Last night, Mayor Stephen Cassidy and the San Leandro City Council presented leadership and service awards to 15 community members who made outstanding contributions to San Leandro.
“San Leandro is a great city because of the dedication to the civic good of our residents and members of our business of community,” stated Mayor Cassidy. “We are delighted to recognize the award recipients and thank them for their time and energy in advancing the welfare of our City.” “Each of these individuals, in their own way, has helped to make San Leandro a better place in which to live, work, and play,” added Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter.
The following awards were presented as part of the event:
Debbie Cabral-Halliday – District 1 Leadership Award Recipient Selected by Council Member Michael Gregory
The owner and director of DC Dance Center, Debbie is a life-long resident of San Leandro who has taught dance locally for 38 years. Debbie opened DC Dance Center in 1989 on MacArthur Boulevard before moving the facility to Washington Avenue in 2000, where she continues to train as both a dancer and teacher. DC Dance Center dancers regularly perform at various local events, and brings dance to anyone who wants to learn. Debbie has taught thousands of young people over the years, many of whom have returned with their own children. Debbie continues to be an advocate for San Leandro as an active member of the San Leandro Downtown Association and a board member of the newly formed San Leandro Community Benefit District.
Dr. Earl N. Crawford – District 2 Leadership Award Recipient Selected by Councilmember Ursula Reed
Noted as one of the youngest gospel preachers in California, Dr. Crawford has been a minister for over 40 years, and is presently the Pastor of Praises of Zion Ministry Baptist Church in San Leandro. Dr. Crawford has also served as the president of the California State Baptist Young Adult Convention, providing leadership to thousands of youth and young adults. Under his leadership, Praises of Zion works with community programs including the Monastery Childcare Center, Building Futures for Woman and Children, a food pantry lunch program, Mens of Excellence Ministry, and a local after school program. The church’s ministries have expanded to include survival kit classes, counseling, marriage and family focus, radio and TV broadcasts, an annual women’s conference, the “Joyful Word” telephone outreach, and others.
Jan Woycheshin– District 3 Leadership Award Recipient Selected by Councilmember Diana Souza
Jan has served in many capacities over the years, including service on various organizations like the Friends of San Leandro Creek Board of Directors and the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. In 1999 Jan joined the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. As a Chamber Ambassador she is a regular participant at chamber activities and also takes most of the event photographs. In 2005 she took over as chair of “The First Friday Coffee Connection”. Under Jan’s leadership the program has become highly successful and is one of the chamber’s premiere monthly events. In 2009 Councilmember Diana Souza nominated Jan to the San Leandro Senior Commission, and was elected the chairperson in 2010.
Amada Robles – District 4 Leadership Award Recipient Selected by Councilmember Benny Lee
Amada Robles has been committed to meeting the needs of San Leandro residents and dedicated to the community through her active involvement with the MediCal and Medicare programs and her advocacy for social services. She was also a member of the Human Services Commission for nine years and has been an avid patron of San Leandro’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival.
Carolyn Lizotte– District 5 Leadership Award Recipient Selected by Councilmember Pauline Cutter
Carolyn Lizotte is a longtime resident of San Leandro and has been actively involved with the school district and her neighborhood. As the “Protector of Washington School and McCarthy Park,” she serves the community as a neighborhood watch person for both the park and school after hours. On a daily basis Carolyn can be seen picking up litter at the park and on Breed Avenue, and she regularly trims the bushes and replants the garden boxes fronting Breed Avenue.
Robert Fox – District 6 Leadership Award Recipient Selected by Councilmember Jim Prola
Bob Fox was born and raised in San Leandro. He is a longtime volunteer at Davis Street Food Bank and has been a member of Congregations Organizing for Renewal, which has advocated for the new Cornerstone Working Family Housing Project. Bob also works with developmentally disabled adults in the community and serves as a Park and Recreation Commissioner.
David Irmer – Mayor’s Award of Excellence in Business
A longtime and successful developer, David Irmer was honored for his work in San Leandro. Through his belief in San Leandro as a quality location, he developed the Creekside Office Plaza - San Leandro’s first Class A office space, and proved that Downtown San Leandro is a great place to build new, high quality office space. His most recent project - The Village - has generated new excitement downtown, and is serving to spur additional investment in the area.
Derick Lee – Mayor’s Young Business Person Award
A graduate of San Leandro High School, with a degree in Architecture from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, Derick has a vision of San Leandro as a smart and connected community – a city where its youth are engaged in developing the next chapter of San Leandro’s transformation. City staff first met Derick over a year ago at a Silicon Valley conference. Since then, Derick has thrown himself passionately into various collaborations as a key partner in developing San Leandro’s tech and innovation ecosystem. Derick is co-founder of The Fleet, a mobile, digital 3D fabrication lab and a member of the Bay Area Advance Manufacturing hub, the largest 3D printing hub under one roof anywhere in the world. Both facilities are located at The Gate in San Leandro.
Moira Fry, Margaret Strem and Noel Moritz (Interfaith Homeless Network/April Showers) – Mayor’s Community Service Award
These three individuals work for April Showers - a volunteer organization in San Leandro that was founded after a local homeless man known to many in the downtown area died of exposure in 2001. The organization provides various services for the homeless, including hot showers, clothing, a barber service, bag lunches, hot lunches, and resource referrals.
Moira Fry is a member of the April Showers Steering Committee and has worked with the organization since 2009. She also regularly cooks meals for patrons and works as an “at large” volunteer. She spends much of her time talking to guests and finding ways to get them housed along with access to health care.
Margaret Strem is a member of the April Showers Steering Committee and been a core member of the organization since 2004. She coordinates volunteer assignments and spends a lot of time restocking supplies. Margaret also provides gentle oversight, ensuring volunteers provide quality assistance to those in need.
Noel Moritz is also a member of the April Showers Steering Committee and has worked with the organization since 2003. She provides guests with resource information and referrals and also monitors the lunch room to ensure things operate smoothly. She was a founding member and continues to be a stalwart volunteer at the Bethel Community Food Pantry and for many years organized two annual fund raisers through Bethel Church.
Carlos Moreno – Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s Leadership in the Arts Award
Carlos Moreno is the founder of the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. His passion for researching, teaching, and performing the traditional dances of Mexico has made him a recognized expert in the field. He and the ballet have received numerous recognitions in both the United States and Mexico. Mr. Moreno has provided entertainment at no to low cost including mariachi music and ballet for San Leandro’s annual Cinco de Mayo event.
Ellen Corbett – Mayor’s Champion of San Leandro Award
Ellen Corbett is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 10 from 2006 to 2014. She served as Senate Majority Leader from 2010 to 2014. Prior to her career in the Senate, she served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1998 through 2004. She previously served as a member of the San Leandro City Council and was elected Mayor in 1994. She has also worked as an attorney, community college professor and civic activist.
John Jermanis – Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s Champion of San Leandro Award
John worked for the City of San Leandro for 37 years and served as its City Manager from 1997 through 2008. Since retirement, John has continued to serve the community in various capacities, including as Treasurer of the Measure HH and Measure M campaigns, co-chair and treasurer of the Measure M campaign, and served as a member of the Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board.
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One of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro is a safe, vibrant community of 87,000 residents with well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The western border of the city consists of over eight miles of pristine shoreline and amenities on San Francisco Bay while a regional park and nature areas fall on the eastern border. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network encircles San Leandro’s industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity. In 2014, the City is welcoming new businesses by providing free business licenses for their first year of operation.
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