When Zaida Agreda Winn first began working at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center 10 years ago, both she and the center were new to the Moab community. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in social communication in her native country of Bolivia, she worked there for more than 10 years as a television reporter, winning national acclaim for her talent before moving to the United States in 2006, said Executive Director Rhiana Medina in a statement.
Starting her life over in a strange new land and working for a brand new nonprofit in Utah presented many new challenges for Agreda, not the least of which was learning English and caring for two young children. Perseverance, family support, and a love of helping others brought her to the present day, still working for MVMC and still helping people every day in her role as program coordinator and lead medical interpreter, said Medina.
“I would characterize Zaida as loyal, fun, and totally dependable. It is a remarkable thing to give 10 years of service to any company and I am so grateful to have her on our team,” said Medina. “She is a strong advocate for vulnerable populations in Moab and a topnotch interpreter.”
MVMC’s Board President Jim Tendick said, “She links the beginning of the center to the present day; her understanding of the Multicultural Center is comprehensive. I also appreciate how she shares her experiences as an immigrant and shares her culture with others. She is a wonderful person and has a great rapport with the clients.”
As program coordinator, Agreda plays an important role in all five of MVMC’s main program areas:
- Crisis resource and advocacy,
- Interpretation and translation,
- Language and life skills support,
- Youth education and outreach and
- Cultural education and outreach.
To learn more about the MVMC, or to donate to the nonprofit, visit their website moabmc.org or visit them at 156 North 100 West.