Fifty women were honored during Congressman John Garamendi’s fifth annual Women of the Year event on Sept. 21 in Woodland – including several from Colusa County County.

The women come from throughout the Third Congressional District of California and are leaders and visionaries in their communities, according to a press release. They have made significant contributions to their communities through public service, business, education, local advocacy or service in the nation’s armed forces.

“One of the highlights of my year, every year, is hosting this event to recognize the achievements of these distinguished women,” Garamendi said in the press release. “These leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, but every one of them has made a real difference to their communities and the people around them. It’s a privilege to be able to honor them.”

The following women were among the 50 honored and serve Colusa County:

Barbara Hankins


Hankins has long served children as the nurse for the Colusa Unified School District, providing careful medical attention to many who count on her alone for their care. In addition to her busy work, she is a steadfast supporter, volunteer and organizer for various anti-drug groups and programs continuing her care to our children.

“It was humbling,” Hankins said of being honored. “... I didn’t feel like I was doing anything spectacular, just doing what I was passionate about, caring for kids and families … It was just the frosting on the cake.”

“I thought it was a very nice morning for everyone to be appreciated for what they’ve done for families and kids,” she said. “It meant a lot to all of us.”

Irmalee Schumacher


Schumacher is a dedicated educator and volunteer who, for years, has committed herself to making students in Colusa the best they can be, according to the press release. For 21 years, she has led the Super Seven Awards Program, recognizing seven juniors and seniors at Colusa High School for their scholastic acheivment. She has also been instrumental in coordinating the Colusa County Office of Education’s Scholastic Appreciation Day and co-funds a scholarship for Williams High School graduates who might otherwise not be able to move into higher education.

Maryah Stoots


Stoots is a parent advocate with a heart of service and a strong desire to help others, according to the press release. She is vice president of the Williams Parent Teacher Organization where she fundraises for school spirit wear and educational programs. Stoots was instrumental in the introduction of Learning Dynamics, an early learning reading program designed to promote childhood and family literacy. 

“She exemplifies the qualities of selfless service and embodies the qualities of a public servant,” it was stated in the press release.

Pamela DaGrossa 


As a court appointed special advocate, DaGrossa mentors foster children during trying times, according to the press release. As an animal control officer and volunteer with the Colusa County Animal Shelter, she helps countless shelter animals by providing foster care, medical treatment, vaccinations and transportation to rescue organizations. 

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