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SB CAN Recognized Outstanding Contributions to the Communityv

Award winners pose with Santa Barbara County Action Network representatives, elected officials and their representatives after the May 19 North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner. From left to right, front row: Diana Samaguey and Carmen Guzman of Lompoc Co-op Development Project; Dan Mally and Jan Martinez of Lompoc; and Mary Ellen “Marell” Brooks of Vandenberg Village. Back row left to right: Maria Garcia-Cacique of Lompoc Co-op Development Project; SB CAN Executive Director Ken Hough; Doug Coleman representing Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian; State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson; SB CAN President Joann Marmolejo; Superior Court Judge Rogelio Flores; Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Bill Libbon; and Lois Capps representative Blanca Figueroa.

Santa Barbara County Action Network (SB CAN) presented awards to five individuals and one organization for their outstanding contributions to the community during the North County “Looking Forward” Awards Dinner on Sunday, May 19 at the Santa Maria Inn.

Awards were given to Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Bill Libbon, Judge Rogelio Flores, Mary Ellen “Marell” Brooks, Jan Martinez, Dan Mally and the Lompoc Co-op Development Project. SB CAN treasurer and entertainer Gale McNeeley and students from PCPA sang songs to each of the winners before Joyce Howerton presented the awards on behalf of SB CAN.

Libbon received the Working Families Award for his 39 years of service at the Boys and Girls Club.

Flores received the Social Justice Award for his work with the Substance Abuse Treatment Court, the High Risk DUI calendar, the Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health

Court, and the domestic violence review calendar.

Martinez and Mally received the Environmental Protection and Sustainability Award for turning weed-filled empty lots into pocket parks in downtown Lompoc.

Brooks received the Giving Back to the Community Award. She has served on the County Planning Commission, the Citizens Planning Association, County Commission for Women, Vandenberg Village Library support group and the Women’s Literary Festival of Santa Barbara.

The Lompoc Co-op Development Project received the “Looking Forward” Award for giving the Lompoc community a vision and hope for the future.

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