Team Member Spotlight: Maricel Border - Penn-Mar

Team Member Spotlight: Maricel Border

Posted on May 26, 2022

Each month, we’re highlighting a “behind-the-scenes” team member whose work supports our mission, but whose face you might not often see on our social media pages.

We’re excited to help you get to know our innovative team and the complex work we do.

So, tune in for our #TeamMemberSpotlight, where our team members share in their own words a bit about themselves!

Maricel smilingWhat is your job title?

I worked as Direct Support Professional for 10 years and almost 3 years as a Day Program Manager.

What’s an average day like for you?

My average day is full of anticipation of any possibilities that may occur in the field. I may have had a routine like having a scheduled meeting, but there are days that we need to prioritize the needs to address the individuals and team members. Every day is a different story to tell on how our days went through. Every day is a journey of a learning process, character-building, and memories to keep. I spend every single day connecting to people.

What’s one thing you wish people realized about your job?

I wish people realized that this is a fulfilling job. This is not an ordinary job, and this job comes with unique and special responsibilities. This job requires us to have a passionate heart to commit to helping support the individuals faithfully and hoping that people will have the heart to see the value that every individual we support is not different from them.

In another life, your career path is …

Since childhood, I have wanted to become a missionary doctor to help people and encourage them that their life is valued and essential. I want to help people worldwide because it makes my heart happy, and every time I help, I feel that I have a purpose in life.

Why is Penn-Mar’s mission important to you?

Penn- Mar’s mission goes with my personal values and belief about the value of life. I believe that each of us deserves to have a choice in how we live our lives and enjoy the best life the way we want to.

What is one thing you wish the general public knew about people with IDD?

I wish that the general public knew that people with IDD need a solid support system and acceptance. I hope that people will understand that they are the same as we are. We are all different, and no one is better than anyone else. I always believe and stand by the saying that “We are all loved and treasured by God.” I am looking forward and hope that people will give respect and extra patience in dealing with them. I am hoping that they can also see and feel the satisfaction that we experience when we are able to take part and be a blessing to them.

What’s your favorite food?

Fish and rice, but I want a whole fish, not a fillet. I can also eat anything except macaroni and cheese.

Any hidden talents or fun facts someone wouldn’t know about you?

I’m a good cook in our place and I played basketball when I was younger.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, you’d visit …

European countries, especially Paris, France to witness the Eiffel Tower and meet my college friends.

In your spare time, you’ll be found …

I love to travel, hang out, and spend time with my friends if I have spare time. When my friends and I gather, we usually cook many Filipino dishes. We just eat, laugh, reminisce about our childhood memories, and share funny experiences we had during our younger years.

A book, movie/TV show, sports team, etc. you love:

I love watching fairy tale movies, specifically Cinderella. I watched every version of Cinderella’s story. It is always in my mindset that every woman in this world is a princess and to be feted with love, care, and respect.

Something fun, interesting, or meaningful about yourself …

I used to walk around our dormitory barefoot until now I still do. I just feel comfortable about it. My friends make fun of me about it until now if we are about to recall our college days.

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