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Local Activist, Sonia Valentin Fernandez, Honored for Her Work

Woman of Distinction 2012
Woman of Distinction 2012

Anyone who knows Sonia Valentin Fernandez knows how much she deserved the recent honor she received. Nominated for the state “Women of Distinction Award” as part of the State Senate “Women of Distinction Program” Fernandez was honored by State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I Brooklyn). Presented with the award at the State Capital in Albany, Fernandez was honored for her commitment to local community activities.

She is a member of Community Board 11, an appointee of the 62nd Precinct and attendance of the Citizens Police Academy. She’s also the President of the Benson Avenue Block Association (which nominated her for the award). She also supports a large array of causes that benefit victims of domestic violence and the disadvantaged.

Her sister, Veronika S. Fernandez, wrote about her accomplishments,

“Her most outstanding accomplishment, however, is her impact on thousands of individuals through her community service.   Her civic and moral engagement, willingness to help everyone, is quite a noble path and is undeniably remarkable.”

Golden, during the awards ceremony, said of Fernandez,

“I was honored to welcome an  extraordinary Brooklyn woman to Albany  to honor her as part of the State  Senate’s Women of Distinction Program. Sonia has proven herself to be  dedicated to the community and many charitable efforts.   I know that she  will continue her work to improve and better the neighborhood.”


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