GLENDALE–During the November 10th meeting of Glendale’s Commission on the Status of Women, Chairwoman, Carla Kerlin, announced the appointment of ANCG Summer Intern, Talar Malakian, for the position of student ex officio.
After reading through Malakian’s extensive accomplishmen’s in the Glendale community, Commissioner, Grace Walker noted that she is pleased with the qualifications of Ms. Malakian and welcomed her to the commission.
Currently, Malakian is a student at Crescenta Valley High School where she is the founder of a social service club, United for Change dedicated to raising awareness about the situation of women who are domestically and/or sexually abused. Ms. Malakian’s impressive list of accomplishmen’s also include serving as co-chair of the CV’s Falcon Award Committee, Captain for the Homenetmen Shant A Division’s Girls’ Basketball, member of the California Scholarship Federation, Columnist for Glendale Periodical “Oragark”, member of the Armenian Sisters’ Academy Alumni Association, Assistant Coach for the Armenian Sisters’ Academy Basketball Team: D Girls and member of UNICEF.
“I am truly grateful for being given the opportunity to serve as a student ex officio for the commission. I plan to reach out to reach out to young adults in our community and encourage them to be more proactive in eliminating gender inequality and raising awareness about domestic and sexual abuse and on other issues of concern to women,” stated Talar Malakian.
During the ANCG Internship Program, Malakian was responsible for developing a strategic plan for the ANCG membership and was involved in conducting voter registration drives. Moreover, Malakian assisted in raising funds for the Glendale Relay for Life, preparing press advisories, and planning and conducting a city-wide survey on the Glendale Smoking Ban Ordinance.
“The ANC Glendale Chapter is delighted to see Ms. Malakian be appointed to such a position. We are confident that Ms. Malakian’s involvement in the Glendale community and the ANCG internship program has prepared her for such an endeavor,” stated Elen Asatryan, Executive Director of ANCG. “She will without a doubt be an invaluable asset to the commission,” added Asatryan.
The Commission on the Status of Women assesses and evaluates the needs and issues of women in the City in order to inform and advise the City Council, City departmen’s and other community agencies and organizations of those needs and issues; recommen’s programs or legislation to the City Council to promote and ensure equal rights and opportunities to and for women in the City; promotes education on issues regarding matters involving the needs of women; provides outreach information and education that empowers women to achieve self-sufficiency and self-esteem; maintains an active liaison with groups, organizations, agencies and individuals in regard to issues related to women.
The Armenian National Committee-Glendale Chapter advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels. It is the voice of this vibrant community, which seeks to advance and enrich Glendale.