Ms. 2018 Newsletter

Dear Southwest Family,

My name is Heather Marie Walter Ms. Southwest Michigan 2018.  I am 32 years old and reside in the beautiful community of Niles Michigan. I graduated in 2004, from John F. Kennedy in Taylor Michigan.  In 2005, I moved to Niles and have lived there since.  I am the Transportation Manager at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo.  My parents are Daniel Lee Walter and Patricia Lynn Walter.  I have two wonderful children that always keep me on my toes. Kaitlynne is 13 and is a Freshman at Niles High School.  She is on the Junior Varsity cheer squad and has done competitive cheer since she was four years old.  Zach is ten years old and is in sixth grade at Ring Larder Middle School in Niles.  He plays soccer and loves to tinker around building various things.

Throughout my year I will be promoting my platform of, Mental Health-Suicide Awareness. I have chosen this as my platform because it is something that has affected me on a personal level. Over the last 2 years my daughter became very depressed, I thought I was doing everything right to help her. This was until October 2017, when she attempted to commit suicide. That’s when I realized I was lost and had no idea what to do or the next step to get her the help she needed.  The last 8 months have been a huge learning process for me and my family. I plan on reaching out to everyone in our community to share my story and bring awareness to this issue that is too often not spoken about.

Thank you,

Heather Walter
Ms. Southwest Michigan 2018