LABELLE -- In honor of Women's History Month, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) recognized Margarita “Margie'” Nelson, “whose dedication towards bettering Southern Florida and giving back to her community has had a significant impact on Florida's 25th Congressional district.”
On the morning of Tuesday, March 30, family, friends, Mayor David Lyons, several Hendry County sheriff’s deputies, members of the school board, and other elected officials, gathered with congressman, in the LaBelle Middle School library to surprise Nelson with the announcement.
With tears in her eyes, Nelson received a plaque with a copy of the congressional record mounted on it. With a shaky voice, she thanked the congressman, and all of her family, coworkers, and her students for their support.
The proclamation read, “Born in East Chicago, Indiana in 1958, Margie moved to Naples, Florida in the 1970s. It is here where she met her husband, Kevin, and together they have three children, Teresa, Sheri, and Billy. Margie began her long career with the Collier County Sheriff's office in 1970, where she worked for the Department of Investigations. While working and raising her family, Margie received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hodges University. She continued her career with the Collier Sheriff's office until her retirement in 2014,”
It went on, “Unable to stay away from serving her community, Margie returned to school, and received her teaching certificate. Then, in 2016, she rejoined the workforce as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher for the Hendry County public school system.
"Presently, Margie is the guidance counselor at LaBelle Middle School, where she uses her wisdom and experience to assist and support her students. Her commitment towards helping her students cannot be matched, and, if Margie wasn't busy enough, she is currently in the process of receiving her master's degree for school guidance counseling,” Diaz-Balart’s proclamation stated.
“Her passion for serving others is not limited to working with students, she is also an active volunteer in several organizations within her community. She is an integral member of a sewing group at the First Baptist Church of LaBelle, where she creates activity bags for her local children's hospital and participates in projects to help an orphanage in Guatemala. Additionally, she volunteers to acquire and assemble boxes for Operation Christmas Child, which provides gifts to needy children worldwide during Christmastime,” the proclamation went on. “As a lifelong public servant, Margie's commitment to giving back knows no bounds, and it is truly a privilege to know and work with her. Her determination to help others has never wavered, and I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing this outstanding individual,” Diaz-Balart’s proclamation stated.