Abilities United leader earns Woman of the Year
Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, selected retiring Abilities United Executive Director Lynda Steele as 2014 Woman of the Year for the 24th Assembly District.
Steele received recognition March 10 in the Assembly Chambers in Sacramento for her service and advocacy for the disabled community.
“For over 20 years, Lynda has committed herself to bettering our community by ensuring those with disabilities play a more prevalent and inclusive role in society,” Gordon said. “In doing so, Lynda has transformed our understanding of disabilities, allowing us to recognize individuals for their intrinsic value and not by their limitations. As she retires from Abilities United in July, Lynda leaves behind a community that is more compassionate and understanding because of her service.”
Steele assumed the position of executive director of Abilities United (formerly Community Association for Rehabilitation) in 1993. The nonprofit organization supports children and adults with disabilities, their families and the community.
Under Steele’s watch, the organization’s budget grew from $2.9 million to $6 million.
“I am honored that Assemblyman Rich Gordon nominated me for this prestigious award,” Steele said. “I can’t think of a more wonderful way to close out my career and begin my retirement.”