(Victor Valley)– – Dr. Margaret Hill was sworn in as a commissioner for First 5 San Bernardino on April 3, 2013 during the commission monthly meeting at the County of San Bernardino Government Center. Dr. Hill is an esteemed community leader with an extensive educational background covering San Bernardino County Schools, Cal State San Bernardino University and University of Redlands. This appointment fulfills the quorum of the First 5 San Bernardino Commission. Dr. Hill will serve as commissioner for a two-year term period from 2013-2015, at the pleasure of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
“In order for our children to have a good quality of life, decisions to assist this quality must be done at an early age, and in this case, while the baby is still in the womb,” states Dr. Hill in response to her seat with the commission. “I am excited about being a part of this process as we can be a positive force in the development of our 0-5 lives, so that when we reverse those numbers and they become 50, they will have met their highest expectations and will be positive influences in the community in which they live.”
“We are honored to have Dr. Hill join First 5 San Bernardino in our objectives to serve children in our communities,” says Karen Scott, Executive Director for First 5 San Bernardino. “Working with her grounded perspective and vast experience will not only benefit our organization in our approach to execute strategic plans, it will benefit the way we prepare our children for the future of their education.”
Current members serving the First 5 San Bernardino Commission include Linda Haugan, Assistant Executive Officer of Human Services, County Public Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., County of San Bernardino Third District Supervisor James Ramos, Elliot Weinstein, M.D, Mark Daniels, LCSW and Leslie Egge.
The Children and Families Commission of San Bernardino County (First 5 San Bernardino) was established in 1998 by voter-approved Proposition 10, an act to tax 50-cents per pack on cigarettes and tobacco products to fund county childhood development programs that impact the most critical years of a child’s life. Eighty percent of the revenues from the tobacco tax are distributed to County Commissions statewide based upon county birth rate data. County Commissions develop strategic plans for investing the funds using relevant data and with consideration of public input on local needs.
For more information about First 5 San Bernardino, visit www.first5sanbernardino.org or call (909) 386-7706.