Haywood resident pursues opportunities, receives Community Action award

Nov 10, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo David Watson receives a wooden plaque and clock from Susan Anderson, director of Haywood Public Transit/Mountain Projects, Inc.

Haywood County resident David G. Watson recently received the Lonnie D. Burton Achievement Award for his successful level of self-sufficiency and independence.

Community Action agencies from all over the southeast, such as Mountain Projects, Inc., were encouraged to submit nominations of those who have proven to themselves and others it is possible to recover from disaster to attain self-sufficiency. Watson was recognized as an individual who had pursued opportunities to improve daily life for himself and his son and find employment by building a business with years of hands-on experience.

Watson's success was partially gained from being patient and listening to the guidance of experienced community leaders and support staff who could direct him in the right way. He deserves credit for doing the rest on his own. He took one day at a time and never turned down an opportunity to take a step forward. He claims some days were difficult, but with the help of new acquaintances and referrals, he now has a viable business known as Painting by David and has done enough local work to have a positive work history with quality references. His years of experience with interior and exterior painting as well as floor refinishing have served him well.

Watson now participates in Circles, a program at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville that helps him plan for the future. He hopes the program will be beneficial to him and others.

Watson finds joy in calling Haywood County home. For those who need a painter, contact him at 734-2289.