Sheila Dean Speech | 2018 Scholarship Banquet

Sheila Dean Speech | 2018 Scholarship Banquet


I’m Jim Barrios my wife and I own a
restaurant in Kent we’ve owned it for nearly 20 years and since that period of
time that we’ve owned the restaurant we’ve been very involved in this
community and and I made the mistake to saying yes to join a board here and a
board here and I’ve served on a great number of boards and and it was by
choice but one of the things that I wanted to share with you is that I’ve
been asked to before I introduce this great person that’s going to be coming
up here I’ve been asked to share with you a little bit about why I served on
the Green River Foundation board and one of the things that I had to think about
is how long have I been on this board and I always ask Megan how long has it
been and I think it’s seven or eight years and that is by far the longest
term that I’ve ever served on a board and the reason is is that I’m excited
about serving on this board and you know why I’m excited because the stories that
we’re hearing tonight you know from Abram and and Asia this is
the second time that I’ve had the opportunity to listen to her speak to
the board and she’s amazing and Abram thank you for sharing your thoughts and
and I just get so inspired when I hear those kind of stories because as board
members that’s what we’re here for to support what this school is trying to
accomplish and I tell you I am so excited about the leadership at Green
River so excited about the leadership and and so when I look at having served
seven or eight years I can’t remember I don’t even think about it anymore I
think about the fact that so many good things are happening every day and we
look at that you know and I think somebody shared with you we had 300
scholarships last year that we gave over five hundred and twenty thousand dollars
that’s amazing and you know why we were able to do that because of all the
donors in this room and then some and so we thank you for that because without
you as donors we cannot accomplish any of the things that we’re doing as a
foundation and I also want to share with you as a board member is that the reason
what the other reason I’m I’m still part of this organization is that I really
trust the people that I work with they’re great stewards of your money as
donors great stewards and you look at their financials and you say wow that’s
why they’re able to accomplish the things that they’re accomplishing and
and that’s part in part why I continue to be part of this thing that’s that’s
just getting started I mean we had a donor give us over well a million
dollars is this year a million dollars and I can assure you that this board and
the staff are going to do some great things with that money for students the
other thing that I wanted to share with you when I talk about the staff great
leadership in George Josh we’re gonna miss you but I feel good about the rest
of the team because they do a fabulous job you know Matt I don’t where is Matt
he’s the quiet one where is Matt in the room he’s back here and you’ll see him
on his computer the whole time we have meetings and Matt’s on the computers and
you know what he’s trying to do raise his money that’s all he does and I I
don’t even know how much money matt has raised since I’ve been on the board but
it’s a lot of a lot of money millions of dollars and and I am so proud to be a
part of this organization not only the the Foundation board that that I work
with I love working with these guys and the staff but also this administration
I’m excited about the opportunities that we’re going to have in working with the
division that this administration has now I have the privilege to introduce a
young lady because I’m older than her Sheila Dean I got on the phone with her
and I thought I’m just gonna have a five-minute conversation with her and
prepare myself for my short introduction for her and I don’t we were on the phone
for at least a half hour or so and what an amazing lady you know you you have a
person that had to grow up rather quickly because she had her first child
at the age of 15 and she struggled through life by working hard just to
make ends meet but that wasn’t good enough for her she wanted to succeed in
life she wants her kids to succeed in life and she’s got an amazing story that
she’s going to share with you and I am so proud to be able to say Sheila Dean
come up here and share your wonderful story everyone looked wonderful tonight I just
wanted to say that and I’m just so honored to be here on tonight and I’m
very grateful to have the opportunity to speak tonight I am here at the Green
River College and I’m pursuing my AAA in business management and I’m very excited
about that I’m excited to be in this college that I love so very much and for
me tonight it is the privilege and the honor to introduce even my own self
tonight because I am Sheila and Dean and this is my story so I grew up on the
violent streets of Chicago Illinois I grew up with child molestation I grew up
with child abuse sibling abuse a very violent City which it was a kill or be
killed situation that I grew up in had no dreams no dreams whatsoever
everything that ever happened to me was a nightmare grew up very poor barely
being able to make ends meet I remember times we didn’t even have food we ate
things like bread that we had to put sugar on so we grew up very poor in a
violent city and I grew up with violence happening to me and around me all the
time and that’s all I knew I started having some kind of escape in my life
through writing poetry and I even wrote a poem that says that the ghetto is all
I know because that’s all that I knew and so growing up in this violent place
I end up being a product of my environment and yes I had a child at the
age of 15 because I didn’t even know what virginity was because it was stolen
from me at a very early age by somebody that was supposed to be my protector but
turned out to be my predator then I had another child at 16 and
another child at 17 so with all the heavy burden of being a mother a teen
mom in the 80s which was very very difficult for me I end up dropping out
of high school I eventually went back and got my GED but yet and still I
continue to live a nightmare because then I actually end up getting married
and in that marriage I almost died because I ended up in a domestic
violence situation and this person that I was married to almost took my life but
I escaped with my life and I thank God for that
that fleeing from a domestic violence situation running for my life ran me to
see out of Washington and that’s how I’m here today and I thank God for that
because when I came to Seattle and I’ve seen that everybody don’t live like I
had lived and everybody didn’t experience the things that I experienced
and everybody didn’t have the pain that I had and that I still sometimes battle
with I knew for the first time there was hope for me and so I end up having a
dream and that dream was to show my children that no matter what age you are
no matter what you’ve experienced in your life no matter how you’ve been put
down step down and press down and oppress that you still have a chance and
you can still have a dream so I began to dream about going to
college and I came here and I was scared stiff when I walked into these walls and
I said to God if somebody don’t walk up and say something to me I’m gonna leave
and the moment I was going to turn around and leave somebody walked over
said can I help you and that’s how I got into Green River College so I’m very
grateful for that and from there I wanted to say that because of Green
River College and all it has provided for me the foundation and Jim and
Heather and dr. Johnson and so many others and everybody here tonight even
if I don’t know your name tonight have made a difference in my life
and not only my life but have allowed me to be able to leave a legacy and so
tonight I say just Lucy Enrico Masotti because of you allowing
me because of you being a donor because of you seeing my story
hearing my story and that you chose me to give me a scholarship like never
before in my life I know now that I matter and that’s what I want to say
tonight it’s more than the money it gave me hope dream and bishan and it gave me
confidence in Who I am to say and stand before you tonight and say that I matter
for the first time child abuse child molestation domestic violence all that I
had to suffer all that I had to go through I can stand before you tonight
and say that I matter and I’m thankful for that now Jesus
Christ is my Lord and Savior that is my belief system and I don’t know what your
belief system is tonight I don’t know who or what you believe in
but what I want to say to you tonight and what I want to leave with you
tonight is never forget to believe in yourself
never forget to believe in yourself and tonight I know Thank You Lucy I know
that I matter so always believe in yourself
no matter what always know that you can reach the impossible you can dream you
can hope you can make it you can do it just hold on hold on to whatever faith
system that you have whatever it is that motivates you inspire you go on and go
above and beyond go above the sky go all the way to what we can’t even see
because it is possible so I thank you tonight I thank Green River College I
thank Green River College Foundation and I thank Enrico Moo Society tonight for
allowing me to stand before you tonight and say once again that I matter you

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