Influencing others through adventure
By ELISA NAVARRO, Student Writer
Norm Baird (1974) has worked with the Probation Department for 41 years, and has been an assistant director and probation special investigator since 2010. He loves his life-long career and is passionate about helping others along the way.
For six years, Baird has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and has impacted the lives of six young boys. Not a lot of advocates are males, and having the opportunity to be a motivator for boys who don’t have a father figure is something Baird is very thankful for.
“For me to have an impact on them is the most I can ask for, and it’s a mind blower to hear someone say you are the closest to a father to them, and that adds to that motivation to help them,” Baird said.
Baird enjoys working with boys between the ages of 14 and 18, because of his career background, and loves knowing he can help lead them in the right direction.
“Working with juveniles gave me a chance to work with kids, and now as an advocate I hope to inspire them and to be a positive influence giving them a vision for the future. That is one of the things that very few foster kids really have — a well-defined vision of what they want to be or what they can do in life. And hopefully I have been able to reflect that to kids.”
“I want to be spending my life doing something that is going to make the world a better place, and I think my career has been doing just that. I think CASA is a great way to also make the world a better place, one kid at a time.”
In addition to using his life to help others, Baird is also passionate about living life adventurously. He is extremely involved with his church, and has taken his youth group to Mexico on about 15 different mission trips. Baird has also taken kids to Half Dome in Yosemite for the last 30 years.
“I continue trying to get groups together to do stuff like that because life should be an adventure.”