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Jefferson Awards

Jefferson Awards SealExcellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

Congratulations to the 2013 Jefferson Award Winners:

After a competitive selection process, the County of Sonoma is proud to announce the 2013 Jefferson Award winners for ‘Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.’ There were 29 nominations, which were narrowed to 10 finalists by the selection committee. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors then selected the award recipients who will be honored during the Tuesday, November 5, 2013, regular Board meeting:

Jesús Guzmán

Jesús Guzmán is an immigration and social justice activist who co-founded the local chapter of DREAM Alliance, and who works with Graton Day Labor Center to provide an organized, dignified way to seek work with fair wage and safe working conditions.

La Luz Center

La Luz Center, is located in the Sonoma Valley, providing resources and support to families in the Valley in a culturally competent, bilingual setting; and seeks to increase cross-cultural acceptance and respect through various events.

Northern California Center for Well-Being

Northern California Center for Well-Being is a health resource center that promotes the well-being of the whole person with knowledge, skills, and spirit to take responsibility for personal, family, and community health.

Russian Riverkeeper

Russian Riverkeeper protects and preserves the Russian River for future generations by advocating, educating, and implementing sustainable community solutions, inspiring volunteers and other investments in the ecosystem’s health.

Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence spread joy and good will through community events, charitable acts and fundraising, with a focus on the diverse range of special needs in the Russian River area.

Congratulations to our 2013 Jefferson Awards winners! We look forward to honoring them for their great work in our community.

About the Jefferson Awards Program

The Jefferson Awards Program is a national recognition system designed to highlight public service in America. The Jefferson Awards began as part of the American Institute for Public Service in 1972 and was established by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, a staffer to Bobby Kennedy. More information about the national program can be found on the Jefferson Awards website.

Locally, the program was adopted by the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors. After an analysis of other local recognition programs, the County’s program was designed to highlight the value of non profit organizations, boards, commissions and advisory bodies, as well as individual efforts for Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Regionally, media partners such as CBS 5 and KCBS-AM have been promoting the Jefferson Awards throughout the Bay Area. Several counties and cities along with many non-profit organizations participate by holding their own local programs and then submitting nominees to the regional competition.

The County encourages and applauds existing volunteer recognition programs. The Jefferson Awards will serve to further highlight the strength of our community and promote engagement in solving community problems.

Contact Information

Sylvia Lemus
HR Programs Coordinator
(707) 565-1702 Work
(707) 565-3770 Fax

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