2009 Asian Pacific Heritage Heroes
Donaldina Cameron House
Doreen Der-McLeod is the Executive Director Donaldina Cameron House where she was once a member of their youth program.
Over the years, Doreen has worked at the Chinatown Youth Center and the Chinatown Community Children's Center, where she later became director. She has also served on the boards of Kai Ming Headstart, Chinatown Youth Services Center, and served on the Committee for Better Parks and Recreation in Chinatown.
Doreen has worked as social work supervisor for On Lok Senior Health Services and has served as the program director at Chinatown CDC.
Founding member Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition
Caryl Ito was a founding member of a national Asian women's movement which developed into the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC). Each year they award outstanding leadership and contributions to the community.
Caryl served the president of the SF Commission on the Status of Women and was appointed by Mayor Willie Brown as chair of his Summit on Women in 2000. She currently serves as SF Airport Commissioner, vice president of the Saint Francis Memorial board of trustees, vice chair of the SF Japantown Task Force, and is on the advisory council for the SF Planning & Urban Research Association.
Dean Ito Taylor
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Dean Ito Taylor co-founded Nihonmachi Legal Outreach, a non-profit social justice organization providing legal, social and educational services and is the executive director of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. API Legal Outreach has developed innovative social justice programs serving survivors of domestic violence, abused seniors, youth, and immigrants, and promotes cross cultural work with other communities of color.
He is also an instructor with the Upward Bound Program, serving college bound, at-risk high school students, has served on the boards of directors of Kimochi and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center, and chairs the Nihonmachi Street Fair and Oshogatsu Festivals.
Lourdes Santos Tancinco
Veterans Equity Center of San Francisco
Lourdes Santos Tancinco is the chair and a founding member of the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center, an advocacy organization established to provide a clearinghouse for Filipino World War II veterans issues. She is also the supervising attorney for the Fil-Am Veterans Legal Clinic, where she provides pro bono services to elderly seniors.
Lourdes serves in various capacities in other community-based organizations, is also a host/producer of a locally produced TV show, and authors weekly immigration columns. She is the principal at Tancinco Law Offices, APC, a full-service law firm providing expertise in the field of immigration matters.
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