by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Passionate Volunteer

Ann Lygas and her husband relocated to San Marcos about 20 years ago for a job opportunity. “After we retired, we decided to stay put in San Marcos because we love it so much,” shared Ann. From the start, the couple has resided in The Laurels development of San Marcos. “I like living in The Laurels because it is a small, quiet community with a lovely greenbelt area and several walking trails throughout,” shared Ann, who often hikes the trails with her dog, Kasey.

Perhaps it’s the adoration she feels for her community that motivated Ann to get involved with some local charities, including the Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC), a nonprofit organization that is comprised of women who share a passion for contributing to the betterment of the community through service in the arts, conservation, education, home life, international outreach, and public issues. “These areas support major issues of our time such as military service advocacy, abuse prevention, women’s health, literacy, and community improvement,” noted Ann, who is not only on the board of the group but is chairwoman of its scholarship committee. “We give one to two scholarships per year to young women attending local community colleges who demonstrate financial need, 3.0 or better grade point average, and community service,” she explained.

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Name: Ann Lygas
Community: The Laurels
Volunteer Affiliation: CWONC, Friends of the San Marcos Library, OASIS
Profession: Retired from teaching and being an intellectual property paralegal
Family: Married
Hobbies: Line dancing, hiking


Group: Contemporary Women of North County
Purpose: To contribute to the betterment of our community and to enjoy getting to know each other through various social activities.
Website: www.cwonc.org


volunteer_Lygas_1Ann, who helps to put on CWONC’s major fundraiser every year at the San Diego County Fair, explained that group is always looking for more volunteers. “We take donations of yarn and fabric for the various things we make and donate to other organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the San Diego Humane Society, and our Camp Pendleton Adopted Helicopter Squadron,” described Ann. “We accept unused toiletries that we donate to organizations, as well as plastic bottles and aluminum cans that we recycle. We send off the recycling proceeds to Ronald McDonald House. We also collect food, towels, blankets for the humane society as well as donations of pet food for animals,” she added. “There are many ways to lend a hand!”

Aside from her work with CWONC, Ann is on the board of the Friends of the San Marcos Library Bookstore. “I also tutor first graders in reading through OASIS and do the C.A.T.C.H. Healthy Habits program through OASIS, which teaches elementary students about healthy eating and living,” she noted.

In her downtime, Ann enjoys line dancing (she dances up to four times a week!) and spending time with her family. “Our family of two adult children and four grandchildren live in Houston, TX but love visiting us here because San Marcos and San Diego County have so much to offer!” gushed Ann.