Congressman John Garamendi honored 44 women from the Third Congressional District of California who are leaders and visionaries in their communities, including two Winters women during an afternoon ceremony last Tuesday.
Carol Scianna and Susie Stocking were recognized for their contributions to the Winters community at the 8th annual Women of the Year event.
Last year’s Women of the Year was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the event was hosted in-person, with some honorees accepting virtually. The women being honored are nominated and selected for making significant contributions to society through public service, business, education and local advocacy.
“Every year I have the honor of recognizing the achievements and service of these distinguished women. These leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, but every one of them has made a real difference to their communities and the people around them. It’s a privilege to be able to honor them,” Garamendi said in a statement. “The service and dedication each honoree has shown their community is deserving of recognition, and by receiving this award, their work will be commemorated and chronicled at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.”
Scianna was co-nominated by Winters City Councilmember Jesse Loren, Planning Commissioner Lisa Baker and community member Kate Laddish.
In their nomination letter, they noted that Scianna has become a local go-to person through her work with the City of Winters and decades of volunteer service in the community.
In her role as Environmental Services Manager in the Winters Public Works Department for 16 years, Scianna managed all functions of environmental regulatory compliance within county, state, and federal guidelines regarding municipal water, sewer, air quality, hazardous material, and waste and recycling services.
She served as the city liaison for multiple projects, including the Winters Putah Creek Nature Park restoration and trail, the replacement of the Railroad Avenue car bridge, and the implementation (and reactivation in 2021) of the Active 4 Me program at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School.
“A remarkable amount of what makes Winters such a good place to live, work, and play is traceable to Carol’s efforts. Still her impact goes beyond giving time and energy to her community; she has donated blood for over 20 years, and recently passed her 10-gallon donation mark. Carol’s dedication to serving her community is linked to her long-standing Buddhist practice,” the nomination letter stated.
Stocking was nominated by Dixon community member Michelle Cooley.
In her nomination letter, Cooley applauded Stocking’s commitment to making sure every veteran laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is honored with a wreath placed on their headstone during the holidays.
“Susie’s dedication to honoring service members who sacrificed their time and safety to preserve our freedoms started in 2007 when she began the project at the National Cemetery in Dixon. Every year since then Susie has been met with increasing numbers of our veterans being laid to rest but has remained steadfast in ensuring that every veteran receives a wreath,” Cooley said.
This year Stocking serves as the organizing force behind laying over 28,000 wreaths. She fundraises and recruits volunteers to help lay wreaths on the day of the ceremony through special events and community outreach.
“Susie’s work honoring veterans has touched the hearts of many and her legacy will be felt for years to come,” Cooley said.
The other women recognized at the ceremony included 10 others from Yolo County, and from across Solano, Sutter, Lake, Glenn and Yuba counties.