|Weir’s career spent helping others doesn’t go unnoticed|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Nov. 2, 2006 - Native Hopkins County resident Betty Weir was awarded the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) during ceremonies Friday, Oct. 27, in Arlington.
�I never dreamed of winning,� said Weir, who has been dedicated to the profession for more than 35 years. �This is so much of an honor for me.�
Weir said that while in high school she made the decision that she wanted to somehow make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than herself.
�I looked around at all the poverty and injustice in the world and realized I was one of the lucky ones,� recalled Weir. �I made the decision this [social work] was what I wanted to do with my life.�
After high school, Weir enrolled for classes at the university in Commerce, now part of the Texas A&M University System, and majored in sociology and minored in psychology.
Later, she received her master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Weir started in Public Welfare, which later merged with Child Welfare.
Through her years of service she has been recognized for her dedication to improving the lives of children with chronic health conditions, and formerly served as a supervisor with Child Protective Services for the Texas Department of Human Services.
At the state level, she has served on the board of directors of Advocacy Inc., and on the board and executive committee of United Cerebral Palsy of Texas.
��Her impact goes far beyond her local community and region,� said Charlotte Parks, Weir�s former supervisor, who nominated her for the award. �She has, for over 35 years, tirelessly given her knowledge and skills at the state level to impact legislation, public policies and practices, to improve the lives and resources available to those with chronic health conditions and their families.�
�This has been my life,� said Weir, now retired. �It has been so diverse. It has been rewarding to be a help to people in a variety of different ways. I�m proud to have had the opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives.�
Founded in 1957, the NASW is committed to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone. It is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world with more than 155,000 members in 55 chapters. The Texas Chapter has a membership of 5,700.
The Life Time Achievement Award, implemented in 1989, is the state professional association’s highest honor. Weir’s outstanding achievement now takes her to the national level, with awards to be announced in the spring.