June 11, 2009 - Issue: Vol. 155, No. 87 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 1st Session
LAURA BAKKEN; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1385] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] LAURA BAKKEN ______ HON. SAM GRAVES of missouri in the house of representatives Thursday, June 11, 2009 Mr. GRAVES. Madam Speaker, I proudly pause to recognize Laura Bakken of Saint Joseph, Missouri. Laura is active in the community through her work and has been chosen to receive the YWCA Women of Excellence Award for Woman in the Workplace. Laura Bakken serves as the Spanish interpreter for the Head Start at Community Action Partnership, and is certified in ``Los Ninos Bien Educados,'' a nationally acclaimed curriculum for strengthening Hispanic families and enhancing parenting success. Laura recruits low income Hispanic families to participate in the Head Start program. She was nominated by her peers for excellence in performance and is currently training colleagues about cultural diversity. Laura uses her interpretation skills throughout the community to assist children and families. ``To make a community better, it starts with the people. If everyone can adopt one family, and help that one, and get them on their feet, then it'll be a chain reaction.'' Laura has faced the challenge of overcoming an abusive childhood, homelessness as a teenager, breast cancer, and physical disability to become a survivor and a nurturer. As her nominator describes her, ``She defies the odds and simply gets the job done, making the world a brighter, prettier place just by the doing.'' Madam Speaker, I proudly ask you to join me in recognizing Laura Bakken. She has made an amazing impact on countless individuals in the St. Joseph Community. I am honored to represent her in the United States Congress.