President Chaisson recognized Mrs. Nonette Davis with the April "Employee of the Month" award at Tuesday's Council meeting. He said, "The Office of Community Action and LPG is proud to have Nonette Davis as a part of our team." Nonette is calm, compassionate, knowledgeable, and a is a team player. Nonette sets the bar high for professionalism in the workplace. We have many community members that come into the office just to visit Nonette because of her gentle kindness to others. Nonette is always the first person to arrive at the office and often, the last one to leave. Nonette has a balanced and beautiful soul.
President Chaisson presented the March "Employee of the Month" Award to Rachele Wheater, Council Minute Clerk.
Rachele came on board as a temp and thru her transition to a permanent position as Council Minute Clerk she hit the ground running and has never stopped. Her work is exemplary and no job is ever too big or too small for her to undertake. Her work ethic and dedication to her job as well as her attention to details and deadlines are qualities essential to the Council Clerk's Office. Rachele truly does possess those qualities inherent in the true meaning of the words "team player" and we are fortunate to have her as part of our team and for that we say thank you and job well done.
In the Department of Public Works, there has always been one person known for going above and beyond the call of duty. Mrs. Marie has always been and continues to be one of the critical pieces of DPW. She has stood as a constant in an ever-changing environment and has helped employees develop the skill sets they need to better DPW and provide our residents with quality service. These commitments have earned Marie a great deal of respect from everyone in parish government as well as residents throughout the parish. All DPW staff and surrounding departments highly regard her work ethic and knowledge of DPW workings. Mrs. Marie is most well-known for keeping all DPW employees informed, on task and in line. If you were to look up diligent in the dictionary, you would be sure to find Marie's name. Thank you for all you do for us and our parish!
Congratulations to the December "Employee of the Month", Mrs. Tekelia White. Tekelia works with our wonderful team and is admired for her outstanding work ethic, character, and communication ability. She demonstrates a good attitude and a willingness to assist anyone without being asked to do so. Her commitment to serving the children and families of Lafourche Parish never goes unnoticed. We appreciate you, Tekelia!
Randy Robichaux was awarded the November 2021 Employee of the Month. Randy is a pleasure to work with. No task is too big or small for Randy, and he tackles each project with a great attitude. Randy is always willing to help anyone that may need an extra hand, no questions asked. He’s the definition of a team member. He finds joy in his job and you can expect to see a smile on his face when you see him around.
Congratulations to the October Employee of the Month, Mrs. Devoni Danos. President Chaisson said, "Devoni has been instrumental in working during and after Hurricane Ida. Even when running the front office and simultaneously helping people get permits for power, she kept a positive attitude the entire time." Devoni is a team player and shows what public service is all about. Great job Devoni!
President Chaisson awarded Hannah Achee the September Employee of the Month Award. Hannah went above and beyond serving residents following Hurricane Ida. Even while dealing with disgruntled members of the public and her own personal damage, she never lost her smile and remained compassionate and helpful to residents to ensure they received needed information.
President Chaisson congratulated the July Employee of the Month, Mrs. Rosela "Rosie" as we like to call her, at the Tuesday Council meeting. Rosie has been with the parish a short time, but has made a huge impact. She is self-motivated and goes above and beyond her job duties. She is always smiling and lending a helping hand wherever she can. She has made many friends all around the parish. The Building and Maintenance team are so proud!
Congratulations to the June "Employees of the Month" and "Wonderful Outstanding Worker" recipients. President Chaisson awarded Robert Thibodaux, Donavon Terrebonne, and Kelvin Cooper with the June EOM Award for providing first aid to a fellow employee. Without hesitation, when one of their peers was in need of help, they were right there by his side until medics arrived.
President Archie Chaisson awarded Mr. Eric Triggs as the "May Employee of the Month." He recently assisted the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office during the response efforts following the Seacor Power tragedy. He was available on an as-needed basis and made sure all necessities were met. Eric is a valuable team member and we appreciate his hard work and dedication. Congratulations Eric!
Hilary is the type of person that doesn’t like the spotlight and just keeps her head down and puts in the work necessary. Running an Animal Shelter is hard work and definitely tough mentally and physically. Each day presents a new challenge, but Hilary sees them instead as new opportunities. She took 2020, the year of the pandemic and seven named storms and used it as a learning tool. She formed new partnerships with surrounding parishes and even out of state agencies during this difficult time. From 2019 to 2020 she was able to take the euthanasia rate down dramatically to only 9% and is not stopping there. She continues to promote the low costs pay/neuter program, adoptions, and the virtual pet pantry program. Hilary believes in her team and the great work they are doing. She is a servant leader and would never ask anyone to do something she was not willing to do. It has been said, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Thank you, Hilary, for being a great leader.
Gretchen is always ready and willing to go the extra mile and help out when and as needed with a smile on her face. Thanks Gretchen for all your hard work and dedication!!
President Chaisson presented both David Reed and Henry Babin the "March Employee of the Month" award. Recently, a letter was received detailing the kindness and professionalism of both men as they assisted an elderly, disabled resident. They helped with the pickup and removal of tree branches either blocking drains and/or ditches. The resident stated “I want to commend these two men for the kindness extended to me. They could have just drove away. But they did not. They explained and was caring, kind and courteous. That is rare today." Congratulations David and Henry!
Congratulations to Ms. Cheryl Boudreaux for being recognized as the February 2021 EOM - Employee of the Month!
President Chaisson described Ms. Cheryl as a great asset to the building and maintenance department. She does a great job at assisting with the day-to-day operations, displays a pleasant attitude, and is always willing to help. She never hesitates to step up in the absence of a team member and has been supportive during times of transition. Great job Cheryl!
Congratulations to Sonya Ockman for being recognized as the January 2021 EOM - Employee of the Month!
President Chaisson described Sonya's work as being very thorough, sparing no detail. He said that she's well-liked by her peers and is willing to go the extra mile when necessary. Finance Director, Renita Jackson, also praised Sonya saying that, "She is a tremendous asset to the Finance Department and has made my transition as Finance Director less challenging. She stepped into the role as Accounting Manager and hit the ground running. I'm so appreciative of her dedication."
Way to go Sonya!
Congratulations to Heather Benoit for being recognized as the December Employee of the Month! Heather Benoit, M.Ed, is the Director of the Wallace Center’s “Beyond the Bell” program which offers the youth of the Alidore Community with an after-school enrichment program. The youth members, volunteers, and community adore Heather and are so blessed to receive the fruits of her labor. Her passion shines through her service like no other.
Parish Administrator Mitch Orgeron recognized Linda Gros at Tuesday’s Council Meeting as the November “Employee of the Month”. Linda always goes above and beyond to help citizens of Lafourche. Citizens always comment on how helpful and kind she is to everyone. She does whatever is needed. Congratulations Linda!
Parish President Archie Chaisson recognized Mrs. Kathy Grabert at Tuesday's Council Meeting as the October "Employee of the Month". Kathy has taken on many duties and often offers up solutions. She has a witty personality and is always willing to go the extra mile. You don't find these qualities often and when you do, they truly need to be recognized. Congratulations Kathy!!!
Congratulations to Mr. Wayne Bruce, Galliano Field Office Supervisor, for being recognized as the September “Employee of the Month”!
President Archie Chaisson described Mr. Wayne as an excellent employee that always lends a helping hand, takes pride in his work, and can always be found in a great mood. We are lucky to have Mr. Wayne as part of our team!