Veterans’ supporter is ‘woman of year’

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA (left) with one of her favorite volunteers, DEBBIE REYNOLDS of Eskaton Wilson Manor in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

A woman who has involved herself in West Sacramento’s community has earned “Woman of the Year” distinction in Mariko Yamada’s 8th Assembly District.

Debbie Reynolds, 35, joined other state-wide honorees in receiving the award in a ceremony at the capitol on March 26.

“I was a little bit nervous,” she told the News-Ledger. “I’m more of a behind-the-scenes person.”

  Reynolds is the administrator of Eskaton Wilson Manor, an affordable housing facility for seniors in West Sacramento. She’s been the administrator for two years and has worked there for eight.

Last year, she took on the task of creating the city’s first Veterans Day parade – a festivity that successfully wound its way through the Park Boulevard neighborhood in November, for the first. She also was at the forefront of a successful effort to raise money to help local veteran Minoru Ohye visit his long-separated brother in Japan. Ohye got his wish, and saw his brother for the first time in 60 years.

Reynolds, a mom from North Highlands with two kids, is also active in West Sacramento’s Mighty Rotary Club chapter.

In person, she brims with energy.

In a press release, Yamada called her “an exceptional leader in Yolo County.”

“The veterans in West Sacramento were also given a reason to celebrate in the first-ever (veterans) parade in the city, thanks to Debbie’s hard work.”

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