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Introducing NWPF's New Social Services Manager: Sarah Winter, MSW, LICSW

Tuesday February 07, 2017
Sarah WinterQ: What drove you to a career in social work?
A: I started my career as a high school English teacher and saw that students couldn't self-actualize in my classroom when their basic needs were not being met. I also witnessed systems of oppression while working in college athletics. These experiences moved me toward social work. What I love about social work is the call to simultaneously address individual needs while advocating for systemic change.
 
Q: What was your job previous to the NWPF Social Services Manager position?
A: Over the last 11 + years I provided direct services to people affected by multiple sclerosis through the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Chronic illness presents many challenges, but it also gives us opportunities to practice resilience and grow in unexpected ways.

Q: What are you looking forward to learning and doing in your new role at NWPF?
A: NWPF has a wonderful culture of responsiveness to and engagement with the Parkinson's community. I hope to continue this work by building bridges with individuals, providers, and communities throughout our region so that people affected by PD can live their best lives.

Q: What NWPF program excites you the most?
A: I'm partial to the Connect Programs, because I'll be working with PD Link, Self-Help Groups, NW Parkinson's Club, and directly with individuals. There is a place for everyone at NWPF!
Q: How long have you lived in the Northwest?
A: I am a transplant, but the Northwest is home! My husband and I are from the Midwest and the Southeast, and we moved to Seattle in 1998.
 
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy spending a lot of time chauffeuring my tween/teen children and watching them participate in their activities. Our family likes camping and pets, and my favorite solo activity is gardening.
Q: If you could choose one super power, what would it be and why?
A: Mindfulness is a super power! I am learning to live in and accept the present moment - it is a daily challenge for me.
 
Q: Are you a potted plant or a tumbleweed?
A: A potted plant, to be sure! I am grateful for the opportunity to put down roots in the Parkinson's community by learning from and partnering with you!
Do you have a question about the resources available to the Parkinson's community? Reach out to Sarah at 206.946.6517 or sarah@nwpf.org.

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