Community member Pamela Pasqual retires after 18 years working for GRIC
February 3, 2017
Thomas R. Throssell
Gila River Indian News
Gila River Indian Community members and tribal leadership came out in force, Jan. 27, to thank Pamela Pasqual for 18 years of service and give congratulations on retiring from the workforce.
In a show of thanks for Pasqual’s service to the Community, Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis made a surprise visit to her office at the Land Use Planning and Zoning Department and presented her with a gift and words of congratulations.
Lt. Gov. Monica Antone also thanked Pasqual for her hard work, congratulating the retiree at a luncheon held at the District 2 Service Center gymnasium. The gym was filled with work colleagues, friends, and family members, including her 89-year-old father Leslie Pasqual, who were all treated to a steak lunch.
Pamela, who most recently worked as the Subdivision Assistant for LUPZ, said that her main focus while working in GRIC was delivering the best service possible to Community members.
“I always harp on the quality of services being delivered to our Community members, she said.
“That [was] my utmost responsibility and concern; delivering not satisfactory, not good, but excellent services to our Community members.”
While Pamela did spend the last years of her working career with GRIC, she spent decades in the medical field working for the Native community with the Indian Health Services, Phoenix Indian Medical Center’s Sacaton Diabetes program, the Tohono O’odham Nation’s San Xavier Clinic, and the San Carlos Apache tribes Service Unit.
Her parting message to her GRIC work colleagues is to remember their work ethic and represent the Community in the best way they can.
“Remember that you are representing the Community, whether it is at a meeting, whether you are on Council, whether you are in a department, whether you are traveling to a conference, remember who you work for and carry yourself [with] confidence,” she said. Adding that it is important for Community members working for the tribe to have respect for others, themselves, and their families.
Pamela said that working for the Community was a rewarding experience and she looks forward to spending time on her father. She also plans on staying involved with the Community, especially within her home of District 4.