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Longtime SCV community leader honored for lifetime of service

Connie Worden-Roberts honored for decades of service to the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: May 16, 2014 7:25 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2014 7:25 p.m.

Connie Worden-Roberts displays the key to the city presented by Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste during a lifetime achievement tribute to the long-serving community leader at Hart Hall in William S. Hart Park on Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

A crowd of about 75 friends, well-wishers and Santa Clarita Valley officials packed into William S. Hart Park Friday to praise to one of Santa Clarita’s “founding mothers” — Connie Worden-Roberts.

A longtime community activist and dedicated advocate, Worden-Roberts entered Hart Hall inside the park to a collection of cheers and a round of applause, prompting Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste to exclaim, “I don’t think the Queen of England gets better!”

“She is the driving force of Santa Clarita and, without her, you would not be living in Santa Clarita,” Weste said. “She was the linchpin of city formation.”

For her work, Weste awarded Worden-Roberts with the key to the city.

“She’s my friend, she’s my mentor, she’s my sister and she’s been my role model,” the longtime City Councilwoman said.

A table full of plaques, certificates and other honors and awards stood on one side of Hart Hall, surrounded by pictures of Worden-Roberts.

Worden-Roberts collected a number of additional honors, certificates and scrolls Friday as a steady stream of officials showed up to recognize her list of achievements that includes a tremendous role in the drive to incorporate the city of Santa Clarita in the 1980s and establishing the Citizen Advisory Group to monitor and hold accountable the environmental cleanup process at the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite brownfield.

She also served on a variety of local boards including the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industrial Association, Zonta and Friends of Hart Park.

“I had the privilege and the honor to appoint her as my Planning Commissioner,” recalled Dennis Koontz, one of Santa Clarita’s original five City Council members. “And with the city starting out, with a lot of work to do, I couldn’t have picked, and I don’t think the city could have picked, anyone better than Connie Worden-Roberts.”

Many also recalled Worden-Roberts’ reputation as the Santa Clarita Valley’s “road warrior” and how she chaired numerous transportation committees and pushed for construction of the cross-valley connector.

Several people said they would like a section of the connector named in Worden-Roberts’ honor and in recognition of her efforts on transportation-related matters.

After a series of speakers, attendees gathered together to toast Worden-Roberts for her litany of achievements.

“To Connie Worden-Roberts, the greatest volunteer in the history of Santa Clarita!” said Weste as the crowd cheered and raised their glasses.
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