The City-Parish President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities (DAC) held its sixth annual awards ceremony on October 17 to recognize individuals and organizations which have improved the community for all those with disabilities. The winners were:
Marilyn Martin---Distinguished Merit Award
Maria Lynette Fontenot---Outstanding Individual with a Disability
Chancey Charles—Youth of the Year
Dora Chandler---Direct Support Professional of the Year
The Marcel Family---Family of the Year
Danielle Price---Educator of the Year
Flowers Bakery---Employer of the Year
All of the local winners were nominated for the statewide Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Awards. The GOLD Awards ceremony were held in Baton Rouge Wednesday, November 6. Two Lafayette winners, Danielle Price and Dora Chandler, received the GOLD award for the state of Louisiana in their respective categories.
Educator of the Year Danielle Price, Director of the Options Program at St. Thomas More High School, was nominated locally by Sherry Moore of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. Dora Chandler, Direct Support Professional of the Year was nominated by Lynette Fontenot. She has been Mrs. Fontenot’s caregiver for the past 8 years.
"I say every year that our local awards ceremony is one of the most inspirational days of my year. I am grateful that each year I get introduced to an amazing group of people making Lafayette a better place every day by how they live and work. I am also glad that this year again, we can congratulate two statewide recipients on their awards. They will represent Lafayette in Baton Rouge well this week," said City-Parish President Joey Durel in a statement.