Sharing knowledge with others
Walston is eager to share her knowledge with others, and she’s done so through publications and conference presentations. She co-authored articles published in the November 2021 International Association of Chiefs of Police Journal and Exploring Perspectives – ECU Health Medical Center Journal, both addressing the evolution of Greenville’s Traffic Safety Taskforce.
She is also a veteran conference presenter.
“My husband says I go on my rock star tour,” she laughed when talking about her annual conference schedule.
This summer, she presented in Concord and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and she’s slated to present in Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Denver, Colorado. The Washington, D.C. conference, the Safe Kids Worldwide Conference, is especially significant.
“That’s an international conference and I’m giving three presentations. It’s a big deal to break into that conference,” Walston said.
Walston said she loves to share knowledge to help others.
“It brings me great joy to bring positive attention to our hospital and community,” she said. “I want this work to be replicated everywhere, because we all have a mission to keep people safe.”
She also said what she learns at these conferences, she then applies to her work in here in eastern North Carolina.
“When I see something that works, I’m going to do whatever it takes to bring it to the community,” Walston said.
In addition to her passion for safety, Walston said implementing safety changes is a part of her legacy.
“There are mounted speed boards around school campuses in Greenville, for example,” Walston said. When I drive by one of those, I think I can’t wait to tell my grandchildren that I was instrumental in getting those put in place.”
Ultimately, Walston’s goal is to make Greenville, the surrounding communities and the state safer.
“It hurts my heart when there are preventable injuries, and I don’t want that for families,” she said. “I’ve been touched by severe injuries and deaths and I am always looking for ways to reduce risks.”