Star Qualities

University Village retirement community and OakView Health Center employees Kristy Ferguson and Paty Pena have been named the 2017 STARs of the Year based on their outstanding service.

As excursion coordinator at University Village, Ferguson plans excursions to concerts, theatrical productions, ball games, museums and other events.

“Kristy exemplifies our community’s core values in everything she does at University Village,” says Supervisor Jayne Austin. “The residents appreciate her amazing attention to detail when planning the excursions as well as her compassionate nature. Her colleagues also consider her to be the ultimate team player. Kristy is very deserving of this honor and we are delighted for her.”

Pena, a unit secretary in OakView Health Center’s skilled nursing department, was instrumental in the department’s transition from paper to electronic medical records.

Pena’s supervisor, Maria Tang, praised her “superior organizational skills and helpful attitude in working with other staff members. Paty always greets residents and their families with a smile and goes beyond what is expected of her each day. She definitely represents what it means to be a STAR in our community.”

Teeing Up for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s annual Golf Classic grossed over $250,000, making it the most successful tournament in 45 years.

“The day was beautiful; the course played great. We played as if we were the only group on the course despite us having a field full of golfers; the volunteers and staff were very hospitable. It was fun, and we raised a lot of money [for the cause],” says keynote speaker former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Vince Ferragamo.

Select Staffing returned as title sponsor, celebrating 17 years of support for BBSVC’s top-performing signature fundraiser, which delivers the resources necessary to support 1,500 youth facing adversity in Ventura County.

The first charity event at the newly reinvented Saticoy Club, the tournament included guest access to the Travis Mathew Experience, recognition of Big Brother Aaron Kirby and Little Brother Elijah as Big & Little Match of the Year and two anonymous donors offering a combined $15,000 donation to be matched during the evening. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, that goal was reached for a total of $30,000!

Job Skills Workshops for Special Needs Employees

The Center4SpecialNeeds’ 36-hour informative and interactive job skills program, WORK IT OUT!, is designed to educate potential employees with disabilities about the interpersonal and practical skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Students will gain critical personal insight through personality and career assessments, as well as access to real-world experience via professional guest speakers and field trips to local businesses. Qualifying participants have the opportunity to volunteer in the Center’s main office, where they can practice their newly acquired skills and help build their resumes. 

The three-part program includes:

Part A: July 9-11, Interpersonal Skills, communication styles, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and conflict resolution

Part B: July 16-18, Interpersonal Skills, positive attitude, professional work ethic, initiative, time management and stress reduction

Part C: July 23-25, Practical Skills, job applications, resumes, interview techniques and networking.

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Adopt A Bus

Thanks to the community’s generous support, 5-Star Theatrical’s Adopt-A-Bus program enables hundreds of underserved children from the area to attend a production of “Beauty and the Beast” at no cost. The 3rd Annual ”Day at the Theatre” takes place July 25. As the resident theatre company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, the team at 5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) understands the importance of exposing our community and youth to the Arts. The organization partners with the community to fulfill its mission to provide the highest-quality theatre experience to foster educational opportunities and to promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California. While everyone agrees that Arts education for children is a great idea, not all children have access to the Arts. The generous sponsors of the Adopt-A-Bus program helps ensure a magical theatre experience for over 300+ at-need children this summer!

BRAVO to Local Women Business Owners

Nine outstanding women were recently honored for their extraordinary and inspirational contributions in their respective fields at the 19th Annual NAWBO Ventura County BRAVO awards luncheon in Camarillo.

“I am humbled by the accomplishments of these remarkable women. They represent the best of the best in their field and we are honored they have chosen our community to do their amazing work,” NAWBO VC President Elaine Hollifield noted.

The 2018 BRAVO Honorees are:

  • Woman Business Owner of the Year: Dawn Dyer, Dyer Sheehan Group
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Wilma Melville, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
  • Innovator of the Year: Emily Barany, VISIONALITY &
  • Rising Star of the Year: Rachel Perryman, La Rouge Salon & Bridal Team
  • Community Advocate of the Year: Dena Jenson, Center for Nonprofit Leadership
  • Education Advocate of the Year: Rose Hayden-Smith, University of California Food Observer
  • Visionary of the Year: Kim Maxwell, Kim Maxwell Studio & The Townies Podcast
  • Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: Kamie Abraham, Sagemark Consulting
  • NAWBO-VC Member of the Year: Natalie Ruffing, Sirens Media
  • Corporate Leader of the Year:  Gold Coast Transit District.

Local History

Author Tricia O’Brien writes about the Conejo Valley’s transformation from home to the Chumash Indians to its present day growth in her new book, Thousand Oaks and Westlake.

“Once upon a time, the Conejo Valley was primarily home to the Chumash Indians, oak trees, and animals. Eventually, ranches took over, cowboys made the valley their home, and the area served as a country retreat for the adventurous people of Los Angeles. The producers of numerous movies and television shows took advantage of the natural beauty that could not be duplicated on a soundstage. Hollywood stars found privacy. Soon, word spread about the tranquility and wonderful opportunities of the Conejo Valley, and the growth began. Thousand Oaks received a name and boundaries and became a city, Lake Sherwood expanded, Hidden Valley was no longer so hidden, and the birth of Westlake Village brought the city to the country.”

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