Gloria Olalde, right, pictured with Sarah Carrera, H-E-B store administrative assistant, was one of 27 women honored March 26 as part of H-E-B’s Women of Distinction.

Harker Heights resident and H-E-B employee, Gloria Olalde, was one of 27 women honored March 26 as part of H-E-B’s Women of Distinction celebration at Waco’s Ridgewood Country Club.

H-E-B honored female employees across Central Texas for their devotion to excellence and civic leadership. Since the program began in 2000, H-E-B says the company has recognized and celebrated over 1,500 female employees throughout Texas for their contributions to the company and to their community.

Inspired by H-E-B founder, Florence Butt, the Women of Distinction events were designed to inspire more women to pursue leadership opportunities with H-E-B.

Winners were nominated by their peers and were selected based on a variety of qualities, including their dedication to excellence in customer service and positive impact on co-workers.

Harker Heights Woman of Distinction 2015 recipient, Gloria Olalde is a long-time resident of the area. She moved from San Antonio in 1976 and has lived here ever since.

She has been an employee of H-E-B for the last five years, working mainly in maintenance, but particularly loves customer interaction.

“Oh, I enjoy working at H-E-B,” Olalde said. “I love helping the customers whenever they need help.”

At the Women of Distinction event in Waco, Olalde said the guests listened to speaker, Leslie Sweet, director of Public Affairs for H-E-B’s Central Texas Region, and received gift bags with “tons of goodies.”

Olalde, a mother of two and recent grandmother, has a lot to be thankful for.

After only a year since her battle with cancer, Olalde says she wakes up every day thanking God she’s still alive.

At 69 years old, Olalde doesn’t see herself slowing down any time soon and hopes to keep working for H-E-B for years to come.

“She’s outstanding,” said Harker Heights H-E-B store manager Scott Presuhn.

“I have always worked to better myself and for my children — so they can better themselves,” Olalde said.

“As long as God gives me life, I’m going to work.”

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