Three Colusa County Women received recognition for outstanding service to their communities during the third annual Women of the Year Event, hosted by Congressman John Garamendi.
Garamendi honored a total of 44 women who are leaders and inspirations in their communities. Local honorees included Donna Critchfield and Terry Rivera of Colusa and Susan Barrett of Maxwell.
According to Garamendi, the recipients have been trailblazers and advocates in community service, business, education, local government, and the military.
“This may be my favorite day of the year, because it always replenishes my faith in the selflessness and dedication of my constituents, and it inspires me to look within to see what more I can do to help the people I represent,” Congressman Garamendi said. “In every community of this district, down every valley and up every mountain, there are women making a difference. The women we recognized were nominated by their peers, and they come from every walk of life focused on virtually every major issue our diverse district faces.”
Following the introductory remarks and Congressional Commendation presentations, Congressman Garamendi and the women of the year discussed ways Congress and the federal government can do more to improve quality of life in the 3rd District. This conversation touched on increasing the Alzheimer’s budget, devoting more focus to mental health services, alleviating hunger, and tackling the homelessness crisis.
“Every topic you’ve brought up touches on many of the priorities of the women in this room. There’s an education piece, a community service piece, a research piece, a private sector piece, and a public sector piece. I want you to keep my office informed about your concerns, because you have your fingers on the pulse of your community,” Congressman Garamendi said.
Each year, Congressman Garamendi recognizes outstanding women of California’s 3rd Congressional district who have been nominated by their peers and have demonstrated a clear commitment to their community through their leadership and dedication to public service.
About the Local Women Nominated
Susan Barrett grew up in the rural community of Maxwell where she received an excellent education nurtured by teachers who took a special interest in both their work and their students. Susan recently retired after 33 years of teaching Business Education and serving as the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) local Chapter Advisor at Colusa High School.
Donna Critchfield has an impressive record of public service having served as as a City of Colusa Councilwoman from 2007 through 2014, including a term as Mayor. She is a founding member of the Colusa Library Literacy program and still serves today as a tutor and tutoring program instructor. She is also a long time preacher and Eucharistic minister at St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Terry Azevedo Rivera has had a tremendous impact through her Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.) program, a nonprofit helping Colusa County children. Y.E.S. helps families of modest means pay for their children’s extracurricular activities. In just two years, Terry and Y.E.S. have served 100 young people, giving Colusa students a chance to pursue their passions and their dreams. ■