Garamendi honors Colusa County woman of the year 


Democratic U.S. Rep. John Garamendi honored 50 women from throughout the 3rd Congressional District on Wednesday as leaders and visionaries in their communities, including five women from Colusa County. 

The women have all made significant contributions to society through public service, business, education, and local advocacy, Garamendi said, in a press release. 

“One of the highlights of my year, every year, is hosting this event to recognize the achievements of these distinguished women,” Garamendi said. “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.”

This year’s Women of the Year event included a posthumous tribute and recognition of Natalie Corona, of Arbuckle, the Davis police officer who was shot and killed while on duty in January. 

“Officer Corona was a bright member of the Davis Police Department. Even prior to completing her police training last December, Officer Corona was respected by her colleagues and friends for her commitment to serving her community and dedication to her fellow officers. She selflessly served and protected her community and will be remembered and honored for her dedication to making the city of Davis a safer environment for all,” Garamendi said.

Women of the Year recipients for Colusa County:

Rosemary Hicks has been a dedicated advocate for children and families as a member of the Colusa Unified School District, the Toys for Tots program, Colusa Little League, Catholic Ladies Auxiliary and other organizations. Around the holidays, she has been the driving force behind countless food, clothing, and shoe drives.

Roberta James has devoted her time to promoting education, reading, and an appreciation for arts and literature. She is the founder of the Virginia Yerxa Community Read and a Colusa County Arts Council supporter.

Jen Roberts is the founder of Indivisible Colusa, a local volunteer organization focused on engaging in progressive political advocacy. She has been relentless in encouraging community members to engage in politics at the local, state, and federal level, and is a founding member of the Colusa County Democratic Central Committee.

Kim Travis has dedicated her career to driving young athletes to reach for and achieve their goals as the volleyball coach at Pierce High School. She also started a youth camp program for children, and volunteers with the Pierce Pride Foundation and Dynamix Club Volleyball, and has touched the lives of countless athletes she has mentored.

Diane Vafis has touched the lives of countless people with love and kindness. She is co-director for the after-school program operated by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, in Colusa, and has created a healthy and nurturing environment for her students. She also cultivates beauty as Civic Beautification chair of the Garden Club of Colusa County. ■