Honoree Edwina Medearis

Edwina Medearis is the owner of Medearis Costumes, Gifts & Balloons for the past 25 years and also has 34 years of experience as a Registered Nurse.  She is also a former educator at Lake Charles High School, and also a nursing educator; having worked at Sowela Technical Institute and Good Shepherd Home Health Care.  She is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Teaching Minor in Biology.  She is a Post Graduate from Prairie View A&M University, having completed a thesis in the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology.

Edwina's past community activities includes 14 years as Chairman of the Board at the   Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, Southwest Louisiana Art and Humanities Board, MLK Festival Board and the early celebration of Juneteenth.  Edwina is a former member of the Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Lake Charles Foreman Reynaud YMCA, Black Achievers Organization and Lake Charles Toastmasters, Inc.  Other former and currently volunteer service and memberships includes the Well Baby Clinic, Senior Citizens Clinic, Dorethea Combre Business & Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorrority, Inc.  She is also involved in various organizations at OLQH, St. Louis, and Barbe High School, and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Central School of Arts & Humanities.

Edwina's most recent community involvement includes Calcasieu Parish Long Term Community Recovery Planning Team, American Medical/ Surgical Nurse Association, Southern Criminal Justice Association as a student member and the Trade Organization including the National Association of Balloon Artists as well as the National Association of Costumers.

Edwina is the proud mother of Garland, Edwin, Christopher, Jeanette and Rogerella Medearis, as well as the proud grandmother of Niah Marie Fields, and Miles and Trent Medearis.