Acadiana's Local Hero Finalists Have Been Chosen!
Please review the finalists below and vote for your local hero.
One deserving person or non-profit organization will be awarded $3000 from Giles Automotive for their hard work and for giving of themselves to the community.

The deserving person or organization that is selected by the community each month will be announced on KLFY TV10 at the end of each month.

Finalists were chosen from nominations submitted to Giles Nissan and TV10.
The three finalists below have been selected based on what that person has done in the community to give back to others.

Please take a moment to review our 3 finalists below and cast your vote for one of them.
We would ask you to please take your time and read every nominee's essay(s) that were submitted about the person before making your final decision.

Please Note:  Only one vote is allowed per person.
Any votes made by the same person using a different email address will not be counted.

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Hero Name: Carleen Belllard

Why this finalist deserves the title "Acadiana Hero"? 
Carleen worked through the ranks of Headstart in Ville platte she's put in countless ours working with the kids in their development, she's worked side by side with the director of the office she worked in with Mrs Bonnie Guillory learning everything that she good carleen also worked/trained under longtime executive executive director Gervis Lafleur/when he passed away she became Headstart Executive Director/picked up right where Mr Gervis left off/she's bringing great things to the program.She is a great asset to the Headstart program/also to the community of Ville Platte, la/I'M proud to say that she's also a loving mother/my beautiful wife,that me and my boys always had to share with the City of Ville Platte

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Hero Name: Debra Savoie

Why this finalist deserves the title "Acadiana Hero"? 
Debra Savoie embodies the very definition of selflessness. With a heart of gold and a spirit of giving, Debra has and continues to touch countless lives in the Acadiana area. Debra has served several years as a board member of the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, volunteers readily for people and her community, is a steadfast supporter and fund raiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and visits the children yearly. Debra's most recent and current endeavor is the co-founding and establishment of Acadiana's Hope For A Cure Society. A non-profit, volunteer organization focused on supporting and empowering women and children of the acadiana area surviving and/or fighting cancer.

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Hero Name: Jillian Defils

Why this finalist deserves the title "Acadiana Hero"? 
Ms. Jill is a special education teacher at Teche Elementary in Cecilia, La. She is responsible for the growth and knowledge of at least 8 special needs children in our area. She has over and over gone above and beyond her duties as an educator. She gets involved in each of her students personal success. These students in particular learns in their own way. She will take them on many field trips to accommodate that need. Bowling-fractions, Lake Martin-animal life, etc. This woman will take all nessassary steps to make sure ALL of her students gets the hands on experience they need to succeed. She will forever be my hero! One more thing I'd like to mention, her fiance and her donate each of her students at minimum $20 each and takes them to Walmart to get their own Christmas gift, also allowing them to manage that money and create a learning experience from it. No student is treating differently and all feel apart of a greater society!

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