As my term comes to an end, I want to reflect on the many accomplishments we have made during this time. I want to acknowledge the Board of Directors (BOD) for all of their hard work and dedication to the Chicano Correctional Workers Association (CCWA). A special thank you to the Executive Board members who specifically gave so much of their own time and energy, providing guidance and advice to ensure my term as your Association President was successful.
Since 2016, CCWA was met with some very difficult situations that challenged the very existence of our association. Fortunately, the BOD entrusted the executive body with the task of taking on these challenges. For the next two years, they worked diligently and meticulously and finally in 2018, CCWA not only met those challenges, but defeated them.
As the association moved forward, some of the goals I set for myself did not come to fruition. It was my desire to attend a vast amount of chapter meetings throughout the state. Another goal of mine was to hold a state-wide youth conference. Unfortunately, the challenges and obstacles our association was dealing with also hindered my travel to the myriad of institutions. However, I was able to meet with CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan, Undersecretary Ralph M. Diaz and visit with wardens from seven institutions. All were positive meetings.
The renewal and purpose of the Chicano Correctional Workers Foundation (CCWF) was to donate resources and provide awards and recognition to members for worthy causes. This year our awards will go to a supervisor and an employee who demonstrates CCWA values for outstanding service. I would like to mention the creation of the CCWF “Dream Makers Foundation”. The purpose of the “Dream Makers Foundation” is to make a wish come true for children battling life threatening diseases. Special thanks to the Avenal Chapter for winning the contest by submitting the name “Dream Makers”.
In addition, we celebrated the 45th anniversary of CCWA. It coincided with the bi-annual training conference held in Sacramento. My thanks to the training committee members for their diligence and hard work in hosting such a successful conference. It was an opportunity to invite founding members of CCWA to attend and relate their experiences. I look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary.
In closing, I want to say thank you to the members for their support during my term, (I will retire November 2, 2018). Without you we could not have met our challenges and together, we have become a better and stronger CCWA, and most importantly, family.
May God keep you safe as you continue to work one of the toughest jobs in the state. “We are Family, Somos Familia”.
Chicano Correctional Workers Association