Oakley Encourages Parent Advocacy

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Supervisor Burgis presented Certificates to local educators who have dedicated themselves to this issue

You, Me, We Oakley! in partnership with the CARE Parent Network, Oakley Union
Elementary School District (OUESD), the Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB), and local
parents hosted the third annual Congreso Familiar Conference on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at
O’Hara Park Middle School.

Approximately 250 Contra Costa residents attended the event to learn how they can become better advocates for their children with special needs. Attendees were able to participate in a variety of workshops including parenting skills, special needs medication 101, stress management, and more.

During the event, the Congreso Familiar Planning Committee recognized three community members for their contributions to the special needs community.

Those honored were:

  • Dr. Hector Rivera‐Lopez, clinical psychologist and current mental health consultant to the Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD),
  • James M. Burton, former Executive Director of the Regional Center of the East Bay
  • Maria Bordanaro, Assistant Superintendent of Social Student Services for the OUESD.

Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis attended the event to acknowledge the recognition of the three community members mentioned. Burgis also commended the parent volunteers for organizing the Congreso Familiar.

Parents left the event equipped with the resources and emotional support needed to help their children succeed in school and life. For participating children, the highlight of the event was meeting Sergeant, Paul Beard of the Oakley Police Department, who shared knowledge and treats with the kids.

For more information regarding the Congreso Familiar Conference, or the plans for next year’s event, please contact YMWO Program Coordinator Gabriela Baños‐Galván by calling 925‐625‐7011 or emailing gaby@youmeweoakley.org

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