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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana April 2018 Issue

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine April 2018

SWLA feature story Lela

SWLA feature story Lela Gholar Tizano, Author, Playwright, I am the daughter of Dorothy Gholar and the late Frank Gholar. I am married to Mark Tizano and the mother of Patrick and Michael. Chicago, Illinois is where I was born then later moved to Lake Arthur, Louisiana and graduated from Lake Arthur High School. I received my B.S. in Business Management from Grambling State University and Master of Arts in Teaching from McNeese State University. I currently reside in Lake Charles, Louisiana where I am a Behavior Facilitator in the Elementary Special Education department of Calcasieu Parish School Board and an active member of New Covenant Faith Baptist Church. Growing up, I never liked reading nor writing and I am amazed at what God is doing through me. One of the best pieces of advice that I received came from a college schoolmate who had authored a book. I was interested in writing at the time and I asked her “How do you get started?” To that she replied, “just write.” That was simple and yet very profound. I want to encourage someone who has a book locked inside to “JUST WRITE.” God gave me opportunity to self-publish two novels Unconditional Love?, and, From Hard to Hallelujah!, a Gospel Stage Play that I wrote, directed and starred in. I had a strong desire to see my work live and in color, either on the big screen or in a television movie, ever since my first novel, Unconditional Love?, Rather than wait for someone to acknowledge and recognize my work, God gave me inspiration to bring my book to life via the stage. I contacted a few family members and friends and together we gave the audience a phenomenal performance about a message filled with love, faith, forgiveness and salvation. In 2017, I was inducted into the Black Heritage Festival Entertainment Hall of Fame in Theatre & Drama. Writing short stories for The Voice is a wonderful opportunity that will challenge me and will allow me to stay connected to my passion for writing. I know that God has given each of us a special talent and since He gave it to us, He will help us to develop it and eventually perfect it. I challenge everyone to tap into what God has placed inside and allow it to come to pass. You will never know if your wings work if you do not try to fly. Lela Gholar Tizano Editor’s Note: The Voice of Southwest Louisiana shares this Bio of Lela Gholar Tizano, Author, and Playwright. She has creativity and passion with powerful imagination for fictional short stories. Look for them in our monthly column, Adventures of the Lake, starting in May 2018. 16 April 2018 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 9

SOWELA Hosts Sixth Annual Women in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar SOWELA Technical Community College is hosting its Sixth Annual Women in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Arts & Humanities Building, Multipurpose Room 145. Representatives from area businesses and industry will present information on non-traditional career opportunities available to women in Southwest Louisiana. “This seminar allows women of all ages and all walks of life to interact with other women who have forged a personal path into a non-traditional career. It allows attendees to see themselves in the presenters, as they too have overcome obstacles to achieve their goals,” said Barbara Forsythe, Career Coach. In addition, attendees seeking employment will learn how to begin their career in a high-demand job and discover the steps required to apply for financial aid and gain admission to SOWELA. Presenters from companies such as Sasol, Phillips 66, Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center, CB&I, CITGO, SOWELA and others will be available for a question and answer session following the presentation. The seminar is free and open to the public for women of any age. Reservations are not required. For information, contact SOWELA at (337) 421-6983 or email barbara.forsythe@sowela.edu. SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years. Volume 5 • Number 9 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM April 2018 17

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