Two leading Monterey Park residents will be honored February 26 as “People Who Make a Difference,” the annual awards event sponsored by the Monterey Park Democratic Club. This year’s honorees will be Janet K. Yu, a trustee on the Monterey Park Library Board, and Chris Reyes, a life-long Monterey Park resident and city employee.
Rosemary Reidy, chair of this year’s event, said nominees for the non-partisan Democratic Club award must be city residents and cannot be club members or elected officials.
In addition to the to the award dinner, the two recipients will also have their names placed on an honor banner which hangs in the city Library.
Janet Yu, and her family have lived in Monterey Park for more than 24 years. She is married to Charles and they have a son, Andrew, a student at Mark Keppel High School.
Besides serving on the Library Board she is also active with the Mark Keppel PTSA, Boy Scouts and LAMP Optimist Club. Her prior service has included a number of community programs.
Chris Reyes has been employed by the City of Monterey Park for 20 years and currently is Superintendent of Parks. He was vice president and past president of the Monterey Park General Employees Association for over a 16-year period. He has also been involved as a volunteer in many community projects over the years.
He graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute with an AA degree in business management. His son Christopher Jr. is also a Don Bosco alumnus. His mother, Mary Louise Reyes is also a Monterey Park resident.