Senate District 6 Unsung Hero
Volunteer Docent, Ambassador and Horticulture Assistant for the Sacramento Zoo
Tell us a little about yourself:
I served for 31-years in law enforcement before retiring in early 2016. I currently live in Elk Grove, along with my three furry, four-legged children. I enjoy traveling, volunteering, getting together with friends, and spending time with my family.
How are you making a difference in your community?
I began volunteering with Make-A-Wish (Sacramento area) in 2009, working as an event volunteer, wish granter, and community ambassador. Since retiring, I have been able to spend time helping numerous non-profits in the Sacramento area. These include volunteering for Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary (as an event volunteer, adoption counselor, and facility cleaner), Reading Partners (as a reading tutor for elementary school students), the Petal Connection (as a flower arranger), and the Sacramento Tree Foundation (as an event volunteer and Dutch elm disease monitor). I am also very involved with the Sacramento Zoo as an event volunteer, horticulture helper, and most recently, I completed the docent training program.
Why is the work important to you?
After a career of serving the community, I wanted to continue giving back but in ways that interest me and bring me joy. I love animals and the environment. The non-profits that I volunteer with allow me to participate in events that help children, the elderly, and worthy causes.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am very satisfied with my life, and I am very happy.
What have you struggled most with in your life?
I struggle to not take on too many tasks or commitments and to find a good balance in my life.
What lessons are important for future generations?
I would make sure kids know how important education is for future success. Knowledge inside and outside the classroom provides a solid foundation for whatever kids want to accomplish in the future.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
While technological advances have made many aspects of life much easier, it is essential that we do not lose the ability to communicate effectively with others on a personal level.
How do you decompress?
I love to read. Sometimes, there is nothing better than settling into a comfortable chair and disappearing into a good book.