They say water is a "dry subject" however, discuss that with this year's winner for the Victor Valley College Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame award, and it's quite possible you will change your mind.
While sitting at the dias during a Mojave Water Agency Board meeting, Kimberly Cox wondered why there were a bunch of people standing in the foyer of the building holding a bunch of balloons clearly ready to give someone an award.
"I never thought it was me," she said. "There are so many deserving community members who are contributing to making our High Desert a welcoming place to live. I felt so humbled that what I do was viewed as significant enough to be recognized in this way."
Cox moved here in 1985 to raise her family at a time when the population was only 35,000. She is driven, goal oriented, and has a deep connection to her community. She attributes her success to her educational foundation which began right here at Victor Valley College. "VVC was significant and crucial in my educational accomplishments, without an affordable, convenient, local community college, I would never have been able to complete my core requirements and transfer to a university," says Cox.
Cox also takes a progressive leadership role in protecting our water resources for future generations. She is an elected official on the Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors, and works tirelessly to plan responsibly and wisely for the future to ensure the High Desert community has a sufficient water supply. With her hectic schedule, finding time for family and giving back to the community is difficult, yet Cox manages to make both her priority. She serves as a member of Soroptomist International Silver Lakes, American Public Works Association, Silver Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and the Silver Lakes/Helendale Lion's Club.
Her leadership has been well recognized in the Victor Valley which gained her an appointment to serve on the San Bernardino County Commission on the Status of Women by 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.
And if all this isn't enough, eventually Cox plans to hold conservation contests for elementary school children and believes teaching them about our precious resource at a young age will help them develop good habits and appreciation of our water resources when the reach adulthood.
"I feel a responsibility to give back because of all the High Desert has given me: employment; education; a safe affordable, healthy place to raise a family, friends and colleagues whom I am honored to know," Cox said.