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Articles by Jane Sunahara

Loyce Holt, a longtime community worker and retired Recreation Department director for the City of Gardena, will be one of two recipients of the 2016 YWCA Crimson Award April 15 at the Holiday Inn Harbor Gateway.

Crimson honors this year will also go to Gardena City Clerk Mina Semenza. They are among 20 recipients of the honors since its inception in 2010.

Holt refers to herself as a desert rat, growing up in Lancaster.  She graduated from Antelope Valley College before transferring to Cal State University, Los Angeles. 

In pursuit of a career coordinating health and human services for families, Jane Y. Tokubo's experience included the retail industry where she rose from clerk to managerial, to executive and buying positions.

She accomplished all of this before joining the Los Angeles Unified School District, first as a parent volunteer, then as a Healthy Start Coordinator.

Her long history of volunteerism shows a diverse passion, and devotion, having served and continues to serve in different capacities for a number of organizations, including but not limited to:

Deidra Seto, vice president of Hawai'i's Daughters Guild, is the second of three to be honored on Friday, Feb. 21 at the 5th annual YWCA Crimson Awards for Excellence in Torrance. 

Kathleen Barbosa, owner of The Burnt Tortilla Restaurant and Sports Bar, is one of three Crimson Honorees for the 5th annual YWCA Crimson Awards for Excellence will be honored Friday, Feb. 21 at the Holiday Inn, Torrance.

As a young girl growing up in Gardena, she dreamed of opening a Mexican restaurant that would serve fine, home-cooked meals prepared with the freshest ingredients. In preparation for this dream, she got an early start as one of six children in the Cardenas family, with the specific chore of grilling tortillas for the family dinner.