Honoring the Accomplishments and Contributions of Residents
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 01, 2018 at 1:31 PM
This week, I had the pleasure to celebrate several of our district's most extraordinary residents. One of my favorite parts of being your Councilmember is these opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who through their own actions improve the lives of individuals throughout our district in front of the full City Council.
Celebrating LGBTQ Heritage
On Wednesday, City Council celebrated the beginning of LGBT Heritage Month. This is when we celebrate those who have worked for equality for Angelenos of all sexual orientations.
For this event, my office lauded Sarina Loeb to who serves as the Coordinator of the CSUN Pride Center including the LGBTQ Peer Mentor program. College is a critical time in the development of our future leaders and can be difficult for those who have faced discrimination or prejudice because of their sexual orientation. Sarina's work ensures that young LGBTQ individuals have a welcome environment where they can pursue their dreams with the support and mentorship of those who wish to see them succeed.
I'm proud to commend Sarina on her dedication to our residents and thank her for her deep involvement in LGBTQ student organizations and initiatives that continually strengthen CSUN and our community.
Recognizing Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley
Also this week in Council, I had the honor of paying tribute to some exceptional women who are making a local impact right here in the San Fernando Valley. Each of these women have helped make the Valley a better place to live, work, and play and for this they were recognized by the United Chambers of Commerce with the Inspirational Woman Award.
Tiffany Harris co-founded and serves as CEO of Shane's Inspiration which designs inclusive playground and education programs that unite over 40,000 children of all abilities.
Laura Rathbone serves as Director of the Northridge Beautification Foundation which partnered with my office in creating the Clean Streets Clean Starts program to provide job training to homeless individuals and also co-founded Sisters on the Streets which distributes feminine products to homeless and low-income communities.
Kathleen Sterling is an award-winning journalist and publisher of three local weekly papers: Warner Center News, Valley Vantage, and Calabasas Enterprise.
Patti Jo Wolfson is the co-chair of the Board of Directors for New Directions for Youth. She has served on the board for 18 years providing opportunity for at-risk youth. She has raised over $2 million for the organization which helped to build their new Health and Recreation Center.
Wendy Greuel has served as the LA City Controller and before that as a Councilmember to LA's 2nd District. She is currently serving as LA Homeless Services Authority Board of Commissioners.
Congratulations to all of these inspirational women and thank you for giving back to our City!
Council District 12 Schools Win the Jefferson Awards
On Friday, I recognized two schools that were awarded with Jefferson Awards not just for their academic achievement and for their philanthropic dedication to our community.
Civic engagement plays an extremely important role in our youth’s academic career. These students don’t only volunteer with their school. When our community heard we were honoring these students we received numerous calls thanking us because these students have also volunteered in many other local organizations over the years as individuals.
Holmes Middle School received the Gold Championship award for their work to provide homeless individuals in Los Angeles with basic necessities and provide greater opportunities for homeless youth.
The Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences received the Silver Championship Award for sponsoring a volunteer expo on their school campus with the goal of empowering students to think big, find a passion for public service, engage in their community, and make a big impact.
This is an incredible success -- not just for the students, but for our entire City.
These young minds aren’t waiting until tomorrow to change the world, they’re stepping up to become the leaders of today!
Thank you for your dedication to the values of leadership, civic engagement, and social justice.
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