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September 25, 2012 > Fremont Human Relations Commission honors volunteers and professionals

Fremont Human Relations Commission honors volunteers and professionals

Submitted By Ripple Leung

In April of this year, the Fremont Human Relations Commission re-launched the Human Relations Commission Awards Program. Since the early 1990's, the Commission has recognized individuals and groups in the community that have made outstanding contributions in the pursuit of equality, justice, human services and human rights for all citizens. Every day, volunteers as well as organizations and those who have chosen "helping profession" work, provide others with hope and assistance. Often this work is done quietly without fanfare. HRC would like to commend and honor those who have chosen to make a difference in our community.

In June, a panel of independent community judges selected four outstanding individuals and an organization for recognition:

Mr. Jeevan Zutshi - Intercultural Affairs: for promoting activities and organizations which foster human rights, and encourage awareness and understanding among diverse racial and ethnic groups in Fremont and nationally.

Dr. Raj Salwan - Community Action: for his many years of leadership on commissions and boards that support the work of the City and local non-profits benefitting the community. He currently chairs the board of directors for the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. He is a believer that Fremont's greatest strength is its diversity.

Ms. Marty Fraga - Human Services Professional: for her leadership at LIFE ElderCare. As a nurse and health care educator Marty works with California State University East Bay to bring fourth year nursing students to Fremont to provide direct services to vulnerable seniors in their homes. Marty's concern for the elderly in the community has been a life long passion and she is transmitting that passion to the next generation of young health care workers.

Ms. Mary Margaret Simms - Human Services Individual: for 21 years of services as a LIFE ElderCare Meals on Wheels volunteer driver. "Mary Margaret's wonderful sparkle and warmth of heart just seems to make the day go a little better" for seniors in the community who receive meals from her. She helps make their day brighter, proving that "living longer does not mean living less."

Abode Services - Human Services Organization: for creating programs to help families and individuals in crisis find and remain in stable housing and chart new pathways to greater self-sufficiency.

The Fremont City Council will honor those being recognized for their exceptional endeavors on October 2, 2012 and featured in the Tri-City Voice, media sponsor of the awards program.

The Commission encourages everyone in the community to think about "what could you do in just one day to make a difference in Fremont?" Join the HRC and others in the community on October 27, for a national day of neighbors helping neighbors - Make A Difference Day. Create a project or volunteer to help. For more information, call (510) 574-2009 or e-mail If you have questions or need additional information about the Human Relations Commission, please contact us at

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