Justin Rowley, received recognition for the honor of Champion of Character for Positivity in a “Drive-by Presentation,” on Thursday, February 4th. Social distancing and donning a mask, Character Council of Edmond President Jim Hulsey and board member Gloria Baumann presented the certificate at Rowley’s home in Edmond.
Rowley is the clinical manager of Respiratory Therapy at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. He’s also an inventor and anticipates the release of one of his devices soon.
The past ten months stretched Rowley’s faith and positive outlook with the demands that SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, has placed on him and the other 30 respiratory therapists that he manages. All of whom he described as “the best in the state.” They face life-threatening situations every day.
Janet Daugherty, who nominated her boss for the award, said Rowley goes the extra mile to ensure the safety of his staff and patients. Daugherty said, “This generosity of spirit and his innate ability to handle situations with honesty, kindness and compassion, promotes positivity—not only in the Respiratory Therapy department, but in the hospital as a whole.”
Rowley said, “I have seen over and over again during difficult and stressful situations, how simply being positive and acknowledging people’s hard work can lift every one up to navigate the storm with grace and class.”
Rowley believes everyone should seek to form an optimistic outlook. He said, “There is no situation or scenario where you are trying to achieve a positive outcome, where interjecting negativity into the situation is going to improve that outcome.”
He also acknowledges some people possess a God-given, natural bent toward a cheerful attitude. He gives as an example, his own parents, Jeff and Debbie Rowley, who modeled positivity to him as he grew up.
Rowley said, “[They] instilled in me from a young age to work hard, and stay positive no matter what.” Their example prepared him early for his career as a respiratory therapist.
His trust and faith in God help Rowley to stay positive and grateful for the opportunities his job provides. He finds encouragement in the hard times from his life verse, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Rowley said, “The opportunity and trust I have been afforded to spread his light and message of hope and positivity to those around me is not something I take lightly and is the basis for all I do.”
For the past two years, Rowley has been working on three different devices designed to make medical treatment safer and help improve health to people worldwide.
Daugherty said, “The inventions that he has developed could potentially help many people with respiratory illnesses, thus giving their families precious time with their loved ones.”
One thing that Rowley discovered about his positivity was that, when you give it away, it comes back. He said, “I have seen the love and hope we can provide to each other by being positive and empathetic, and taking the time to understand people’s fears and needs. I believe positivity and a strong faith in God are all you need to have a full cup within your own heart, so that you may be blessed by pouring that love into others.”
Rowley met his wife, Jordan, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital, where they both still work. They bought their home in Edmond four years ago, where they live with their three children, an 8-year-old daughter Camdyn, 5-year-old son Mason, and an eight-month-old son, Brooks.
On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Justin Rowley was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of positivity, “maintaining a good attitude even when faced with unpleasant conditions.”
Pictured: Janet Daugherty, Justin Rowley, Gloria Baumann
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Champions of Character
PO Box 392
Edmond, OK 73083-0392.
Champions of Character Honorees
2010 to Present