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Dr. Richard Pan - SD 6 - Unsung Hero

Velma Sykes
Community Leader and Change Maker

  Velma Sykes  

Tell us a little about yourself:
I live in the Pocket area of Sacramento. I have two adult children and 4 granddaughters. Currently I work for Hidden Empire Film Group, a local film production company as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs.  

How are you making a difference in your community? 
My volunteer activities are mostly centered on creating a better community for future generations in the Sacramento area. I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people who have valuable information and resources which is not always accessible to communities of color or of low social economic status. I have been blessed to be able to make connections many times for the people who want to share their resources with those whom have the greatest needs. We have recently started a non-profit organization, CLIMB, to assist in our company's efforts to give the Executives and friends (professional athletes and entertainment celebrities) an opportunity to give back to the community through sports camps and life skills building programs. 

What inspires your community efforts? 
What inspires my efforts the most is knowing that many times, lack of knowledge about available resources is an issue in our community. I enjoy seeing the successes of others once the necessary resources are granted and goals accomplished.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my two children but I also take pride in many of the opportunities that I have had partnering with our local non-profits bringing resources to the people that they serve, especially women, children and families. For the past 10 years, CLIMB and Hidden Empire Film Group, has held it's annual 500 Dinners for 500 Families and has donated over 5,000 Christmas baskets and over $50,000 in toys and gifts to local families and non-profit organizations including Traveler's Aid, Roberts Family Development Center and Always Knocking.        

What have you struggled most with in your life? 
Having enough time to be involved in all the important work being done on our behalf and lending myself to its improvement.

What kind of lessons do you think are important to instill in future generations?  
We have to instill the importance of faith, a good education, taking care of ourselves and others and our environment. 

If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
I would like to see more people who understand the challenges being faced by our community, in charge of the decisions being made for our community. There are road blocks and obstacles that are not being considered by people who do not understand differences. I would like to see opportunities shared equally in an effort to create a more level playing field for everyone. There are many with expertise and talents not being recognized due to lack of access and opportunity.       

How do you decompress?  
I enjoy slumber parties with my granddaughters on weekends. Sometimes I decompress by reading an interesting book or enjoying live entertainment and good food with friends. 

California State Senator Richard Pan - District 6
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Contact: Senator Richard Pan
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 651-4906
District Office
2251 Florin Road, Suite 156
Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 262-2904
Fax: (916) 914-2179

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