Faith banquet to feature Guillozet

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — Jessica Guillozet, of Sidney, community connections facilitator of the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD), will be the keynote speaker at the Christian Academy Schools Faith Banquet, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m.

The event at the school, 2151 W. Russell Road, will feature desserts and beverages and admission is free; however monetary donations will be accepted to support school scholarships. Reservations are required by Oct. 4 at 492-7556.

Guillozet, a Christian Academy 2005 graduate, will speak on “Now Is the Time.”

“I’m going to talk about how Christian Academy influenced me,” she said. “About how living in a positive community affects everyone and how everyone has challenges. When you’re faced with a challenge, it doesn’t have to stop you. Had I not had successful supports, I wouldn’t be where I am.

“When you fail, it’s how you overcome. We all fail. We all need second chances. That’s what I’m about. I love to give people second chances,” Guillozet said.

Guillozet has been employed by SCBDD for eight years. She is an officer in the Sidney Kiwanis Club, advises the Shelby County Aktion Club and is a member of the Shelby County Charity League. She is married to Frank, a Sidney City Schools teacher. They have two children, Miah, 9, and Charlee, 2.

“We have a great afternoon planned,” said Christian Academy Schools Superintendent Mary Smith. “You do not want to miss her story of hope, optimism and God’s promises.”

In addition to Guillozet, current Christian Academy students will speak and perform. Char King, who recently retired after teaching for 25 years at the school, will be inducted into the Wall of Faith.

Scholarship fund donations can also be mailed to the school.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.