Dianne Guillot

Daily Point of Light # 4322 Aug 31, 2010

In 2009 alone, Dianne Guillot logged in 1,800 volunteer hours. She has served on the Advisory Board of both Retired Senior Volunteer Program and on the Community Emergency Response Team since 2004 and is president of the board of Communities Acting to Benefit Louisiana's Elderly.

Diane has been a Board Member at Large of the West Monroe High School Alumni Association since its inception and she has been the Monroe Chapter President of the Retired State Employees Association since 1999. She has been very involved with the Northeast Central Louisiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and, as a 17 year breast cancer survivor, has served as a lobbyist for the cause in Washington, D.C., and is the Cure chair for local Race.

What Dianne finds most rewarding is leading cancer patients to become involed with helping others as part of the healing process. Dianne works with disadvantaged women and children with speech and hearing problems through Quota International. She is on the Senior Olympics Board of Directors and participates in the games.

Dianne helped found West Monroe Little League Baseball and founded the Challenger League for West Monroe’s disabled children. Dianne was known to push a wheelchair around the bases and even carry a child and run the bases with him so that even with braces on his legs he’d feel the thrill of getting a run.

Dianne has been a Red Cross shelter volunteer since 1991 and in 2006 was presented the RSVP Senior Corps Spirit of Service Award by the Corporation of National and Community Service for her shelter work with hurricanes Katrina and Rita. During those hurricanes, Dianne helped over 3,000 victims have food, shelter, find needed resources to help them put their lives back together. In the shelter she recruits the victims to volunteer to help each other, giving them a feeling of hope and better things to come.