The community came together on May 19 to celebrate a person who does so much to bring people and organizations together in Valencia County.
The idea stemmed from Tom Mraz and Linda Montano, who wanted to recognize Diana Good, a health promotion specialist of the New Mexico Department of Health. Mraz had been looking for away to honor Good for a couple years and suggested a “Diana Good Day.”
Montano had also been thinking about doing something, so a small group formed to make this happen. For a month prior to the event, the small group spread the news word-of-mouth, determined to keep it a secret. Down to the last week, an email was sent out to state partners giving them notice as well and everyone was incredibly careful.
The day came, and the group had a set up team of more than 10 people who just wanted to help where they could. Finally, it was the moment they were waiting for — Diana pulled in thinking she was setting up for a surprise baby shower.
Arms full, she made her way to the door and to her shock the entryway was lined with people celebrating her. The group was able to get her mom and one of her sons to attend and about 25 community members.
Through her work with the Department of Health, Good provides a level of support that has become a backbone of this community. She works with organizations such as the Valencia Community Action Network as their treasurer, she is the vice chairwoman of the Community Wellness Council, she’s on the board of directors for United Way of Central New Mexico, she chairs the local Youth Drop-in Center Task Force, she chairs the Family and Community Wellness subcommittee under the Juvenile Justice Board, she is a board member of the Valencia County DWI Planning Council, and is an active member of many other local groups.
Thank you, Diana, for all the collaboration you bring, the work that you do, and your investment into the people of Valencia County. We hope to keep you in Valencia County for many years.
We have so many great community members, let’s not forget to thank them for what they do; their work is indispensable.