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Debbie Norling Honored with Excellence Award

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Debbie Norling
Above: Debbie Norling, winner of the 2006 Women of Excellence Award in the Public Service Category.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) employee Deborah Norling was chosen to receive the 2006 Women of Excellence Award in the Public Service category given by the Lafayette (Louisiana) Commission on the Needs of Women. Debbie was selected for the honor because of her accomplishments in the community, excellence in performance, leadership through motivating others, and role in opening doors for other women in the community.

Debbie, who serves as secretary for both the Wetlands Ecology and Forest Ecology Branches at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) in Lafayette, is a catalyst for volunteer service among her coworkers. She has coordinated regular blood drives, the Salvation Army-sponsored Angel Tree (holiday gifts for needy children), contributions to the UNICEF Tsunami Relief Fund, and Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Debbie worked at a local evacuee shelter, sorted clothes, assisted with paperwork, provided childcare, gathered donations for the evacuees, organized supplies for those conducting search and rescue in New Orleans, and scheduled NWRC staff members for work shifts at a temporary shelter in the Cajundome.

Beyond the local level, Debbie serves on the USGS Central Region Special Emphasis Program Advisory Committee and is the Central Region's liaison for the Federal Women's Program. For Women's History Month in March 2006, Debbie developed a program for the local Federal community around the theme "Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams." She coordinated a talk to the group by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and invited women mayors and writers from several surrounding communities.

Debbie received her award at the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon held September 29 in Lafayette. These words that Debbie has posted by her desk at NWRC are a testament to her long-standing commitment to service:

To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons. . . to give of one's self. . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded. (Bessie A. Stanley, Heart Throbs, 1911)

She lives these words every day.

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