Viveka Fuenzalida Receives Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Oct. 8, 2013 

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Viveka Fuenzalida (center) receives the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award at the Oct. 8 Board of Supervisors meeting.

In recognition for her many years of community and exemplary volunteer work in Fairfax County, Viveka Fuenzalida was honored by the Board of Supervisors with the 2013 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during its meeting Oct. 8, 2013. The award, named to honor the memory of Barbara Varon, former chairman of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, was established to recognize a Fairfax County resident’s dedication to improving the community through volunteer service.

This year’s Barbara Varon Volunteer Award recipient has worked tirelessly to promote voter registration activities amongst residents new to Fairfax County and our country. As a native of Chile who immigrated to the United States and obtained her citizenship, she brings valuable insight to the needs of many under-represented segments of our community. Viveka Fuenzalida is recognized today for her exemplary volunteer work to educate Fairfax County residents about voter participation and ensure they have access to the process.

Since 1990 Viveka Fuenzalida has been a member of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. She plays an essential role in numerous League activities, including, but not limited to, special arrangements committee chair for the League’s annual and general meeting and unit officer. She conducts all her activities with unfailing friendliness and attention to detail.

In addition to voter registration activities, she also is a volunteer with Reston-Herndon FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help). This is a volunteer, non-sectarian, non-profit corporation dedicated to helping local residents through short term crises. She conducts financial assistance classes to Spanish speaking participants.Viveka Fuenzalida’s volunteerism reflects her commitment and appreciation for Fairfax County’s diverse population and desire to have a positive impact on the community.

The award nominees must reside in Fairfax County, demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of the community’s population, exhibit patriotism, show evidence of having a positive effect on the community and be known for encouraging others to do the same.

For more information about the award, contact Kathryn Segars, 703-324-2953, TTY 711, or visit the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs.

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