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Dierckman and Condie earn honors

Banquet honors SCV Man and Woman of Year

Posted: May 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Tom Direckman, left and Myrna Condie, right, flank Jim Ventress of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

 A surprised Tom Dierckman and a tearful Myrna Condie were “sung in” by Greg Finely at the 46th annual Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year recognition dinner held May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Finely assumed the musical announcement duties of Bill Lively, who was one of the nominees this year.

Finely stopped at Condie’s table as he sang “It Had To Be You,” to announce her win.

Condie was nominated for the honor by the Boys & Girls Club of SCV.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Condie tearfully.

After Condie was surrounded by family and well-wishers, Finely sang “You’re the Top,” to announce the win by Dierckman, who also was nominated by the Boys & Girls Club of SCV.

“I am shocked and surprised,” said Dierckman. “I am honored to receive this consideration when there are so many people in this valley who do so much.”

Other nominees for Man of the Year included Lively, Bob Benjamin, Gary Choppe, Stephen Kilker, Jim Lentini, John Lutz and Steve Surgeon.

Also nominated for SCV Woman of the Year were Diane Benjamin, Marina Contreras, Laurie Ender, Sue Endress, Cheryl Gray, Linda Hafizi, Debbie Heys, Dawn Hovhannisyan, Gerri McCorkle and Agnes Russell.

Each nominee was called on stage prior to the announcement of the winners to receive applause and a plaque.

Candy Spahr and Harry Bell, 2011 SCV Woman and Man of the Year, served as hosts of the evening.

After the announcement of the winners, friends and family of the duo flooded into the ballroom and took their seats at adjoining tables.

Direckman and Condie were then seated onstage to receive their awards, certificates of recognition from various governmental entities and several rounds of standing ovations.

The honor dates back to 1964 when the Newhall-Saugus Chamber of Commerce named A.B. Perkins the Outstanding Citizen of the Year at luncheon ceremonies held at Newhall Bowl.

The award is now bestowed by a nonprofit run by previous SCV Man and Woman of the Year honorees. Individuals are nominated by SCV nonprofits for their years of service and volunteer efforts on behalf of numerous nonprofits.

Jim Ventress, chief professional office of the Boys & Girls Club, spoke about Dierckman and Condie, who were both nominated by the club.

“We have a lot of heroes in this room, but Tom Dierckman has always been a hero to me,” Ventress said.

Ventress also lauded Condie’s community involvement.

“Myrna Condie is a mother, foster mom and grandmother, and yet, she has time to volunteer for our community,” said Ventress.

Doris Marie Zimmer of College of the Canyons Foundation also spoke about the contributions of both honorees to COC.

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