ELA Rotarian Named Pasadena Woman of the Year

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img_0345East Los Angeles Rotarian Dolores Diaz-Carrey was honored by US Congressman Adam Schiff as Pasadena’s Woman of the Year at a luncheon in Echo Park last week. Every March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honors 9 outstanding women from the different communities of the 28th Congressional District.

Congressman Schiff entered the following statement into the U.S. Congressional Record to recognize Dolores:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year, we pay special tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by our nation’s women. It is an honor to pay homage to outstanding women who are making a difference in my Congressional District. I would like to recognize a remarkable woman, Dolores Diaz-Carey, of Pasadena, California.

“Born in Los Angeles, Dolores attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Literature from Holy Names University and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern California. In addition, Dolores obtained a Counseling Credential from the University
of California, Los Angeles and an Administrative Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.

“A consummate educator, Ms. Diaz-Carey’s long career in education began as a teacher at the elementary and junior high school levels in Northern California, after which she moved to Mexico City to teach. In 1969, Dolores joined the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where she worked for 35 years. In LAUSD’s Division of Adult and Career Education, she worked in many capacities, including as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor, teacher advisor, counselor, assistant principal, and principal. From 1973 to 1975, Ms. Diaz-Carey was Executive Producer of the first bilingual ESL television series for adults, “POCHTLAN”, for which she was awarded an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. From 1987 to 1998, she was Principal of Garfield Community Adult School and while there, founded a family literacy program for adults and their children. In 1998, Dolores became Director of the Adult Instructional Services Unit where she was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all the curricula for adults, including ESL, high school diploma, basic education, parenting, and nursing programs–during this time, she was also Program Director of the Community Based English Tutoring program.

“Dolores is a longtime member of the East Los Angeles Rotary Club, where she serves as the Rotarian advisor for a youth club, and is the incoming club president. In 2011, she received the Rotarian Foundation District Service Award. Dolores is a member and past President of the San Rafael Library Associates, a support group for the San Rafael Library in Pasadena, and is a generous supporter of the arts, including the Los Angeles Music and Art School, and the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

“A forty-year resident of Pasadena, Dolores enjoys traveling, daily walks with her dog, Dodger, long-distance cycling, and attending Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts and events at the Hollywood Bowl.

“I ask all Members to join me in honoring an exceptional woman of California’s 28th Congressional District, Dolores Diaz-Carey, for her extraordinary service to the community.”

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