September 17, 1999


North County Latinas Association's 1999 Latinas of the Year

While one woman is investigating the defrauding of undocumented immigrants, another is meeting with parents on how to advocate for their children's future, while yet another is organizing a group of teenagers in march in the 4th of July parade to show their pride in and responsibility for their neighborhoods.

These are the likes of the women selected to receive the 1999 Latinas of the Year Award from the North County Latinas Association. The Selections Committee received over 25 applications and the decision of who would be acknowledged this year was extremely difficult. "I feel I have done a lot in my life," said one committee member. "But after reading these applications and support letters, I am humbled."

On October 9, 1999, twelve Latinas who live and/or serve North County communities will be honored at the 7th Annual Latinas of the Year Awards Ceremony. These women are being honored for their commitment and services to the Latino community of North San Diego County. This is the only event highlighting the work and contributions of Latinas in San Diego County. The public is warmly invited to participate and attend this unique and fun awards ceremony.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner, the awards program and a festive dance.

This year's Co-Chairs, Leticia Iglesias and Ruth Manzano, have put together a terrific group of women to serve on the committee and NCLA expects a full capacity attendance so those interested in attending are urged to purchase tickets early.

Tickets are $50 per person with opportunities for businesses or individuals to purchase tables with advertisements in the Tribute Book at a discounted price. Proceeds will benefit the NCLA Scholarship Fund for young Latinas of North San Diego County.

The North County Latinas Association is proud to announce the 1999 Latinas of the Year

Arts and Culture — Patricia Rincon, Carlsbad Community— for providing students with an avenue to think about themselves, their culture, their heritage, and their hopes as they learn self-expression through performing arts.

Community —Araceli Cabarcas-Mimms, YWCA— for her continued commitment to work toward resolving family issues, particularly in the reduction of domestic violence through education and early intervention.

Education —Paula Blocker, Encinitas Union School District— for her exemplary service and dedication to Latino students, parents and community and the teaching profession as she continues to affect educational policy to "build a path for children and parents to reach for the stars as they work toward achieving their full potential.

Education Advocate — Mercedes De La Riva, Escondido Union School District— for her tremendous ability to nurture, train and empower Latino parents to become advocates for their children's education by becoming involved and exercising parental responsibilities and rights.

Health Science and the Environment — Alicia Santos, North County Health Services— for her dedication and commitment in ensuring that health care services are provided for all under-served communities, particularly low-income Latinos in North County.

Health Science and the Environment — Josefa Carrillo, Escondido Community Health Services— for her deep passion in promoting programs that educate Latinos to improve their health and well being by providing the tools for people to take control of their health.

Home and Family —Es-ther Resendiz, Escondido Community— for her compassionate support of the Latino family through workshops, community events, parent committees and her strong role as an Embajadora for the Escondido Public Library to strengthen family bonding through literacy

Leadership — Amalia Meza, Office of United States Attorney, Southern California District— for her excellence in public service, leadership in governmental issues affecting Latinos, and for her support of the non-profit sector to the community that provides countless services to Latinos.

Leadership, Beatrice Cruz, EYE —for her efforts in harnessing resources to build bridges and self-sustaining systems within the community to support Latinos, mainly women, as they work to overcome barriers.

Media — Lourdes Sando-val, Univision, KBNT, San Diego— for her ability to share knowledge and experience and empower staff to be the best they can be and to excel in their field while enriching the Latino community and improving the Latino image in media.

Youth Empowerment —Concha Hernandez Green, UCAN, City of Oceanside— for her unique and tireless work in promoting and providing positive community activities, teaching empowerment skills to young people to improve and maintain their neighborhoods and make them a safe place in which to grow up while giving them positive alternatives.

Latina Spirit —Gloria A. Martinez, North San Diego County— for her unflagging vision and commitment to strengthen the Latino community as exemplified by her leadership of the North County Latinas Association, for her dedication to her church, and for her volunteer efforts to provide opportunities for young Latinas through traditional and non-traditional programs while emphasizing the Latino culture, heritage, and family values.

The North County Latinas Association —NCLA— is an organization of Latinas who work and/or reside in North San Diego County. The Association was organized in 1992 to provide Latinas with an avenue for service and enrichment for and of the community. The mission of NCLA is to "create a better quality of life for all Latinas by empowering Latinas politically and economically through education."

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