CAPE Project boosts COA

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
CAPE Project members stand with Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux and COA Executive Director Darlene Schexnayder at the Gonzales Center.

The CAPE Project evolved from The Leadership Ascension organization, and according to its mission was put in place to “enhance and provide the essential necessities for our local Council on Aging and elderly with a program that will ensure their long term success.” CAPE, which stands for Council on Aging for Progressive Evolution, is directly tied with the Council on Aging (COA) for both the Donaldsonville and Gonzales locations in Ascension Parish. Last week, two programs were held, one on each side of the river, to present some of its completed projects.

“We’re very fortunate to have this group with us, and we’re so grateful that they chose the Council on Aging as their project,” said Darlene Schexnayder, Executive Director, about the CAPE Project members. “They worked really hard and raised a lot of money to build the project that I asked them to do. I’m so appreciative of what they have done for the Council on Aging.”

CAPE Project member Beau Diez, of Pelican Point, said he’s been very excited in working with the COA and “doing so has been fulfilling to all of the CAPE Project members.”

“We wanted to create an atmosphere of respect for human life and a firm dignity of the self worth of everyone,” Diez said. “People always say children are our future, but what they often forget is who built the present and that’s you guys here today. In turn we wanted to offer you a present back. We recognize and appreciate that you helped enable this community be what it is today. Without you we wouldn’t be one of the best communities in the state, and in the nation.”

On May 20, the CAPE Project members presented the Gonzales COA center with a display case for the Gonzales complex in order for Veterans to display their memorabilia. Two days later on May 22, the members presented the Donaldsonville center with newly installed benches for the outdoor pavilion for the Senior Picnic Day and to “enjoy in the future on a daily basis.”

The members also were able to coordinate about 150 gift bags that were handed out at Donaldsonville location.

Members of the CAPE Project are: Beau Diez, Pelican Point; Crystal Boudloche, Re/Max Professional; Michelle Hyatt, Mary Bird Perkins; Layne Salvant, The Bug Man; Shane Sedotal, Cox Communications; Darryl Smith, Ascension Parish Sheriffs Office; Ray Stonemark, Don's Seafood; Melissa Tullier, EATEL; and Tracy Browning, Ascension Parish Tourism Commission.