Going back and giving back

Patricia “Tricia” Danflous Special to The Donaldsonville Chief
Dwayne Bailey returned to his Donaldsonville High School alma mater to lead a discussion about substance abuse with DHS Seniors.

     Dwayne Bailey is a community activist. Yes, he is interested in his community, quality of life and helping others. That interest is more than just a nod in agreement or donating funds to a cause, however. Bailey is truly active, especially when it comes to his hometown of Donaldsonville.

     Recently, the Sulphur Block Operator returned to his Donaldsonville High School alma mater to address senior students about substance abuse issues. Bailey was one of the first of 20 Regional Prevention Coordinators for the State of Louisiana – Department of Health and Hospitals – Office of Addictive Disorders.     

     “I covered seven parishes in the Baton Rouge region, providing primary prevention programing to community groups, schools, governmental agencies, and church groups,” Bailey said. “I also monitored federal and state contracts and was the state trainer of trainers in other health and community related issues.

      Substance abuse is a significant current obstacle for the small rural town of Donaldsonville.”

     Leading the students in a discussion about drugs of choice present in the community, he introduced an interactive to test student knowledge of drugs and the penalties associated with convictions related to drug charges.

     “It was important to emphasize that such convictions carry serous negative employment obstacles that are hard to overcome,” he said.

     Bailey also used the in-classroom activity as an opportunity to discuss manufacturing related careers available in the River Parish industrial corridor. 

     “Many of the students in the Donaldsonville area have not been exposed to information about the petrochemical industry’s hiring needs within their own community,” he said. “It was a blessing to be able to give this much needed information to students who are truly excited about contributing as future employees.”

     Bailey’s said his journey to Motiva came because he wanted to work at a world-class facility that would also afford him  the opportunity to impact the community where he lives and works.

     “As a [Motiva] employee, I take pride in representing our refinery in my community,” he said. “Motiva has always been a well respected industrial neighbor in the River Parishes. Working at the Convent site, so close to home, allows me to speak with knowledge about how the oil and gas industry affects economic growth and employment in our area.”