Arc of Iberville recognized during awards ceremony

Logan Ridenour
Plaquemine Post South

Three members of the Arc Iberville were recognized during the annual Arc of Louisiana award ceremony, January 10. They were recognized for their work and contributions during 2019.

Among the award winners was Candy Verrett. She received the Nick Berggreen Family Award for the second time.

"Candy has dedicated her life with supporting her family members," said Linda Wilson, the Executive Director of The Arc Iberville in her nomination. For years Verrett provided care for her three sisters-in-law and continues to assist her last living sister-in-law.

"I'm grateful, I'm honored. There was really no doubt when my mother-in-law passed that I was going to do my best," said Verrett.

The Educator of the Year Award went to Madonna Blanchard, a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc Iberville since early 2019.

"She also has a strong desire to serve her community and is a part of ensuring that all program participants of The Arc Iberville have an abundance of opportunities to grow, learn, and become successful, independent members of the community," said Wilson in her nomination.

Blanchard's experience in education goes back 25 years. Ten of those years were spent in special education, with nine years as a special education teacher and one year as an Iberville Parish Special Education Instruction Facilitator and Advocate.

"I'm very proud because I know that all of my advocating and hard work that I've done for the kids with disabilities in the parish truly means something, and I'm appreciative," said Blanchard.

Each chapter of the Arc of Louisiana nominated a Direct Support Person (DSP) of the Year. The Arc of Iberville's DSP of the Year was Latisha Georgetown.

"When she's not working supporting individuals in the supported living program, you can find her volunteering almost daily during the week," said Wilson in her nomination.

Georgetown has been at the Arc Iberville for nearly two years.

"This award here has nothing to do with me. Those participants are something special, unique. And I thank God for them every day that he wakes me up to be able to walk through that door," Georgetown said.