OCEAN Inc.’s Dora Flores Celebrates 55 Years at Head Start

Feature photo of Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Dora Flores courtesy of NJ Lt.Governor’s Office

AC JosepH Media | NJ Department of Community Affairs

TOMS RIVERDora Flores, who has worked for OCEAN Inc.’s Head Start Program for nearly 55 years, was recognized by New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver on Tuesday (Aug. 2).

OCEAN hired Flores in 1967 while serving as the cook at the LEAP Head Start Center in Lakewood. Head Start offers services such as early learning and development, nutrition, health, and family well-being to help children get ready to succeed in school and in life.

Highlighting the great culture and leadership in South Jersey’s Latinx community.

Oliver, who serves as the commissioner of DCA, presented Flores with flowers and a certificate for her years of service to the organization. OCEAN, Inc. leaders presented Flores with a resolution on behalf of the organization for her long-term commitment and service to the program and children.

“Mrs. Flores’ continuous dedication to the Head Start children at OCEAN, Inc. is a shining example of those who choose to carry out their lives in the service of others,” Oliver said in a statement given by DCA.

“She has provided the children with a constant nurturing presence and we are grateful for the generosity and kindness she has shown to them over the years. Her nearly 55 years of service is remarkable and I am so pleased to offer her this well-deserved acknowledgement and thanks today.”

Photo courtesy of NJ Department of Community Affairs

Meg Saunders, vice president of children’s services for OCEAN, Inc., said Flores has worked diligently to ensure the children of Head Start have nutritious meals prepared with love.

“Because of her focus on good nutrition, the children are exposed to different foods from other cultures, foods they may not have experienced before Head Start,” Saunders said. “Through the wonderful meals Miss Dora prepares, she helps broaden the Head Start children’s food choices and helps them grow to be healthy eaters.

DCA offers a wide range of programs and services, including energy assistance, housing vouchers, affordable housing production, fire and building safety, community planning and development, local government management and finance, and disaster recovery and mitigation.

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