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Senior of the Year 2014

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  • 2014 Senior of the Year – Janice Marie Wiggins White. (Courtesy Photo)

by Jessica Zuniga

El Monte

Each year, the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaim the month of May as Older Americans Recognition Month.  Each city in the County is asked to nominate one individual, age 60 or over, who has shown exceptional service as an outstanding example in his/her community.  The Senior Presidents’ Council of the City of El Monte has chosen Janice Marie Wiggins White as the ‘2014 Senior of the Year’ for her active and committed community involvement in El Monte.
Mrs. Janice Marie Wiggins White is a resident of El Monte.  She is a direct descendent of the Pioneer Wiggins Family.  She graduated from El Monte High School in 1955. Janice has been a strong supporter of El Monte Union High School’s Reunion Committee for decades.  Janice is currently on the El Monte Historical Society’s Board of Directors. She has worked tirelessly to preserve our museum’s historic heritage as a Docent, keeping in tune with our community changes. Janice serves on the Board of Directors for the El Monte Cemetery Association of our community’s Pioneer Cemetery known as Savannah Memorial Park.  Janice is a member of the El Monte Red Hat Society that works endless hours supporting our troops by corresponding and sending care packages for hundreds of our men and women in uniform.  Janice has served beyond our community as volunteer at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and for several years working the Historic Los Angeles Open Golf Tournament.
Janice Wiggins White carries a genuine love for the community of El Monte and its people.  Her fulfillment comes from a deep devotion of loyalty and patriotism for her country and those she is surrounded by.  She carries a tenacity that is infectious and passionate in supporting causes that benefit the less fortunate and others.
The Senior Presidents’ Council of the City of El Monte has chosen Janice Marie Wiggins White as the ‘2014 Senior of the Year’.  A special ceremony given by the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging honored Mr. Hernandez, along with other Senior of the Year nominees from cities throughout Los Angeles County (Supervisorial Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4), on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  The Senior Presidents’ Council and City of El Monte Community & Senior Services Division will also honor Ms. Wiggins White with a special luncheon, to be held at the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 N. Tyler Ave., El Monte, on Tuesday, July 17, 2014; at 10:00 AM.  For more information, please call (626) 580-2210.

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