Covell & Brinley Awards

A Davis Tradition Since 1944

Christine blanchard - 1969 (Covell)

Blanchard was awarded the Covell Award for her work as a health care and education advocate.

—Volunteer, STEAC 

—Helped get St. Martin’s Episcopal Church started

—Early supporter of Davis Parent Nursery School

—Helped organize a day care center for children of migrant workers, Ciudad del Sol outside of Davis

—Early member of the Davis Comic Opera Company

—Worked in Democratic Club when there were few Democrats

—Worked on the bond to support the Davis branch of the Yolo Co Library; helped start Friends of the Davis Library

“Mrs. Blanchard, a protean figure in town, county and even state affairs, hit the ground running from the moment she first arrived in Davis in 1951. . . .  Served in the following capacities:

—Member, Davis Joint Unified School Board and curriculum council

—Chairman, Chatter Club which helps international visitors at UC Davis

—Member, Davis Human Relations Council

—Member, Davis League of Women Voters

—Charter Member, Davis Art Center

—Charter Member, Davis Community Theatre

—Co-Founder, Board of the Yolo County Family Service Agency

—Treasurer, Yolo County’s Economic Opportunity Commission

—Co-Founder, on board of the county’s Family Planning Association

—State School Board's Commission on federal aid & nominating committee

—State-wide commission on social science curriculum

—Governor’s Youth Conference as a Davis Area representative

—PTA Council

—Girls Scout troop leader


The award was presented by Mayor Maynard Skinner at the Chamber Dinner Jan 23, 1970, at the El Macero Country Club.