TOLUCA LAKE–Glendale Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Alice Petrossian received the YWCA Women of Heart and Excellence Award during a luncheon Thursday attended by more than 200 public officials–community leaders and YWCA supporters.
Petrossian was joined by Sister Lucille Dean–principal of Providence High School in Burbank–who received the second award.
In accepting the award–Petrossian thanked the Glendale Unified School District–her colleagues–her community–the YWCA–but most importantly her husband–Vahak–with whom she will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in coming weeks.
She was awarded the honor for her work in the field of education and her efforts to ensure a better life–through education–for all.
Petrossian was introduced by her colleague and friend–the principal of Toll Middle School in Glendale Hasmig Danielian–who called Petrossian her mentor and listed the numerous contributions she has made to the field of education.
Danielian also praised Petrossian’s commitment to children and families.
The keynote speech of the luncheon was presented by Denise Brown–the chairwoman of the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation. Brown gained national notoriety following the brutal murder of her sister Nicole and her friend Ron Brown in 1994.
Brown spoke of domestic violence and addressed means to prevent that crime.
The honorees received commendations from Rep. Jim Rogan–State Sen. Adam Schiff (D)–State Assemblyman Scott Wildman (D)–Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich–Burbank Mayor Stacey Murphy and the Glendale City Council. The latter commendation was presented by former Glendale Mayor Eileen Givens.
The YWCA Women of Heart and Excellence Award came on the heels of Petrossian being named Woman of the Year by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.
Petrossian has been active in various educational–philanthropic and polical causes in the Armenian community.