EL CENTRO â€“ The Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro was the venue for the I Have a Dream community breakfast and awards program Friday, January 18, 2013.
The I Have a Dream community breakfast celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sponsored by the Ballington Academy for the Arts and Sciences, which is a program of Volunteers of America.
Many who attended were elected officials throughout the Imperial Valley, including IID Directors, Imperial County Supervisors, and city fathers.
Dr. Grace Cortez-Jiminez, principal of Ballington Academy, gave a brief description of the academy and introduced some of the students that gave tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Keynote speaker, Randy Taylor, Vice President of Rabobank, gave a moving history of the life of Dr. King.
The presentation of the 2013 I Have a Dream Community Builder Award to Mr. Shinn was prefaced by a list of some of his accomplishments by Darletta Willis, CEO of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and honorary Chair of the I Have a Dream Breakfast.
â€œHelping to improve the quality of life of many individuals, Mr. Shinn has worked for poverty organizations such as the Economic Opportunity Commission,â€ said Willis. â€œA retiredÂ counselor in Calexico, he has continued his civil work as he volunteers at his church as a Sunday school director and works part-time counseling military families. Through his authoring of two books, â€˜Bedtime Storiesâ€™ and â€˜Faith and Loving On the Way to Heaven,â€™ Mr. Shinn is able to facilitate discussions on community education. On his journey, he has helped many students get their graduate degrees and become qualified servants in the education and humanities service community. Mr. Shinn, thank you for walking in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther Kingâ€™s dream.â€
Mr. Shinn currently has the Son-Shine Counseling Center in El Centro and writes two columns for the Desert Review.