Medea Kalognomos, a retired educator from Glendale Unified School District, is the 2015 recipient of the Soroptimist International of the Verdugos “Ruby Award” in recognition for her outstanding volunteerism, activism and service to the community for the past 30 years. Soroptimist is an international women’s organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and in the world.
Kalognomos is a founding member of CASPS, Committee for Armenian Students in Public Schools, established under the auspices of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Western United States in 1994. “Medea has given of herself and time generously to help enhance the educational and social needs of immigrant children in public schools,” said Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian. “Her appreciation for her Armenian heritage and her commitment to her community make her an inspirational role model.”
Kalognomos has volunteered at CASPS for the past twenty years and currently serves as Co-president.
“Medea’s determination in helping others, her pro-student attitude, and her concern for young people is admirable,” said Dr. Richard Sheehan, Superintendent of Glendale Unified School District.
During the last 30 years, Kalognomos has served in many educational and civic organizations such as the Armenian Cultural Conference, Armenian Educational Foundation, Junior Achievement of Armenia, Western Prelacy Education Council, Chamlian School Book Committee, Project Harmony, Project Unity Day, Glendale Healthy Kids, Youth Forum, Pride Committee/Glendale High School, AGBU Generation Next, Hye Wrap/ Pacific Clinic, City of Glendale Celebrating Diversity, Armenian American Medical Alliance Support Group, and others.
She has also volunteered in Armenia for the past eighteen years working with teachers, schools, hospitals and orphanages in Yerevan and remote communities.
“I would like thank the Soroptimist Organization for this recognition. I admire them for their humanitarian work in local communities and world-wide. I hope to continue working with and inspiring students to be the best that they can be. It is my privilege to serve my community here and in Armenia,” said Kalognomos.
Kalognomos is planning to leave for Armenia in August to continue volunteering and working with young people and college students.