Record #: R2023-780   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 5/31/2023 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 5/31/2023
Title: Tribute to late Carmen V. Gaspar
Sponsors: Rodriguez, Michael D.
Attachments: 1. R2023-780.pdf
WHEREAS, Carmen V. Gaspar, beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother and active Little Village community member, passed away at the age of 79 on December 20, 2022; and
WHEREAS, Born in 1943 in Durango, Mexico, Carmen immigrated to Little Village, where she would raise four children with her husband, Eladio Gaspar; and
WHEREAS, Carmen quickly became a beloved member of the community through roles such as a paraprofessional, culture worker and a creative community member; and
WHEREAS, Most notably, Carmen spent several decades at Joseph E. Gary Elementary School where she taught hundreds of young children and adolescents, working with diverse learners and supporting teachers in the classroom to deliver a rich, culturally relevant curriculum; and
WHEREAS, Carmen also pursued many creative endeavors, including creating original programs for broadcast radio at WCYC 90.5 FM; as a radio disc jockey, Carmen produced several Spanish-language programs, ranging from poetry shows to local news, that spoke to the lives and hearts of Latinx communities across the city; and
WHEREAS, As someone who loved and supported arts and culture, Carmen pursued an additional creative outlet through live performances as a clown; many of the youth and families she served while being an educator at a local CPS school would invite her to perform at their family celebrations or other community events; and
WHEREAS, Her enthusiastic and unique approach to the arts was filled with much love and laughter from all walks of life; generations of community members knew and cared for Carmen throughout the years, and she took great pride in knowing that all the care and love she poured into her community was reciprocated; and
WHEREAS, Carmen dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of a good education, not only as a mother, but also by serving as a resource to many families, especially in migrant communities who were learning to navigate a new cit...

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