The Volunteer of the Year for 2012 is Bari Vaz. The volunteer of the year dinner was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Mira Mesa Senior Center.
Bari Vaz moved to Mira Mesa from New Orleans in 2008 and rapidly became a leader in most of our community groups. She serves as Chairman of the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group, and previously chaired a Planning Group subcommittee that reviewed the future high occupancy vehicle onramp to Interstate 15, working for months to develop mitigation plans. Bari serves as First Vice-President of the Mira Mesa Town Council. She chaired the Town Council Redistricting Subcommittee, attending almost all of the City Redistricting Committee meetings, with her efforts leading to a result beneficial to our community. She has chaired the Mira Mesa Fourth of July committee for the past two years, and represented Mira Mesa as an Ambassador for the San Diego Foundation’s “Our Greater San Diego Vision.” Bari is a leader in creating the new MMTC Foundation, a tax-deductible non-profit now under formation as a sister group to Mira Mesa Town Council. Bari also serves on the board of the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Inc. and as Chairman of the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Bari lived in New Orleans prior to coming to Mira Mesa and was just as active in that community, among other efforts helping residents with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Pictures from the Volunteer of the Year Dinner provided by Michael Spencer: