BRENDA BISHARAT NAMED 2018 MOTHER OF THE YEAR
The award, now in its 12th year, honors community leaders who exemplify the qualities and characteristics women strive to achieve in motherhood as well as in life.
We are honored to present Brenda Bisharat with the Mother of the Year award at Polo for Change on Saturday, June 2nd.
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS and no one knows that better than Saint John’s uber-volunteer Brenda Bisharat. A professional photographer for over 30 years, Brenda has dedicated her life to capturing the most important moments in life on film. Born in Chicago, Brenda grew up in Carmichael and considers Sacramento her “always home.” Married to her best friend Charlie for almost 30 years, they have raised their four children here, and now have three precious grandchildren.
Her passion for photography led her to a private photography school, and after a few years of juggling working in a dental office and taking photographs, she was eventually able to focus full time on her professional photography business. Brenda has since won numerous awards, and her work has been published in the Professional Photographers of America archive book.
From the beginning, Brenda has always given back to her community through her photography. In 2010, Brenda was introduced to Saint John’s Program for Real Change, and since that time, has graciously and generously served as “chief documentarian” for our families. “I feel like I am being given a gift to have the opportunity to work with the women and children of Saint John’s.” observes Bisharat. “To watch them come in and go through the program, and to see them evolve is so inspirational.”
These beautiful photographs do more than just document the lives of our mothers and children. What are almost always a family’s first portraits, to telling the stories that document their difficult journeys and successes, Brenda has helped to capture it all. The storyboards displayed throughout Saint John’s residential facilities as well as at Plates and Plates Midtown, are a constant source of inspiration to those currently working the program, fighting for real change of their own.
Brenda’s additional philanthropic endeavors in the Sacramento area have included taking photos for: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Little Blessings Photographers, Fire Fighters Burn Institute, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Be the Match - The National Marrow Donor Program, Jesuit High School and St. Francis High School.
Thank you Brenda, for all that you do.