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Two Outstanding Campbell Women To be Recognized with Distinction Awards

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF – The City of Campbell and the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy will be hosting the 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Awards today at Campbell City Hall to recognize the incredible work of women of all ages and walks of life in the Campbell community.

The Women of Distinction Awards honor women and girls who exhibit excellence by striving for equality and peace, pursuing justice, acting with unusual kindness, and displaying courage in daily life or perseverance in overcoming challenges.

This year, two outstanding Campbell residents will be recognized: Sally Howe, owner, editor and columnist of the Campbell Express, the longest running area newspaper; and Susan Blake, member of the Campbell Neighborhood Association, and of the Historic Preservation Board for the City of Campbell since January 1999.

"Having known Sally Howe for more than 30 years and Susan Blake for half that time, and working with them, I can't think of two more outstanding ladies in Campbell who are more deserving of this honor,” said Mayor Michael F. Kotowski.

“We are not only inspired, but grateful to Sally and Susan for their deep sense of community and their strong commitment to making a difference,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Ken Yeager, District 4. “They are setting an extraordinary example for others to follow.”

As part of the county celebrations during Women’s History Month, the Women of Distinction Awards recipients will be recognized today at the Campbell City Hall Council Chambers, during the Campbell City Council meeting, at 7:30 p.m.

“We applaud the efforts of the City of Campbell to recognize the vital contributions of women in their community,” said Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director of the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy. “It is an honor to work with leaders who appreciate and value the positive impact women and girls are making in Campbell.”

About the County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Developed in the spirit of cooperation between the County of Santa Clara and the community, the Office of Women’s Policy (OWP) addresses new and emerging issues affecting women and girls. The Office looks at the effectiveness of policies and systems in meeting the needs of women. OWP’s goal is to enhance existing cooperative efforts by serving as a catalyst for change, and providing a focal point for the coordination of programs and initiatives that support the progress of women and girls. Visit

About the Women of Distinction Awardees

Sally Howe is incredibly active in the City of Campbell. She takes a hands-on leadership role in many organizations and is the driving force behind many public events. She is the owner, editor and columnist of the Campbell Express, the longest running area newspaper. Ms. Howe is a staple at all City Council and Planning Commission meetings. She is a key member of the Downtown Campbell Business Association which unites the downtown businesses, enhances the downtown experience for the Campbell residents and produces such events as monthly music and arts and Wine Walk. For many years, Ms. Howe has been the force behind two major Campbell events: the Annual Bunnies & Bonnets Parade and the Annual Carol of Lights. Ms. Howe spends countless hours securing funds and recruiting volunteers to keep these two events going on an annual basis, which are free to the public. Ms. Howe is a great contributor to many causes that benefits the residents of Campbell. She continues to contribute at all levels even after celebrating her 80th birthday last year!

Susan Blake has served on the Historic Preservation Board for the City of Campbell since January 1999 and has chaired the Board five times during this period. She has served as a role model for other members of the Historic Preservation Board, especially new members. Ms. Blake’s dedication to the City of Campbell, especially to historic preservation has become a part of her every day life. She is a resident of the downtown area, living in one of the historic homes, and a very active member of the Downtown Campbell Neighborhood Association. She actively participates and speaks out on issues affecting the quality of life in the downtown area. Ms. Blake is a woman for which the word advocacy is no stranger. Her advocacy while quiet is tenacious urging in matters of importance to her.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Buu Thai, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5135 Cell: (408)772-2825
Posted on: March 20, 2012