Norma Garcia is pictured with Joseph Brister, IWSD Board Chairman. (Submitted photo)
By Eva Deyo Special to the Immokalee Bulletin The Immokalee Water & Sewer District held the annual meeting at the I-Tech College, 508 N. 9th St., Immokalee, at 6:30 p.m. on November 15. During the meeting, the Board of Commissioners held Election of Officers, and also recognized the 2017 Employee of the Year. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the Immokalee Water & Sewer District - 2017 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Mrs. Norma Garcia. Mrs. Garcia earned the employee of the year because of her hard work and educational achievements all year and we are very proud to have her as the 2017 Employee of the Year. Norma Garcia was hired in July 2004 to work in our Administration Department, as a Clerk/Secretary. She currently holds the title of Human Resource Specialist. In that position, she maintains personnel files, processes District payroll and prepares reports. She handles insurance paperwork, and coordinates employee drug tests. She prepares accounts payable checks and tax payments. She organizes and assists with various special events, programs and meetings. She makes preparations for and attends Board meetings, prepares agendas and board packets. She prepares and disseminates required meeting advertisements, takes, transcribes and distributes meeting minutes and maintains commissioner files. During the 2017 Fiscal Year, Mrs. Garcia received her Masters Certification in “Human Resource Management” through Villanova University. She attended a Florida Professional Human Resource Association conference. She attended multiple webinars. She received points for attending the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce Meetings, and MSTU Meetings. She also attended Annual Leadership at Highlands Elementary and a Blue Zone Meeting. She was recertified in CPR and First Aid. Over the last year Norma Garcia has been very busy dealing with all of the extra paperwork associated with tremendous records requests. Norma is a dedicated employee who is very passionate about her job. She makes sure that payroll is always completed no matter what. She has even been known to come to work while she is sick, or on vacation. She is also very involved in the community, serving on various boards. With all that she has been doing at work over the last year, as her direct supervisor, I am not sure how she found time to do anything at home. Norma won the Employee of the Year by achieving the highest number of Employee of the Month points during the year; 295.88 points from October 2016 through September 2017. In addition to her educational achievements, she also received points for not using vacation or sick time, and for being on time. During the last year Mrs. Garcia received the Employee of the Month Award for November 2016, May and July 2017. In recognition of her outstanding achievements in being named 2017 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, Mrs. Norma Garcia will receive 16 hours off with pay, an Immokalee Water & Sewer District shirt, a check for $100 and this award from the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, along with our congratulations and heartfelt appreciation for a job well done.