Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell participated in the 16th Annual NPIEN Education Conference, and presented an award to Long Beach City College Student Clara Ahsiu. The Assemblymember, a teacher with 20 years of teaching experience, formerly taught at Paramount High School. NPIEN was recognized for its 16 years of service to the Pacific Islander community. Also present was Dr. Suely Saro, from Senator Ricardo Lara's Office, who recognized NPIEN in 2016 with a service award. Thank You Assemblymember O'Donnell!
On April 18, 2017 the City of Lakewood hosted an appreciation luncheon to thank all the senior Lakewood volunteers who have given so much of their time to the community over the past year. Victor Thompson, a long-time Lakewood resident and dedicated community volunteer, received special recognition as the 2016 Older Adult Volunteer of the Year.