For our Acadian Alumni Association spotlight, we hear from a retiree who says Acadian treated her like family and built her strongest friendships.

Carol Lafleur

This past March, Carol Lafleur watched as many of her former co-workers walked into her mother’s funeral service and immediately thought, “Here they come again to my rescue.”

Carol worked for Acadian Ambulance for almost 20 years as the executive assistant to David Kelly. During those years, she made some of her closest friends, many of whom she still speaks to weekly. She knows there are too many wonderful stories to share from her time at Acadian, but she truly misses being with her co-workers—and receiving a pound of pecan halves from Mr. Zuschlag at Christmas!

One thing Carol would like current employees to know is just how great of a gift ESOP has been to her. Her advice: “Treat it as if it’s your company, because the reality is that you’re working for yourself and your future.”

Over the past four years in retirement, Carol has been able to spend countless hours with her mother, plant flowers in her yard, care for her sweet dog, fish, read and “enjoy the calm.”

“I cannot say enough good things about Acadian. You’ll never work for finer people,” Carol said. “If you ever feel like a number, I promise you aren’t.”