Ken Housfeld is one of these heroes. Ken found a cause that needed a champion and “ran” with an idea: the Pleasant Hill Relay for Life. This annual event has become a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and an opportunity for our community to come together to help cancer victims and remember survivors.
When it comes to the education of our children, no one has done more work behind the scenes than Cindy Rubin. Without recognition or fanfare, Cindy led the fight to allow all Pleasant Hill students to attend College Park High School. She has been a leading force behind the Pleasant Hill Education Initiative.
I can't mention education without talking about another leader in our community, Kelly St. Germain. Kelly is chair of the city's Education Commission and an active parent volunteer in local schools. Her willingness to serve in so many capacities has made our schools better places to educate our children.
While David Deutscher lives in a neighboring community, you'd never know it from the things he's done to make Pleasant Hill a better place to live. He has been a devoted supporter of the Irwin Deutscher Family YMCA and he has helped modernize and refurbish the facility, making it a great place for teaching fitness and healthy living to people of all ages.
Working behind the scenes to improve the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and our business community is Judith Sosnowski. Her biggest contribution to the community is through her tireless efforts as chair of the annual Art, Jazz, & Wine Festival committee. This event brings thousands of visitors to our city and is an important source of civic pride and enjoyment.
One of the people responsible for the “greening” of Pleasant Hill is Tamara Helfer. Tamara is responsible for the excellent composting and organic gardening program at Sequoia Elementary School. She is also leading the Pleasant Hill Education Initiative’s ecology awareness program.
Pleasant Hill is fortunate to have a wonderful couple in our midst, Matt & Olivia Lovett. Matt and Olivia spend countless hours working with Boy and Girl Scouts, helping them become the leaders of tomorrow. Their volunteer efforts extend to our schools and just about any project worth doing in Pleasant Hill, including the annual Girl Scout food bank drive.
I'm sorry I do not have enough space in this column to thank the many other unsung heroes in our community, but they know who they are. Even though they don't do it for the recognition, next time you see someone helping others simply because it's the right thing to do, please thank them. I know I will.