Writing Career Coach Teresa here.  I just received an invitation from the Media Center. I send hearty congratulations to the Local Heroes.  I know one of the heroes–BARDI ROSMAN KOODRIN!  This is the same Bardi who is the Literary Arts Director at the San Mateo County Fair; the same Bardi who writes for the San Bruno Patch, the same Bardi who works so hard for California Writers Club; the same Bardi who got me to say “yes, it would be an honor” to sponsoring a writing contest focusing on “The Immigrant Experience.”   A thousand cheers to Hero Bardi !!!!!



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Dear Friend of the Media Center,

Our 5th Annual Local Heroes have been selected and it’s time to celebrate them!
Last year’s reception and public screening were so successful we decided to do it again and you are invited.
RSVP: karen@midpenmedia.org before Friday, April 8th, 2011 for venue, date, time.

We will honor our winners and screen highlights of their interviews. Many of you submitted nominations; others may want to meet our Local Heroes. Either way, we hope you will be able to attend. Refreshments will be served! To help us with our planning please let us know if you can make it.

This year’s winners are:

ELLEN FLETCHER, Palo Alto’s number one champion of the biking community.

DAN WU, a high tech engineer who became a psychiatric nurse and community mental health advocate after helping his wife come to grips with Schizophrenia.

KATE YOUNG, Director of Resident Services at Palo Alto Housing Corporation, a non-profit that creates and maintains housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

BARDI ROSMAN KOODRIN, survivor of countless illnesses who has turned her considerable writing talents to helping others who face similar adversities.

EUGENE M. HYMAN, a Santa Clara County judge who has created an unprecedented program of early intervention with counseling, support and therapy for young people who have acted violently against family members.

ROBERT FREEMAN, creator of an organization that collects just one dollar from millions of high school students then uses the funds for infrastructure projects in developing countries.

It is always difficult to choose among the many incredibly gifted and deserving nominations we receive and we are very proud of those who have been selected this year.

We look forward to seeing you!


Here’s my blog post about the writing contests that Bardi Rosman Koodrin is orchestrating through the San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Dept.  http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/general-rules-for-2011-writing-contests-from-san-mateo-county-fair-literary-arts-dept/

Thank you, Bardi, for being YOU!


Teresa LeYung Ryan,

author of Love Made of Heart;

author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

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2 Responses to “5th Annual Local Heroes Have Been Selected and It’s Time to Celebrate Them!”

  • Thanks so much for those kind words, Teresa. It was such an honor to be among amazing people active in their community, and to accept the 2011 Midpeninsula Media Center Local Hero Award for my own contribution.

    It was also deeply moving to watch my filmed segment, the first time I’d seen any of the footage. I had to take a deep and purposeful breath before being able to stand up at the microphone and speak my first words of appreciation!

  • admin says:

    Dear Bardi,
    You are an inspiration and a treasure. I am so very happy for you. Any chance you can get a copy of the video and post a clip (or photos) on facebook?
    Big hugs and a thousand cheers!
    Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan
    Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (the fun workbook that helps authors gain a competitive edge)

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