ADA — At a recent employee service awards ceremony, the Chickasaw Nation announced its 2005 Customer Service Employee of the Year as Louise Shields.

Shields serves as the administrative assistant in the Ada area office for the division of program operations. She has been employed by the Chickasaw Nation for 25 years starting as a JOM coordinator in the education division before transferring to her current position in 2001.

“It is such an honor to present this award each year,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “Louise Shields has proven, with her hard work and years of dedicated service, that she is an excellent recipient of this distinction.”

Her supervisor is Ada Area Office Director Saundra Seeley. According to Seeley, “Louise is the perfect example of a Chickasaw Nation employee. She possesses all the desired virtues like excellent work ethic, dedication, loyalty, high moral standards, efficiency, plus much more than is necessary.”

Shields was also selected as the 2005 Program Operations Employee of the Year as voted on by division employees.

“Louise is the backbone of the office,” Seeley said. “And that opinion is shared by all her colleagues as well as me.”

“I have been associated with Louise many years in a business and personal capacity,” Seeley said. “Those qualities extend to her personal life as well as her business life. She’s the genuine article. It is an honor and a privilege to be associated with someone of her caliber.”

Shields is the daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Shields. She is one of 11 children, nine of which are employed by the Chickasaw Nation. She lives in Ada and has three children, Kevin, Jay and Candice, and one grandson, Kanan.

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