Photo with caption: Meg Johnson (center left) greets student and friend Darlene Hilling (center right) at Meg’s retirement celebration in Seattle
The Lighthouse congratulates Meg Johnson on her years of dedicated service and tenure to our employees.
After 36 years in the workforce, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instructor, Meg Johnson is hanging up those walking shoes to do some gardening, house repairs, and to get back into her art and traveling.
As a young girl, Meg wanted to be a scientist. She started college majoring in biology but ended up with a Bachelor’s degree in art, and worked in an art gallery for a couple of years after graduation.
It wasn’t long though that Meg knew her heart wasn’t in showing art, but rather, serving others. She worked at The Little Red Schoolhouse for twelve years working with special needs children and then as an Intervener with DeafBlind children for ten years. When an opportunity came up for her to go back to school she jumped at the opportunity and received her certification in Orientation and Mobility.
Meg came to The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. ten years ago to work as an O&M Instructor for Seattle employees. She not only provided training in safe travel to and from work, in many home communities, and wherever else an employee may need to become acclimated, but Meg will continue to be a true champion for the rights of those who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.
Her greatest reward are the individuals with whom she worked. Meg recalled, “It’s always rewarding when someone gains independence.
Beloved by all those she worked with, Meg’s retirement on May 5th, 2017 was bittersweet. Employees will sincerely miss her and the professionalism and passion she brought to her job each and every day. The good news though is that she promises to be back in the near future as a volunteer, and we know her advocacy in the community will continue for many years to come. Thank you Meg for your dedication to the Lighthouse’s mission!