PCT Honors Outstanding Community Volunteers | Community
Pacific Coast Television typically honors outstanding members of the community on an annual show known as PCT Honors. This year, the program is virtual at 7 p.m. on September 11 and can be seen by tune to PCT 27 in Half Moon Bay.
The winners are James Parsons, Jill Reed, Jo Ann Zavoral, Robby Bancroft, Christibe Stahl, Jackie Speier, Suzan Getchell-Wallace, Mike and Louis Iacopi, Pablo Oropeza Sr. and Jr., Scott Morrow and Joaquin Jimenez.
James Parsons was a dedicated PCT volunteer who worked on numerous shows. He passed away in 2020.
Jill Reed was a PCT board member who passed away last year. She has helped run a program for those seeking drug addiction solutions. She facilitated their education, guidance and spiritual development. She has helped children and families recover from trauma through wellness meetings, bereavement supports and youth programs.
Jo Ann Zavoral was also a PCT volunteer who died last year. She volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank. She has supported the Pacifica Historical Society, the Lions Club and the PCT.
Robby Bancroft is the host of PCT’s “Robby’s World” podcast which explores the pursuit of happiness. He co-owns the Breakers restaurant with his father. He is a member of the board of directors of Pacificans Care, an organization that provides services to Pacificans. He is the leader of a group called “Obsolete Man”.
Christine Stahl is a local real estate agent who sits on the Pacificans Care Board of Directors. She has been a member of the Pacificans Care board since 2002. Pacificans Care supports community social services.
US Representative Jackie Speier is 40 years old in politics. She represents the 14th Congressional District of California. Her career began as a legislative assistant in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she became the youngest person elected to the San Mateo County Supervisory Board. She was elected to Congress in 2008 and continues to serve.
Suzan Getchall-Wallace has owned and operated Coldwell-Fahey Properties where she has been helping people buy homes for over 30 years. She is a director of the California Association of Realtors, a member of the Pacifica Library Foundation, and a member of the Pacifica Democrats.
Mike and Louis Iacopi farm in Half Moon Bay between two airstrips at the Half Moon Bay airport. Having founded the business in 1962, they sell in a small local market, providing the people of Half Moon Bay with fresh produce grown just around the corner. They are at the Ferry Building Farmers Market and sell dry beans, English peas, broad beans, snow peas and artichokes. They started a local food delivery program to provide food to people in need.
Pablo Oropeza Sr. and Jr. have run Joe’s Restaurant in Half Moon Bay since 2002. Joe’s Restaurant offers standard breakfasts, burgers and classic Italian fare. They sponsor a Little League team. When a member of the community suffers a loss, they donate the restaurant, food and place to the grieving family free of charge.
Dr Scott Morrow has served as a San Mateo County health worker since 1992. He is responsible for guiding the county’s health response, including through COVID-19, promoting disease prevention, enforcing laws on public health and to advise elected officials on health policy. He has been instrumental in the San Mateo County bioterrorism and other disaster preparedness efforts and response to the opioid crisis.
Joaquin Jimenez, new to politics, won a seat on Half Moon Bay city council last November. He said he would rule from his first-hand experiences, providing services to essential workers. His leadership stems from national calls for fairness for working families and people of color hit hard by the pandemic.