Citizen of the Month: Oreda Chin
Oreda Chin is the Executive Director of the Imperial Valley Cancer Support Center (IVSC) and is an inspiration to and advocate for so many who are battling cancer in the Imperial Valley.
Cancer survivors need a little more support this year, and Oreda dedicates her time to providing that support and more. In November alone, Oreda and IVSC provided over 15 gasoline cards to their clients, eight Wal-Mart gift cards, six quilts for new patients and distributed 15 turkeys at Thanksgiving.
In December, IVSC hosted a virtual fundraiser to continue to provide vital services to those in need and, so far, have $3500 received from auctioned items. Typically, IVSC hosts an annual holiday party for clients but, due to COVID, Oreda and her team instead prepared stockings and gift bags for cancer patients including those at the Cancer Institute at Pioneers for chemotherapy or treatment.
To date in 2020, IVSC has provided services or support to over 74 new families and 114 existing clients. Oreda says "It's a labor of love and a way for us to provide a little comfort during a time when we can't meet or hug in person. I never knew a hug could be so important until I couldn't give them."
Please join me in thanking Oreda and IVSC for the hope and joy they spread in our community!
Organization of the Month: Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce is a business development and advocacy organization in our district that plays a pivotal role in the success of so many of our regional businesses. Its focus on critical trade issues and proximity to the US-Mexico border helps provide businesses with resources and access to both local and global markets.
This year, with businesses experiencing unprecedented hurdles, the Chamber has been instrumental in providing COVID-19 resources to Otay Mesa businesses both related to financial assistance and workplace regulations. The Chamber successfully transitioned its MEXPORT trade show to a virtual platform and continues to develop informative seminars and workshops in a virtual environment.
The Otay Mesa business community has been a pillar in sustaining the region's economy due to their manufacturers, mainly food processors and the entire trade stakeholder businesses supporting the Otay Mesa Commercial Port of Entry, ensuring our supply chains continue to function efficiently. We are so fortunate to have such a prosperous business community leading the way in so many binational sectors, and we thank the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce for its vital role in helping this business community thrive!