Creating My Imaginative and prescient for 2023

After I was chosen as a Sargent Shriver Worldwide International Messenger, I used to be proud and grateful to obtain an honor like this! The place has formed me right into a spirited, considerate chief within the inclusion revolution, the place I assist outline the mindset of what true inclusion appears like.

As I’ve been pondering again on my SSIGM management accomplishments, one factor that got here to my thoughts is how my management expertise have grown. I’m now extra genuine and affected person with myself and others. I attempt to be current in conversations and my constructive angle has gone a great distance in creating me as a pacesetter. I’ve taken on extra tasks and challenges as a result of I’m a pacesetter. 

Hanna Joy Atkinson standing in front of a evergreen tree smiling and has on a red Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger polo.

Photograph by Brian Gresham

These management expertise will assist me to be an much more efficient advocate for myself and people with mental disabilities!

There are enormous initiatives that I wish to obtain earlier than the tip of my time period as a SSIGM! Two are prime of thoughts:

Venture No.1: To have a panel that talks about inclusion and reveals the world how Particular Olympics has made an intense affect on us! This panel shall be recorded as a podcast episode.

Venture No.2: I want to make a welcome letter for future SSIGM leaders. The thought is to ask the present SSIGMs about their highlights. I’d ask them to reply 2-3 questions and compile the solutions right into a welcome letter for the subsequent class of SSIGMS. My hope is that the incoming class of SSIGMs could be impressed and empowered to tackle this new journey of their lives.

These two initiatives will problem me as an athlete chief and can assist contribute much more to the Particular Olympics motion.

Let me problem you…What’s your imaginative and prescient as a pacesetter? How will you be the change for the long run you wish to see?