Yamada, a professional social worker, was recently inducted into the Social Work Hall of Distinction by her peers in recognition of her contributions to the profession over nearly four decades. Yamada and five other individuals became the 2013 class of inductees at a ceremony held in Oakland in conjunction with the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter’s annual conference last month.
“Mariko Yamada applies her professional social work knowledge and skill to forming policies that will make a difference for many people,” said Ellen Dunbar, Professor and Hall of Distinction committee member. “We recognize Assemblymember Yamada because she is an advocate who clearly believes in the causes she espouses.”
Yamada, who serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care, was honored twice last week for her advocacy on aging issues. She received the “Henry Mello Legislator of the Year Award” from the California Senior Legislature during their 33rd Annual session in the Capitol, and later in the week, was presented with a framed handmade quilt crafted by the participants of Yolo Adult Day Health Center at their annual Blues Harvest gala in Woodland.
“Mariko has been dedicated to the Adult Day Health long before she became an Assemblymember and played a critical role in saving this concept as an option for California’s seniors,” said the Center’s Program Manager, Dawn Myers Purkey. “We needed a champion and she took on that role.”
“To be recognized for doing the work I love is very humbling,” Yamada said. “I accept these recent honors on behalf of the tens of thousands of vulnerable Californians who count on us to be their voice in Sacramento.”
Yamada, along with Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby and Congresswoman Doris Matsui, has been voted among the Top Three Female Elected Officials in the region by the readers of Sacramento Magazine. The three lawmakers are recognized in the magazine’s November 2013 “Best Of” issue.
Yamada represents California’s Fourth Assembly District, including all or parts of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.