Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation is honoring Lisa Lemus as the Mother of the Year at its 59th annual award ceremony, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Morcom Rose Garden, 700 Jean St. in Oakland.
A lifelong educator, volunteer, counselor and mentor, Lemus is inspired by the example of Cesar Chavez, believing that to give back to the community is to give to oneself.
She worked in the area of youth counseling for over 10 years and taught at Manzanita School in Oakland until 2003. Now retired, she has become increasingly active volunteering at Oakland parks, her church and the Oakland Museum where she has been a docent guide for two years.
She graduated from Stanford in 1975, obtained a Master’s degree from Mills College in Oakland and a teaching credential from Cal State University East Bay.
Lemus was nominated for the award by Sheffield Avenue Neighborhood Association, with support from the Friends of Sausal Creek and Lakeside Temple of Practical Christianity.
For the past seven years, she and her husband have been co-stewards for William D. Wood Park, which is part of the Sausal Creek watershed. She organizes a monthly cleanup day and leads student community service days for local schools.