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GRANTS IN ACTION: Perique tobacco display

Cedric Sims and Pat Dupuy

Cedric Sims is someone residents can always depend upon to assist them at the West Bank Solid Waste Collection Site in Vacherie. Cedric is a landfill custodian with more than 18 years of service working for parish government.

Members of the parish government administration and staff had this to say about Cedric.

Parish President Timmy Roussel is impressed by Cedric’s willingness to help others and his positive attitude. “The Cedric Sims I know has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to help and assist others. He has always exemplified an excellent work ethic,” Timmy said. “And, there is one other thing, I cannot remember a time when he did not carry a smile on his face, even when people were doing him wrong.”

As director of the Department of Operations, Blaise Gravois has seen first hand the commitment Cedric has to his job. “Cedric is a hardworking employee who’s dedicated to doing a good job,” Blaise said. “He has a super attitude and he’s always willing to help the residents of the parish.”

After working with Cedric for several years his supervisor, Terrence Jasmin, said that he can always depend on Cedric to do a good job.

“Cedric is a good worker,” Terrence said. “He’s very reliable. I know that I can count on him to get the job done.”

Pat Dupuy serves as the Tourism Information Officer at the Welcome and Tourist Information Center in Gramercy. Last year, the Louisiana Legislature recognized St. James Parish as the “Perique Tobacco Capital of the World.”

The recognition created an increased interest from tourists in learning more about Perique tobacco. Soon thereafter, Pat began to think of ways to incorporate information about Perique tobacco at the tourist center.

She worked with Alvin Guidry of Paulina to create a custom Perique tobacco display for the tourist center. The display features a framed

Perique tobacco leaf along with the history and resolution passed by the legislature. The display was funded through a $500 grant Pat received from the River Region Arts and Humanities Council. By taking the initiative to submit a grant proposal, Pat enhanced the experience tourists have when visiting our community.

– From the St. James Parish Employee Newsletter, April 2017

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