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October 30, 2012 > Human Relations Commission honors residents

Human Relations Commission honors residents

Union City's Human Relations Commissioners held a special recognition ceremony on October 24, 2012 for residents nominated as examples of those who have made a difference in the community. Nominees (nominator) included: Paddy Iyer (Jonathan Pettey), Tommie Lindsey (Jaime Patino), Michele Wms-Smith (Carmen Smeester), Thomas Sims (Helen Hsu), Tracie Noriega (Sahlee Egipto), Dianaliza Ponco (Jerico Abanico) and Susana Peinado (Yesenia Molinar).

Paddy Iyer is well-known as the owner of green certified Paddy's Coffee House, host to a myriad of community activities notably, open mic and spoken word events, providing a safe environment for youth to study, showcasing local art, supporting many campaign launches.

Tommie Lindsey started the nationally recognized Forensic program at James Logan High School in 1988. He has given his time and money to help those in need and the team to succeed.

Michele Wms-Smith is a volunteer, community activist and Family Advocate with the Family Education and Resource Center. She is a certified facilitator for the Mental Health First Aid program and assists the Decoto Youth Center project.

Thomas Sims has dedicated many years to school site councils and leadership with the Cub Scouts. His countless hours of volunteerism have supported organizations that foster positive education and enrichment opportunities for local children and youth.

Tracie Noriega is Principal of Alvarado Elementary School and Athletic Director of the Christian Youth Organization. She has been a teacher and administrator in New Haven Unified School District since 1996 and is president of New Haven Philipino-American Society for Education.

Dianaliza Poncho is the site coordinator for the Building Futures Mentoring Program of the Tri-Valley and Tri-City region of the East Bay. She is the lead clinical case manager and recovery coach at the Women's Recovery Association assisting transitional youth and all women.

Susana Peinado works at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Cultura y Bienestar focused on prevention and early intervention services on Mental Health for families. She is also the Religious Education Secretary at Our Lady of the Rosary Church and coordinates a youth group.

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