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Janet Frazier of Oakley was honored in the Commission for Womenís annual Hall of Fame.

Antioch's Nati Flores was surprised and honored to be one of eight Contra Costa County women inducted into the Contra Costa Women's Hall of Fame last week. Flores received the award for her dedication to the Monument community in Concord.

"It is hard to take credit for something that is an effort of so many partners," Flores said. "It isn't just about me; it is the hard work of everyone."

Flores grew up in the Monument district with her single mother and sister. At the time, she remembered that people looked on that part of the Concord community differently because it was filled with lower-income and many non-English speaking people. She wanted to change that.

As an adult, Flores volunteered whatever time she had after work and weekends for more than 10 years at the Monument district's community center, the Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity.

She was eventually hired on as program director for the center and works to bring programs that promote economic self-sufficiency, health services and civic engagement.

"We cover anything to help the community from healthy eating to legal research to teaching people about the health care reform act," Flores said.

While Flores is described as a woman with passion for her work with a solid reputation as a problem solver, an advocate and a link to resources, she is adamant that no man, or woman, is an island.


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"Without the resources of people in our city and our county, we wouldn't be able to do the work we do," she said.

Flores' previous work was with the Hospice Foundation of the East Bay, a nonprofit helping provide end-of-life care.

Flores was the assistant to the Director of Retail Operations, helping raise funds to cover the care of those who are uninsured or underinsured.

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors established the Contra Costa Women's Hall of Fame in October 1997.

The oversight organization's name was later changed to the Contra Costa Commission for Women.

The Women's Hall of Fame acknowledges those exceptional, multifaceted women who have enhanced life in Contra Costa County through their careers and volunteer activities.

The organization asks for nominations from the community and honors the chosen inductees at a biannual event held in March to coincide with celebrating Women's History Month.

This year, women were chosen for "Women Contributing to the Arts," "Women Creating Community," "Women Demonstrating Leadership," "Women Improving Health Care" and "Women Working for Justice." Flores was honored under "Women Working for Justice."

Also inducted from East County was Janet Frazier under the category "Women Improving Health Care."

Frazier was honored for her work with The Network of Care organization she and her husband, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, began 10 years ago in honor of their teenage daughter, who died in an out-of-town car accident.

Over the past 10 years, Frazier's organization has help provide meal support to families of children who are suddenly hospitalized.

In that time, the fully volunteer-run organization has provided over 135,000 families at more than 50 hospitals in California and four hospitals in Colorado.

Janet Frazier is a commercial marketing and operations coordinator for Chevron in San Ramon.

She serves on the board of directors for Our Healing Hearts, a support group for women who have lost children.

Frazier and her husband were instrumental in bringing the first playground for children of all abilities to East Contra Costa County.

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