2020 Woman of the Year: Rosemary Allison

Earning impressive accolades for her breadth of knowledge, ethical practices and expertise in negotiating, Rosemary Allison is dedicated with a strong work ethic. These honorable traits result in a reputation as one of the most trusted and admired real estate professionals. Her star-studded clientele list includes many famous names in nearly every industry.

Community activist

Beyond her stellar reputation as a realtor, Rosemary is equally known as a volunteer and philanthropist in her community. She was recently celebrated for her diligence, being named 2020 Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks. Allison was recognized for her commitment to philanthropy and community. “Rosemary’s lifelong dedication to bringing people together for the greater good has made her an incredible leader in our community,” Assemblywoman Irwin said in a statement. “I’m proud to honor her as 2020 Woman of the Year.”

Getting involved

Among Allison’s long list of service accomplishments is her role on the Santa Rosa Valley Municipal Advisory Council. The council works to guide the development of a local park, advocate for needed traffic lights and organize and provide emergency shelter for animals during wildfires. In addition, Allison helped in creating the Santa Rosa Valley Community Emergency Response Team. The involved team supports programming to educate residents about disaster preparedness. They also keep residents updated about fire details, earthquake data, area crimes and other important community information.

Her philanthropic efforts are vast, from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to the American Cancer Society and the YMCA. She also serves on the Board of For The Troops and has chaired its annual gala. The gala raises funds to send care packages to members of the American military who work away from home.

Honorable efforts

Woman of the Year celebrates women who make remarkable contributions to society throughout California. Due to the recent pandemic, the assembly to be recognized on the floor of the House and the Senate was cancelled. However, Allison is not only still celebrated by others, she is also honored by the recognition.

“I am truly honored to receive the 2020 Woman of the Year award from the California State Legislature,” states Allison. “It is an even greater honor to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of the past honorees. These women exemplify courage, dedication and determination to build a better quality of life, helping future generations face the challenges that are put in front of them.

“In Ventura County, I enjoy working alongside some of the most passionate community advocates and change-makers in California, without whom none of my goals could have been accomplished. Because of women like the those being honored alongside me throughout the state, we are providing the veracity of one of my favorite quotes by Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.'”

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