San Marino’s Annie and Paul Brassard are among a group of recipients who have been named National Parents of the Year, an award for which they will be acknowledged in a ceremony this Sunday at Pasadena City Hall from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
Annie Brassard, a full-time home builder and community volunteer, and Paul, a business executive, have three children and established East Meets West Parent Education Club (EMWPEC) in 2015. According to the Brassards, EMWPEC provides positive parenting workshops to empower parents to raise well-rounded children.
The couple also participates in the “Building Up” President’s Volunteer Service Award program to encourage young adults to volunteer and give back to the community. Through these organizations, the Brassards—who have been married for 19 years—seek to create diversity and cross-cultural exchange opportunity among all parents and facilitate global understanding and community collaboration, they told The Tribune.
Paul is also a regular attendee and secretary of the Rotary Club of San Marino.
The Brassards’ three children are Melissa, 18, Jacob, 15, and Peter, who is nine.
Melissa will attend Oberlin College in Ohio later this month and study in its esteemed Music Conservatory. She was an honor student, graduating from Westridge School in Pasadena. She has been working as a youth choir accompanist the last three years at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena and received honors in piano from the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Jacob is a sophomore at San Marino High School, a leader and volunteer from Boy Scout Troop 359 and plays water polo and swims at SMHS. Jacob is passionate about journalism and is a writer for the Titan Shield newspaper at San Marino High School, which is regularly featured in The Tribune.
Peter is a hard-working student at Valentine Elementary School and also enjoys playing tennis and the piano. He sings at the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus in Pasadena and enjoys Bible study on Sundays at San Marino Community Church.
This is the 25th anniversary of National Parents Day, which is sponsored by the California National Parents Day Association. Recipients are “role models in many ways and have dedicated their lives to raising honorable children who have achieved much not only in school, but also contribute to community with honor,” according to the group.
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will be the keynote speaker at Sunday’s event. The Brassards will receive certificates of recognition from State Senator Anthony Portantino and Assemblymember Chris Holden.