In Sutter County, recognition for member of library literacy program that has helped more than 740 apply for citizenship

Sutter County employee Tejinder Kaur received a Woman of the Year award from Congressman John Garamendi, for her role in building a literacy program at the Sutter County library that has helped 740 people apply for citizenship, and for creating the Women’s Multicultural Dance. which draws women from all cultures in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Sutter County Library Literacy Coordinator Tejinder Kaur was recognized today as one of 10 women from Sutter and Yuba counties as Third Congressional District Women of the Year in a ceremony hosted by Congressman John Garamendi in Woodland.

Kaur was recognized both for the work she did helping to create the Sutter County Library’s Literacy Services Citizenship Preparation program, which has helped 6,386 individuals apply for naturalization and 740 file applications for citizenship, and for creating the Multicultural Women’s Dance, which draws women from all cultures in the Yuba-Sutter area.

Other women from Yuba and Sutter counties recognized today were Marysville’s Vera Correa, vice-president of the Alliance for Hispanic Advancement; Jackie Sillman, head of public relations for Recology Yuba-Sutter and a volunteer in many community programs; Elta Barber of Yuba City, founder of Youth Explosion and member of the board of directors of To Tanzania With Love, which raises money to aid an orphanage in Tanzania; 38-year Yuba College art instructor Sarah Sealander; Sally Serger of Yuba City, who teaches the deaf and hard of hearing, and is involved in 4H and a longtime advocate for flood risk reduction; sisters Heidi Shelton and Wendy Zepata, who co-own a business and volunteer for many events; Barbara Hankins of Meridian, a longtime school nurse in Colusa County; and Suzanne Laura Hall, who oversees the CalFresh nutrition program for five counties.