South Bay Assemblyman David Hadley honored Donna Duperron yesterday as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 66th Assembly District during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol. Mrs. Duperron serves as President & CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and is a respected community leader.
“Donna Duperron has greatly benefitted our community both as a local business leader and as an active volunteer supporting many of our non-profit organizations and charitable events,” said Hadley. “She makes an incredible difference in the South Bay every day, and is a clear choice to be honored as my Woman of the Year.”
As president & CEO of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Duperron helps develop and support opportunities for local businesses to start and thrive. She has had much success in revitalizing programs and securing financial vitality for nonprofit organizations for more than 18 years. Her key achievements include establishing such partnerships as the TACC Foundation, Adopt a School program, Business for a Day, Mentor Program, State of Education, as well as developing task forces to better serve the civic and business community.
Duperron currently serves on the board for the Southern California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and is co-chair of the healthcare committee for BizFed. She serves as a block captain for the City of Torrance Neighborhood Watch program and is CERT certified. She and her husband Gary have three grown children and two grandchildren.
“It is my privilege to be selected as the 66th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Hadley,” said Duperron. “Ghandi once said, ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ This is my inspiration to go above and beyond every day to help my community and those who are in need.”
Held annually, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. The first ceremony was held in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month. The event has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute women who have done outstanding community service. During a special ceremony in the Assembly Chambers, honorees are presented with framed resolutions from the State Assembly recognizing their contributions.
WRITTEN BY DAVE LOUDEN, ASSEMBLYMAN DAVID HADLEY’S OFFICE
Assemblyman David Hadley represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes the South Bay communities of Torrance, Gardena, Lomita, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and portions of Los Angeles.