As a parent and a community volunteer, Melissa Williamson is passionate about preparing the next generation to have a servant’s heart for helping others. It is the very reason that, as president-elect for Parent Services Center, Inc., she supports their mission to improve the quality of life for families through programs designed to develop or improve parenting skills, interpersonal relationships, and family life.
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, Parent Services Center, Inc. will hold their annual conference from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler. This year’s program, entitled The Bully, The Bullied, and The Bystander, is intended to teach parents, teachers, foster parents, grandparents, therapists, and childcare providers how to equip children with the tools needed to stand up for their own rights while respecting the rights and needs of others. Presented by noted author and speaker, Barbara Coloroso, the conference will demonstrate how to handle conflicts nonviolently, and how to act with integrity when confronted with difficult situations.
“The topic of bullying is extremely relative in today’s schools, and every person who loves a child will benefit from the conference,” Ms. Williamson said.
Outside of her service to Parent Services Center, Inc., Ms. Williamson is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 21, and has taught morning and evening Sunday school as well as Awana classes at Green Acres Baptist Church. She and her children are active with the East Texas Food Bank and local soup kitchens.
“Until just this year, my volunteer activities related to my children as I provided support at their schools when needed,” Ms. Williamson said. “I believe every parent should be volunteering in something relating to their kids.”
Born in Plano, Texas, Ms. Williamson has lived in Tyler for 35 years. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned both her bachelor and master of business degrees from The University of Texas at Tyler. Ms. Williamson is the mother of Sam, 15, and Sydney, 9.
“I love Tyler and the opportunities to serve this community through work with local not-for-profit organizations. It’s amazing how many people are willing to give of their time or resources to support local causes that benefit the city as a whole. It’s a joy to give back to the community that allows us to take care of them,” Ms. Williamson said.
For more information about Parent Services Center, Inc. or their annual conference, please call 903-595-2235.