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Janet Diel among Schiff’s honorees

Burbank Coordinating Council President Janet Diel, center, smiles as she moves through a group of volunteers who are helping to assemble bags of groceries for the Holiday Basket program in this file photo from Dec. 10, 2013. Diel is one of nine women who were honored as Women of the Year by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

Burbank Coordinating Council President Janet Diel, center, smiles as she moves through a group of volunteers who are helping to assemble bags of groceries for the Holiday Basket program in this file photo from Dec. 10, 2013. Diel is one of nine women who were honored as Women of the Year by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

(Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

Burbank resident Janet Diel was among 14 women honored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) last Friday from the communities in the 28th Congressional District.

“Today, I met with nine women with varying backgrounds and interests, who have all worked tirelessly to make our communities a better place to call home. It was an honor to recognize their outstanding work in the 28th District,” said Schiff said in a statement. “Each of these women has worked to support a myriad of charitable, business and local causes.”

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Diel has volunteered countless hours for a variety of organizations.

She has been a member of the Burbank Coordinating Council for nearly three decades, currently serving as president, co-chair of the group’s Holiday Basket program and chair of the Campership program.

Every year, through its partnership with residents and organizations, the Burbank Coordinating Council provides holiday baskets to hundreds of families whose children participate in the free or reduced-cost lunch programs in Burbank schools.

The program matches needy families in the community with organizations and families that want to adopt them by providing presents for their children and food for the holidays.

Through the Campership program, needy children between the ages of 8 and 18 are given the opportunity to attend a week of resident or day camp during the summer.

In addition to her work with the Burbank Coordinating Council, Diel volunteers for several other organizations including the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., serving as the city liaison for more than 28 years, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn., the city of Burbank’s Advisory Council on Disabilities, the Burbank Domestic Violence Task Force, the Burbank Human Relations Council, Relay For Life, and the Burbank Transportation Commission, where she has been a member for more than 22 years and is currently serving as vice chair.

She is also a member of the Burbank Nonprofit Coalition, the Burbank Unified School District School Facilities Oversight Committee, and the Burbank/Los Angeles Kindertransport Assn., where she also serves as the program director, and annually speaks at Burbank middle schools to bring Holocaust awareness to young people.

Diel has received several awards, including the Burbank Council PTA’s Golden Oak Service Award in 2010.

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Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com

Twitter: @LAMarkKellam

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