SB CAN Awards Dinner honoring Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & Poetic Justice Project

We hope you will take a moment to read about Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt's involvement in the community. 


Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt is involved in numerous community groups, including serving as the president of the Santa Maria/Lompoc National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 2007.  She is a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as Hospitality Chair, Trustee and participates in monthly feedings at the Good Samaritan Shelter.

She is a member of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, which formed as a result of the 2011 cross burning in Arroyo Grande, and a member of the Santa Maria Valley Democratic Club.

She is the Chief Investigator for the Santa Barbara County Public Defender Office. She is the first African American female in California to hold this distinction.

She is a founding member of the Defense Investigator Training Accreditation Academy and served as the first Chairperson and Instructor of Record. She continues to serve as the Instructor of Record and its Chairperson. The program is accredited through Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria.

She has been on the Defense Investigators Association Board of Directors since the late 1980’s.

Growing up in the Deep South in the 60’s and 70’s gave her an understanding and appreciation of injustice and unfairness, which gave her the passion she has for defense related work, civil and human rights and social justice. 

            Santa Barbara County Action Network invites you to join us in honoring Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, Laura & Ron Selken, Al Thompson, Peoples' Self-Help Housing, Deborah Tobola & the Poetic Justice Project, at the 2015 North County Looking Forward Awards Dinner Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria.

            Dinner tickets purchased by May 31 are $65 per person for members and $70 for non-members. 
From June 1-7, tickets will be $75 for anyone. Please consider becoming a member to support our work.


           We'll highlight the other award winners in future emails, or click here for more information.


 Poetic Justice Project will do a short skit.

Betty_Gale300_3639.jpgGale McNeeley, accompanied by Betty Faas on piano, will sing to the award recipients.

ChuckOsborne-edited2w.jpgChuck Osborne will provide the musical ambiance with his electronic accordion.

Dinner tickets purchased by May 31 are $65 per person for members and $70 for non-members. After that, tickets will be $75 for anyone. Please consider becoming a member to support our work.


If you are not already a member, please consider joining SB CAN, a progressive organization working to promote social and economic justice, to preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable communities. SB CAN advocates a holistic approach to community planning that integrates housing, open space, and transportation to meet the needs of all members of our community and future generations.

SB CAN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Memberships and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Click here to become a member. Click here to make a donation.

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Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Thank you,

Ken Hough
SB CAN Executive Director
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