SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - On November 28th, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will present Mattie Wilson with the Patsy Barrett Memorial Award. A service award for her countless works of activism and volunteerism.
A car accident made Wilson paralyzed and since then she’s become one of the leading advocates for people with disabilities. She’s on numerous non-profit boards and advocates for the Special Olympics.
“I wanted to become more involved in the Special Olympics through my son,” Wilson says. “We have traveled the country participating in events and winning medals.”
Wilson was nominated for the award by Janet Parker who is apart of The Arc of Caddo-Bossier. The organization has helped people with disabilities for 60 years.