Below are the recipients of the CSEA “Unsung Hero’s” event; Meredith Castillo and Aydin Laghaie. Included are their individual responses.
[Author: Meredith Castillo]
On March 26, 2009, I received a card in the mail from CSEA Orange Field Office saying that I was to be
honored by Chapter 293 as an Unsung Hero at the Villa in Orange, a banquet facility, on May 1, 2009.
For me this was an extremely exciting and humbling recognition, since all of the E-Board members
put so much of their voluntary time in making Chapter 293 a professional union for all of its members.
All of the Unsung Heroes that were honored make such a fantastic difference in CSEA, it is impossible
to describe on paper. It is an emotional experience when you hear of the accomplishments that all of
us make for a better working environment.
The fact that there were some administrators at the banquet to acknowledge the accomplishments
of the Unsung Heroes made it an even greater moment.
Again, it was an honor to be acknowledged as an Unsung Hero, and to get an award and plaque was a
moment I will never forget.
CSEA Chapter 293
[Author: Aydin Laghaie]
First of all let me express my gratitude to those of you who nominated me for this event, being thought of as one of your local CSEA Hero’s isn’t a title I ever expected nor could have seen coming. My efforts, time, and energy into championing what I believe in is who I am – and championing a cause which supports the rights of individuals to a fair work environment, brings forth pride in the work we do, and unites us closer together – just to name a few things Unions can do, makes them naturally an easy way of life for me.
For those of you unfamiliar with the “Unsung Hero[s] of CSEA” event, it’s a dinner held in Orange to honor individuals across Orange County and the surrounding areas. After a buffet style dinner, each chapter president introduces his/her chapter “Hero(s)” with a speech, the plaque is awarded, pictures are taken, and each chapter “Hero” is given a chance to share their experience and/or gratitude in receiving their award.
The speeches are by far the most interesting and inspiring. Each unique, but alike in the sense that hearing them made it evident to me, that I was in the presence of some very special people; individuals who in their own way have devoted a part of their lives to a greater cause. To borrow from a famous quote by Gandhi, they have become the change they wanted to see in the world – and thus have made a difference.
At a time when people wait for leadership, or look to others for hero’s, I was in a room full of people who stopped waiting and looking, and instead took up their share for change. It was an experience I will never forget, and am honored to have been a part of.
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