Wearing the crown of Mrs. Georgia International 2016, Jackie Boatwright-Daus, 49, continues to raise awareness about proper child-care-facility safety legislation.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Persuading legislative bodies to pass laws can be a daunting task. I was able to get child-care legislation passed in both Georgia and Virginia, which eventually led to federal legislation.
What is your favorite way to give back to your community?
After my son died as a result of injuries he sustained at a state-licensed child-care facility, I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to informing parents and working toward new guidelines for insurance. I share Juan’s Law, named in honor of my son, with other parents, telling them to ask: “Does your center carry liability insurance to cover possible injuries to the children who are entrusted in your care?”
How do you maintain some life balance?
I believe people make time for the things they really want to do in life —I’ve learned to give a little bit of my time each day to the people and projects I value.
To see the complete list of 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners check out the June digital issue.