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September 21, 2010 > Special Life Events: Former commissioner honored

Special Life Events: Former commissioner honored

By Shavon Walker

Photo by Shavon Walker

Helen Cabiles, who retired from the Union City Human Relations Commission earlier this year, was recognized for her hard work when Council met on September 14. Mayor Mark Green presented her with a copy of the proclamation.

Cabiles began working with the Human Relations Commission in June 2003, providing leadership in a number of areas. She helped organize community gang awareness forums, advised the city on its Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Program and supported and volunteered for other events such as Make-a Wish and National Night Out.

She was also very involved with the Union City 50th Celebration (UC50). Serving as Treasurer, she provided financial reports and helped develop the internal accounting policies and procedures that helped make the event a success.

In her free time, Cabiles works with the Reliance Center in San Francisco that focuses on helping opiate-dependent clients. Unfortunately, there have been budget cuts that threaten the program's future.

"I loved working for the Human Relations Commission but I when I realized that the Reliance Center was in trouble, I wanted to help," she said. "They need me, my church needs me and my husband needs me."

Cabiles looks forward to using her time efficiently, as always, and will occasionally speak at Human Relations Commission meetings.

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