[Fosc] FW: Oakland Announces 2012 Mother of the Year

Kimra McAfee coordinator at sausalcreek.org
Mon May 7 12:44:15 PDT 2012

Congratulations to Wood Park site leader Lisa Lemus!!!

Please see below.

*From:*Thomas, Kola
*Sent:* Friday, May 04, 2012 3:33 PM
*To:* Neighborhood Organizations(Request you please disseminate)
*Cc:* Riley, Dana
*Subject:* Oakland Announces 2012 Mother of the Year - Please help 
publish the News

Media Contact:

Dana Riley

City of Oakland

Office of Parks & Recreation

T. 510-238-6495

F. 510-238-4999

driley at oaklandnet.com



News from: Office of Parks and Recreation


April 30, 2012

OaklandAnnounces 2012 Mother of the Year

/59^th Annual Awards Ceremony Honors Lisa Lemus/


*Oakland**, CA* -- City of Oakland's Office of Parks and Recreation 
(OPR) will honor *Lisa Lemus as the 2012 Mother of the Year, *at its 
59^th Annual Mother of the Year Award Ceremony from 10:30am to 12:30pm 
on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Morcom Rose Garden, located at 700 Jean 
Street in Oakland.  Ms. Lemus was selected out of a group of highly 
qualified nominees consisting of exemplary citizens, all of whom have 
made significant contributions to the City of Oakland.

As a lifelong educator, volunteer, counselor/mentor and steward of parks 
Ms. Lemus takes inspiration from Cesar Chavez in understanding that to 
give back to your community is to give to yourself.  Lisa graduated from 
Stanford in 1975, obtained a Master's degree from MillsCollegeand a 
teaching credential from CSU Hayward.  Lisa worked in the area of youth 
counseling for over ten years and taught at Manzanita School until 
2003.  Now happily "retired" into public service Ms. Lemus has become 
increasingly active volunteering at Oakland parks, her church and the 
Oakland Museum where she has been a docent guide for two years.

Ms. Lemus was nominated by the Sheffield Avenue Neighborhood 
Association, with letters of support from the Friends of Sausal Creek 
and Lakeside Temple of Practical Christianity.  For the past seven years 
Lisa and her husband have been co-stewards for William D. Wood Park, a 
5-acre park near Fruitvale which is part of the Sausal Creek watershed.  
Lisa coordinates volunteers, organizes a monthly clean-up day, and leads 
student community service days for local schools.  Her teaching 
experience makes her particularly adept at working with young people and 
helping to build their leadership skills through efforts at the park.  
Lisa has been described as, "humble and truly a great leader", traits 
that have volunteers returning month after month and year after year.  
In addition to making the park safer and more beautiful, community 
involvement makes the park a focal point for the neighbors to be 

Oakland's Mother of the Year Award is a project of the Office of Parks 
and Recreation and was initiated in 1954 to publicly honor an Oakland 
citizen whose contributions to the community symbolize the finest 
traditions of motherhood, although being a parent is not a requirement 
to be nominated for the Mother of the Year Award. Past honorees have 
included hard-working, dedicated community servants whose volunteerism 
has been exemplary.

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Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
P.O. Box 2737
Oakland, CA 94602

ph:  510.501.FOSC (3672)
e-mail: coordinator at sausalcreek.org
web: www.sausalcreek.org

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