Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Three local women have been selected as recipients of the Mexican Heritage Center’s second annual Adelita Awards.
2010 inductees —Nurse Mary Adame, church volunteer Henrietta Anguiano and Historian and Curator Arlene Galindo— will be honored at a ceremony to be held on Saturday January 29, 2011 at the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery in North Central Stockton.
The Adelita Award is presented to San Joaquin County women of Mexican descent who have shown courage, strength and persistence throughout their lives.
Mary Hope Lopez Adame: has been a health care provider for 44 years. She began as a nurse’s aide, never gave up, and did not stop until earning a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She has received other hard earned community service and professional awards honoring those who go beyond expectations to deliver quality patient care.
Although, suffering many tragedies in her life, Henrietta “Katy” Anguiano has persevered, volunteering for the last sixteen years at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Lathrop, helping neighbors with transportation to medical appointments or to buy groceries.
It took Arlene Galindo 15 years to complete her professional education, getting at a minor and two bachelor’s degrees from University of the Pacific, a degree from the University of El Paso Center for inter-American and Boarder studies, and a Master’s Degree from the John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, all the while raising three children and being active in community events and organizations such as The Mexican Heritage Center, The San Joaquin Film Society, Stockton Symphony and PUENTE.
The committee decided on the name Adelita, because the name has come to symbolize women in the Mexican Revolution, who showed courage not only in combat, but also by organizing villagers and underground efforts. They came from diverse social classes of Mexican society; from the very poor to those who were educated and from middle class families.