SWKey Board Member Victor Garza Receives Award
By Layla Fry on 11/06/2013 @ 07:33 AM
On October 11, 2013, Southwest Key Board Member Victor Garza was one of the five honorees to be recognized at the First Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Award. Mr. Garza is the founder of La Raza Roundtable, Santa Clara County, California’s largest coalition of Latino and Mexican-American organizations.
The Latino Heritage Leadership was created to recognize individuals who made significant contributions to the Latino community in the 25th Assembly District in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties in California. Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski represents the district and organized this ceremony.
During the ceremony, State Senator, Ellen Corbet, Congressman, Mike Honda, and San Jose City Councilmember, Kansen Chu also recognized Mr. Garza. “We invite important leaders because it adds more gravity to the importance of this event,” says Tim Orozco, assistant to Assemblymember Wieckowski.
Mr. Garza was introduced to the attendees by the City of Newark Vice-Mayor Ana Apodaca, who also assisted the Assemblyman in presenting the award to him.
Mr. Garza has been involved with non-profits for over 45 years old and has been a member of the SWKey Board of Director since 2004. “I have experienced the growth, transformation and the challenges that SWKey staff has experienced. While the board’s role has been minimal compared to the staff, I feel that the board’s role has been very helpful to SWKey,” says Mr. Garza.
Mr. Garza has been a strong voice for equitable education, social and health services, immigration issues, employment and promotional issues that impact the Latino workforce and veteran’s affairs.
The Assemblyman’s staff selected Mr. Garza for the award because of his involvement with the Hispanic community not only in the Bay Area or State of California, but also nationally because of SWKey.