Breaux Bridge's Norma Theriot honored for mental health service

NEW ORLEANS – Norma Theriot of Breaux Bridge was recently named a winner of the prestigious Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Career Service Award for civil servants.

Theriot is social services counselor in Outpatient Services at the Dr. Joseph Tyler Jr. Mental Health Care Center in Lafayette.

She was one of a dozen honorees – and the only one from Acadiana – to receive the 50th annual Dunbar Award presented by the Louisiana Civil Service League.

The award is named for the founder of the league and co-author of the original Civil Service Law in Louisiana.

It is presented to employees in a classified merit system who have distinguished themselves by service over and beyond the call of duty.

Theriot, wife of former Breaux Bridge Fire Chief Lionel “Terry” Theriot, began her state service in 1978 with A.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe.

“Her clinical judgement and care for others is evident in the execution of her daily duties, as well as in extra activities, where she willing assists clients and coworkers, and helps the system in general,” the judges wrote.

“She is a sterling example of the dedicated civil servant who is always at the forefront and is willing to give an extra effort that reminds everyone of why they entered public service, and more specifically, the mental health profession.”

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