Chamber Honors Business Person, Educator, Police Officer, and Firefighter of the Year at 72nd Annual Gala
The City of Hayward turned out in force to honor the business person, educator, police officer and firefighter of the year at the 72nd annual Hayward Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala last Saturday.
The event was held in the University Union at California State University, East Bay and guests had fun bidding for silent and live auction items - benefiting Leadership Hayward - as well as hearing from this year's honorees:
* Educator of the Year - Estella Santos, principal of Martin Luther King Middle School.
Photo: La Shon Earnest, Firefighter of the Year
Lisa Jackson has been selected as the first Hayward Chamber of Commerce work based learning director and will be responsible for developing pathways between schools, higher education, and business. Her goal is to keep students in school and better prepare them for careers and well-paying jobs.
"I am passionate about creating a pathway for the students in Hayward to learn, explore, and connect directly with real jobs and career opportunities," she said. Jackson has been community engagement specialist with the Eden Youth and Family Center in Hayward. She created the Digital Talent Incubator program for the center while organizing a business and education partners to address the technology disparity in South Hayward. She worked on last month's National Manufacturing Day and with regional businesses and educational institutions to expose students to various careers.
Support for the position comes from the California Career Pathways Trust grant, administered through the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program, and the chamber.
The Hayward Chamber of Commerce Business Directory has arrived in the form of a beautiful color magazine, available to all members. The magazine was revealed for the first time at the annual Business Expo to wide acclaim. The magazine is being distributed throughout the city, including hotels, city hall, real estate offices, and elsewhere. Copies were mailed to every member, and additional directories are available to members at the chamber office, 22561 Main St.