She touched thousand’s of children’s lives. Her colleagues and friends say she will be missed. And Friday, Margaret Stewart’s colleagues and friends got to say “thank you.”
“I’m not the party person, necessarily,” said Margaret Stewart, retiring Executive Director of Child Care Inc.
Party person or not, Stewart’s friends and former colleagues honored her Friday, for her 40 years of service as Executive Director of Child Care Inc.
“She’s done some amazing things over the years,” stated Keri Goins, incoming Executive Director of Child Care Inc.
One of those things was keeping the non-profit organization going so long.
“We serve about 140 kids a day,” Goins said. “So, if you look at it over a 40 year time period, the difference she has made in our community is really astounding.”
And her secret for keeping the organization going?
“Frugality, cleverness; working for the support of the community is always a challenge,” Stewart pointed out.
One person who has seen Stewart’s hard work in action is a former Child Care kid herself and volunteer during Stewart’s tenure.
“Parents could feel their children would be safe,” explained Andrea Williams.
“It was a learning environment. Things like that don’t happen because of magic, they happen because you have the right people. Margaret is one of those people,” Williams indicated.
Leaving a legacy in the community: something her colleagues say Stewart has done.
The woman taking her place recognizes she has some big shoes to fill; but said she has Stewart’s example to emulate.
“I know it’s a legacy I won’t be able to live up to; but I’m going to do my best to keep Child Care going strong.
“I’ll do everything I can to help them be successful,” said Stewart.
Stewart emphasized having a well-developed plan was key to keeping Child Care Inc. up and running for so long. But as far as plans for retirement…
“I’ll figure it out as I go along I bet I can.”
It’s a retirement her friends and colleagues say is well deserved.
As the party came to an end, Stewart was presented with a flag that had flown over the Texas state capitol, in addition to a plaque and a donation to Child Care Inc.
The donation was made in Stewart’s name from the board of directors.