Sylvia Campa Honored as 40th Senate District Woman of the Year
SACRAMENTO – The annual “Woman of the Year” celebration returned to the California State Legislature as part of Women’s History Month, albeit in a virtual capacity this year due to COVID-19 safety measures. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) recognized Sylvia Campa as 2021 Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District.
“Sylvia Campa is a renaissance woman of community volunteerism,” said Sen. Hueso. “She uses her skills and experience to form neighborhood groups that assist each other in everything from nutrition to medications to outdoor cleanups. She is the kind of neighbor everyone wishes they had, and I’m honored to recognize her as Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District.”
The following biography was included in the Legislative Women’s Caucus commemorative booklet:
Sylvia Campa selflessly organizes groups for community members to share skills and resources, helping each other in times of adversity. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Ms. Campa founded “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” to assist seniors and persons with disabilities with:
- Alerts for COVID-19 vaccine schedules
- Shopping for elderly neighbors
- Prescription medication pick-up
- Delivering fresh produce from food banks
- Delivering day-old bread to those in need
- Landscaping front yards for physically disabled neighbors
- Delivering free pet food
- Organizing “spring clean-up” days
- Distributing free masks
Having a daughter with Autism, Ms. Campa advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities. She speaks widely at conferences throughout the country for parents of children with developmental disabilities. She presented on conservatorship at the 2020 Convention for Disability Voices United and has also traveled to Sacramento to meet with Capitol staff, lending her voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
Ms. Campa founded Liberacion e Independencia de Familias Excepcionales (L.I.F.E) and partnered with Coalition for Elder & Disability Rights (CEDAR) to support SB 1123 (2020) legislation to protect vulnerable adults from forced isolation.
Ms. Campa attended the University of San Diego and studied in Tecate, Mexico. She lives in Eastlake, California, loves nature, and is a landscape designer.