Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. Honors Outstanding Women of the
22nd Senate District at the 2016 Women of Achievement Awards
(South El Monte, CA) - On March 24th, 2016, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. held his annual Women of Achievement awards ceremony to recognize outstanding women and their contributions to their respective communities. Over 100 attendees arrived enthusiastically to cheer the honorees at the event held at the South El Monte Community Center as the honorees walked down the red carpet to receive their awards.
The theme for the 2016 Women's History Month is "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government." This year, Senator Hernandez chose to highlight public service and the impact women have in society. Each of the Honorees were chosen for her public service and dedication to inspiring girls and women to achieve their full potential.
Senator Hernandez stated, "Back when I was an Assemblymember, this award was given up in Sacramento. In the Senate, there was no budget for it, but I felt it was important to still hold this event. In fact, it is more appropriate to hold his event in the district so that the community can come together to celebrate and honor our outstanding women, together."
"This year's Honorees represent the very best of the 22nd Senate District", Senator Hernandez continued, "From public safety to social services, health care to sports to exceptional volunteerism, each honoree has profoundly and positively impacted her respective communities. This celebration acknowledges their individual contribution and recognizes the extraordinary determination and tenacity of women. It is with respect, pride and admiration that we are honoring these women and their achievements today."
Call for nominations were announced in early January and official flyers and nomination forms were dropped off at city halls, community centers and public libraries throughout the district. Additionally, e-blasts were sent through emails and nomination forms made available on the SD-22 website. Through an open community nomination process, Senator Hernandez received nominations across the district from community members, elected officials, business associations and even family members.
Among the Women of Achievement Honorees was also an award called the "Emerging Leader Award" given to a K-12 student who through her own tenacity and courage, serves as an inspiration to others. For the first time, two Emerging Leaders were chosen. The winners of the Emerging Leader Awards were Brianna Martinez, a senior and softball star at Arroyo High School and Zoe Lopez, a six-year-old football linewoman and wrestler.
Women's History Month was founded in Santa Rosa, California. The California Legislature began the tradition of commemorating Women's History Month in 1987 and that tradition continues today.
The 2016 Women of Achievement Honorees are:
Valarie R. Gomez
Karen M. Nutt
Mary K. Swink
Brianna Marie Martinez (Emerging Leader Award)
Zoe E. Lopez (Emerging Leader Award)