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Walker Honors Sanford’s Doris Watson as Community Hero of the Month for Her Work with Adults with Disabilities

July 5, 2018
Press Release

SANFORD, N.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today honored Doris Watson of Sanford as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for July 2018. The presentation was held at Lee County Industries (LCI) in Sanford.

Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
 
Watson will celebrate her 40th anniversary as an Adult Developmental Vocational Program (ADVP) Instructor at LCI on July 11, 2018.  
 
LCI “provides rehabilitation and educational training to youth and adults with barriers to employment. The wide variety of training opportunities available attracts a broad range of individuals, including people with disabilities, those adapting from accidental injuries and others from low-income families.”

Watson works with adults who have developmental disabilities and prepares them to live as independently as possible. She considers her work to be her ministry and life’s calling, and was inspired to enter the field when she realized how many people “need love outside of their own homes.” While she is celebrating 40 years, she plans to continue working until she knows it’s time to retire. 
 
"Doris is the heart of Lee County Industries," Mike Gilmore, Executive Director of LCI, said. "For 40 of its 50 years she has encouraged, mentored, and loved all in her care and in doing so has prepared hundreds for a better life."  
 
"When I first visited with the students and faculty of LCI, I knew I met a truly remarkable person in Doris," Walker said. "She exhibits what it means to see the goodness, truth and beauty in every single individual God creates. Doris has had an immeasurable impact on her community."
 
Watson lives in Sanford with her husband, Willie. She has two children and five grandchildren. She was presented with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in her honor.