1992 Inductee - Carmen Galvez Fernandez


1992 Inductee - Carmen Galvez Fernandez

Inducted into the 1992 Mexican American Hall of Fame

Carmen G. Fernandez was a recipient of the “Susan B. Anthony Award” issued by the San Joaquin Commission on the Status of Women in 1986. She was also the first woman in Stockton to be selected as the “Grand Marshall” for the Cinco de Mayo parade. Carmen is involved in a record amount of community activities concentrating on improving the Stockton community, as her major goal.

Ms. Fernandez, a Senior Bilingual counselor with the Family Service Agency is one of the most outstanding and extremely dedicated women in the greater Stockton area. She has devoted the majority of her life to providing counseling for families and individuals in need since 1966.

Her parents and grandparents left Mexico during the Revolution, after having their properties confiscated and then settled in Arizona. She comes from a large family with 9 brothers and sisters. It was a struggle during the great depression, but her family managed to send the younger siblings to attend school. Fernandez became involved in community work originally through “The Teresitas” and then with The Girl Scouts.

Her educational background includes: Associate of Arts Degree from San Joaquin Delta College, a graduate of Humphrey’s Business College in 1965 and has earned numerous certificates relating to her field of expertise in counseling from the University of the Pacific, San Jose State and the University of California, Davis.

Some of her national, regional and local affiliations include a manifold of interest. She is a member of the Statewide Hispanic Coalition for Districting, Board member of Hispanics for Political Action, president of “Hispanic Mental Health Professionals of San Joaquin County”. She has been involved with Hispanic Women’s Health Conference, the San Joaquin Arts Council Board member and presently serving as Vice-President. In 1988 she was appointed by the Stockton Unified School District Board of Education to the District’s Affirmative Action Committee and has been reappointed. Ms. Fernandez worked with the Agricultural Worker’s Health Project from 1985-1988, as well as a past board member for Agricultural Worker’s Health Center. She is past-president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of San Joaquin County. She has served as vice-president for the Regional Migrant Education Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Stockton Chapter of “Comision Feminil”.

Carmen states that it has been a very regarding and gratifying to know that through her involvement in community work, the accomplishments have been very significant…, day care for children of migrant workers, higher education for migrant children, medical care coverage and adequate housing, lobbying and petitioning to have legislature approve benefits for non-citizens Ms. Fernandez encourages women to become involved in political issues and is supportive of women who desire to achieve their goals.