The Media Center’s Local Hero Awards series showcases six people from the Mid-Peninsula for making outstanding contributions to the community or overcoming significant hardship. The videos tell their inspiring stories and will air on cable TV .
AMBER STIME is a former disabled orphan and the creator of African Cradle, an adoption agency that pairs American parents with Ethiopian orphans.
APRIL AND SHANNON PEKARY gave up lucrative careers in High Tech to move to East Palo Alto, where they have created an innovative program that brings together soccer and religion to mentor under-served young people.
MARY DUNN is the creator of a very successful program for troubled high school students in the Sequoia Union High School District
GREGORY NOVICK emigrated from Russia at the age of 65 and has become an institution among the local Russian Jewish community by helping hundreds of Russian Jews settle in the Bay Area.
AMIKA GUILLAUME is the principal of Caesar Chavez School and Green Oaks Academy in East Palo Alto.
SABRINA WATTS, once a troubled youth in rehab, has become the founder and director of an unusual non-profit organization that brings together troubled teenagers with shelter dogs, providing training, rehab and therapy for both the young people and the pets.
How our Local Heroes were Selected
Nominations for the Local Heroes Award were solicited from the public. A Media Center committee selected the winners based on several criteria. In addition to outstanding achievement or contribution to the community, we were looking for people with engaging stories to tell for our televised series. We also chose people who would reflect the enormous diversity of our communities. Our winners vary in age, gender, ethnicity, geographical location, profession or field of interest, and type of contribution.
If you know someone who’s articulate (who can tell their own story) and is deserving of recognition, why not nominate them? Send your nomination by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.