Southern Region Parole Headquarters staff were recently treated to a special appreciation lunch.

Southern Region Parole Headquarters staff were recently treated to a special appreciation lunch.

By Division of Adult Parole Operations staff

Southern Region Parole Headquarters’ employees received a special treat on Jan. 27 – a Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

Lunch was provided by their administrators to say thank you for a job well done and to demonstrate in a small way how much their work is appreciated.  The luncheon was followed by cake, cards and an out-of-tune rendition of “Happy Birthday” for all those celebrating January birthdays.

While many staff were thankful, management was quick to point out they are the ones who are thankful for the hard-working team that makes up the backbone of operations in the Southern Region.

“We could not do what we do to serve our field staff without headquarters staff.  They are critical to the functionality of the entire Southern Region,” said Chief Deputy Regional Administrator Karen Thacker.

The Southern Region encompasses Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and Imperial Counties and serves over 800 staff and 25,000 offenders.

The luncheon also served to jump-start a “Commit to Be Fit” challenge. Several staff members have joined the friendly competition to eat healthier, exercise and lose weight.

“We held a similar challenge last fall and it was so successful and fun we decided to do another one,” said Charleen James-Mejia, the “Commit to Be Fit” Coordinator and supervisor of the Training and Employment Wellness Unit.  The challenge started on Feb. 1 and will run through June with weekly weigh-ins, walking, and fitness classes offered during lunch and after hours. Classes will include topics on nutrition, stress reduction, yoga, Zumba and wellness.

“We need to take better care of our staff, let them know we care about their well-being and health.  Ultimately, when people feel better about themselves and their work environment, productivity and morale are raised.  Everyone wins,” said Chief Deputy Regional Administrator Brenda Crowding.