In a room brimming with the who’s who of La Cañada Flintridge, City Councilwoman Laura Olhasso was honored Wednesday as the 2009 La Cañadan of the Year by the Kiwanis Club.
The award is given annually in recognition of exceptional service and leadership to the community, said Joel Smith, a past Kiwanis Club president and former award recipient. This year, nine individuals or couples were nominated, all with impressive records of donating time, talent and money to community efforts. Olhasso’s “crescendo of a year” as mayor made her stand out, Smith said.
Friends and colleagues shared story after story about PTA events, school bond campaigns and City Council meetings.
“Laura has been doing great things for 25 years,” said Meredith Reynolds, a former school board president and last year’s recipient of the La Cañadan of the Year award. “She didn’t emerge this year, she just rose to the occasion. But she was always there and always capable of doing that.”