Arber: Not long ago, I had the pleasure of sharing an interview with Wilma, an amazing woman who has dedicated 27 years of her life to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at Kitsap Community Resources (KCR). Throughout her tenure, Wilma has witnessed the evolution of WIC from the transition from paperwork to technology, all while positively impacting the lives of WIC clients. Read more below as we delve into her remarkable journey and discover the transformative power of healthy eating! 

Could you tell us a bit about your role at WIC and your experience working with Kitsap Community Resources, Wilma? 

Wilma: I have found my role at WIC to be incredibly fulfilling throughout the past 27 years. As a registered dietitian, I have had the privilege of providing valuable nutrition guidance and support to women, infants, and children in Kitsap County. Over this time, I have gained extensive experience in various capacities, including serving as a Site Supervisor, WIC certifier, and lactation educator within WIC Kitsap Community Resources.

Currently, my focus lies in assisting as a WIC Certifier and lactation educator, which allows me the opportunity to provide essential assistance to new mothers, a role I find particularly enjoyable. Working with Kitsap Community Resources has been a remarkable experience. Throughout the years, I have witnessed the organization’s commitment to our community’s well-being and seen firsthand how WIC has adapted to better serve our clients. 

Arber: You mentioned the transition from paperwork to technology. How has this shift impacted your work and the experience of WIC clients? 

Wilma: The transition from paperwork to technology has brought about significant changes in how we operate at WIC. It has revolutionized our processes, making them more efficient and enabling us to serve our clients better. With digital records, we can access crucial information instantly, ensuring better continuity of care. Moreover, technology has empowered our clients by providing them with user-friendly tools and resources to make informed choices about their health. It has truly enhanced the WIC experience for both our staff and clients. 

Arber It sounds like a remarkable improvement. Can you share a specific moment or client that has inspired you during your time at WIC? 

Wilma: There have been numerous inspiring moments throughout my career at WIC. I had the privilege of working with clients who were determined to make positive changes in their families eating habits. They embraced the healthy food options provided by WIC and incorporated nutritious meals into their daily routine.

Witnessing the transformation in these families health and seeing the genuine happiness on their faces has been incredibly gratifying.  

Arber: It must be incredibly rewarding to witness such positive transformations. As someone with extensive experience, how do you contribute to the development of new WIC staff and the overall community? 

Wilma: Mentoring and supporting new WIC staff members are among the most fulfilling aspects of my role. I share my knowledge, experiences, and practical insights with them, helping them navigate the challenges they may encounter. By ensuring that new staff members are equipped with the right tools and information, we can collectively make a lasting difference in the lives of our clients. Additionally, I actively engage with the community, spreading awareness about WIC’s services and advocating for healthy eating habits.

Together, we strive to make Kitsap County a healthier and happier place for everyone. 

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