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Activist of the Year Award

The Richard C. Bartlett Activist of the Year Award recognize a member who is a vigorous advocate in political activities or specific causes important to the mission and goals of CSEA. Nominees must be Victory Club members, who have assisted in building the union; helped to put forward the face of CSEA into the community; attended mobilizing events or volunteered in campaigns; promoted the Victory Club; advanced the labor movement in general by participating in coalitions or other ally-building partnerships; or involved other rank and file members in union activities.

The award is named in honor of Richard C. Bartlett, who served as CSEA’s first executive director. Under his leadership, CSEA registered impressive legislative gains in retirement, wage parity, in-service training, job security, holidays, health insurance, organizational and representational rights and a host of other items.

Award recipients:

2015 Sandra Rivera, Rio Hondo College Chapter 477
2014 Lora Lee, Desert Sands Chapter 106
2013 Mary Lavezzoli, Old Adobe Chapter 646
2012 Rebecca Hadley, Monterey COE Chapter 35
2011 David Kong, Monterey COE Chapter 35
2010 Debra Cook-Lewis, Wilsona Chapter 723
2009 Eunice Grigsby, LACOE Paraeducators Chapter 624
2009 Isa Weichmann, Sylvan Chapter 73
2008 Eddie Padilla, Merced City Schools Chapter 530
2008 Michael Casias, Merced City Schools Chapter 530
2007 Ben Valdapena, Yucaipa-Calimesa Chapter 209
2006 Rebecca Scheel, Gilroy Chapter 69
2005 Jane Bausa, San Diego Paraeducators Chapter 759
2004 Tony Rojas, Turlock Chapter 56