Carol Garvey wins 2014 Community Activist Award

Congratulations to SEIU 521 member Carol Garvey, who was awarded the COPE 2014 Community Activist Award this year for her tireless dedication to labor, women’s issues and putting Community First. Carol spent 26 years with SEIU as a 911 dispatcher for Santa Clara County and is now chair of the SEIU 521 Retirees Chapter as well as the SEIU Retiree Advisory Council.

The South Bay Labor Council represents tens of thousands of members from different labor groups in the area. Carol’s work stood out among a crowded field both for how long she’s been active and the results she achieves.

“There are so many longtime activists who are true blue and always there when it comes to working for campaigns and candidates who would best represent our union values,” said Carol. “The only way I can justify this exceptional recognition is by accepting it in the spirit of a ‘lifetime achievement award’ for my 30 plus years of activism.”

Like Carol, each of us can make an impact by donating just a few hours a month to a worthy cause. Serving on one committee or one campaign can make a difference! Sign up and get involved today!

More from Carol’s biography:

  • Chapter Chair of the SEIU 521 Retirees as well as the SEIU Retiree Advisory Council.
  • “CARA Action Team” co-convener for Santa Clara County.
  • Board member of DAWN – Democratic Activists for Women Now; the Century Club and the Silicon Valley Democratic Club.
  • Volunteered on the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign in 2008.
  • Marched alongside Cesar Chavez to stand for the rights of communication workers.
  • Mentors students with the “Yes We Can – READ” program sponsored by United Way and Grail Family Services.
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