Board of Directors of the Amite Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that serving as the Grand Marshal of its annual Christmas parade will be Deputy Susie. The 2017 Amite City Christmas Parade, will roll on Thursday night December 7, 2017 at 6 PM. The theme of the parade this year will be "It's a Wonderful Life".
"It's a Wonderful Life" is so fitting to be the parade theme this year, because it is a favorite quote and philosophy of Grand Marshal Deputy Susie Cambre. "Deputy Susie" K. Cambre is currently the Director of Elderly Services and Community Education for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and is a news correspondent for several news sources and newspapers. When Katrina hit Louisiana, Deputy Susie was living in St. Bernard Parish, teaching at Nunez College, was semi-retired working special assignments with TPSO and was the Supervisor of Total Community Action, Neighborhood-Community Center in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina demolished her community. She and her husband, Lloyd volunteered to work in emergency operations on the Gulf Coast for several months.
Deputy Susie has received numerous accolades through the years, including being recognized as the National American Legion and Kiwanis "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year". She established "Project See and Save" for the elderly and "Red Light, Green Light" for young children. She has also created 42 other nationally award winning safety and awareness projects. She has appeared regularly on national children's shows such as Bozo, Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street and been a children's television personality on New Orleans TV for 25 years as writer, producer and on air personality, most notably as the host of the then long time running show, Popeye's and Pals. Deputy Susie has appeared on a number of nationally televised programs, including 'Good Morning America', 'ABC's Nightline' and 'The Today Show'. She has also been honored by President Reagan twice and a guest of First Lady Nancy Reagan, in addition to working with First Lady Barbara Bush on a literacy tour and entertained while teaching the fun of reading throughout the east coast.
The most amazing thing is that Deputy Susie is a deaf police officer and has been honored as "the Quota International Deaf Woman of the Year" in 1989-90 and in 2010 the State of Louisiana.
Amite Chamber President Kelly Wells stated that "Deputy Susie's selection as Grand Marshal for this year's parade was not just because of her work on the national stage, but for the things she does for Tangipahoa Parish and how it impacts our community here in Amite."
Deputy Susie was the founder and director of the Louisiana Hearing Dog Program. She continues to develop newer and more contemporary projects for her community. She has recently completed her Doctorate in Religious Counseling. Her education accomplishments also include Masters in Communications, Masters in Social Work and MBA in Training and Development.
If anyone is interested in participating in the Christmas Parade, there is still time to submit an application. Deadline for applications will be on Wednesday December 6 at 12 Noon. For additional information, please contact the Amite Chamber Office at 985-748-5537 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.