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June 22, 2010 > Human Relations Commissioner recognized for public service

Human Relations Commissioner recognized for public service

By Shavon Walker
Photos By Shavon Walker

Dr. Dianne Gates-Anderson was honored for her decade of public service on June 15. Gates-Anderson, a Union City resident for 13 years, has served on the Union City Human Relations Commission for two terms (eight years). She will officially retire from the commission at its next meeting.

During her tenure, Gates-Anderson served as chair of the commission in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. She has belonged to the 2001-02 Fireworks Task Force, reviewed the 2002 Federal Patriot Act, organized the city's first Public Safety Appreciation Day on September 11, 2002, established the orientation process for new commissioners, organized Community Gang Awareness forums to combat gang violence, sponsored the sole joint meeting with Fremont Human Relations Commission, chaired and coordinated the 2007 Public Volunteer Appreciation reception, supported and volunteered Union City's 50t h Anniversary Celebration, National Night Out and Make-A-Difference Days and advised on the formation of the city's Youth Violence Prevention & Intervention Program.

Gates-Anderson co-chaired the July 18, 2009 "Gathering in the Park" Committee as a member of the Union City 50th Anniversary Diversity Committee and organized the Community Mosaic Mural Project. She was an ardent supporter of Measure UU, the public-safety parcel tax, and sits on the advisory board for the Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Advisory Committee which meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every other month at the Ruggieri Senior Center.

"I'd like to acknowledge my fellow commissioners who are here tonight. I appreciate their support. I'd like to also express my appreciation for being allowed to serve the community of Union City. One thing that I tell people is I like Union City because it's small enough to allow any citizen to be involved and make a difference," said Gates-Anderson.

Gates-Anderson might not have specific plans for her free time once she retires from the Human Relations Commission but is certain she will continue to volunteer and serve her beloved community.

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