Honorees were recognized at the 32nd Annual Women of the Year Awards and Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, March 13, 2017. The annual Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women in Los Angeles County.
Event proceeds provide funding to promote vital outreach throughout Los Angeles County in fulfilling the Commission’s goals of “Educating, Motivating and Inspiring Women,” as well as, to fund critical education scholarships. As is the tradition, the Supervisors and the Commission President select their designated Awardees and then there are six award categories for at-large nominations.
Mrs. Lewis was selected for her dilgent work through The Positive Results Corporation, an organization that addresses bullying, interpersonal violence and sexual assault in youth and communities of color. She advocated and established Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in several cities, created Stop The Pain Teen Summits among other programs.
She also partners with K-12 schools, colleges, cities, governmental and private organizations, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies and utility companies. She has received numerous awards, including 2014 Woman of Distinction, 2015 Woman of the Year Award, 2016 Humanitarian Award.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Woman of the Year Award in Education from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission for Women,” stated Kandee.
“Thank you Supervisor’s Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Janice Hahn for supporting me and the work The Positive Results Corporation has done in the community for 26 years! Thank you Tony Newsom for having the Vision to begin The PRC. Thank you Eulanda Lynn Matthews and Ora Watkins-Buck for nominating me for this award! Thanks to my Mother, Daisy Newsom for being an amazing Mother, my #1 Supporter and for loving me unconditionally!”, an excited Kandee stated.
Kandee & Mother, Daisy Newsom with Supervisor’s Mark Ridley-Thomas & Janice Hahn
“Unfortunately, Violence & Abuse is the biggest threat to women, children & families. It begins in the womb & is more wide spread than any pandemic. Dare I say every person in this room has been impacted,” stated Kandee in her acceptance speech.
“Most people will never speak of the abuse for fear or shame. But it is in the silence that allows the violence to continue to grow.”
A Los Angeles native, Kandee has been married for 34 years and has three adult children and a pit bull. She contributes her success to the love and support received from her family.
About The Positive Results Corporation
The PRC changes lives by addressing Dating Violence, while enhancing skills and internal resources by building & supporting positive self-image & healthy relationships to promote & develop thriving, safer communities and productive citizens. They advocate for Policy & Legislation for Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Awareness. Learn more at http://prc123.org/