Parcell honored with inaugural Ladouceur Award
Sitie Parcell of Ogdensburg was the recipient of the inaugural Wayne N. Ladouceur Award. On hand to commemorate the occasion were each of Wayne’s children and his wife, Cheryl. From left are Jason Ladouceur, United Helpers CEO Stephen Knight, Mrs. Parcell, Mrs. Ladouceur, Cristen Ladouceur Haladay and Bob Ladouceur.OGDENSBURG – Sitie Parcell of Ogdensburg, a longtime certified nursing assistant at United Helpers RiverLedge Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, demonstrated at her award ceremony the empathy, ability to see beyond herself, and generosity that were hallmarks of her selection as the first recipient of the Wayne N. Ladouceur Award.
Parcell announced at the ceremony that she would be donating her $1,000 cash award to two of her favorite charitable organizations, the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA and Spay, Neuter Now.
“The strongest qualities that Sitie exhibits are her care and thoughtfulness with our residents,” wrote RiverLedge Activities Director Larry Worden in his nomination. “Having worked with her for the past several years, I have been able to witness, first-hand, the care, love and thoughtfulness she puts forth.”
In his nomination, Dr. Pakkam Rajasekaran wrote, “Sitie is always focused on the needs of others, particularly her patients. She takes her job very seriously and as an opportunity to serve others.”
In addition to outstanding care for the residents of United Helpers, Joanna Saunders also mentioned in her nomination Mrs. Parcell’s love of homeless animals in her nomination.
“Most people have garage sales and keep the money for themselves, but she raised over $500 and donated it all (to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA), along with some extra needed supplies that she purchased with her own money,” Saunders wrote.
The Wayne N. Ladouceur Award was created in his memory as a longtime United Helpers volunteer, board member and former board president. The award is funded through an endowment created by his wife, Cheryl C. Ladouceur, and more than 80 other friends and family members.
Nominating guidelines for the award indicate that “The award recipient must embody and demonstrate the qualities that Wayne himself exhibited and shared with UH residents and clients.” Those five qualities are the ability to see beyond his or her own needs, the feeling and expressing of empathy, a strong personal drive to deliver the utmost in care, giving generously of themselves to others and exuding a love for life.