Back row (l-r) Sister Terry Dodge, Cindy Montoya, Sher Li, Dr. Iris Chi, Dr. Norma Camacho, Jing Li , Carolyn Zorn
Front (l-r) Marilyn Peck, Rosalinda Sandoval Keeler, Mary E. Hansen, Rep. Judy Chu, Dolores H. Hickambottom, Mavis Hansen

On Saturday, April 13, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted the Congressional Women of the Year Awards Ceremony to honor local women in the San Gabriel Valley who have contributed to the community through service, organizing, or leadership. The award, now in its 10th year, is given to women nominated by people in their own cities and communities. Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“The annual Women of the Year Awards Ceremony is one of my favorite events of the year. Today’s winners have stood out in our communities because of their drive and commitment to give back to the San Gabriel Valley. Every single honoree today has been selected through an exhaustive process, starting with a nomination from their neighbors, friends, and family – the people in their communities who have benefited most directly from their service. 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’m so proud of these role models and am honored to be recognizing them.”

The 2019 honorees are:

  • Dolores H. Hickambottom (Community Activist) – Altadena
  • Judy Chu honors Dolores H. Hickambottom with the 27th Congressional Women of the Year award (File Photo)
  • Mary E. Hansen (Volunteer) – Arcadia
  • Sister Terry Dodge (Executive Director, Crossroads, Inc.) – Claremont
  • Rosalinda Sandoval Keeler (Member, El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals) – Glendora
  • Dr. Iris Chi (President, Board of Directors for the Chinese American Golden Age Association) – Monterey Park
  • Dr. Norma Camacho (Founder, Doctors of Hearing) – Pasadena
  • Carolyn Zorn (Letter Carrier, Pasadena Post Office) – Pasadena
  • Sher Li (President, Chinese American Federation) – San Gabriel
  • Marilyn Peck (Volunteer) – San Marino
  • Cindy Montoya (Member, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) – Sierra Madre
  • Mavis Hansen (Volunteer) – South Pasadena
  • Jing Li (CEO/Owner/Head Coach, Wushu Action Star Academy) – Temple City