International Evangelism of Chatsworth recently named Julie Stranges of Chatsworth as Minister of the Year for her work with the Veterans Administration and the Chatsworth chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she serves as chaplain. “She’s a doer, and she’ll tell you when two and two don’t equal four,” said Frank Stranges, international president of International Evangelism of Crusades and the Theological Seminary of California. Julie is the secretary-general of both organizations. “She works, and nobody’s done as much work as her to distinguish herself.” She also earned a certificate of appreciation from Ken Clark, director of the Southern California regional VA hospital system, for her volunteer work on several committees involving the veterans they serve. The Milken Jewish Community Center in West Hills inducted figure skater Cindy Bortz into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. Bortz, now 34, was born and raised in Tarzana and coaches skating in Simi Valley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Bortz began skating at 8 and became junior world champion at 15. Also at that age, she earned the gold medal in senior-level tournaments in Moscow and Budapest. Patricia Smith, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Winnetka, has been nominated for the Disney Teacher Award. “Patti’s one of the most dedicated teachers I’ve seen in a long time,” said Linda Roff, a school board member at Redeemer Lutheran who’s known Smith personally and professionally for 15 years. “She loves every one of her kids and she deserves this award, wholeheartedly.” Since 1989, the Disney Teacher Awards have gone annually to teachers “in celebration of their creativity, innovative teaching methods and ability to inspire students while actively engaging them in learning.” The honorees will get $10,000, a $5,000 grant for their school and a six-day professional development institute with their principals at the Walt Disney World resort. The Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerces declared John Parker of Parker Brown Inc. as its Business of the Year. Carolyn Poppert of the West Hills Neighborhood Council earned the Volunteer of the Year award. The chamber also gave its Community Unity Award to numerous local businesses and officials that helped Canoga Park earn the title “All America City” for 2005. Among them were The Community Redevelopment Agency, the Canoga Park and West Hills Neighborhood Councils and the office of Councilman Dennis Zine. The greater Los Angeles Oncology Nursing Society named Cindy Mark, a registered nurse who works at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, as Staff Nurse of the Year. “Cindy is relentless in her passion for oncology nursing,” oncology department nurse manager Nancy Loporchio said. “She has a love for oncology nursing, and that’s demonstrated in her continued commitment to provide the best care for her patients and their families. She brings inspiration and initiative to her unit.” Mark began working at Providence Saint Joseph’s oncology department in 1994. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to [email protected]; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!