First published in the June 10 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Judy Chu honored women in the San Gabriel Valley who have contributed to the community through service, organizing or leadership.
The Congressional Women of the Year Awards, now in their 12th year, are given to women nominated by people in their own cities and communities.
Chu said the annual ceremony is one of her favorite events of the year. “[It’s] a time in which we can honor the commitment and drive of those who work tirelessly to give back to the San Gabriel Valley. Every single honoree was elected through an exhaustive process, starting with a nomination from neighbors, friends and family — the people in their communities who have benefited most directly from their service,” she said.
“We received a flood of nominations from cities across the district, and today’s winners stood out not only because of their work, but because of the admiration from their neighbors and fellow citizens. I am so proud of these role models, and it is an honor to have recognized them today,” Chu added.
The 2022 honorees are Sasha Renee Perez, councilwoman from the city of Alhambra; Veronica Jones, Altadena Town councilwoman; Donna Choi, executive director of the Downtown Arcadia Improvement Association; Daisy Ma, chief government and community relations officer at the Chinatown Service Center in Monterey Park; Kimberly Shriner, medical director of infection prevention and control at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena; Bobbi Bruesch, a member of the Garvey board of education in Rosemead; Florence Lin, community relations manager at the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel; Rachelle Arizmendi, councilwoman from the city of Sierra Madre; and Laura Farber, Tournament of Roses president, who lives in South Pasadena.