Austin, Texas 78704

Date ~  July 12th 2016             Tuesday Evening
Time ~  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Topic: The Power of Positive Thinking

Our behavior is influenced by many factors such as heredity, parental upbringing, peers, community norms, environment, religion and education.  However the most influential of all factors is the power of positive thinking and how our personal beliefs influence our behavior.   During this session primary emphasis will focus on the role of the subconscious and its impact on our behavior.  Participants will explore how we behave is shaped by not only what we say, but equally important by what we think.    Participants will learn how to improve their own self monitoring skills in order to better shape.

Special light refreshment served:  DEEP FRIED OREOS

* All training sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month (same time and location), sessions are free of charge, open to the general public and no reservation is needed.