Pam Ito Citation for

“Outstanding Leadership and Volunteerism”

Long Time M’Finda Kalunga Gardener and Director of Education for “The Hort” received this well deserved honor for her tremendous work in the community from Council Member Chin.

Her work partnering with Emma Lazarus High School to care for the local environment with park clean ups and plantings, her solution- oriented empowerment of local communities in answer food insecurity by starting vegetable gardens and distributing fresh produce as well as organizing green job trainings.. and so much more.

The citation rightly refers to M’Finda Kalunga as her “backyard”.

In the tradition of Jane Goodall: “I have to go on doing it because I care passionately about nature. I care passionately about children.”

Our thanks to Pam.

From Pam Ito:

“This award is reminder that my work and my volunteer efforts in District 1 are not only seen, but celebrated.  This has lifted me up and paved my path in sunshine. Thank you.”

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