Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Incredible Students: Julia Bourcier
As Windridge's Program Director, I am one member of an incredible team that makes Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas, Inc., all it is today. Windridge was founded in 1989 to serve children and adults who have disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship programs. Windridge combines a unique, effective form of therapy with caring staff to provide an environment that challenges everyone and cares for people physically, mentally and emotionally.
Riding a horse may encourage riders to speak or accomplish other, seemingly unrelated goals because the interference from misfiring nerves has been reduced. For example, one four-year-old boy said "Mom" to his mother for the very first time this Mother's Day. Since infancy, this child has struggled to interact with others, even his own parents. He babbled, but there had been no discernable language. The first time he had actually attempted to say "Mom" was on the back of his horse just days before. As you might imagine, calling his mother by name was a greater gift than anything money could buy.
I am also a student of LeTourneau University. I have been amazed at the servant hearts of the dedicated individuals I have met through this program. Through the course of my time in the program, I have seen both students and faculty demonstrate faith in God and a willingness to tackle difficult problems. The experienced faculty and faith based learning at LeTourneau University provide a foundation for education that is challenging and beneficial. I definitely would not have gained the thorough education I have today or the ability to apply this new knowledge without the faith, patience and dedication of the faculty.
I believe that the education I have received at LeTourneau University will provide a framework for future decisions and greater effectiveness as a Windridge employee. An organization is only as great as its people and the people are only as great as their willingness to learn. Windridge and its staff have constantly worked to provide an environment that encourages learning. The LeTourneau evening and online program made it possible for me gain an education that would otherwise have been difficult or impossible while also serving at Windridge. I am thankful for the combined opportunities of serving at a job I love and gaining the education I need to be effective.