Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the 36th Senate District’s Woman of the Year during a Senate session in Sacramento.

“Donna Kalez’s work to promote environmentally responsible sportfishing and whale watching exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit that is worthy of statewide recognition,” said Senator Bates. “Through her company, Donna has introduced the wonders of the Pacific Ocean and the California coast to countless families, creating positive memories that will last a lifetime. I am proud to honor Donna as the 36th Senate District Woman of the Year for helping to make our state a better place to live.”

As she accepted the recognition, Kalez said, “It’s a privilege to share my passion for the coastal environment with the community through fun and educational activities. I believe that helping people to enjoy the unique wonders of our coastline will help preserve it for future generations. I thank Senator Bates for recognizing the work that my family, staff and I provide to our customers and the communities we serve.”

Kalez told the Dana Point Times that she believes this is “the time for women,” and that she enjoyed being surrounded by the power of the women in the room.”

Flying to Sacramento the day after the conclusion of the 47th annual Festival of Whales, Kalez returns to Dana Point and her position at the helm at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching in the Dana Point Harbor where large numbers of gray whales and humpback whales continue to be spotted in South Orange County’s coastal waters.

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