Gessner receives Amtrak President’s Service & Safety Award


Gessner Small-Canadiate
Gessner Small-Canadiate

On December 10, 2008, at a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, Gessner Small-Canadiate received the President’s Service & Safety Award the highest employee recognition at Amtrak. Gessner received the award in the category of Sustained Excellence. This award is given to employees who have demonstrated exceptional overall job performance, substantially exceeding performance norms over a period of years in most aspect of their jobs. All recipients must maintain integrity and show evidence of an endeavor related to Amtrak’s efforts to provide and preserve quality passenger rail service.

Gessner is District Manager/Stations in the Southern Division. She is responsible for all stations and station employees in Central and South Florida which includes Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter Park, Winter Haven, Lakeland, Tampa, Sebring, Okeechobee, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Miami. She has been with Amtrak 29 years.

Gessner is the daughter of Mrs. Jessie D. Small of Savannah and the late Robert Small of Darien. She is also the niece of Miss. Lola M. Dixon of Savannah. She and her husband Otis Canadiate reside in Winter Springs, Florida. They are members of Central Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, Rev. Timothy Sheppard, Pastor.

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