LOCAL PROGRAM NEWS

Ola Magee, a YSB CASA Volunteer for the Franklinton court, recently received the prestigious Dick Knight Award from the Northshore Community Foundation. The annual $5,000 award recognizes an individual for commitment and service to the charitable, nonprofit sector in St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes region.

Ola was honored for her work with the Regina Coeli Child Development Center (RCCDC). Ola began there as a Head Start volunteer in 1971, earned her education degree at night while raising a family and eventually worked her way up to the position of RCCDC Program Director. Along the way, Ola helped open 19 Head Start centers and trained countless other teachers across the state.
 
“Her dedication and philanthropic heart are the embodiment of the spirit” of the Dick Knight Award, said Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, President and CEO of the Northshore Community Foundation.
 
YSB has long appreciated that loving heart. Ola began serving as a CASA volunteer in 2004 and was named one of that year’s outstanding child advocates. She has since been assigned to several cases – including one lasting nine years. Quietly going about her business, Ola is mindful in reaching out to her CASA children and advocating for their successful futures.
 
Congratulations, Ola, on this huge recognition!
 

Written by: Youth Service Bureau, 985.893.2570

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