Williams recognized for work at J.P. King

Published 10:20 am Friday, October 14, 2011

Ray Williams, left, receives the John Matish Award from Tim Heiler during the 14th Annual Tidewater Youth Services Commission Annual Employee Recognition Breakfast. FRANK A. DAVIS

VIRGINIA BEACH—Ray Williams, who works with at-risk students at J.P. King Middle School, received the John Matish Award, one of the top honors given out annually by the Tidewater Youth Services Commission.

Williams, director of the Franklin Public Schools-based program, was recognized Wednesday during the commission’s 14th Annual Employee Recognition Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Norfolk-Virginia Beach.

Matish was a former executive director of the commission. This award recognizes an employee who exemplifies the commission’s operating principles and is involved in making an outstanding contribution to its mission.

The program funded by the commission is housed at J.P. King Middle School and targets 20 of the highest risk students due to delinquency and seeks to keep them from dropping out.

Tim Heiler, assistant director of community-based clinical services, presented the award to Williams. Heiler commented about Williams’ dedication and ability to motivate youth. Heiler also praised Williams’ ability to listen to students’ problems and pushing them to make “Ray’s kids” excel in academics, behavior and school attendance.

Representatives from Franklin, and Southampton and Isle of Wright counties serve on the commission board. The regional public agency helps coordinate services for juveniles.

Local representatives on the board include Pamela Barton, director of Isle of Wight Department of Social Services, who is also the chairwoman of the commission; Frank Davis, director of Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation and vice chairman; and Southampton County Board Supervisor Carl Faison.