Haldis Toppel Receives Leadership Award From City

Pacific Palisades resident Haldis Toppel was among 19 women who were honored today for their exemplary leadership and community pride during a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday morning.

Toppel was nominated by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl for Pioneer Woman in the 11th District. The award is presented to extraordinary individuals whose lifelong work has advanced the status of women and girls in the City.

Haldis was recognized for her public service — which started as a 10 year old girl when she served as a goodwill junior ambassador in war-torn Germany to most her more recent role as Vice President of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. See Rosendahl nominates Palisades resident for LA Pioneer Woman.

“We absolutely love Haldis,” said Mike Bonin, Chief of Staff for Rosendahl. “When people describe her, they will talk to you about her warmth, her kindness, her adventurous spirit, and her inspirational good humor. We’re so proud of her!”

Bonin introduced Toppel during a reception in the Mayor Tom Bradley Room high atop City Hall.

Araceli Campos, Haldis Toppel, and Mike Bonin

“All of us in this room share a certain amount of spirit and most of all the good humor and fun in what we do because we love to do it,” said Toppel.  “I’m glad to be here to share it with you.”

Later in the morning, Toppel was then introduced to the full City Council by Councilman Tom LaBonge, who filled in on behalf of Rosendahl who is undergoing cancer treatment.


CD11 Pioneer Women

2012 – Haldis Toppel (Pacific Palisades)
2011 – Val Velasco (Westchester)
2010 – Sherri Akers (Mar Vista)
2009 – no event –
2008 – Marjorie Morikawa (West LA)
2007 – Maritza Przekop (Mar Vista)
2006 – Frances Stronks (West LA)

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