By: M.C. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief.
Haines City - When Lorraine, the youngest of her four siblings, was ten-years-old, she experienced one of the most life-changing events a child could ever experience in his/her short life... she saved the life of her cousin from a near-drowning situation. After that experience, Lorraine realized that if she could save one life, she could also save hundreds. Her take-charge personality and the passion and love for helping led her down the path she chose for her life, and after 31 years with PCSB and 22 years with the Boys and Girls Club, Lorraine says that helping others is her story and all she knows.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Lorraine, and this is what she shared with us:
NEPG: What's your position, and how long have you been in that position?
Lorraine: I have been a Unit Director at the North Ridge Boys and Girls Club for 15 yrs.
NEPG: What are your main responsibilities?
Lorraine: I'm responsible for staffing, payroll, overall safety and well being of the kids, and the upkeep of our building.
NEPG: How do you manage the different personalities among the children to make an impact not only in their "professional" lives but also in their personal lives?
Lorraine: I manage different personalities with a lot of interaction and asking questions. Also, by offering any help and available resources.
NEPG: Tell me a little bit about your family and how you manage your professional and personal lives without allowing one to affect the other.
Lorraine: It's easy because it's just my husband of 25 yrs. He is very supportive of all I do. My kids and grandkids are adults, but they have always been team mom and the Club.
NEPG: What message would you like to pass to the children that you serve?
Lorraine: To never give up on your dreams because one day they will become a reality.