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Assembly names ‘woman of the year’

Smyth presents honor for 38th Assembly District

Posted: March 7, 2009 1:24 a.m.
Updated: March 7, 2009 9:00 a.m.
The California Assembly will recognize Paula Cracium, director of development for the Shepherd of the Hills Church and vice president of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, as the 2009 "Woman of the Year" for the 38th Assembly District.

"I am very proud to present Paula as my 2009 Woman of the Year," said Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. "I have had the pleasure of working with Paula and Shepherd of the Hills before my election to the state Assembly. The work she does benefits the entire community."

Following the tragic Chatsworth Metrolink accident in September 2008, Cracium offered help and support, delivering 30 cases of water to the rescue workers at the crash site.

The following month, when the Sesnon fire burned around Porter Ranch and neighboring communities, Cracium operated a four-day emergency shelter for the fire evacuees and their pets at Shepherd of the Hills - the first partnership of its kind with the American Red Cross.

"Those affected by the accident and fires were friends and neighbors. I just wanted to be there for them," Cracium said.

"I can think of no more fitting way to put 2008 in perspective and behind us than to honor one of its heroes, and I'm pleased that Paula has accepted this honor," Smyth said.


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