Laura Johnson is Contra Costa County’s Humanitarian of the year for 2011.
Johnson, lauded for her volunteering and leadership in the City of Richmond, also
distinguished herself as President of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County.
The award was presented at the county’s thirty third annual Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian of the Year Awards ceremony sponsored by the Contra Cost County Board of Supervisors.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gordon Baranco was the keynote speaker.
Mario Alvarado, a senior at Concord high School, volunteers with CCISCO (Contra Cost Interfaith Supporting Community Organization), which helps empower youth, was chosen as the Student humanitarian of the Year.
Johnson drew extra plaudits for providing strong financial leadership in rescuing Girls, Inc. Their doors were reopened, all debts were retired and all liens were lifted. With a newly renovated facility, playground and recreational area, Girls, Inc continues it programs of self esteem, economic literacy, science and technology, critical thinking, pregnancy prevention, AIDS education, academic support and many more activities. Photos by Joe Fisher