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Senator Ben Hueso Honors 40 Local Women from The District


Each year, State Senator Ben Hueso’s office honors women of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who are passionate about and committed to empowering and improving their communities.

Typically, this ceremony takes place in March during Women’s History Month but this year was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Among the winners of this award was the publisher of Beyond Borders Gazette, Ellie Burgueno for her work in journalism and binational work.

“While we cannot celebrate these inspirational women in person, we want to virtually recognize them here,” Senator Hueso said,

From health and education to social justice, to philanthropy, this remarkable group of honorees has contributed immensely to making our district a better place to live.

“I extend my most heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of them. They are among a group of successful and talented women who are truly making an impact on the lives of all Californians.” Hueso added.

Ellie Burgueno was selected Woman of the Year 2020 by California Senate

Ms. Burgueno is also a book author and gives public conferences on both sides of the border. She started the first Student Summit in the Imperial Valley that took place at SDSU called “Believe in Your Dreams” that motivated students to pursue their goals. She also leads a publishing company that will run a tourism magazine and binational industrial directory. In addition, she will open a bookstore/coffee shop in El Centro and is the current president of the Imperial County-Mexicali Press Club.

Other Imperial Valley honorees are local educator Haydee Rodriguez; IV LGBT Director Rosa Diaz; Blanca Morales from the Calexico Wellness Center; Brown Bag Coalition Co-Founder Maribel Padilla; and Judge Ruth Montenegro.

You can find a full list of the 40 nominees and selected women of the year by the California Senate at https://sd40.senate.ca.gov/WOTY-2020?fbclid=IwAR1viZhKI9-4dfbZ3Q6j9Cudno0ls5NO71dL1lUahNOFODTe555ypjSf7iA

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